Random Life from Changing Seasons to Anticipation

Spring had a slow start, but now it’s in full gear, with warm temperatures, abundant sunshine, and trees budding out.

This past month has been full with normal life and work, launching Mom’s book, time with family and friends, and opportunities to seek Jesus more fully.

For the anticipation part, we’re excited about Nathan and Melanie’s newest addition, now due in less than a month. When will Baby Maxwell vote to come? Any guesses?


An after-lunch-on-Sunday happy kiddo + aunts + uncle rousing game of tag. If you watch the progression of pictures in this post, you’ll see how much spring really blossomed.
Uncovering strawberries
Unloading books from the printer
We take the seats out of the van (Nathan and Melanie let us borrow theirs), and use a wooden platform Dad had built years ago. It turns an ordinary van into a cargo-type van!
Dinner with friends (and they love Ellie and wanted her to come)
Saturday work project: oiling garage doors and replacing a spring which broke the day after Dad’s heart procedure
The team
A gift for Lydia’s birthday!
One Sunday, Joshua hurt his nose while playing outside and ended up with a nosebleed. Anna’s quick thinking kept it at bay, and it wasn’t serious.
Shipping books out!
Abby made a treat for Anna who was studying hard for some tests.
Mom and Dad love to do projects together
Liddy (left) and Ruthie (right) helping Danny (middle) learn to ride his Strider
Some days just call for a cat nap (aka Pickles, Tina’s cat)
Did you know Ellie is really partial to fleece blankets?
Time to mow the yard!
Jesse playing with the kids one day–I believe this was ball tag of some kind.
Melanie’s Dad raises goats, and Nathan’s family brought this little one back. Her mom didn’t accept her, so they are bottlefeeding her. She acts more like a cuddly puppy than a goat!

This past week, we girls were able to take some time off work and enjoy a shopping trip out. And coffee.
Arnold likes to be where people are
At the Deanna Rose Farmstead
When temperatures reach 80, the shade is just the best place to be when you’re a dog with lots of fur.
Since we don’t have a fenced-in yard, sometimes I’ll run Ellie next door, and we’ll play with Christopher’s kids in his yard. Monkey in the middle is a favorite of Ruthanne’s.
Speaking of Ruthanne (and Lydia), they wanted to go on a run with the aunts. Ruthanne figured out a plan: they could ride their bikes while we ran. Great idea, and great company!
Enjoying company
Grandpa and Benji, his helper, putting away things after church

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39

19 thoughts on “Random Life from Changing Seasons to Anticipation”

  1. I loved seeing your pictures! So sweet! The picture of Liddy and Ruthie helping Danny ride his Strider is so cute! I really enjoy seeing your random life updates! Thank you for sharing them!

  2. Love all your pictures! Sweet family and friends. Arnold, Ellie, and Pickles are so cute!

  3. I’m going to guess May 12th for Baby Maxwell’s arrival!

    Glad to see Steve doing well.

    Always love seeing cute photo’s of the little’s.

    Now, you know we are all curious as to what Anna is studying for, right?

    Blessings from Texas!

    1. The most common name I’ve heard her called is Mrs. Goattee McGoat or something to that effect. But she’s not going to stay with them long term. They’re taking care of her while she needs to be bottle fed.

  4. Haha, Melanie must be feeling pretty good if she feels up to taking in a goat! I’m glad she’s (almost?) early term–looking forward to seeing pictures once the baby is here!

    1. The kids are the ones who take care of the goat mainly! 🙂 Yes, Melanie is almost 37 weeks, which is considered full term. I think we’ll have baby news sooner rather than later on this one! 🙂

  5. Thank you for this “slice of life.” It was also sweet of you to mention that your family’s friends had “invited” Ellie over ? I’m a dog lover, but also a bit allergic, so I appreciate the reminder to not just spring a puppers on your host, lol. She looks SO cute under that table!

    1. Yes, they love Ellie to pieces and want her to come! 🙂 They actually watched Ellie for me when we were all at John and Chelsy’s wedding. Ellie even knows where they live and will stop on our walks — right in the street –. 🙂

  6. Yer English Cream Golden Retriever reminds me of a neighbor’s male one named Zeke that my brother and I used to help take care of, only we didn’t know the proper term for “white” Golden Retriever. Baby goats are awesome, and I’ll go waaaaayyyy out on a limb here and say they’re AT LEAST as cute as puppies or kittens. My sister has long been especially interested in them. And the grown-ups running while the kids ride along on their bikes is great. My brothers and I used to ride our bikes along when my late Dad would go running. Until I saw this blog post, I hadn’t thought of that in years! Thanks for the reminder! Y’all’s random life posts are the best, and thanks so much for all y’all do for everybody.
    More Than Conquerors,
    Jaqi from Texas

  7. Hi, I’d like to guess baby maxwell will arrive on May 19th. 🙂 love the pics!!

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