Saving Money = More Sharing

Last year, we toured Samaritan’s Purse headquarters during our fall trip, and when November rolled around, we decided to pack some Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. This year, we have been buying things on sale during the year, and thus we will be able to pack more boxes with our available finances.

Mary and I have been watching for toys and clothes on sale. We always try to browse the clearance section when we are shopping. Sometimes we find good deals, but sometimes we leave empty handed. It’s been exciting to watch our pile grow. After Resurrection Sunday, we went shopping and found cute stuffed animals and candy on sale. Our best find was children’s winter hats at 10 cents each. Another time we had a $5 off coupon for Joann’s and were able to get yarn that was on sale for the older girls’ boxes.

In Christ,
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“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27

Maxwell Fall Trip — Or Not?

As many of you know, we parted ways with our bus last fall. It was so hard to say good-bye to him. He’d carried us thousands of miles and been our home-away-from-home. Yet, he was failing, and ongoing maintenance and repairs were extremely expensive. We don’t know for sure what our method of travel will be, but for now it seems like it’ll be back to hotel days.

We’ve had interest in conferences for this fall (September), but there hasn’t been enough stops to schedule a trip. Obviously without a bus, we need to be efficient in our trip planning and time on the road.

If you’re feeling the Lord leading you to coordinate a conference this fall, please contact us by June 15th. If a trip did come together, it’d probably be for just two weeks, with 2 or 3 weekend Energize! conferences, and Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit mini-conferences during the week. The trip will need to have most evenings/days filled to make it feasible.

June 15th is just one week away before we need to make a decision of fall trip or not. If you feel a heart-tug, please pray about it, and then if you feel the Lord’s confirmation, contact us. We’re happy to be where the Lord has us: at home or on the road!




There’s no secret about it. We love to travel as a family. Each member is part of the team, and when one gets married, everyone else pitches in to cover what they did.


“… that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.”
Philippians 2:19

Look Who Has Baby Chicks!

Turkey Mama does! Yes. You read that correctly. Her name is Turkey Mama because she flails out her back feathers, so Abby named her Turkey Mama. She’s a black Australorp.

Turkey Mama sat on her eggs diligently (after all, being a mom requires a lot of work!), and a little over a week ago, her first chick hatched.  After that, each day, more hatched, until her total number came to 5. Turkey Mama takes great care of her chicks, and they love to hide under her wings.

No wonder the Psalmist describes the Lord’s protection of us like a mama hen. Just like the chick chooses to go under its mom’s wings (and loves it!), we too must choose to delight ourselves in the Lord, to trust Him, and to hide under His protection.

PS – Turkey Mama is one of Abby’s chickens.



We had a little “catch the chicken” operation going on here. The goal was to corner some and then take them over to Gigi’s yard in the wagon to eat cicadas. Do you have the 17-year cicadas in your area? A forth-coming post on that.

“He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Psalm 91:4

Memorial Day at the Maxwells

I’m grateful for chances to spend time together as a family and extended family. Most of all, I’m grateful for the Lord Jesus and His salvation. I can’t imagine life without Him.

Memorial Day everyone was busy with projects, but we gathered together for dinner and Bible time in the evening.



Cute baby face!
Cute baby face!
We had a nest in the rafters under our porch, and I showed Tina one day how you could peek through the crack at the nest from the deck. She loved taking people there and showing them the baby birds.
For an end-of-school reward, Bethany got her own Bible! She was so excited.


“Let the words of my mouth,
and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14

Joseph’s Concrete Pour

Recently, Joseph called another work party for a concrete pour. It’s been about 2 1/2 years since the last, which was his driveway. This time, he needed to do his back porch (yay!) and his shed pad. The guys worked efficiently and each one had their area of expertise. They have to keep things moving as concrete doesn’t have much grace time!


The audience.


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“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule…”
Proverbs 12:24