Happy New Year, 2020!

January 1st, 2020, the beginning of a new year and a new decade. May we treasure each day as a gift from God and use the time He’s given us here wisely.

We’d love to know what topics you’d like to see on the blog; we value your ideas.

Happy New Year with love,
Steve, Teri, Sarah, Anna, Jesse, and Mary (plus all the wonderful married brothers and their families)

“… nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able
to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
(2 Timothy 1:12)

75 thoughts on “Happy New Year, 2020!”

  1. Happy New Year!!!

    Absolutely Lovely photo!

    As a topic idea, I’d love to hear some examples of people’s different Scriptural strategies for spiritual warfare. One of the ones I have recently adopted and am really enjoying is, rewarding myself with a smilie and a $3 reward written on my whiteboard which is adding up to buy one of Teri’s books when I have done enough days of Dr. S.M Davis’s 3-point strategy of “run, attack, stand firm” when tempted to fearful thoughts etc. If I feel I have had a true heart to continue in godly thinking for a day, that’s reason to celebrate! Taking daily steps proves to me that I can do it in small chunks and so gives me encouragement to take larger steps before rewards as I get better it!

    I pray you will all be refreshed now for the coming year!! God bless you for ALL you do.

  2. Happy New year! I have found the occasional guest entries from the sisters in-laws to be helpful, to see their tips and the success in their families shared. It’s neat to see a bit from everyone and how you all live out your Christian walk and the new things you are doing. I have also liked learning about your parents health journey and how they make it work. I love gleaning from all the different people in your family. Everyone is so wise and godly; what an encouragement and help your blog has been! Thank you! I am looking forward to more pictures and mentoring 🙂 I also love to see how the single people in the family live! Keep up the wonderful assortment of posts! God bless you and keep you.

  3. Happy New Year!

    As for feedback, my favorite kinds of blog posts are:
    -recipe ideas
    -“random life” posts (esp. with Arnold and Ellie antics, ha!)
    -parenting/teaching ideas from the moms


  4. Happy New Year Maxwell Family!

    I would enjoy seeing more posts with various ministry ideas included.

    Blessings ya’ll!


  5. Happy New Year! I enjoy seeing posts about your life-random life posts, and posts about the activities that you do, but all of them are wonderful!

  6. I would like to find out about your courtship beliefs for your young ladies still at home. I have noticed that only the brothers are married.

  7. Happy new year, Maxwell family!

    I would like to see more random life posts, and some for single girls living at home.

    Wishing you all the best for 2020!

  8. Ideas for single girl job opportunity, but still serving at home. I would like to give my girls practical goals if marriage isn’t in their future. Something they will be able to get excited about.

  9. Happy New Year!
    I really enjoy the random life
    and the book writing blogs.
    When will there be the next step? =)

  10. Happy New Year to you all, too!

    I would love to see a post about how you all schedule your time as a family with adult children still living at home. I know you’ve done a day in the life, but I’m more curious how you all use the Managers of Their Homes’ ideas now without little ones at home. For example, do you create your schedules separately? Do you work on scheduling together? How do you prioritize chores/tasks as a family when working around work schedules?

  11. Happy New Year to you as well!

    Blog posts that would be interesting for me would be:
    * Recipes (especially bulk prep and Instant Pot – really looking forward to more about Anna Marie’s bean soups!)
    * Family Bible time – what does that look like in your family’s homes with young children, with multiple ages, etc.?
    * Sewing, and adapting patterns that may be too tight/short on their own

  12. We are a family with daughters (no sons). I’d like a post on how to prepare them for whatever the future holds. Should they save money to buy a house debt-free to use for marriage? Prepare for a career? Attend college to be better prepared to homeschool children? What happens if they do not marry and my husband and I pass away? How will they support themselves? They are young still, but I am thinking.

  13. I’ve been following this blog for awhile. I am in the same age range as the oldest three Maxwell children. I have found Mrs. Maxwell to be a Titus 2 woman from afar! I love posts in the nursing home ministry, homeschool days, and Sarah’s daily life pages. I would be interested in areas of finance (large family advice) and more nursing home stories!

  14. Hello. Happy New Year! I was wondering if you could share with me your reasoning behind wearing dresses only? I have thought about it for myself and my girls and would love to hear about it from you. Also possibly could share where you shop for clothes. Thanks for your all you share. You are an inspiration.

  15. Happy New Year to all the Maxwells!!
    Thank you for so faithfully writing this blog and touching many lives and hearts.
    Whatever topics you feature will continue to be helpful, I’m sure. I will add that I especially enjoy photos of Arnold and Ellie. 😉

    Love, Mrs. Patti 🙂

  16. Happy New Year! I love any of the practical how-to posts, for example:
    -like when you talked about how to clean kitchen cabinets (I’d love to know how you keep the baseboards and little nooks and crannies clean, especially around the kitchen appliances)
    -ideas/recipes on making various dishes (especially crock-pot, instant pot, and meat-free options, as well as veggie sides or salads)
    -updated basic pantry item list for Steve and Teri’s new food lifestyle
    -healthy snack ideas
    -maybe some posts about schooling multiple children, especially those who are slow in their work or don’t have a good attitude
    -tips and tricks for learning activities like math facts, parts of speech, etc.

    I must confess that I still get inspired by the daily posts about life with a lot of kids and how to persevere through that. 🙂

    Thanks for keeping up with the blog after all these years!

    1. I think some people make Pinterest boards to inspire and motivate them in housekeeping tasks. I read the Titus2 blog.

  17. Happy New Year! I would love to see blog post on finances. Tips for running a home on one income for us stay at home moms. Tips on budgeting would be great, Anything that could be helpful as I try to navigate being a good financial steward with the money my husband earns. Thank you!

