Baby Deborah Maxwell and the Story

Thank you all for your excitement over Deborah. She’s such a cutie! We stand in awe of the Lord’s grace in Nathan and Melanie’s lives over the years. They now are holding six children. This is from a couple who struggled with infertility, lost their firstborn, and also two babies through miscarriage. 

Melanie’s pregnancy with Deborah was her best yet! Her doctor is incredible, and they’ve used her since Andrew. Melanie is given progesterone to help keep her pre-term labor down. They gave the last shot right before 37 weeks. Even with progesterone, Melanie still has contractions but not labor. Everyone expected labor to kick in after the last shot wore off, but no! Baby Deborah must not have been ready.

Finally, Sunday night, Melanie knew the real thing had begun. She labored at home for awhile before they called Anna to come over to be with the kids. Then, a little before midnight, they left for the hospital, which is a good 45 minute drive. Three hours later, about 3:40 am, Deborah came very quickly. This also is Melanie’s best birth yet.

Deborah came so fast she had a lot of fluid in her lungs. They used oxygen on her for a short period. This sweet girl has a headful of dark hair and adorable, chubby cheeks. Although Nathan and Melanie did the first introduction via FaceTime, the real introduction came at the hospital.

All five siblings are over the moon, even big brother Benjamin, who relinquishes his baby spot. 

Background behind the name (from Nathan):
Deborah means a warrior, victor, fighter. It also means a bee—a creature that creates fruitfulness and beauty.

We have traditionally done character middle names for the girls. Carol is a song, a joy. Carol is also the middle name of a grandma and aunt, as well as a late great great grandma’s first name. Our desire is that she would create beauty and joy while being a fighter for Jesus Christ.

A strawberry concrete for Mommy! A well-deserved treat!
Benji and Drew, happy big brothers
The picture says it all!
Look at all Deborah’s dark hair.
Snuggles. Sister hearts are already knit!
Anna with Deborah
A happy grandma!

“I will be glad and rejoice in thee:
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
Psalm 9:2

Deborah Carol Maxwell

Announcing Deborah Carol Maxwell, born early this morning, May 13th. She weighed exactly 8 pounds.

Deborah Maxwell
Deborah Carol Maxwell

Mommy and Deborah are doing great!

Melanie and Deborah

More to come soon. Thank you for rejoicing with us!

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
Psalm 127:3

We Have NEWS!

Maxwell ladies who joined us on a family walk Mother’s Day evening

Last night, Mother’s Day, no labor for Melanie. The above picture was taken a little before 8 pm.

Less than 8 hours later, A BABY IS BORN!

Watch for the announcement hopefully tonight! We are excited!!!!!

“The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles
of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.”
Psalm 118:15

Happy Mother’s Day | 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to our incredible mom! Mom tirelessly pours herself first into her family and then into other women around the world. She’s the dedicated wife to Dad for almost 45 years, Mom to 8 adult kids, and Grandma to a growing tribe.

This lady is truly the real deal. Serving quietly in the background, meeting needs, and looking out for others’ interests. Proverbs 31:27: “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”

Mom’s driven and diligent. She pours her heart into what is before her. My Delight is the most recent example of that.

Happy Mother’s Day also to my sisters-in-law: Melanie (who is still hanging in there with Baby!), Anna Marie, Elissa, and Chelsy!

To those of you who have lost a little one this past year or a loved one, please know we care and are very sorry for that loss.

Happy Mother’s Day!


A special note from Mom (Teri) to all you mothers: Happy Mother’s Day! Bless you, dear moms, as you faithfully serve your families, investing your all in them. They may not always, or even ever, give you the gratitude you deserve, but the Lord knows every sacrifice you make for them.

As a grandmother looking back on my mothering days, I don’t regret all the time I spent with my children–reading to them, playing with them, working with them, teaching them. I do regret times I was impatient or frustrated with them. On Mother’s Day, may I encourage you to be grateful for every minute the Lord gives you with your children and use your time positively and purposefully. — Teri

Teri and Steve Maxwell

“Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31:10

Out with the Old

GiGi’s porch has been falling apart over the past few years, and after some consideration, she decided to have it taken down.

Dad tackled the project one weekend by himself (the others were out of town). I love to watch Dad’s engineer mind work. He thinks through the ramifications and goes from there. The porch was attached to the house which made it more complicated. Everything came down safely. Joshua helped Dad a little in the beginning process. I enjoyed seeing Grandpa / Grandson working together. Sure, it would have been easier for Dad without Joshua, but Dad sees the value of working with boys and giving them purpose. My brothers are great examples of that. Dad involved in them in work projects when they were little, and now as adults, they tackle all kinds of home improvements projects. Because they know it’s possible!

It’s amazing how open GiGi’s back porch now feels. I’ll do a separate post on the dumpster process and the final “product.”

This is how it looked before demolition.
Joshua wanted to help, so he assisted with carrying some light items from the porch to a storage area.
Ellie came over with me and spotted Nathan and Melanie’s cats, perched on the neighbor’s fence.
Joshua pulled out screens.
GiGi enjoyed watching and talking with Dad.
It’s down!

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before mean
Proverbs 22:29