Anna Marie’s in Labor!

We would appreciate your prayers as Anna Marie appears to be in active labor. Please pray for her and Baby during this time. We look forward to sharing news with you!

Sarah for all the rest

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“Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer,
and he that formed thee from the womb,
I am the LORD that maketh all things;
that stretcheth forth the heavens alone;
that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.”
Isaiah 44:24

ITonRamp.com Upcoming Courses: HTML – Step One in Website Design and A+ Track

DSC_1743Joseph’s next HTML—Step One in Website Design course begins March 3rd, followed by CSS—Step Two in Website Design on April 15th. The courses are designed to help you learn HTML and CSS so that you can efficiently build your own website. The student will have the opportunity to build his own site on a test server. Since Joseph only gives these courses once a year, you won’t want to miss them. They are excellent resources for any young person or parent wanting to learn web design. Building websites is a perfect home business for young men or young ladies. Morgan said, “Thank you very much for sharing all of your knowledge with us!  I am so thrilled to be able to design websites!  I am looking forward to seeing how the Lord will use my new skill for His Kingdom!”

–Special note: Check out ITonRamp’s new referral program:
RampITUp
Where learning with a friend saves money

DSC_1660Nathan’s A+ track kicks off March 3rd. Part of the course fee includes test vouchers to take the CompTia A+ certification at the end. Nathan’s desire with ITonRamp has been to equip young people and parents with income-producing IT (information technology) skills. It is an encouragement to see previous students using their A+ skills to start their own businesses, procure a job at a company, or do volunteer computer work.

Here’s a testimony from an A+ graduate:

My family and I just returned last week from a 10 day trip to a foreign country. One of my projects while I was there was to work on the computers. Being able to do this was my main reason for taking A+. I had a great time working on these computers.  The other thing that I did was to teach a two-hour computer basics class every day for a week to groups of 7th and 8th grade students in groups of 10-15. My experience in both A+ and CE helped me to be able to teach these classes. I want to thank you because without the time that you invested in teaching me I would not have been able to accomplish the things that I did there.  May God continue to bless your work and your family. 

“… but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”
Proverbs 12:27

With Grateful Hearts: Another Arrow in the Womb

Melanie and I are excited to announce another pregnancy. We are looking to God and trusting Him as we anticipate a mid-August arrival.

For a couple who didn’t know if we would be able to have children, to now the anticipation of welcoming our fifth (Susannah went home to be with the Lord three days after she was born) to the family, we feel very blessed. The girls are all excited, and Melanie is happy to be feeling good going into the second trimester.

Nathan and Melanie and the girls

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Nathan and Melanie (and Baby!) Maxwell

“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 127:4-5

Aunties’ Playtime + Grandpa and Grandma’s Night

Every Monday afternoon, the little girls have a special playtime with Aunt Anna and Aunt Mary. If it’s nice weather, they enjoy outside time, but since it has been inclement lately, they’ve been inside. Their favorite toy of choice has been a Melissa and Doug house I bought on sale in December.

A new tradition my parents started this year is a special night, once a month, where the grandchildren from each respective family come over for dinner, playtime with Grandpa and Grandma, and Bible time. This month, the day that worked best was on Monday (normally they’ll do the first and second Thursdays), so the girls stayed over after their aunties’ playtime. We pulled our Playdoh activity center, along with old Playdoh, from the attic. We hadn’t used it for years, and would you believe the Playdoh was perfectly pliable and easy to use? Playdoh with Grandpa and Grandma was most enjoyable.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

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Christina is such a cutie.
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Anna and Bethany
There's a lot of action going on!
There’s a lot of action going on!

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Happy times.
Happy times.

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

Choosing a Baby Name

Choosing a child’s name is a huge responsibility for a parent. Think about it – your child will have the name you choose for the rest of his life.  That’s incredible!

When Christopher’s family was over on Sunday, Christopher mentioned that he and Anna Marie were going to spend an hour working on baby names that evening. This was not their first time pondering names, either. They take picking a name seriously, considering and praying about what the Lord would have for their child.

Here are most of the characteristics that they take into consideration when choosing a name:

  • Bible-based
  • The character traits of the person(s) in Scripture with the name (good and bad)
  • The meaning of the name
  • How the meaning of the first and middle names combine for a custom name meaning/life vision
  • How the first->middle->last sound together
  • The initials
  • Whether we, [Christopher and Anna Marie], like the name

I hope this will be an encouragement to those who are expecting a little one right now, and for those who are looking forward to a family someday — thoughts to ponder!

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

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Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell working on choosing a name for their baby.

“And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing
also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found
grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. “

Exodus 33:17