  18. I like the posts about various household things (cooking, cleaning, ect.). I also like random life posts, the ones that your sisters-in-law do, and ones that show what different families are doing (like Nathan and Melanie`s and Christopher and Anna-Marie`s families).

  19. I’d love a blog post about any of the young women still at home courting and then marrying! I would be so excited! It’s what the blog readers want to read about.

  20. I really like the posts “A day in the life of…” and Random Life.
    I also would like to know what your Bible time is like and do you sew or buy most of your dresses/skirts?

  21. Happy New Years Maxwell family!

    Love reading your posts! Ya’ll have been such a blessing and encouragement to my mom and I.

    How is your father- mother- daughter relationships, what are some things you all do together? Your father has raised godly and sweet ladies! God bless you!

  22. I wouldn’t mind hearing about Sarah’s photography sessions, more random life posts, and, as a few others mentioned, how to make the best of your single years.

  23. I would love to read more from Teri concerning women in the ‘afternoon of life’. What is her schedule like in this phase of life, how she deals biblically with the challenges of aging, caring for aging parents and how she ministers to others. I’ve always been amazed at Teri’s discipline with her devotional life, exercise, diet, care of the home, etc. I would love for her to expound biblically on discipline and maintaining that discipline through life’s challenges. I too have a health condition that requires me to maintain a certain weight and to exercise, but I struggle to do so with joy. I find it tedious and rather joy-less. Teri always seems content and filled with joy! And I want that for myself as well! Thanks!

  24. You all are so encouraging in our Godly walk of faith! Thank you! 🙂

    I love your blog and the content you post, but some ideas in particular that I would really enjoy learning more about would be meal planning and Instant Pot cooking, and how Steve and Teri meal plan and recipe ideas for the healthy plant-based way of eating they adopted. Someone else mentioned budgeting and finance for the one-income family, and that is an area that would also be such a blessing.

    You all have developed a lot of practical insights over the years and it is very kind of you to share it! This is the only blog I regularly visit. 🙂

    Blessings to you all as we enter 2020!

  25. So many great ideas have been mentioned! The ones I am most interested in are finances, I’d love to see meals or meal plans from Steve and Teri’s diet, and courtship standards for young ladies. The latter is a way off for us, but we are already thinking about it. I’d also love to hear more about fitness routines and if the unmarried kids have changed anything up since most of the siblings are out of the house. And please keep doing the Random Life posts, I just love them!

  26. Happy new year! I would love to see more recipes (easy ones, lol! I’m not a great cook, but I’m trying!) fitness posts (I’m a runner and love that some of you are too!) and more insights from Sarah in on her writing progress and process (as an fellow writer, I appreciate it!) . . . And I always appreciate cute pet photos and updates 🙂

  27. I would love to hear more about your plant-based diet, and also your thoughts on how to feed a big family that way. I would love to see your favorite recipes!

    Also, I would love to see a post exploring your thoughts on food and how it connects to our relationship with God. I have been drawn toward a plant-based diet, but then I’ve wondered if animal products can truly be bad for us when the Bible frames them positively. The Promised Land was a land of milk and honey, God commanded the Israelites to eat lamb for Passover, Jesus miraculously fed thousands of people with bread and fish, and also ate fish himself. Maybe it’s that animal foods are okay, but only for special occasions and in small amounts? These are all just some things I’ve wondered about as I consider the best way to feed our family of 8…

    I love your blog and appreciate your family’s ministry so much! Thanks for putting in the work to do it. It’s a big encouragement to me. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  28. Oh, I had another idea! I remember when you all did those family team fitness challenges. I think it would be great if you all brought those back. Posts about fitness in general would be great, too.

    I also want to second (or third or fourth, haha!) about finances. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the use of banks by Christians. My husband and I have often wondered about it, as the purpose of banks is to lend money and thus bring others into debt. Savings accounts with accruing interest are something we struggle with, as that interest comes from the bank using our money to facilitate others going into debt.

    Anyways, thanks!

  29. So as a topic maybe yall could have a Q and A of different questions that families have. From how to raise girls and boys in harmony; all the way to how to make sure your girls are okay with changing a tire and other topics.
    Happy New Year.
    My own question: how do yall handle groceries as far as all your children are grown. Does everyone put in an amount, does everyone buy their own or do parents pay for it all?

  30. Happy 2020 Maxwell family. I would really love to hear more about Steve and Teri’s new way of eating. I know you have shared some already, but I’d love to hear more meal ideas. How has this changed your shopping patterns? Do you have to shop more often now that you eat mostly produce? I’d also love to hear more about preparing older children for adulthood.

  31. I would like to hear about how your children developed friendships as they got older. I remember your “Keeping Your Child’s Heart” book talking about friendships during childhood being unnecessary, and that you encouraged your children to look to their siblings as their friends, instead. At the same time, I’ve noticed your older children seem to have strong “outside the home” friendships and Sarah often travels to visit friends. I’d love details on how the transition occurred, such as when you started allowing them to branch out, how you continued to shelter while friendships grew, and exactly how they went about the process of developing friendships outside of the home. As my children are getting older, this seems to be more and more a need, and I’m seeing my 17 year-old son struggling and sharing his discouragement with not having any friends.

  32. I am so grateful for your family blog as it is always inspiring and interesting. Thank you for taking time to write it so faithfully! Could you please write about how your family keeps the Sabbath day holy and some things you may do to help focus your hearts and minds on God for the new week? Any suggestions for parents on how they teach/demonstrate to their children and teens to joyfully embrace Sunday as one of rest? Also, would love some posts on favorite plant based recipes that have become your new favorites. Thank you and God Bless all of you!

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