Idaho Bound!

What a joy it is to be Idaho-bound. We left home at 11:30, and tonight’s destination is the frontier post of the rugged West (Sarah’s terms here), Cheyenne, Wyoming. We have many memories of stopping there over the years. Then, tomorrow, we’ll have great scenery as we trek across mountains and wide expanses. We’re excited!

Most of all, we’re thrilled to be sharing with families in Boise and Coeur d’Alene. Please join us in praying for hearts!

Last night, Anna Marie made us a delicious dinner of enchiladas. Thank you!

Trip prep went well. The Lord always enables everything to get done in time, and it’s a joy to be on the road now.

We’ll be keeping you updated on our travels. We’re also grateful for a generator that is enabling us to run our air conditioners.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Jesse washed the bus.
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It was dirty!
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Some friends sent us a sweet package in the mail, including muffin mixes to make in the microwave.

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Friends helped us yesterday afternoon.

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Joshua discovered he loves trash cans and throwing things away. So, Christopher washed an old trash can that will be Joshua’s special can. That’s the only trash can he can throw his toys away in ;).

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Laundry baskets come in handy when carrying things out to the bus.

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Cleaning!

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Christina is walking some too!

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“I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it:
and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.”
Psalms 52:9

Another Date Added: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, July 20th!

It’s another warm, summer morning here in Kansas, and the Maxwells are busily working on a number of projects, including July Corners and trip prep. The books, Lord willing, will be finished today too!

We’re excited to share that we have another conference scheduled for our “out West” trip: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It will be Saturday, July 20th. The last time we were in the area was three years ago, so if you’ve been thinking about attending one of our conferences and are “out there,” please make every effort to come. We’re always thrilled to meet you!

The Maxwells are very excited about heading West. There’s just something amazing about the wonderful rugged West!

More later ;),
Sarah

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“Commit thy way unto the LORD;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalms 37:5

Last Week at a Glance

Life is wonderfully busy as we finish the books, prepare for the trip, and yes, squeeze in some projects.

I love seeing answers to prayer. Early last week, it seemed impossible that both books would be almost done by the end of the week. We continued to press forward, working and praying. Saturday evening came, and the progress was unbelievable. Dad and Mom’s book is very close to being finalized, and my book is close too. Praise Jesus! Without Him, we can do nothing!

Jesse, along with help from Anna and Mary, tackled a landscaping project at GiGi’s. The three of them did a great job!

This week, Mary has blessed us ladies by taking over our household responsibilities to free our time for book things. Thank you, Mary!

So, I guess we’re down to two and a half days before blast off. We’re all looking forward to going to the beautiful, spacious West!

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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This was part of the guys’ exercise one day. Not only were they pushing a little girl in the wheelbarrow, there are some weight plates in there too ;).

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We had a bus air issue, so John spent a number of hours working on a fix.

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Book work: checking Scriptures!
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Final read throughs!
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More read throughs. One must find a quiet place ;).

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This was a branch off the old bush!

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“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
John 15:5

Double Excitement

Yesterday afternoon, Anna and I were on separate computers, formatting two different books so they can get off to the printers. Wow. That was so unusual, and so exciting!

Without giving away the title, I’ll just say my parents’ book is something that is extremely needed. One dad shared: “This book should be required reading material for every parent of a school-aged child in America!” The book could transform your family. Seriously.

As for my book, I’m sure you know what it’s about. I can’t wait for you all to see what the Moodys are up to. One mom, who read a pre-release version, said: The Moody Series is well written with good character development and captivating details. I always feel like I’m there in the story, whether it’s laughing with the kids or crying with joy as someone trusts Jesus. I’m so thankful that Sarah has faithfully used her gift of writing for children to both learn from and enjoy.”

In the midst of book work, we have another trip just around the corner. We’ll be Idaho bound next week! More on that later.

Back to my book ;)…

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23

Yes, Baby News.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalms 127:3-5

We read this in our morning Bible time and it seemed a fitting verse to share with you all today as we announce the anticipated mid-February arrival of our second child! We are so grateful to the Lord for Joshua, and we look forward with joyful expectancy to meeting his little brother or sister! Anna Marie has been feeling well, though definitely feeling pregnant with a little morning sickness settling in.

Joshua has been such a delight with his ready smile and laughter, constantly discovering new and exciting things such as peeking around the corner (as you saw in the last blog post), repeating sounds after us, and in the last couple of days he has begun to take his first unassisted toddling steps across the room! As excited as we are to see him developing physically, our hearts rejoice to see his sweet spirit and we pray that he will grow in his love for the Lord Jesus and obeying the Truth of His Word, and that he will be “strong and courageous” for the Lord like Joshua of old. We covet your prayers as we continue down the still new-to-us path of parenthood!

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Joshua’s Learning to Walk!

A special thank you to Christopher for the photos (except for the last two, which I grabbed today).

Joshua walks along walls, cupboards, chairs – anything he can get a hold of. He loves peeking around the corner when he knows there is someone there to play with him. In the past few days, Joshua’s started to walk a bit all by himself.

Happy July 1st! 😉

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Here he comes!
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This time he came around a little more subdued than normal.
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But when I (Christopher) was talking to him and waved my hand, he had something to say as well.
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Then I opened the closet door so I could “peek” around that at him – and was able to get a photo of his “coming around the corner look”.
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Falling down can be fun when you’re little.
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Mommy was around the corner helping make the session fun and playful, as well as getting him back around the corner out of sight each time (we did a number of run-throughs).
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After a while he got a little tired and climbed up into her lap.
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All set and ready to play some more!

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Joshua has such joy!

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“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…”
Proverbs 15:13