Anna Marie Maxwell and Baby: Things Are Starting, Please Pray

Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell

Thank you all for your prayers. This week has been full of waiting and appointments. They’ve begun the induction process and if Baby doesn’t arrive overnight, they will be heading into the hospital tomorrow morning (Saturday) to continue the induction process.

Prayer requests:

  • For Anna Marie and strength. Not only is she preparing for an early birth but also the emotions related to the tumor. She has such a sweet spirit through it all. She needs your prayers as she enters this weekend.
  • For Baby to be born healthy and without a NICU stay if possible.
  • A great medical team to be surrounding Anna Marie and Baby.
  • Grace for the children as they wait too (they’re being cared for by aunts)

With love and thank you for praying,
Sarah for Christopher and Anna Marie

“For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Psalm 139:13-14

Christmas Day at the Maxwells

First, thank you for your prayers and love for Anna Marie and family. We hope to have another update soon.

We shared about Christmas Eve, and what our full, happy household was up to. Christmas Day is quieter with just the unmarried young adults and Dad and Mom.

After a relaxed morning, we ate breakfast mid-morning. It’s been the tradition for the guys to make it, and Jesse cooked us biscuits with sausage gravy. Dad and Mom ate their oatmeal with fruit.

The next order of business was to bake cookies for our Christmas police force. Throughout the month, Mom made cookie dough and froze the balls so we could pull them out and bake fresh on Christmas Day. Mom and Anna baked, and I wrapped them in individual plastic wrap, while Mary created a beautiful card. Then, we call the non-emergency number, and a police officer shows up to take the basket. It’s really a special way to give them a small “thank you” for their service.

After that, we opened gifts. We all love to find gifts that are practical and useful to the individual.

Love,
Sarah

Breakfast
Arnold chose an unusual spot — between the girls. Normally he likes to stay near Mom.
Mary’s previous winter coat lasted her since she was in her early teens.
Some gifts have to be disguised. Anna and I gave Jesse luggage, as his wheeled luggage gave out on a business trip. But we wrapped a broom.
Since Dad has lost so much weight, he was easy this Christmas: clothes!
A laptop bag for Anna

“For thy mercy is great above the heavens:
and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds” (Psalm 108:4).

Thank you!

We rest on the unchanging goodness of the Lord Who holds all things in His Hands. Here’s a note from Christopher and Anna Marie. Watch the blog as events unfold.

Thank you all so much for your love, support, and prayer! We’ve read every comment and have been so blessed and encouraged. We plan to keep you updated as we proceed on this journey.

Christopher and Anna Marie

“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every
one members one of another.”
Romans 12:5

Please pray for Anna Marie Maxwell

Today we’re sharing a post from Christopher and Anna Marie with an urgent prayer request.

As we approach 36 weeks in our pregnancy, a lot of things are changing in regards to healthcare for Anna Marie and Baby. Yet as our hopes, plans, and expectations are so very rapidly changing, we’re grateful to be trusting in the One Who never changes.

Earlier in the pregnancy, a small lump was discovered that could likely have been due to hormone changes and weaning. Our doctor has been monitoring it and we’ve done some imaging. Over the past weeks, it has been growing rapidly and showing concerning characteristics. These past few days, we’ve consulted with a number of physicians and health experts, and are setting up appointments to consult with more. On Wednesday, a surgeon who reviewed our case and imaging said he has no doubt it is breast cancer. While we are still waiting on pathology and would welcome news to the contrary, it seems 99% sure that we are dealing with an urgent and very serious health issue.

While many things are still being worked through right now, it seems our little one will likely need to be induced as soon as it is thought to be safe to do so, allowing Anna Marie some postpartum recovery in preparation for surgery.

What the future holds beyond that: we sure don’t know. Yet God does.

In this situation, we know exactly what our will is, yet our prayer is that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10, Luke 22:42).

We welcome prayers for wisdom in the many decisions we are facing right now, for healing and strength for Anna Marie now and in the days ahead, for our family to grow stronger and closer together through this time, and for peaceful hearts resting in God’s amazing grace.

Grateful for you all, and trusting in Him,
Christopher and Anna Marie

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn
of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find
rest unto your soul” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Joys of Grandparenting

As our grandchildren get older, we plan to give them practical Christmas gifts just like we did for our children. Last year, we gifted Abby (11), Bethany (9), and Christina (7) with Hobby Lobby gift cards along with an outing, including lunch, to use them. Since that was extremely successful, we decided to it repeat this year.

Our shopping trip happened the Monday after Christmas. In our travel conversation, each girl discussed how she planned to spend her gift card. 

Abigail was interested in acrylic paints and canvases like Bethany bought the year before. Bethany said she had begun doing sewing projects and wanted her own sewing supplies. Christina was happy with the card making supplies she purchased and used last year so she was excited to get more of those.

Grandpa added a bit more to the shopping trip by challenging each girl to see how close she could come to spending just what her gift card was for. To facilitate this, we brought clipboards with paper on them and pens for the girls to write down what they were getting and the cost of each item, adding them up as they went. That was challenging because some things were on sale and there were other coupons that could be used.

Then it was a drive back to Leavenworth and stop in at Taco Bell for lunch. Steve and I had our salads waiting at home so we sat and talked to the girls as they ate. 

We thought the girls did a wonderful job of shopping, keeping within their budget, and being content with what their gift cards purchased. We were blessed by the gratitude the girls expressed multiple times for their Christmas gift cards, shopping trip, and lunch.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“The law of thy mouth is better unto me than
thousands of gold and silver” (Psalm 119:72). 

Behind the Scenes of the Maxwell Family Photo Session

I wanted to share a peek behind the scenes of our family photo session in early November.

Mary picked out the color scheme weeks in advance, and then she sketched out the composition of where people would be. We wanted a different photo location than last year, and a place closer to home, so we worked through a few options. Finally, we settled on what happens to be the first city park in Kansas!

A few days before the photo session, we realized it would be very beneficial to have someone near the camera, getting the kids’ attention (and taking the photo). With some scrambling, we contacted friends, and some kind neighbors happily agreed to.

The day arrived, and everything was on track, even though the temperatures were pretty cold.

Christopher and Mary worked on getting everyone arranged, and then we checked the camera settings. Our friends took lots of pictures, and then a break was had while I ran to see how things were looking. We rearranged anyone who needed to be to achieve a balanced look and began again until we thought we had enough options.

We know it’s a huge effort for the mommies to get their kiddos ready, and we’re so grateful for them doing that!

Mary did a beautiful job post-editing, bringing all the colors of the skies into a gorgeous composition. Thank you!

Enjoy a peek behind the scenes.

Love,
Sarah

Most of the coats were tossed behind us.
Part of the group disappeared to watch a train
The end result
The girls wanted to get a picture to include in their Operation Christmas shoeboxes.
Isn’t Debi adorable?!

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and
hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto
you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”
1 Peter 1:13