Meet Andrew James Maxwell


Hello! My name is Andrew James Maxwell, but you can call me Drew if you like. I’m God’s special gift to my daddy and mommy and big sisters—their first little boy. Being in mommy’s tummy went pretty fine for awhile, until a week ago Friday. Then, everything got really tight. So Mommy and I had to stay at the hospital. Finally, it was time for me to come.

After I was born, I cried. There were so many people looking at me, and it was very bright and not warm like it was inside Mommy. I couldn’t quite get my breath, so they had to put this thing over my mouth to help me breathe. Since the doctor knew I needed some help, they decided to take me to the place where all the little babies go that need help.

Before I left, Mommy asked if she could please touch me. I was already in my own bed and had all kinds of beeping machines attached to me. The people were really nice and pushed me close. Mommy held my hand and told me she loved me and to be a big boy. 

I went to my room, and since I was struggling, they put an IV line into my belly button.  When they were done, Daddy and Mommy came in, and Mommy talked to me and touched me. I think she was glad to know I was okay.

Around lunchtime, my body didn’t do so well, and suddenly, the room filled up with all kinds of people. The nurses put some medicine in my IV line. I guess it saved my life! I didn’t mean to scare Daddy and Mommy, and I’ll try not to do that again. The rest of the day was okay, but they had to redo my IV line, because it wasn’t working too well. I remembered Mommy’s telling me to be a big boy.

I got to meet my big sisters: Abigail, Bethany, and Christina. I think I looked kind of different than they thought I would with this funny oxygen thing on, but they liked seeing me. I can’t wait to go home and be cuddled! My big sister, Christina, thinks I need to sit up, but as many times as my Aunt Mary tries to tell her I can’t, she doesn’t understand. Maybe she will someday. 

I want to thank you for praying for me. I still need it as I grow healthy and strong. I want to grow up and be a man of God, just like Andrew and James were in the Bible. I love you all!

(And thanks to my Aunt Sarah for helping me with this post.)

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

49 thoughts on “Meet Andrew James Maxwell”

  1. Awwwww!! We love you already, little man! We will keep praying for you and your family! (Thank you, Sarah, for the update.)
    Dana for all of us


  2. Welcome Drew!!!
    Praying for you to grow big and strong so mommy and daddy can take you home.
    Wonderful to see a picture of you.
    What was your birth weight/size?

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari
    7 lbs, 4 oz!

  3. How adorable!!! I pray Nathan and Melanie will soon be home with their little bundle of joy. I will keep little Andrew in my prayers!

  4. Aww…what a sweet introduction. Yes, little mighty man we are praying for you!

  5. Aw! Very touching! Praying for little Drew!

    “By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.”

  6. Awww! He sounds wonderful! His cord has already come off? That’s amazing! Can’t wait for more photos and see that sweet face!
    Yes. I think due to the IV procedure is why it had to come off.

  7. Awww… 🙂 I will keep praying for Andrew, Melanie and the rest of the family!

    In Christ,


  8. Welcome to the world, precious Andrew James!!
    You were loved before you were born, and you’ll always be surrounded by lots of people who love you very much. Most importantly of all, Jesus loves you, and always will!!
    I enjoyed your note to everyone, and think it was so sweet of your Aunt Sarah to help you with that. I have been praying for you, and will keep praying. You’re a very special baby boy, and you have a very special family. 🙂
    Love, Mrs. Patti 🙂
    Thank you! Yes, he is so loved!

  9. What a beautiful gift from God 🙂 Fearfully and wonderfully made! Our prayers for little Drew to be able to go home with his family soon.

  10. Praise the Lord! I love his name,and will continue to lift him and Ms.Melanie in prayer. I do hope her delivery was easy (as easy as it can be), and that they will both be home soon where they belong. 🙂
    Melanie did well!

  11. Such a sweet post! My family and I have been praying for Baby Drew this week. My daughters were so excited to find out he was born. We will keep praying for him to be strong and for your whole family to feel God’s love surrounding you at this time. Be strong little warrior!
    Thank you! He’s working to be a strong little guy ;).

  12. Hello precious boy. You have a whole lot of people praying for you in Oregon. Your name is special, it means strong. My Andrew was born early but grew to be a man of God. We love you and your family.
    Thank you! You are so sweet.

  13. That is the most precious post I have ever read from your blog. Brought tears to my eyes. I’m praying for you Big Boy and I know God has his hand on you. God Bless you Drew.
    Thank you! The Lord gave the idea while I was praying Sunday morning!

  14. Continued Prayers from our family. May the Lord wrap His arms around Nathan and Melanie (and family) and give you peace. May He give the doctors wisdom. May Drew not only respond to the care given but thrive and grow.

  15. Oh my goodness!!! What an update! Thank you for writing. How scary and what a trial! We are thankful it sounds like he’s stable and things are under control. We will continue praying for you all, especially baby Drew and also Melanie’s recovery.

  16. Oh praise the Lord again for His goodness. God sure knows how to give good gifts!!! Andrew James is so precious and this post was so precious!! Again your families’ faith and witness for the Lord is amazing!! Thank you for sharing with us. We are praying.
    The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7
    For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. Psalm 84:11-12
    Thank you! God is good!

  17. Praying for Drew. Marcella is now very part time working as an NICU RN so she has cared for many of these little one’s. God has a good and perfect plan for Drew.
    Love in Christ.
    Thank you!

  18. Praying for this little guy and for peace for the family as they await him to do better. I hope that things have been going better now. How big was the little guy?
    7 lbs, 4 oz!

