Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It’s time to say good-bye to 2016, and hello to 2017! The verses that came to my mind this afternoon were about how precious are God’s thoughts unto us, and they are more than the number of the sand! How overwhelming is that? God’s thoughts, His love for us, is not even measurable.

As you embark on a new year, not matter what circumstance in life you’re facing, remember these promises from God’s Word:

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.”
Psalm 139:17-18


Christmas Party

Abby is really growing up!

A few weeks ago, we had a family Christmas party at Christopher and Anna Marie’s. It was a sweet time of fellowship, singing Christmas carols, and reading Scripture!

Mary, Anna Marie, and Abby
Anna with a pile of little ones
Anna with a pile of little ones

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4

A Very Merry Christmas with a Special Surprise

We want to wish you a joyous and happy Christmas! Although this is the most happy time of the year, we also realize some may have experienced deep loss. Our hearts go out to you, and we pray the Lord Jesus fills you with His mercy.

Merry Christmas!

The Maxwells

Enjoy the special surprise below!

Recorded two years ago at our last Christmas concert.

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
for he hath visited and redeemed his people.”
Luke 1:68

The Twelve Voices of Christmas

(Sorry, we had a blog hiccup, and two posts disappeared: thus, I’m reposting! In addition, I’m extremely sorry, but your comments disappeared from the last day and a half.)

I want to share with you again about Back to the Bible’s 12 Voices of Christmas.

For the last-I-don’t-remember-how-many-years, we’ve taken an evening during the Christmas season to drive to Kansas City and listen to the 12 Voices of Christmas while we look at Christmas lights. In addition, we like to eat dinner out. It’s a sweet time of reflecting on the events surrounding our Savior’s birth — and Back to the Bible did an amazing job in helping a person feel like they were right there experiencing it.


We had a van full!

“And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in
the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew
thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not
able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed,
because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.”
Luke 1:19-20

Caroling in Frigid Temperatures!

Friday afternoon, our kitchen transformed into a poppy-seed-bread bakery! Anna Marie, bless her heart, spent several hours mixing up and making over 40 loaves. At our large dining table, Mary and Anna worked on cards (now there are sparkles everywhere: even on the dog) :: and Mom was the support staff (washing dishes, childcare, etc).

Anna Marie working on the poppy seed loaves.
Anna Marie working on the poppy seed loaves.

I will tell you that there was some debate about whether the >5 degree temperatures and ice-layer-under-the-snow should hinder our Sunday night plans, but it was deemed possible. We did have to do without the guitar (sad face!), and we didn’t have as strong numbers as normal due to babies and little ones not being able to come out. Despite all the odds, our caroling was very successful and brought a ton of Christmas cheer to our neighbors who were surprised that we were out! When one bundles up enough, the temperatures are bearable. It truly felt Christmasy with snow on the ground! I love to see the delight on our friends’ faces. What is that worth?

If you haven’t yet adopted Christmas caroling into your family’s traditions, I encourage you to consider it.

PS – I’m posting the Poppy Seed Loaves recipe at the end of this post.

Caroling to our own GiGi!
Jesse would have made Eddie Bauer proud with his outfit.
Yours truly

Poppy Seed Loaf

3 cups flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/8 cups oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons almond flavoring
1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavoring

Mix all ingredients for 1-2 minutes. Pour into 2 large, lightly greased loaf pans (in our case, we bought foil pans from the store and divided each batch into three loaves). Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean.

1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring

Cool cake 5 minutes. Then, pour glaze over cake. While warm, remove from pan.

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men.”
Luke 2:14