Stand for Life

We want to encourage you to join others around the nation this Sunday, October 6th, and stand for life.

It’s called LifeChain. It is a time to gather near public roads, holding signs for life and the value of the unborn. In a world that shouts that it’s a woman’s choice, where is the child’s choice? Where is her right to life?

Please look up a location near you for LifeChain and invite friends to join.

We encourage you to watch Anna’s video below, Voice for the Speechless, and find ways to support life.


“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all
such as are appointed to destruction.”
Proverbs 31:8

Grandma’s Book Bag

My grandchildren like the three newest books in the bag book. They all have a gardening theme.

Jody’s Beans (Titus2’s Amazon Affiliate links are in this post, see our privacy policy) by Malachy Doyle is a delightful story of a grandpa and his granddaughter growing beans. The illustrations in this book are superb. It seems that several of our books, including this one, show pregnant mommies in them, and all my grandchildren notice and love that part. 

Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression tells the simple story of a little girl during the depression who ends up going with her parents from their home in Iowa to Idaho for two weeks for potato picking. In this book, too, the illustrations are fantastic.

We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines is the story of a family’s love for gardening that starts with a potted plant purchased at the hardware store and eventually that love grows into a beautiful, productive garden. There are many lessons learned in the process. In this book, the baby in the garden at the end of the story is a big hit. The storyline of We Are The Gardeners is a little more in-depth than the other two books with a paragraph or two per page rather than a couple of sentences.

Trusting in Jesus,

“And every plant of the field before it was in the earth,
and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord
God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there
was not a man to till the ground.” Genesis 2:5

Jesse’s Birthday Recap

Jesse’s birthday evening, we hosted a family party complete with an awesome spread of Mexican food. There is so much joy and commotion all mixed into one big package when all 20 something of us are together. When there are many conversations going at once, it can be hard to hear the person you’re talking to! The dynamics between all the cousins are very cute as well.

The little ones are also at the age where they love to make/give cards. So special!

A big brother!
Ellie loves to take care of the crumbs from highchairs (and the floor!) after the kids are through.
Looks like John is discussing the pros / cons of a healthy cracker with the sisters-in-law.
Bible time is a special part of our evenings.
What a cute crew!
Plenty of eager helpers
Usually the middle of the living room is filled with little kids and their antics

Did you catch the hint up near the top? Yep! The Maxwell family continues to grow. Joseph and Elissa are excited to welcome Baby #3 early next year (late January/early February). Elissa and Anna Marie’s babies will again be quite close together. We rejoice with a family who welcomes children as a gift from the Lord!

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

Welcome Autumn and a Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Maxwells’ Pumpkin Muffins

There’s something so beautiful about autumn in Kansas, and today, we welcome it officially! God is gracious to allow the sun to rise each day and to set. The seasons are predictable. “… for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).

To welcome fall, I want to share a pumpkin muffin recipe from the Maxwells. This muffin is bursting with flavor and so moist, but dense, so it won’t receive any puffy-bakery-top muffin awards. It’s our go-to recipe for family holiday breakfasts in the winter.



Combine the dry ingredients.
Chocolate chips are semi-optional. 🙂
Before baking with streusel topping
Pumpkin Muffins

Maxwells’ Pumpkin Muffins

Yields: 12 muffins
1 cup flour 
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt 
1/2 cup plus 2 TB. brown sugar
2 eggs 
1 cup pumpkin 
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup oil 
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips (can be omitted)

Preheat oven to 350º. In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. Next, add the eggs, pumpkin, milk, oil, and vanilla, and stir until combined. Add chocolate chips.

Line 12 muffin tins with muffin cup liners, although this is not necessary. If you don’t use liners, make sure to grease the pans. Sprinkle topping over muffins if desired. Bake for 16-19 minutes until the desired doneness.

Streusel Topping (optional)

1 TB. melted butter 
2 TB. flour
3 TB. brown sugar 
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon together while melting the butter. Stir in the butter. The mixture will be soft, buttery clumps. Sprinkle on top of each muffin before baking.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Saying Good-Bye to Summer

Y’all, it’s time to say good-bye to summer. It’s hung on for quite a while here in Kansas, and before I have a special autumn post on Monday, I thought I’d share something else.

Mom was a lifeguard and swimming instructor in her teens, and she’s an excellent swimmer. This is her third year giving swim lessons to Nathan and Melanie’s kids. Every week, she dedicated swimming lesson time with each child, working on their skills. She has a plan on what to teach them based on their level, and it’s exciting to see the progress over summer.

While waiting her turn, Bethany read a Moody book. 🙂

Then, last month, the kids did a Show and Tell for some of the family.

Mom with her students

“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!
therefore the children of men put their trust
under the shadow of thy wings.”
Psalm 36:7

Happy 25th Birthday, Jesse!

These three are close buddies

Happy Birthday, Jesse! We’re grateful for you, your love for Jesus, faithfulness to share the Gospel, work ethic, and love for the family.

Jesse enjoys studying God’s Word and besides his morning quiet time, he can often be found in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons doing more studying. He truly values a solid foundation which is only through Jesus.

Happy Birthday! We pray you continue to grow even more in the Lord and pursuing Him.

Jesse loves his nieces and nephews
Jesse on Uncompahgre Peak pointing out something below

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example
of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity,
in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12