Willingness to Tackle a Hard Project

When Joseph bought his house, he knew he needed to do some major drainage work. What would have seemed overwhelming to me, he tackled with an awesome attitude. That’s one thing I love about my brothers: a willingness to jump into hard projects.

Here’s the first phase of the project. After the initial excavating is through, he’ll be working in the trench.

Serving Jesus,


The operator had to exercise much caution, as if he went too high, he would hit the house, and too far over, and he would break the glass doors.
The operator had to exercise much caution, as if he went too high, he would hit the house, and too far over, and he would break the glass doors.


Little boys love trucks and big equipment.


“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness;
but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
Proverbs 21:5

9 thoughts on “Willingness to Tackle a Hard Project”

  1. Looks like Joshua has everything under control. 🙂
    Yup, he sure tries. 🙂

  2. That looks like a project my husband would enjoy doing too. I can see how your backyard looks sloped towards the house. Are you laying tile, scaping the yard away from the house, or something else? this is quite a project, but very well worth it afterwards. Thank you for sharing. You have a lot of nice green grass. We are in Michigan and don’t have quite that much yet.
    Yes, new drainage tile, gravel, wall coating etc. Spring has arrived here!

  3. What an adorable picture of Joshua! My little girl has that same expression when she’s around trucks. Thank you for sharing this update on the house!

  4. I was pregnant with my daughter while my husband and I flipped a house. Now she loves to “help” her daddy. She loves all the big equipment too! Aren’t little kids the greatest?

  5. WOW How good the house is looking! And how big Joshua looks in this picture. Thanks for sharing – we enjoy making projects like these a family project as well. Currently ours is a new roof and rebuilding a back porch. It is such a blessing to do these things together – “many hands make light work” and teach the children a lot. We believe a workman is worth his hire – but try not to pay labor if we can learn it and do it ourselves. Some of our most precious moments are talking and laughing while doing these projects. It has also enabled us as a family to be able to jump in and help others with projects. We would rob ourselves of many opportunities to help others if we didn’t approach these projects like we do. And what a blessing it is to be able to jump in and share with someone’s load, making their work lighter (especially our church widows and elderly). It encourages us to see others do the same. Blessings!

  6. Oh just seeing the pictures invokes not so good memories.
    Anything that involves water and dirt is not fun. However, the fact that he owns hishome debt free, alleviates most of the ugliness of the project in my opinion. I think mental anguish of “How am I going to pay for this?” is worse than the actual physical labor. He is doing the work and therefore will know that it is done correctly with the quality of materials. There is something to be said for that peace of mind, having it paid for and done with excellent craftsmanship. I will pray for the Maxwell Crew that they will have wisdom and physical safety as they work to the glory of God. We are real do-it-your-selfers too and I pray that daily for my husband and sons. Take care and thanks for sharing.

  7. Such hard work! And a project he will look back on and treasure from all that he learned. Way to go!

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