Walk Through Bethlehem in Kansas

Hi y’all! I wanted to share a few pictures from last night’s Walk Through Bethlehem. We really missed sharing through music and from comments, it was missed from others too! Maybe it will work out next year.

I still find it a marvel to step back in time and experience a taste of what Bethlehem might have been like 2000 years ago. It reminds me of when God writes a story, it’s way different than we would. His stories and plans are unspeakably better than ours!


Nathan and Christopher's families took an earlier tour as it worked better for their schedules.
Nathan and Christopher’s families took an earlier tour as it worked better for their schedules.




He is not here: He is RISEN!
He is not here: He is RISEN!
Our guide was amazing!
Our guide was amazing!

“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

I Love Christmas

Don’t you? It’s such a wonderful time of the year, and Christmas is my favorite holiday, celebrating Jesus’ birth!

I love extra-special family get-togethers and outings, baking times, spreading joy to others, Christmas music, shopping, and so much more.

For those who may be wondering, we decided not to do music for Walk Through Bethlehem and our own concert. The main reason being the time it takes to practice/prepare, and the guys’ have full work loads. So, this year, we opted not to, although we all miss it.





We went to a Messiah performance last night. Amazing! This was afterward (sorry no pictures of the concert due to not being a distraction to the musicians).
Joseph and Dashon Burton who was one of the four lead singers.
Joseph and Dashon Burton who was one of the four lead singers.
John got a selfie with Dashon Burton
John got a selfie with Dashon Burton

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for,
behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.”
Luke 2:10

Anna Marie’s Thoughts on Baby #4!

It has been sweet to see the response to our family “mini session” photo. Yes, we are overjoyed that Baby #4 is on the way, and we anticipate meeting him/her in July! It’s fun that at this point all of our birthdays create a monthly lineup, and it looks like the next little one will join right in! I am feeling quite well, with some “morning” sickness kicking in and reminding me to go easy on the holiday treats. 😉

I have been thrilled each time we find out a new baby is on the way, and I love to see Christopher’s excitement, too. This is the first pregnancy where we now get to see the little ones excited as well. We told Joshua and Ruthanne during their before-bed prayer time on a Saturday evening and weren’t sure how much of an impact it would have on them. Joshua caught on right away and was so excited he was telling some of our dear friends at church the next morning—before we had a chance to share with our families! Ruthanne, typical fashion, wanted to see the baby. 🙂

Thank you for your prayers for this pregnancy and for us as we seek to raise these precious little ones in the nurture and admonition of the Lord!

Anna Marie

Anna Marie Maxwell

“The LORD God is my strength…”
Habakkuk 3:19