Schedule Breeze

Managers of Their HomesWe have been blessed the past few years to have had available something that Managers of Their Homes scheduling moms had been requesting—software to use to design their schedules. Recently, Joseph, our programmer, has invested time enhancing ScheduleBreeze to make it even more user friendly and powerful. The Beta testing of it has gone well, and it is now fully released.

I love using ScheduleBreeze, and I often recommend it. ScheduleBreeze simplifies schedule revisions plus the generating of multiple schedules. Dragging and dropping activities onto the schedule mimics the process of putting the schedule blocks onto the Master Schedule with sticky tac.

logo-sbScheduleBreeze is available for a yearly subscription of $15. Joseph is so confident that you will like ScheduleBreeze that he is currently offering a free month trial (offer ends September 15, 2015) for all registered Managers of Their Homes owners. Of course, Joseph would then like you to continue that subscription for each of the years you are homeschooling and need a schedule. We think ScheduleBreeze is a powerful tool in helping you develop a schedule and then be able to implement it.

Trusting in Jesus,

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:16

Labor Day

We had an immediate family breakfast after working out and Bible time, which was sweet (literally!). Then, we went about our normal activities, including trip preparations for some.

In the evening, we gathered for a big family meal. It’s a merry event, with lots of talking and laughter. In fact, at one point, I noticed there were four conversations going on in the dining room and kitchen area (all open). Plus, with seven little ones underfoot, there is activity galore. Joy!


Drew ready to start on his dinner. His smile is winning.
Drew ready to start on his dinner. His smile is winning.
Hmmm. A fork isn't too necessary.
Hmmm. A fork isn’t too necessary.
Tina wanted her picture.
Tina wanted her picture.
End result: success!
End result: success!
Awww. Aunt Mary is reading. I want to get in too!
Awww. Aunt Mary is reading. I want to get in too!
We celebrated some birthdays too.
We celebrated some birthdays too.
A sweet Betsy smile.
A sweet Betsy smile.
Anna Marie made this for Mom.
Anna Marie made this for Mom.
Ruthie and I. Notice all the activity in the background.
Ruthie and I. Notice all the activity in the background.
Drew is always on the go. Seriously.
Drew is always on the go. Seriously.
Anna and Drew.
Anna and Drew.

May we each echo the joy of the Lord today. See this beautiful verse from Isaiah.

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my soul shall be joyful in my God;
for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments,
and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
Isaiah 61:10

Happy 1st Anniversary, Joseph and Elissa Maxwell!

Joseph and Elissa, September 2015
Joseph and Elissa, September 2015

Three hundred and sixty-five blissful days ago, Joseph and Elissa were married. We want to wish them a very Happy Anniversary!

What a special day September 6th was, full of happy memories for all of us. It was a privilege to witness their vows, to see their joy and delight, and to wholeheartedly support them.

Joseph and Elissa are more in love now than ever, and they desire that their lives would be a testimony of Jesus.

Happy Anniversary! We love you!


Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”
Proverbs 18:22

Overcome Your Procrastination

“Your success in life and work will be determined by the kinds of habits that you develop over time. The habit of setting priorities, overcoming procrastination, and getting on with your most important task is a mental and physical skill. As such, this habit is learnable through practice and repetition, over and over again, until it locks into your subconscious mind and becomes a permanent part of your behavior. Once it becomes a habit, it becomes both automatic and easy to do.” (Eat That Frog – 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
marys-sketch-blog-3For some moms, making the schedule is the easy part. They produce schedule after schedule, but they never manage to live those schedules. They put their priorities into their schedule, but they don’t move on to developing the habit of following it. As Brian Tracy says, it takes mental and physical skill to learn a new habit, and it is achievable through repetition.

We all had to work pretty hard when we first learned to ride a bike. Then with practice, it became second nature. Then even though the practice took effort, we found riding a bike enjoyable.

If you have to, force yourself to stick to your schedule until it becomes a habit. We think you will be highly pleased and love the peace and productivity that results. Remember, that is why you decided you needed a schedule. As soon as it is habit, it will simply flow without you having to continue forcing yourself to follow the schedule!

PS: By the way, now until September 15th, you can receive 1 month free of ScheduleBreeze. Just purchase your copy of Managers of Their Homes, choose auto-register, and then hop on ScheduleBreeze. But, hurry, the offer is about to end. Already have the book and have registered it? Jump over to ScheduleBreeze, and get started.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
(Philippians 4:13)

An Unpack-from-a-Trip Record

Can you believe the night we got home from Colorado, we unpacked in an hour? Seriously. That has to be a record. Amazing.

Our cute welcome home sign from Abby!
Our cute welcome home sign from Abby!
Bethany made one too.

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Joseph and Elissa invited us over for dinner that evening. It was so kind of them! DSC_7569 DSC_7573

Elissa made Mary a purse for her birthday!

“So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:7

Initiative | Every Parents’ Dream

So if initiative is every parents’ dream, how does one accomplish that? There is no doubt in my mind, the importance that chores and learning to work has played in our lives growing up. We have been richly blessed by that in the Maxwell home, and I’m so very grateful to my parents for that.

A portion of our back area near the woodpile was overgrown with weeds and wasn’t too pleasant to look at. One Saturday before vacation, Jesse decided to take care of it. No one asked him to or hinted at it. He dug in (literally), and the girls helped too. It was hard, hot work. Wow, the transformation was amazing! Not only does it look nice, but it blessed Dad beyond measure.

Blessing others is such a joy!




After. Ready for grass seed.

“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”
Psalm 90:17