A Day in the Life of Helping at Christopher and Anna Marie’s

During the 3 1/2 months Anna Marie has been in Washington for her specialized chemo treatments, we set up a schedule here at home to provide Christopher with a support base in the absence of his greatest support.

Anna and Mary are the mainstays of the schedule while I pitch in a bit. One of the girls goes over at 7:30 a.m. to help get children up, dressed, fed breakfast, chores accomplished, and Scripture memorized. Now that it is hot, they also have a morning walk. When the weather was nicer the walk was late in the afternoon.

[Sarah’s note: All the pictures below I took Wednesday, so this is a very current peek into the life of helping at Christopher and Anna Marie’s!]

Reading to the little girls after they woke up
Tidying up the girls’ hair things
Hair time
Guarding her banana from Ellie 🙂
Cleaning up from swim lessons with Grandma the prior afternoon
Elizabeth likes to start off the walk walking (or rather a little run!) beside Ellie
Walking crew (Sarah and Ellie join them some days: Joshua was with Steve doing a brush dump run this particular morning)

Christopher does a workout at his home gym in the basement from 10 a.m. to 11 and the children get to play and work out with him so no helper is there at that time.

At 11 a.m., I am there for an hour of school time, and then one of the girls comes over from 12 to 1 for lunch prep, eating, and cleanup. Then I am back for another hour of school. 2:00 to 4:00 is nap time for Danny and Elizabeth and quiet activities for the older three so no helper is needed.

Flashcards with Lydia
Listening to Ruthie read aloud

At 4:00, Anna or Mary goes back to supervise children and prepare dinner. One of our wonderful neighbors brings dinner over every Wednesday. What a huge blessing that is! The afternoon helper stays through the evening until the children are put to bed, about 8:45 or 9, and then she heads home. (The day Sarah took pictures, Anna and Mary traded off so Anna could go babysit at Nathan and Melanie’s.)

Anna with the kids at the 4pm time block.
Peeling hardboiled eggs and making pickles.

The girls vary who goes over at which time so that they each get some evenings to be home with us. They have a plan but it changes depending on what they need to get done at home and other places.

Trusting in Jesus,

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 

24 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of Helping at Christopher and Anna Marie’s”

  1. Why school goes from 11 to 12 and then lunch and then again in the afternoon? Here we usually have lunch at 13 so school goes normally from 9 to 12.30 then lunch. If we still have something to do we start again around 15 troughs 17 and then play. The little could nap after lunch or between 15 and 17.

    1. It just works well with the rest of the day’s plans/schedule and the timing of the other meals. Since we are backyard neighbors, it is only a very short walk for me to go back and forth.

  2. How wonderful that your family can all come together to maintain a normal, consistent schedule for the children. That’s so important. You’re all such a blessing to one another and a good example of how God intends families to love and help out whenever there’s a need.

    1. I am sure keeping a normal schedule and having the girls or me there throughout the day has really helped the children cope with Mommy being away so long. We are blessed to be so close and be able to offer that kind of support for their family during this difficult time.

  3. ‘…in the absence of his greatest support.’ Lovingly written, Mrs. Maxwell. Got me choked up a bit; so much love & respect in just a few words.

  4. Very nice post! Looks like a very organized day and keeping things running smoothly. Do you do homeschool year round? Does christopher work from home?

    1. I am not really sure Anna Marie’s normal summer plans/schedule as far as how much school she might do in the summer. Her children are still pretty young. However, this year with all her health challenges and school interruptions, it made sense for my time with the children to be school time. That also made sure they weren’t behind with school, and it is something the Lord has qualified me for and that I enjoy. Yes, Christopher works from home.

      1. So nice that you can help with teaching the kids etc… and what a blessing to live so close. I love how you have such good relationships with the daughter in laws etc.

  5. What a lovely family! Such a blessing y’all live so close.
    I’m sure everyone is thankful to have your help. Continuing to pray for Anna Marie & family.

    We don’t live close to any family and when I had an accident last year I was concerned. However, my lovely 10 year old daughter amazed me with what she was able to accomplish. She volunteered to serve our family which is a blessing of love!

  6. It is so nice of you to help out! Will you continue to help when Anna Marie is back? I’m guessing she will still need some rest!

    1. We aren’t sure what the plan will be when Anna Marie is back home. Things become a bit more difficult because of her fragile immune system and concern about being exposed to illness, particularly that time when one doesn’t know they are coming down with something and could be contagious and might be over helping. Anna Marie’s sister is returning with her to help with the baby during the flight home. She will stay for a week. Then we’ll see.

  7. Looks like the girls are a great help to Christopher. I was just wondering, do the children get to spend time at their cousins’ houses during the week or weekends? I’m sure cousin time could be a great distraction from current worries or anxieties. Do their married aunts/uncles come over to help sometimes too or is it just the unmarrieds?

    1. No, because of Covid-19, Christopher want to limit his children’s exposure to other people, which included cousins, aunts, and uncles. They did join in our Memorial Day and July 4th outside barbecues.

  8. What a blessing family can be! During such a challenging time to know that their greatest treasures are so wonderfully cared for must bring so much comfort to Anna-Marie and Christopher. I hope all are reunited soon may the Lord continue to bless you all

  9. What a blessing to have such wonderful support!

    I am one of your long time blog readers, but I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment. I have been touched by the way your family has pitched in to help Christopher and Anna Marie during this trying season in their life.

    By the way, my little ones and I are reading through the first book in the Moody Family Series. They are thoroughly enjoying it!

    Keeping you all in prayer.

    In Christ,

    1. So good to hear from you Paulina. We are blessed to be able to give the support to Christopher and the children at home and Anna Marie from a distance. Very happy you are enjoying the Moody book. Thank you for praying.

  10. Thank you for sharing this. What a blessing to be able to serve each other when needed. Anna and Mary seem to be very maternal, and that is so good for the children to have them with them right now. And of course with you continuing their schooling, it will definitely keep them on track academically.

  11. 4 years ago I found out I had breast cancer very similar in size and location (attached to my chest wall) to Anna’s. We had been using your scheduling system for many years prior my diagnosis. Our schedule made this season in our lives so much easier. I have been praying for Anna. Although this season was very difficult for my children, God did so many wonderful things in their lives. Four years later I see the wisdom and maturity God developed in them through my cancer journey. Praying for this sweet family.

    1. Thank you for sharing Deana. Very encouraging, too, that you are four years out and have the testimony not only of your health but also of what God did in your children’s lives in the midst of the difficulties.

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