Bringing Joy

Life is merrily busy here at the Maxwell household. I finished Christmas Comes to Sunflower, and we’re enjoying Christmas activities intertwined into life. I’ll share about Sunday evening’s caroling soon!

Speaking of Christmas Comes to Sunflower, it’s exciting for me to send it to families as they complete the project. I marvel at the Lord’s goodness.

Walk Through Bethlehem was a great success. Between Friday and Saturday evenings, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary ran through their set of music and testimonies four times. It was delightful to see the joy the music brought to people. I noticed each evening a child in the play area, instead of playing with the toys, hung on the back of a nearby chair to listen to the music. It was a sweet moment. A family, who came to a conference two years ago when they were in the States from Australia, surprised us and showed up. They’re back in the States and decided to come to WTB after reading the blog post and being only an hour away. It was a joy to talk with them.

I especially appreciate the hours of time my brothers and sisters have invested in music practice. They diligently worked on arranging their pieces and spent hours practicing. We have one more music event coming up, which I’ll share about next week.

Merry Christmas from cold Kansas!

With Joy,










DSC_8663“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21

An Invitation: Walk Through Bethlehem

I said I’d share more on the music practice later, so here I am. Below you’ll find part of the reason :).

This weekend, December 6th and 7th, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary will be doing Christmas music and giving testimonies. Friday and Saturday evenings, they’ll be sharing from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:30-8:15 p.m.

A church in town hosts a “Walk Through Bethlehem” for three evenings during the Christmas season. Tours are given, and while people wait for their tour, they sit in the sanctuary, listening to live Christmas music. My family will be doing that music for an hour and half, Friday and Saturday evenings, for those who come and are waiting for their turn to go through “Bethlehem.”

The last two years, we had the opportunity to go through “Bethlehem” before their music time began, and it was an amazing experience. Church of the Open Door does a great job of portraying what Bethlehem might have been like when Jesus was born.

It is open to the public, and we invite you to stop in. The actual dates are Friday (6:00-10:00 p.m.), Saturday, and Sunday evenings (5:00-10:00 p.m.). If you would like to hear my brothers and sisters, they will be doing music Friday and Saturday evenings at the times listed at the beginning of the post.

If you live in the Kansas City area, the Church of the Open Door would be about a 45 minute drive.

The church’s address is:

Church of the Open Door
4800 South 20th St. Trafficway
Leavenworth, KS  66048

I’ll include some pictures I took last year. We hope to see some of you there, and please, introduce yourselves. You’ll find me in the back of the sanctuary.







“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.”

Isaiah 9:2

Cooking with Anna: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cornbread

This cornbread has become a favorite at our house. Its moist texture combined with a simple sweetness makes it a perfect complement to any soup. It even made it on our Thanksgiving dinner spread at the Maxwell house. Another added bonus is that it is very quick to throw together!

  • 1 1/2 cups Masa Corn Flour (sold in the Mexican section at the grocery store)
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, separated (6 Tbsp melted, 2 Tbsp set aside)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put the 2 tablespoons of unmelted butter in 9×13 pan. Place pan in oven and let butter melt. Once melted, roll butter around in pan to grease pan. Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together milk, maple syrup, eggs, melted butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Pour into pan. Cook for about 15 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Then add foil and cook until done approximately another 6 minutes.

Note: If you want this to be less sweet, reduce the maple syrup by 1/4 cup.

Serving Jesus,


“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalms 119:103