Maxwells’ Fourth of July Recap

We had a wonderful Independence Day! It’s sobering to think of the sacrifices the signers of the Declaration of Independence made. Do you realize that five gave their lives because of that act? Think about that for a moment. Where would we be without their courage? Doing what is right takes courage. It’s easy to go with the flow, but it’s an entirely different thing to go against it. Matthew 7:14: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”


Abby and Bethany came over to help prepare for the party
Dad grilled
Nathan, Benjamin, and Melanie!
I really need a wide angle lens. I decided this time to do half table shots!

Hmmm. What’s up with this Drew + Ellie contest with food?
Daniel is getting to be such a grown up little guy!

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
Matthew 5:7

How to Make a Healthy Lunch with Leftovers

Anna is our queen of using a mixture of leftovers and turning out an amazing dish. We want to encourage you moms on how you can use your creativity with leftovers and make a quick lunch.

Here is a recent example with four leftovers:

  • Broccoli
  • Shell noodles
  • Green beans
  • Smoked meat

Add some oil to your pan, let it heat up briefly and then add the green beans.

Heat for a bit and add broccoli.

Stir, allowing the mixture to heat, and add the meat.

Lastly, drop the noodles in. Stir gently.

I believe seasonings are Anna’s secret to success. Here she added Jack Stack’s meat seasoning along with some Italian dressing.

Top with cheese, and enjoy!

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:4

A New Look

Today, I had a sweet outing with Mom, and I got my hair cut. I’ve had it trimmed over the years as I tried to grow it out, but I was ready for a new look.


A coffee to celebrate!

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

Brother and Sister Quality Time

I love being outdoors and enjoying God’s creation. My favorite place to be is the mountains, but an almost equally nice place is gliding along the water. Jesse and I worked out our schedules (his work and I’ll be traveling myself soon), and last Wednesday, we drove to southern Missouri and went on an 8 mile canoe float trip.

Jesse “docked” our boat while we had lunch on shore.

For a June day, it was perfect and so peaceful (only two others on the river). The crystal clear water felt good to wade in and just dangle your foot over the edge as we made our way down river. We enjoyed talking and the serenity of the atmosphere.

For those of you young people who have siblings at home, treasure each moment. Make opportunities to create special memories, for you never know when times will change!

Thanks to Jesse’s watch, we took a selfie at the end.


“As the hart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”
Psalm 42:1

Eat to Live :: A Great Way to Lose Weight

Our family loves Colorado vacations and hiking. A trip to Colorado provides excellent incentive to get in better shape. Last year Steve wasn’t able to climb a 14er because of some issues with his feet and legs. He really wants to be able to make that hike this August. There are many factors that have to be dealt with, and extra weight is one of them.

Through the years we have tried diets, but only one has been successful for Steve and me. We discovered this diet 15 years ago, when Steve had cholesterol issues.

In Eat to Live, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, encouraged us to try his diet for 6 weeks and then evaluate the results in several areas of health including cholesterol and weight (the link above was our Amazon Affiliate link, see our privacy policy here). Sure enough. Steve’s cholesterol plummeted, and we both lost weight. We stayed on the diet from January to July that year, and Steve lost 50 pounds.

While Dr. Fuhrman suggests making his diet a life-long way of eating, it wasn’t palatable enough for us to do thatat least not yet. We use it as our way of eating when we are serious about weight loss.

We refer to Eat to Live as our healthy greens and stomach-filling beans diet. Most vegetables are allowed in unlimited quantities, and we are to eat large portions of them. One whole grain, 1 cup of beans, four fruits, and 1 ounce of nuts or seeds are allowed each day. We choose to keep using salt to make our food taste better, and we weren’t as strict with the types of salad dressing as Dr. Fuhrman recommends.

With plans set for Colorado again this year, we are in the midst of a month of healthy greens and stomach-filling beans. If you are looking for a healthy way to lose weight, consider Eat to Live.

What about you? What diets are successful for you?

Trusting in Jesus,

“And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy
the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3:13).