Family Times at Christmas

I want to give you a peek into the joyful get-togethers we had around Christmas. We have so much to be thankful for!

Traditionally, our extended family comes over for Christmas Eve. It’s an all-day event, with a special breakfast, gift opening after that, a snack lunch, naps for those who want, games, then our big dinner, followed by the Christmas program.

Then, on Christmas Day, we Maxwell kids do a 12 Days of Christmas workout, the guys make breakfast, we go to a retirement home and sing carols, and then we exchange gifts in the immediate family, followed by another dinner for whomever wants to come.

Love,
Sarah

Jesse and Calia
Jesse and Calia
This was Drew's first time to hold Calia, and now, he's very anxious for more turns. It's adorable.
This was Drew’s first time to hold Calia, and now, he’s very anxious for more turns. It’s adorable.
Tina gave Dad and Mom a big spatula.
Tina gave Dad and Mom a big spatula.
Bethany made a sachet.
Bethany made a sachet.

I think it’s so sweet how the little girls made some gifts. Very meaningful!

Abby made little purses for the aunts.
Abby made little purses for the aunts.
Betsy made a birdhouse with her daddy's help.
Betsy made a birdhouse with her daddy’s help.

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Drew helped himself to someone else's present: so cute!
Drew helped himself to someone else’s present: so cute!
Joseph had an amazing idea. Joshua loves all brands of equipment, including Stihl. He can spell it for you too! Joseph made him a shirt, and Stihl sent Joshua a gift of the hat, sunglasses, and sticker!
Joseph had an amazing idea. Joshua loves all brands of equipment, including Stihl. He can spell it for you too! Joseph made him a shirt, and Stihl sent Joshua a gift of the hat, sunglasses, and sticker!

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Elissa made Mom baskets.
Elissa made Mom baskets.
Drew and Anna
Drew and Anna
Elissa and Joseph
Elissa and Joseph

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Dad and Mom with their 2 grandsons.
Dad and Mom with their 2 grandsons.

Then, our Christmas program that evening.

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Elissa, Bethany, Abby

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The workout crew (plus me, but I'm taking the photo)
The workout crew (plus me, but I’m taking the photo)

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Dad, Jesse, John made us breakfast

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“… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15

Little Girls

I’m working on a post to share all our Christmas festivities, so watch for it soon.

But, I had to share these recent pictures. What is it about little girls and babies? Adorable, I say!

Love,
Sarah

Ruthanne
Ruthanne
Christina
Christina
Bethany
Bethany

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be
converted, and become as little children, ye shall
not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:3

2015 Year Picture Clips at the Maxwells and Titus2

… And Some Things You May Not Know

I tried to include some pictures you may not have seen on the blog this year, so enjoy! I’m only listing a few things per month, as I could write a page about each month’s activities.

January. We celebrated my birthday, postponed John’s due to his traveling, went ice-skating (Nathan and Melanie’s Christmas present), and I started Colorado with the Moodys outline.

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February: We celebrated John’s birthday, recorded product videos, and received the exciting news that Joseph and Elissa were expecting.

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March: Mary graduated from high school, spring temperatures felt delightful, we launched Titus2 product videos, Lydia was born, and we had a “thank you Mom/Teacher” celebration trip to the zoo.

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April: Ahhh. Spring! More projects and celebrating Resurrection Sunday.

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May: We enjoyed more indoor and outdoor projects (including Jesse finishing a stand up desk, Mary decorating a wall in the living room, and Joseph pouring his back patio), Sarah launched a Kindle giveaway of Summer with the Moodys and made it in the top 100 free Kindle books on Amazon, and we had multiple family celebrations.

Mary and Anna made this mostly-edible bouquet for Mother's Day.
Mary and Anna made this mostly-edible bouquet for Mother’s Day.

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We did put our own pictures in later. ;)
We did put our own pictures in later. 😉

IMG_5597DSC_2906June: This month found Sarah editing her book with the finish line in sight. More celebrations. 😉

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This happy couple celebrating their courtship anniversary.

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July: We had a great 4th of July, my aunt sent a beautiful graduation quilt to Mary she made, more family times, Dad shaved his beard, and Lolly the clown made her appearance.

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August: We pulled off Mom’s surprise trip to Colorado, and I sent my book to the copyeditor! Mary and Mom both celebrated birthdays in the amazing Colorado mountains.

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September: Mary sketched for Colorado with the Moodys, we went on a ministry trip, and GiGi broke her ankle.

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October: Calia arrived, we celebrated Jesse’s birthday late, Anna’s birthday on time, my book went to the printer and was completed, the family pulled off a surprise “congratulations on the Moody Series” party, and Dad wrapped up his Business Jump Start course.

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November: We had lots to be thankful for as the year wound down, including news of Christopher and Anna Marie’s new baby. The girls also put together many gift shoeboxes for children.

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December: What a wonderful way to end the year, with more family times, Christmas surprises, Mary, Joseph, Elissa, and Calia taking a trip to Denver for Operation Christmas Child (report coming later!), and celebrating Jesus’ birth!

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We are excited to see what 2016 has in store. Happy New Year!

Love,
Sarah for the rest

“Walk in wisdom toward them that
are without, redeeming the time.”
 Colossians 4:5