Happy 22nd Birthday, Anna!

Anna–happy birthday! We love you so much and are grateful to the Lord for your life. You are a radiant testimony of Jesus’ love!

Little known facts about Anna:

  • She has an amazing servant’s heart.
  • She is very fit and is our great girls’ workout leader and encourager.
  • She is so creative and is such a fun aunt! Imagination is a strong point for her.
  • She is beyond incredible (can someone come up with a word?!) in the kitchen: whether it’s creating a new dish or spicing up something ordinary, she’s the gal!

Happy Birthday, Anna!

Anna Maxwell


“In righteousness shalt thou be established…”
Isaiah 54:14

A Garage Transformation

Saturday, most of the family worked in the garage for several hours. It’s one of those places that becomes a “stash all”–you know, the easiest spot to place something for one of those “in case you need it.” Some in the family love to organize more than others, but everyone likes the feeling of a clean garage ;). Joseph and Elissa even stopped over and worked through Joseph’s wood pile (they’re such a happy couple!).

The garage isn’t finished, but the first attempt was a great start!

Ice cream at the end of the day was a perfect treat too.


“In all labour there is profit…”
Proverbs 14:23

Joseph and Elissa Maxwell: Wedding Pictures, Part 4

The joy continued, and we loved talking with our guests! What a blessing that they came to share in Joseph and Elissa’s special day. There were many who had driven or flown quite a distance to come. We appreciate their sacrifice of time and resources.

The reception continued the celebration of these two lives joined together. The light dinner served was delicious and afforded guests extra time to fellowship. JandE-202


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Maxwell were introduced, and then they shared some words with the group, along with thanking both sets of parents for all they did raising them.


Of course, they cut the cake.JandE-208JandE-207JandE-204JandE-215


While Joseph and Elissa greeted guests, the truck-decorating committee was hard at work. John, as a very benevolent best man, let his truck be used.  Our friend Dave did an amazing job with the writing (he thinks fonts!).

John rented a helium cylinder, so Anna manned that. They filled the entire cab with balloons.


Notice the hat and veil on the top? Very clever, John!

Then, it was time for the send off. JandE-217


Here’s an updated Maxwell family picture, with our newest addition, Elissa Maxwell.

After the reception, Christopher took some bride/groom photos. Even though the day had held a strong forecast of rain, the Lord graciously held it off.JandE-228JandE-230JandE-231JandE-233Each moment of the special day was a treasure–after all, it’s not every day you have a sibling get married! Joseph and Elissa’s wedding was a beautiful testimony of their purity, their commitment to each other, and their love and gratefulness to the Lord Jesus.


“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalms 19:8

An Autumn Evening

Yesterday, we watched Joshua and Ruthanne for part of the day so Christopher and Anna Marie could celebrate their anniversary (4 years–congratulations!), run errands, and go to a midwife appointment. Anna Marie’s Baby is doing well, and the due date is in March.

Last night, Anna, Jesse, and Mary enjoyed some games of trackball. It makes for a great activity to expend a bit of energy before winding the day down.

May we each be grateful for every day the Lord gives us to serve Him! There are many opportunities to bless those around us.



Grandpa and Josh took a little ride on the tractor.DSC_3461DSC_3469DSC_3505DSC_3508DSC_3518DSC_3519DSC_3529



“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.”
Psalms 71:6

Of Energy and Giggles

… Aunties’ Time!



Little ones bring so much joy. Take a moment to give the closest one a hug and tell them how much you love them.


“But Jesus called them unto him, and said,
Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:
for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Luke 18:16

God’s Plans

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:9


“From the rising of the sun unto the going
down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.”
Psalms 113:3