Remembering My Niece, Susannah Maxwell

Eight years ago today, Susannah made her entrance into the world. But it was only a short one.

Susannah was a perfect baby, with her soft, wavy brown hair, pudgy nose, chubby cheeks, and sweet little ears. She never opened her eyes to see her daddy and mommy. Instead, the first face she beheld was Jesus’ as she entered the gates of Heaven at 3 days old—never to experience sorrow here on earth.

We know many of you have lost babies, and we want to tell you that we care—that our hearts ache with yours. Every child is precious, and the pain of a loss is difficult. I watched my brother and sister-in-law walk the path of losing their first-born. It was hard, very hard, yet it has given me a greater compassion for those grieving.

The separation with Susannah is only temporary. I love this word picture in Revelation 22. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Imagine how beautiful heaven is!

Jesus loves little children as noted in Matthew 19:14: “. . . Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

We’re reposting the music slideshow from last year. Joseph, Anna, Jesse, and Mary recorded it and added a bridge to this recent version.


“And there shall be no night there; and they need
no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God
giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 22:5

Prayer and Fasting Day: Monday, March 23rd

We have planned another prayer and fasting day for Monday, March 23rd.

Teri will spend the day fasting and praying for specific needs in the lives of ladies. Steve will be praying and fasting with the men.

To join the prayer and fasting day, we ask that you fast and pray too. For pregnant or nursing moms or those with health issues that prevent them from fasting, you can choose a different type of fast. We have had some fast from sweets, some from media, one creative mom fasted from chewing—she made smoothies for herself when she needed to eat!

We will stop eating after dinner on the 22nd and not eat again until breakfast on Tuesday.

These are the sign-up links where we ask for your name, e-mail address, and prayer request.

We will send out a reminder e-mail before the fast day and perhaps one or two during it.

Here are a few testimonies that were shared after the last fast:

“I had a deep sense of peace and joy during this fast.”

“I feel very blessed. Nobody has ever fasted with me or for me that I know of.”

“My trust in God has grown even through these last few hours.”

“I was nervous starting because I had never fasted before. I am so grateful for the things the Lord revealed to me about myself. I have a lot of work to do on my attitude towards circumstances. I felt a peace around 6:45 and was overcome with joy.”

“During our day of fasting I feel the Lord gave me a very specific idea for how to relate to our struggling son that has already proven effective.”

“A huge praise is my husband prayed with me in the morning; that is more than a praise—it is a miracle.”

“And I set my face unto the Lord God,
to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting,
and sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3)


Celebrating! Mary Maxwell’s Graduation

I’m so excited to share with you that Mary is graduating from high school. Tomorrow night, we celebrate Mary’s graduation. Our family started homeschooling in 1985, so my parents, Steve and Teri, homeschooled for 30 years!

If you feel so led, please leave a note of encouragement to Mary below in the comment box. She’d love that!


I’ll be sure to share about Mary’s party later.


“Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15

Our New Barber and Hair Stylist

Dad has cut the boys’ hair for as long as I can remember, but just recently a new barber and hair stylist stepped onto the kitchen floor (the place where haircuts take place in our home). Mary is the newbie and has done amazingly well. She started by watching as Dad cut hair, but very quickly Mary was ready to jump in with the clippers and give it a try, under Dad’s tutelage. The guys were just fine to let her experiment and learn on their hair, but I can testify that they didn’t have one bad haircut! At this point, Mary is totally independent in her haircutting. Now even Dad doesn’t have  go out to a barber but is able to stay at home and get great haircuts from Mary. Good work, Mary!

Serving Jesus,


“Let no man despise thy youth; but be
thou an example of the believers, in word,
in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12

Aunt Mary’s Lil’ Buddy

I recently learned how much Joshua likes to help his mommy make cookies. I too love to make cookies, so I thought we could spend some time together baking some.

While we were babysitting Christopher and Anna Marie’s children one day when they had a midwife appointment and date, I asked Joshua if he wanted to help Aunt Mary make cookies. He quickly put down his toy chain saw and came running to the kitchen. He took great delight dumping ingredients in, especially the “smoke” (or the flour). But the best part—eating the dough (before the eggs were added)!

For the next week and a half, he told me several times, “Thank you, Aunt Mary, for making cookies with me; it was very yum.”  One day when I was over there, he said, “Aunt Mary? Maybe tomorrow I could come over to your house, and we could make cookies together. That would be VERY special!” He’s only 2 years old!

We happened to be babysitting the kids a couple days later, so Josh and I got to work again making cookies! After much dumping and many bites later, the cookies were finished. I think a tradition has started—at least in his mind.


One happy guy!
One happy guy!



“My son, eat thou honey, because it is good;
and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste.”
Proverbs 24:13

ITonRamp’s HTML-Step One in Website Design and QuickBooks

joseph-elissa-4HTML-Step One in Website Design is starting next week, March 9th. Websites are here to stay, and whether you’d like to learn HTML for a business or a personal website, this is your starting point. Perhaps you dream of creating a site, but you don’t feel you are capable. You are.

It’s simply a matter of learning, and to do that you start with basic steps such as you will find in Joseph’s class.

Don’t delay in signing up, because we may hit our class size and need to close registrations early. Joseph’s follow up CSS-Step Two in Website Design Course starts April 13th.

Victoria, a past student, shared:

I joined the HTML class hardly knowing anything about building websites. I didn’t even know what HTML was. Step by step I learned not only what HTML was but how to use it. When the course was finished, I joined the CSS course as well. After completion I was able to make a website on my own. The material was easy to understand, and the webinars were the highlight of my week!

I’ll add that I’ve seen two websites Victoria created with her skills, and she did a wonderful job!

Christopher’s QuickBooks course begins March 16th. I believe learning a financial software is a valuable skill to have for any young person or parent. My first taste of QuickBooks was over 15 years ago when a local dentist needed us to input his checkbook ledger into QuickBooks. It was great experience for me, and then when Titus2 launched, I continued learning QuickBooks.

It's possible learning QuickBooks could help you work from home.
It’s possible learning QuickBooks could help you work from home.

Whether you have a business or desire to do freelance consulting, QuickBooks’ knowledge is important.

If you are looking at an ITonRamp course and aren’t sure if it would be beneficial for your situation, or you just have a question in general, we welcome your call. If we’re taking another call, please leave a message, and we’ll be sure to call you right back.

Recently, I spoke with a homeschool mom who wanted to discuss the QuickBooks course. Their family has two businesses, and they don’t use QuickBooks, but rather some form of a ledger. She was amazed to find out how simple yearly taxes can be with QuickBooks. That’s one small advantage of using QuickBooks. There are many more. If you have QuickBooks, go to this course link. If you need the software, use this course link.

Hannah, a past student, shared:

The QuickBooks course was super helpful! You learn so much when you have an instructor who can help you understand concepts and find errors, as opposed to leafing through a manual on your own. Having a scheduled class structure helps you get through the basics much quicker than if you were to teach yourself at your own pace and when you get the time. The practice company was wonderful for putting to use what you’re learning right away, before you forget it all. And I appreciated the atmosphere as well — notably lacking the worldly influences. All in all, it was a very enjoyable and practical class.

We at the Maxwell house believe in learning, and a broad skill set is important. I want to be prepared for however the Lord wants to use me, both now and in the future.


“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful
also in much: and he that is unjust in the least
is unjust also in much.”
Luke 16:10

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