Music Time

As our fall trip approaches, it’s time to get back into practicing music and preparing for the trip. So far, we have five weekends filled, and the sixth is pending due to a church scheduling conflict. We still have openings for single evening conferences in between.

Yesterday, we went to an assisted living home in town to share through music and testimony. It was a blessing! Afterward one man who is celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary today, told me that it was the best music he had ever heard in his life! Another lady, after hearing Mom had homeschooled eight children said, “And she’s still alive?!!” Dad thought that was pretty funny when she told him that. It’s not uncommon for people to say about a homeschool mom, “She must have so much patience!” or “I could never do it!” The beauty of following the Lord’s leading is how He equips those He calls. We suspect most don’t have “the patience” when they start, but part of the plan is developing a mom’s heart in the process.

Scripture says: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13) and 1 Corinthians 1:27: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”

Christopher and Anna Marie joined us, and Christopher played his harmonica for two songs.
The elderly loved the music.
Melanie, Abby, and the girls showed up after naps and the elderly LOVED them. Notice the look on the man's face as he listens to Abby sing a song?

And, yes, I was there–just taking pictures, not in them :-).


Making Right The Wrong

Tuesday lunch found John, Joseph, Jesse, and me at a local restaurant. This wasn’t just a lunch to eat out, but it was a “special” occasion. You might be thinking that it didn’t look like a very fancy restaurant to have a special meal at, but there was significance to the place we chose.

Here’s why we went out to lunch at Taco Bell on this day! The other night while talking before Bible time, we were all sharing memories. One memory that came up we laughed about, but at the time it wasn’t funny.

Here is what happened. We were on a trip (many years ago! : )) and the boys and I were having an argument about cats and dogs. Thinking back, it seems quite silly to be arguing about cats and dogs, but at that moment in time for three little children, it was a serious matter! The boys happened to prefer dogs, and I liked cats much better.  When I wasn’t winning the argument, I brought it to Dad’s attention, making myself sound like the angel in the situation.

The situation escalated to where the boys were given a consequence for arguing. They were to eat a lunch of Wheat Thins in the van while we girls, Dad and Mom ate inside at Taco Bell where Dad could see the boys in the van. After eating my lunch, instead of me having a sad attitude and realizing that I was part of the problem as well, I had a proud attitude and was pleased that the boys were in trouble.

Now many years later, looking back on the insignificant things that provoked the argument, I can see how silly it was to argue about cats and dogs, how wrong I was to tattle, and then to be happy that my brothers were given a consequence. I shared that with the boys, and I invited them out to Taco Bell this last week as restitution for the attitude I had during that time.

(We tried Taco Bell, but the wait was way too long and went to another restaurant nearby.)

We had a wonderful time together! It has been neat to see how the Lord has worked in our brother and sister relationships, because we truly are best friends! For those moms out there who have children like we were, be encouraged with Mom and Dad’s consistent encouragement, daily in the Word as a family, and the Lord’s help, we have grown to where we love to be together! Yes, we’re not perfect, but the Lord has done an amazing work in our lives. I am so grateful to the wonderful parents that the Lord has blessed me with, because I know that I would not be where I am now with out them!

And yes, I have to say I do now really like dogs better than cats. Maybe that was influenced by finding out that I’m allergic to cats!?


“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34)

Anna and Mary

In order for Mom to be able to spend her summer on the book project, she needed help to free her time. Book writing is intense and requires many hours.

So, Anna and Mary stepped up to the plate. Anna has taken over meal planning, grocery shopping (with Mary), errands, keeping the house tidied, and other items. Mary handles laundry, tidying the house, cleaning, and other projects.

I love you, Anna and Mary!


“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).

Treasure Your Day

You know, I love my family. I love the way my parents have raised us. I love to have brothers and sisters that are my best friends. I love having seven editors who will critique my Moody books and make them the best (logically and sensibly) that we can. I love to share the Lord Jesus across the country alongside my family.

Being a team means we work together. During a book project or a conference, the Maxwell team really shines. I remember the Spokane conference last October, our team was down to six, and that was hard. But, the Lord gave grace, and it made me appreciate even more those team members that weren’t feeling well! Right now, we have multiple writing projects going. Some are shouldering more responsibility than normal, and they’re doing so above and beyond. Maybe I’ll do a blog post on that when I get a few pictures of them in action.

I know there are many young moms out there who only have little children and long for the day that those children are older and can help more. Then, I think about those at our nursing home, who reminisce about the days gone by. Life passes quickly. Moms, don’t be discouraged. Keep loving those little ones, training them, treasuring them, and protecting their hearts. Persevere! May we never take for granted each day the Lord Jesus gives us.

Okay, so where am I going with this one. My incredible brothers offered to make breakfast for us today. They made Chocolate Chip Muffins (FYI: the recipe is in Winter with the Moodys) and bacon. And, guess what else? They cleaned up too!

Teamwork = a wonderful thing.


John made the choc. chip muffins.
Do you know there is an art to cooking bacon?
Preparing them.
Jesse set the table.
The final product

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1).

Maxwells @ 2 O’Clock

With no “heads up” to the family of my plan, I came in from working on my book, and grabbed my camera. I found the first two in the living room.


We haven’t unveiled this until now, but we’ll spill the beans. Mom has been working hard on a writing project over the last six weeks. The new book is due out sometime in September. Dad believes that her new book will have a greater impact than Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit, which has been phenomenal. When we have a book cover next month, we’ll probably post that. I wholeheartedly agree with Dad’s thoughts–this book is amazing.


Anna was studying her HTML book. What you don’t see is the delicious dinner Anna had prepared. It was in the fridge waiting to bake: Chicken Enchiladas. She made enough to take to elderly neighbors too; the wife just came home from recovering in a nursing home from a broken hip. Anna also baked them blueberry pies, which they were delighted with too.


Joseph was taking a 10 minute break from work to chat with Dad about something.


Dad at his desk.


Okay, John heard me coming, so he did have a little heads up. Here he is at his computer.

Christopher, Anna Marie, and Mary

I was told Mary was at Christopher and Anna Marie’s. So, I headed over with my camera in hand.


Jesse was also gone. He was at GiGi and Grandad’s house. GiGi needed to run an errand, so Jesse sat with Grandad and worked on his computer.


I’ve been out in the bus quite a bit, working on Winter Days. This was taken a bit later in the afternoon (thanks, Anna!).

So, there you have it! A summer afternoon at the Maxwells.


“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds” (Proverbs 27:23).

Chore Books

After snapping many ChorePacks, the next step is compiling. This year, twice, we’ve had help from our friends, Dave and Liz, and it just made the Chore books go much quicker. Well, Dave and Liz don’t live locally, so that won’t work for every time. Our dear friends, who also take care of our Titus2 shipping for us when we’re away, said they would like to help.

Saturday morning, part of their family came over for a Chore book party. We were a definite mean machine with nine working. It went fast!

We had a team of four compiling, one handing to the shrink-wrapper, the shrink-wrapper, a packaging person, a restocking person, and two paper guys.
Mrs. C., Jesse (taking my spot while I took a few pictures), Kristina, Joseph, John, Anna, and Mary
“Okay, everyone, SMILE!”

Thanks, C. Family!


“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1).