Drew and Grandpa’s Phone

You know how little ones love big people things. Well, the other night, Drew tugged on Grandpa’s phone. Grandpa had an idea. He stores his phone in one of those handy OtterBox clips, so he took it off and clipped it on Drew’s pants. Drew was 100% pleased and walked around feeling very important. Occasionally, he would stop and glance down at it.

So, today, when everyone was over, I wanted to get some pictures, so we put it on him. Talk about cute! The best part is when someone calls Dad’s phone. Drew just stops and looks.


Drew and Ruthie both love balls.
“Who is calling me?”
All smiles.
All smiles.

“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

Jesse’s Birthday Party

Jesse’s birthday was (or should I say is?) September 18th, and we did some celebrating on the road, but it’s hard to properly do so when you don’t have all the amenities of home. Thursday, we celebrated for real, complete with special birthday meals and a party that evening.


Anna made delicious pepperoni Strombolis.
Anna made delicious pepperoni Strombolis.


Cousins, two weeks apart!
Cousins, two weeks apart!


Tina enjoys being in pictures lately.
Tina enjoys being in pictures lately.
Lots of helpers!
Lots of helpers!
Jesse and Drew
Jesse and Drew

“Come and hear, all ye that fear God,
and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
Psalm 66:16

ITonRamp to Close Scheduled Courses

When I write a blog post, it tends to be on baby news or updates. I wish I had some of that news to share, but at the moment we don’t! Hopefully soon. Congratulations to Joseph and Elissa on their Calia.

Instead, I’m sharing some other news, on the subject of ITonRamp.com. We launched ITonRamp in May of 2011, with the goal of equipping others with technical skills. That has been successful. Young people and parents alike have taken many courses and learned a lot. However, ITonRamp has not met our growth goals, so we’ve felt led to close the scheduled courses side. As we evaluate our business model, we may offer videos of the courses, but we’re not sure.

I am grateful for my family’s support, both in leading classes and behind the scenes help. Sarah, in particular, has been amazing at holding the organization together, keeping us on schedule, and ensuring that all the pieces needed for each course were in place.

We’ve found if a business doesn’t meet your goals, it’s time to move on. Thus, I’m renewing my focus on my IT work.

We have put one more Computer Essentials on the schedule in case anyone was waiting to take it. It will be November 10th-December 8th. Also, I know there are some out there who have considered going through A+. We are praying about making the videos from the last A+ course available in an on-demand format for the next few months. If you are interested, please leave a comment, and we’ll be in touch.

Thank you to each person who has participated in classes. May God bless and grow your technical skills for His glory.

In Christ,


“Seek the LORD, and his strength:
seek his face evermore.”
Psalm 105:4

Calia Grace Maxwell

We have exciting news!

Calia Grace Maxwell was born to Elissa and I last night, October 4th. With a headful of dark hair, she’s a little doll.

Elissa is doing very well and enjoying her bundle of joy. The labor went fast, especially for it being Elissa’s first. I was blessed to support Elissa throughout labor, and I’m thrilled to have Calia here.

Calia means “Beautiful” in Greek. As we prayed about what to name a little girl, the LORD kept directing us back to this. We love it because God’s grace is beautiful. He has transformed our lives through His grace, and we pray and believe that He will transform this sweet little girl into a beautiful, shining light for His glory.

Here are some pictures to tide you over until the real newborn session later.

For those who like details, Calia weighed 5 lbs, 13 oz.

Rejoicing in His gift of life,
Joseph, Elissa, and Calia

Calia Grace Maxwell
Calia Grace Maxwell


The happy family: Joseph, Elissa, and Calia
The happy family: Joseph, Elissa, and Calia
Elissa and Calia
Elissa and Calia
Joseph and Calia
Joseph and Calia

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them
that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad
tidings of good things!”
Romans 10:15

Congratulations, Mary!

Mary just finished an exciting project. Can you guess?!

It’s time to celebrate.



She enjoyed a little autumn baking yesterday. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after completing a huge project, and I can’t wait to share with y’all about it!


PS – I don’t think you need any more hints, but if you do, since she’s finished, I’m still working.

“My meditation of him shall be sweet:
I will be glad in the LORD.”
Psalm 104:34

Grandma’s Reading Time

There is an interesting phenomenon that happened with several of my adult children still at home. My granddaughters preferred playing with their aunts more than their grandma. I understand that because the aunties are much more creative and energetic in play than Grandma. I soon learned that I could have a planned playtime with my granddaughters at our house, but they would really rather play with the aunties. So we have Aunties’ playtime on Monday afternoons.

However, if I took my reading book bags to my granddaughters’ house once a week, they would be waiting for me at the front door excited for reading time with Grandma.

I have two bags of books. One has board books for 1 to 2 year olds, and the other has preschool books for ages 3 and up. With Abigail, who is now 7, we are beginning to read chapter books too. I am there for an hour so I read for 20 minutes to each little girl, who chooses the books we will look at. These are precious moments in my life.

Trusting in Jesus,

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 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:
but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
(Proverbs 17:22)