What’s a Rattle Without a ?

At Dad’s birthday party, we had a special time celebrating another year the Lord has given Dad.

As Dad opened his gift from Christopher and Anna Marie, he was surprised to find a rattle in it. Shock, awe, and excitement infused the room. Another baby on the way!  We gave hugs to Christopher and Anna Marie and congratulated them. Ruthie and her newest sibling will likely be about a year apart — and we are thrilled.

They would appreciate prayers for Anna Marie and Baby during this time. Anna Marie has had reassuring bouts of morning (aka: you mamas know that it’s not confined to morning!) sickness, but she’s grateful for that. Joshua adores Ruthie, so I’m confident Baby #3 will be just as high on his “like” list.

Oh, announcing with a rattle is sort of a family tradition. Nathan and Melanie did it with Susannah’s news, and Christopher and Anna Marie have now done it for all three.

Joyfully His,
Sarah for the rest


“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
Psalms 127:3

49 thoughts on “What’s a Rattle Without a ?”

  1. Awwww, congratulations! I hope the “morning” sickness abates soon — reassuring, yes, but hard not to keep hoping it will just stop! We are surely excited for your family! What a blessing!

  2. Praise the LORD for His blessings! What a cute way to share the news 🙂 I’ll be praying daily for both Anna Marie and the baby!

    “For this child I prayed, and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of Him.” ~ 1 Samuel 1:27

    Thank you.

  3. Oh wow!! Exciting news indeed! We will certainly keep them in our prayers.

    In Christ,


    Thank you.

  4. Wow! How exciting!!! Congratulations!!!
    We will be praying for you!
    🙂 🙂 🙂
    Thank you. We are excited too.

  5. Oh, goodie! Yay! Congratulations, especially to Christopher and Anna Marie. God bless you.

    Love, Rebecca


  6. My first two are 12 months and 3 weeks apart. It was pretty tough until they were both walking, but now they are best buddies – well, mostly. LOL They are 11 and 10 now. 🙂

    I’m sure they will be sweet little buddies.

  7. Congratulations! It’s so exciting to watch your family grow. Babies are a blessing! (And Ruthie is really growing, too!)

    Thank you. Yes, Ruthie is really growing up!

  8. Congratulations! We had a set of “Irish twins for our second and third children also. Such a joyful time.
    Praying for health, energy, and all of the help you need to be provided.
    And be forgiving of yourself if you aren’t able to keep up with housework and things as well as you are used to. It’s only a short season.

  9. Congratulations!!!! A new life is such a blessing!!!! With three little ones, Christopher and Anna will be even busier.

  10. Oh i am so excited for them… I love it when siblings are close in age. How old is Ruthie? Thanks for keeping us posted!
    6 months

  11. *squeals with delight* CONGRATULATIONS!!! Praying for your precious family. What a wonderful birthday surprise Steve. 🙂
    Amen and amen!!

  12. How sweet!! What a blessing! I know your daughters-in-law are very busy and hands on in their homes. I often wonder what it would be like to hear from them on the blog. Maybe for us mamas still in the season of lots of littles to manage?!
    Congratulations to their family!!!
    Yes, life is full for them too ;).

  13. What a wonderful birthday gift for Dad. Will be praying for all. Does Dad keep the rattles?


  14. Oh, we are so happy for Christopher and Anna Marie!! How exciting! We will pray for baby and mama, and the whole family.
    Rejoicing with you!

    Thank you.

  15. Oh my, what joyous news – the Lord is so grascious! May we all be so receptive to the Lord’s blessings in our lives! Praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy for Anna Marie 🙂

    Thank you.

  16. How exciting! Congratulations to the whole family! We will keep Anna Marie in our prayers!


    Thank you.

  17. Wonderful news what a gorgeous family. I love the matching shirts boys too!! Blessings

    Anna Marie loves to work on coordinating outfits.

  18. Congratulations~that’s very exciting news!
    I’ll add Anna Marie to my prayer list. For the nausea and throughout the coming months.

    Thanks for the prayers.

  19. How wonderful! My first two are ten months apart (would have been exactly a year but #2 came early) and today they are 3 and 4 and are close as can be. We will have 4, 5 and under when our newest comes soon and I absolutely love it! It’s precious seeing children grow up together so close in age! Praying for a great pregnancy and birth! Congratulations! 🙂

    Thank you.

  20. Wonderful news. Congratulations to Anna Marie and Christopher! It must be exciting for all to see the next generation of Maxwells increasing in numbers.
    Our prayers are with you.

    Thank you.

  21. Congratulations, Maxwells!!!!!!!! How awesome!!! Praise the Lord for another little blessing!!!!! Psalm 127:3-5 🙂

    Thank you!

  22. Aww congratulations!! That is a great way to surprise y’all! Excited for y’all!! God bless!

    We are excited.

  23. Congratulations!! New babies are always such a joy! You Ruthanne and the new baby will be a year apart – so does that mean Anna Marie is due in February? Oh 3 babies under 3, Christopher and Anna Marie have their work cut out for them, but the Lord always provides!

    Yes, due date is in February. They are very excited!

  24. CONGRATULATIONS!!! 🙂 Am praying for Anna Marie and the new Baby Maxwell. Such an exciting time for you all!
    Love, Mrs. Patti
    Thanks. Yes, we are so excited. God is good!

  25. Congratulations! That is a wonderful gift to give the rattle, and a marvelous, wondrous gift from the Lord to have a baby!

  26. Congratulations! So happy for them. I love it when brothers/sisters are close in age. I believe that they are closer(best friends) in the long run than when they are spread apart with many years in between. Did you all have any idea before Anna Marie gave the rattle as a present?
    As soon as we saw the rattle, the cheering began!!! We were completely shocked–no ideas ;).

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