Random Life, Summer in Full Swing

Happy July! Wow. I am shocked at how fast June went. I spent a lot of time writing, and it’s been exciting to see the Lord’s blessing upon this first draft!

My sisters are doing well. Thank you so much for praying! As those of you know who are involved in ministry work, there is often great spiritual warfare. Satan does not want to lose! This last week was super intense for them, but God brought them faithfully through! They have return tickets to come home in two weeks, and we’re excited to see how the Lord will continue to use them, and yes, I confess, anxious for their arrival home.

Soooo, without my sweet sisters and their presence, I thought this Random Life might be harder to pull off. But, again, the Lord brought together all kinds of pictures to give you a peek into Maxwell life.

It was an exciting month, with Jesse buying his house debt-free! Seeing my brother become a home-owner and now his mind turning into all-things-house has been great to see. He’s jumping into a quick remodel, and Dad and brothers have lent some help. You know how Anna and Mary are with these projects, so they’ll be happy to assist when they get home!

Dad and Mom have enjoyed early-morning-long walks before it gets too hot. Summer came very quickly here in Kansas, but we’re grateful for ALL seasons!

Okay, enjoy a peek into the last month.


Christopher and Anna Marie and all five kiddos flew to Washington to visit Anna Marie’s family. What an adorable family!

Whew, what a small crew we are without Anna and Mary. We took a Sunday evening walk in Weston, a state park nearby.

Abigail trapped a raccoon who had been taking her chickens!

This munchkin can ride a real bike now! Super cute.

Jesse signing a paper for his house.

Ha, ha. What it takes for me to write! Even Ellie! πŸ™‚

These two.

Miss Calia loves to “wash” dishes.

When Christopher and Anna Marie were in Washington, they visited a place which holds a lot of memories for them exactly 8 years prior–when they started their courtship!

Jesse working on his house

After one of their long walks.

Loving my writing!

Stopping in with a Father’s Day gift.

This Benji is total cuteness!

Dad keeps our grass mowed! Those yellow leaves have to do with the fact we’ve had an extremely hot June with little rain.

Look where Mr. Arnold decided to go as I was doing laundry. He’s a curious guy.

Nathan took a mini-trip with his girls.

Ellie met the kittens! Pickles (the gray + white one) didn’t like Ellie at all and hissed at her. Tiger, on the other hand, thought she was okay.

Ellie’s kinda used to the bat-at-her-thing from Arnold! πŸ™‚

Cleaning out Jesse’s car on a Saturday.

Joshua’s favorite place in Washington is at the Pike Place Market.

More house stuff.

Taking photos one Friday evening for a local church event.

Miss Elizabeth is really growing up!

Melanie with her two little guys

Dad and Mom stopping in to see Jesse’s progress.

Ellie still takes to being a lap dog.

Making tortillas with my nieces.

Mom with Kyle.

Trying to fill in while Anna and Mary are gone.

Mom was a creative grandma for Aunties’ playtime. She had each of the children write down their favorite game and put it in a basket. Then, they drew a paper and would play whatever game it was.

“The eyes of all wait upon thee;
and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand,
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.”
Psalm 146:15-16

27 thoughts on “Random Life, Summer in Full Swing”

  1. What a sweet post! Those babies are really growing up. My sister had her second baby on Tuesday! Easy and fast delivery and everyone is doing fine. Baby Jared is such a cuddle bug!

    I noticed that Jesse is left handed. So is my mom and my sister Faith! We’ve always said that makes them super smart, since that makes the right-brain dominant…don’t know if there’s anything to that though;)

    I always look forward to your posts, especially your random life posts! I would be curious to see just what all it does take for your writing sessions! I know mine can be mini mountains of supplies!

    Have a blessed day!

    1. Thanks, Ryana.

      Congratulations on your nephew. Jared is an adorable name!

      Yes, Jesse and I are both left-handed. πŸ™‚

      I need to get the next writing post ready, so watch for it! Love your comments!

  2. Dear Sarah,

    thank you so much for this post: I always like a sneak peak into your daily lives! I also love your writing gear and setup… Ellie included, of course πŸ™‚

    Many blessings,


    1. We love our porch chairs too. We got them from an Amish store in Jamesport, MO. We have tried to Google the company that made them, but it appears they are Amish, too, with no Internet presence.

  3. Was this the first time Anna Marie’s parents saw the new baby? It must be fun to have lots of grandchildren who can come for a visit.

    1. Anna Marie’s mom came out after Elizabeth was born, but yes, this was the first time her dad saw Elizabeth in person (if you don’t count FaceTimes! :)).

  4. Loved this post! I always love seeing a peek into y’alls lives.
    And all the grandkids are growing up so fast!

    Summer has definitely arrived here in TN and it is very hot!
    Ellie and Arnold are so cute together. I always like seeing the pictures of them πŸ™‚

    Y’all have a wonderful 4th!!


  5. Thanks for the update! Never can have too many Ellie pics, in my opinion πŸ™‚ And Arnold is hilarious! Hope you are all keeping cool!!!

    1. Good to know on the Ellie pics! πŸ™‚ Yes, Arnold is so funny. Recently, Mom found him batting around vitamins which he’d knocked onto the floor!

  6. Love all the pictures, especially the dog/cat ones. Curious, what is all that stuff you have for writing? The raccoon thing sounded like a Moody adventure!

  7. I enjoy reading about your family. Such an encouragement!

    I was also wondering where the white rocking chairs came from that your parents are sitting on. They look like exactly what we need for our front porch. πŸ™‚

  8. Love all the photos.
    Can’t wait to hear more about the new book coming out!
    Sending our love,
    God bless you all

  9. Loved these photos! And thank you for including Ellie and Arnold (and the new kittens!)—so cute. Please caution Mr. Arnold about not getting in the dryer! (That was a cute photo, though) πŸ™‚

    The little kiddos are growing and always look so sweet. And Sarah, you always have such a lovely smile. I’m so glad to see you continuing with your writing. πŸ™‚
    Love, Mrs. Patti

    1. Mrs. Patti,

      Yes, we have a growing number of cats now in the Maxwell homes! πŸ™‚ Arnold does get himself into quite the strange places, but he does not frequent climbing into the dryer, don’t worry!

      I’m excited to be writing again. Thank you for your encouragement!

  10. Love the Aunt time photo of you and the little kids so much!! Super sweet. <3!!!!

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