  19. Sarah, I think this is your best writing ever! Praising God, the true Author of this story.
    Thank you! The Lord gave it to me Sunday morning. 😉

  20. That’s a good strong weight for being so early so that must be helping him. Wonderful! Continuing to pray for little Drew as he grows stronger and can go home with mama and daddy!

  21. Thank you for the sweet update. We continue to pray for Drew and the family.
    Blessing, Sondraj

  22. Oh what a blessing this little gentleman already is, praying for you and your family.

  23. What a sweet post. I do hope the early scare is past and Drew is growing stronger every hour. It is amazing how God creates these babes so tiny and helpless, yet so strong. What infinite wisdom! God is so good! Blessings to you all. And, of course, continued prayer.

  24. Eph. 6:18
    From one family to another you are in our prayers and in our hearts
    Thanks! Awesome verse.

  25. Sweet baby! Praise the Lord Ms. Melanie made it to 35 weeks, and that he is being well cared for! Will be praying for continued strength for baby Andrew as well as for Melanie’s recovery.


  26. Congratulations….he’s gorgeous. I was born premature at 32 weeks in the 1970’s and am now 5’10” and mother to 4 gorgeous kids of my own. God bless you all

  27. Our whole family is praying….and we have asked friends to pray also. May God bless little Andrew!
    Thank you! Y’alls prayer support is wonderful.

  28. Dear Maxwell Family, 🙂
    We are praying for you all. Thank you for introducing your new precious gift, Andrew James! How are Melanie, Nathan, and the girls doing? You are a blessing to us and we are grateful for this blog. Thank you for being encouragers for Christ!

    The Lord bless thee and keep thee
    The Lord make his face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee
    The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and give thee peace.

    The M Family 🙂
    Nathan, Melanie, and the girls are doing very well!

  29. May The Lord bless thee. May he shine his face upon thee.

    Andrew James, you indeed are blessed and covered in his grace.

  30. Welcome, Baby Drew! I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. I’ve been following the story of your beautiful family for a few years now. Your big sister Bethany was due right around the same time as my first son. Last year I had another son who needed to spend 3 weeks in the NICU before we could bring him home. I know from experience how stressful it can be for the whole family, but there are some amazing people there who do some amazing things to help get babies off to a strong start. Drew, you sound like a fighter already, which is just what you need! I’m impressed that you are a whole half pound bigger than my son who was born at 38 weeks! Keeping you in my prayers and wishing you and your family the very best!
    Thank you for sharing! Yes. NICU staff are amazing!

  31. Dear Sarah,
    We love your writing. God truly has blessed you with a talent that blesses us. We are praying and waiting on your next wonderful Moody book. 🙂 We are praying for the LORD’s leading as He lays out all of the details and places this amazing resource into many hands. My son just loves these books. Thank you for following the LORD’s leading and providing us parents with these books. They are so needed, an answer to prayer. :)My son really identifies with Mitch! He makes “Biblical burritos” all the time! Drew will love these books as well I am sure! You are a special aunt. 🙂

    May the LORD bless you richly as you serve Him.
    M Family
    Thank you for your prayers! God is so good, and He has truly blessed this Moody book!

  32. We praise the Lord for God’s special gift of Drew. Our son Graham took Nathan’s class and so enjoyed it. Graham was born 1 lb 9 oz, 4 mths in the NICU , he is now 14 yrs old and almost 6 feet tall. We will pray for you and precious Drew to be home from NICU very soon.
    Wow, Graham had a long road in the NICU! So glad he is healthy now. Blessings.

  33. How is the little guy doing?
    Good! We’ll try to post an update soon!

  34. Praise God for this wonderful blessing of baby Andrew! So glad Melanie is doing well, and that these reports about this precious boy are also very encouraging! What a gift! And what a testimony to others about trusting the Lord Jesus Christ in such fears and trials as pregnancy and birth can be (as well as trusting in everything!).
    So glad to read the previous comment’s answer about Andrew doing well–I’ll be eager to see the update!
    Congratulations to all! I am rejoicing with you!

  35. Aww…he is so sweet! <3
    We will continue to keep your family in our prayers!
    Thank you for the up-date…it was written cute! 😉
    Love & Blessings~
    The M Family

  36. We rejoice with you all in the safe arrival of baby Drew! Congratulations and praise the Lord!

    Sending love and prayers from NJ

    Lisa and Hannah

  37. What a great post! Congratulations! Covering baby Drew and all your family in prayers. I can just imagine how excited his big sisters were to meet him.

  38. What a blessing!
    We are praying for you all and Baby Drew.
    Nehemiah was born 11 weeks early almost a year ago and is doing great.
    Keep looking to Jesus.

    Diana for the family
    So glad Nehemiah is doing well!

  39. Congratulations! 3 years ago we had our 5th sweet blessing born at 34 weeks and 4 days. He ended up spending 13 days in the NICU with pneumothorax and a PDA. They missed his lip and tongue ties which changed our feeding plans, but now he’s a happy, healthy boy. May God grant you peace and strength to endure this trial and come out victorious. He truly is a good God!

  40. Congratulations on your new little boy. I pray that God will help him grow healthy and strong, and that you may bring him home to his family soon.

  41. Congratulations on the birth of Drew. His birth weight was very good considering he was born at 35 weeks! May his health continue to progress so he can go home to be with the family. He is a lucky guy to have so much love awaiting him.

  42. Precious introduction. Praying for Drew. Praise the Lord, he is doing well. 🙂

  43. I’m praying that you get to come home to live with your Daddy, Mommy, and big sisters really quickly Drew. I’m so happy that you’re here. Sometimes that adjustment from Mommy’s tummy to this world can be rough, but I know that with God’s help, you’re going to do just fine!

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