Happy Birthday, Mom!

Teri Maxwell

Happy Birthday to our amazing mom! The past year has flown by, and the blessings have abounded. We love to see your heart for Jesus, your family, your grandchildren, and those you mentor. You truly pour your life into countless others.

One of Mom’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her family hiking, and we’re almost there. Next week!

We love you, Mom, and we look forward to blessing you today (let’s start with chocolate chip muffins)! Happy Birthday, Mom!

Teri Maxwell

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
Proverbs 31:26

The News Is In

Colorado, here we come!

I had almost posted and told you all that we weren’t going to Colorado this August. We had decided instead to go in October due to several factors, but even October was looking like it might not work out. Suddenly, yesterday, plans changed, and we ARE going to Colorado! We leave this weekend. Wow. I like whirlwind preparations, and this will definitely be one. I can’t wait to share our adventures. And yes, Ellie is coming. 😉



“… for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art
exalted as head above all.”
1 Chronicles 29:11

Stocking Up for Winter

Autumn is around the corner. I can’t wait. You know the crisp nights, vivid blue skies, crunchy leaves, pumpkin desserts, fun sweaters–all that means fall in Kansas. Most of all, I’m really looking forward to writing. It’s been awhile.

But all that wasn’t the purpose of my post. It was about Saturday’s project. We have been accumulating free wood since last winter in a big pile. It was finally time to tackle that and rent a log splitter. Although the temperatures had cooled off from earlier in the week, it was still very warm. They started at 7:30 and took an hour lunch break before finishing at 4. Joseph was everyone’s hero as he came over and helped in the afternoon heat.

Jesse operated the splitter most of the time.
Ellie was cute.
Ellie was cute.






“In all labour there is profit:
but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”
Proverbs 14:23

Bethany Celebrates

Bethany just celebrated the beginning of another year. With brown curls, blue eyes, and a few freckles, this girl brings joy to whomever she is in contact with! I’m grateful for a sweet niece who loves Jesus and her family. Mary, Anna, and I joined them for a picnic in between all the special activities.

Bethany and Anna
Bethany and Anna
We Maxwell girls love chocolate, but not many of our nieces are chocolate fans, except for Bethany. So Anna just had to buy her chocolate-loving niece some chocolate!
We Maxwell girls love chocolate, but not many of our nieces are chocolate fans, except for Bethany. So Anna just had to buy her chocolate-loving niece some chocolate!


Here is a throwback to when Bethany was a baby. Notice how dark her hair was?


“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights, with
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
James 1:17

Back to School

For many homeschoolers, August represents a return to school after a summer break. In our homeschooling years, we had activities to make the first day of school special. Those things we did to make it special also made it less likely to be a successful real day of academic school. Not meeting our academic goals for the day made a very exciting day turn into a disappointing day. So we learned to do our special school-beginning kick off a day before we began our usual bookwork school.

I think I loved our memory-making school starting activities as much or more than the children didcelebration breakfasts, school supply surprises, photos, instructional meetings, and setting up notebooks were the mainstays of that day—no real schoolwork!

What about you? What do you do to make the first day of school special whether you are homeschooling or your children go away to school?

Trusting in Jesus,

Thanks to Sarah and Abby, Betsy, Tina, and Drew for the pictures!

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15

Shopping for OCC Shoeboxes

Remember the post about the little girls and Anna and Mary hosting a special breakfast to raise money for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes? Well, the other day, Anna and Mary took the girls shopping.

This is the perfect time as school supplies are on sale. If you’re planning on doing shoeboxes, you should check your local Wal-Mart for good deals right now. For example, notebooks were $.17 each, slap rulers $1 each, 4-pack tumblers $1.78 (making each cup less than $.50!). Obviously prices will vary across the United States, but this is a great time! They also bought erasers, t-shirts, washcloths, normal rulers, and Crayons. They only got a small supply of Crayons, as Wal-Mart was doing inventory, and couldn’t bring out the supply in the back, so the girls will return for those later.

Operation Christmas Child is an awesome way to show love to others this Christmas! You can find out more here.


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Slap-ruler-bracelets were the best part.
Slap-ruler-bracelets were the best part.

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“My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 John 3:18