Answering a Reader’s Question: How the Maxwells Handle Groceries

“How do you handle groceries with all your children now grown. Does everyone put in an amount? Does everyone buy their own, or do the parents pay for it all?” Blog Reader Question 

First, thank you to all those who left comments with blog content suggestions. We’re excited about your ideas.

Steve and I pay for the basic groceries for our family, even now that they are adults. If they want extras that wouldn’t be part of our normal meals, they buy their own. They buy their coffee and coffee supplies and snacks they prefer. Sometimes when they are at the store, they will pick something up that we need. 

We are grateful that the Lord has provided the finances for us to be able to manage our food this way. We know that each one would pitch in with food expenses if that was necessary. We would also likely have a different approach if they weren’t wise in what they did with their money.

For those of you who have adult children living with you, how have you chosen to deal with covering the cost of groceries?

Trusting in Jesus,

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall
continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). 

Announcing Caleb Alexander Maxwell

We are very excited to share Caleb Alexander Maxwell arrived safely this morning, born to Elissa and Joseph. This lively little guy weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was Elissa’s fastest labor yet. Both Elissa and Caleb are doing great. Calia and Kyle are very excited about their brother and love him. Truly, babies are a miracle and gift from God!

Congratulations to Joseph and Elissa on their newest addition, Caleb Alexander. We love you all and are thrilled with your new blessing.

Trivia fact: two years ago, Anna Marie and Elissa had babies six days apart. Now, they’ve once again had babies close together, at one week apart (if Caleb had come just a few hours earlier, it would have been six days!).

Have you noticed his headful of dark hair? So very adorable.

Caleb Alexander Maxwell

“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth. Happy is the
man that hath his quiver full of them …” (Psalm 127:4-5).

Meeting Simon Peter

Sunday, after church, we had just enough time to make it to the hospital for the little kids to visit Simon Peter before the birthday party lunch. We aunts enjoyed bringing them up, and Mom and Dad graciously stayed back to prepare food and get things ready.

Our short visit was sweet, everyone enjoying an opportunity to hold the new little guy and catch up on how things went with Anna Marie.

Happy to see their daddy!
Just before going in to see Simon Peter.
I think Danny was the most expressive of them all.
Danny was quite curious about all things
Mom holding Simon Peter after he arrived home
A happy grandpa

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
to them that have obtained like precious faith with us
through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”
(2 Peter 1:1).

Simon Peter Maxwell

Simon Peter Maxwell

Simon Peter Maxwell made his grand entrance into this world at 8:48 p.m. on January 18th. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Anna Marie and Christopher got to the hospital Saturday morning and were starting on the induction process by about noon. Steady progress through the afternoon with labor in full swing by about 5:00. 

If Simon Peter had just been 3 hours and 13 minutes later, he would have been my first birthday nephew. It was such an amazing thing to see how well the labor and delivery went. In addition, what a blessing that Simon Peter doesn’t need any NICU time for being 3+ weeks early (and about 5 weeks early as Anna Marie generally goes 2 weeks late).

Anna Marie is doing great and is as radiant as ever. She already has some relief from her varicose veins!

Anna Marie, Simon Peter, and Christopher Maxwell

Baby Name Meaning

Simon: obedient, hearing (literally: “he has heard”)
Peter: stone, rock
Simon Peter: One whose strength comes from his close relationship with Christ.
Scripture Verse: “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust…” (Psalm 18:2)

What is the next step?

Now that Simon Peter is here, things can be better planned for Anna Marie’s treatment. One surgeon recommended about 4 weeks of healing before she undergoes surgery. They also have a consult with another surgeon on the 29th. Either way, there will be some time before the next step. 

We are so very grateful for your prayers.

Sarah for the rest

Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell Family

“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud,
to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire,
to give them light; to go by day and night” (Exodus 13:21).

Happy Birthday Sarah

We love how God has blessed so many through Sarah’s life. She takes great delight in being able to encourage others. We thank our God for how she strives to bless others through the Titus2 blog, writing wholesome children’s books, photography, and bookkeeping. She is an incredibly hard worker and blesses many in the course of each day. 

Happy Birthday. We love you.

Earlier photo showing the same sparkle.
A newborn photoshoot for some dear friends.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).

Baby Boy is HERE!

Baby Boy arrived safely tonight! He’s doing well and so is Anna Marie. More details to follow. We’re praising the Lord for His amazing goodness. Thank you all for your faithful prayers. We’re grateful.

Sarah for the happy family

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”
Psalm 107:8