Jesse and Anna Maxwell’s Wedding Pictures, Part 1

We’re so excited to share with you the first installment of Jesse and Anna’s wedding pictures. It’s been a long time coming, but it took me two months to even give them pictures due to my book and website projects.

Where do we start? Jesse and Anna, like most couples during COVID, navigated a huge twist to their wedding planning. Yet, their ultimate desire was to have family and some close friends witness their marriage covenant before God. They willingly and graciously gave up their large(r) wedding and reception plans.

So much had changed in a few short months, including Anna Marie leaving for treatment (and the week of the wedding, she was in the hospital!). We missed Joseph and family along with Gigi who felt it best to stay back and watch the wedding remote due to the COVID situation.

Saturday, May 23rd, dawned beautiful and bright. Mom and Dad cared for Christopher and Anna Marie’s children on the wedding day, which was no small feat with 5 under 7.

Christopher and I photographed the wedding together. The day started about 8:30 when the girls arrived. I took getting ready photos and Christopher started Jesse’s formals about an hour later.

This bridal party was a lively bunch consisting of all family except for one groomsman!

Anna’s sister did her hair.
Jesse walked over from the AirBnb we stayed at with a note for Anna.
Coffee for all the gals!
The happy groom!
Throughout the day, I enjoyed working with some posing ideas.
Anna with her lovely bridesmaids
The radiant bride
A nearby church lent a perfect background.
The entire bridal party
Maxwell siblings minus Joseph
Mom and Anna
Mom and Dad with Jesse and Anna
Dad and Mom with Christopher’s kids (and Abby helping too)
Groom and groomsmen photos
Capturing mid-day formals in bright sunlight presents some challenges.
Guests consisted of mostly family with some friends.
Girls praying before the ceremony!

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,
and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”
(Genesis 2:24).

Grandma’s Bookbag

If you’d like to read past Grandma’s Bookbag posts, just go to this link.

Fire Engine Man and Digger Man

Andrew greatly enjoyed Train Man (see this post for more info on it), and he would see two other books in the series advertised on the back of Train Man. So he regularly asked if I would get those other two books. As a treat during Covid reading when we were doing it via Face Time, I ordered Fire Engine Man and Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (Amazon links in this post are Titus2’s Amazon’s Affiliate link, and Titus2 is blessed from qualifying purchases, see the Privacy Policy). Andrew and Benjamin were thrilled!

Fire Engine Man and Digger Man are simple board books with engaging illustrations. The one-sentence-per-page story line involves a little boy who loves his play enough to think about some day doing it as a vocation. He imagines all he would do if he were a real fireman or a digger man. One of the best parts for me is that he has a little brother and includes him through out each book.

Momma, Will You?

Momma, Will You? by Dori Chaconas was recommended by a reader of the Grandma’s Book Bag series. It turned out to be a favorite, especially with three-year-old Benjamin. This simple story has a farm setting with a mommy and two children. The children ask mommy one question per page about something they might do with one of the animals, giving her a choice of answering, “Yes, or no, or maybe.” 

On the following page, Mommy gives the answer with a cute explanation. Benjamin loves guessing what the answer will be, and the more we read the book, of course, the less guessing! 

The illustrations are outstanding and truly make this book a delight to read. 

Trusting in Jesus,

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure
they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

Labor Day Get-Together

Happy Monday, y’all! We wanted to share pictures from our big family get-together on Labor Day. It turned out warm and wonderful, and the backyard rang with laughter and good fellowship. We’re happy to have Anna Marie back with us.

We’re grateful for family who loves the Lord Jesus and each other.

Dad and Mom put a lot of work into our BBQ, and a special thanks to Gigi for providing it!

We’re excited to share wedding pictures very soon. Hopefully this week depending on my schedule. I’m so grateful to the Lord for His grace during this intense season of working on my book. Saturday afternoon, I emailed it to our copyeditor!


Dad played lots of Frisbee with the kids.
This looks like a lot of action at the food table.
Kyle reminds me so much of Joseph when he was a little guy.

“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore
sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).

More Changes

Joseph and Elissa have moved! Not very far really, but not like when they only lived a mile from us. With the birth of Caleb, they felt they outgrew their starter house and began looking for a bigger one. They decided to settle in Kansas City, closer to their church.

After finding their new house, they put their old house on the market. It sold right away.

Joseph and Elissa are only about fifteen minutes away from Jesse and Anna Patrice. Both couples go to the same church.

We know we will miss having Joseph and Elissa so close, but we are happy that found a home they are delighted with. They said they plan to make it back regularly for family Sunday lunches.

Steve helping Joseph paint the house before it went on the market
Cleaning out the garden before the house closed

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Children Reading the Bible

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
(Psalm 119:105).

This summer Anna was helping us do some clearing out in our attic and discovered a couple of treasures—two large print, children’s Bibles that were a couple of our children’s first Bibles. They show much wear from loving use.

When our children could read on their own, we wanted each to have his own Bible and read it daily. We chose an inexpensive, hard-backed, large print Bible for their first Bibles. They were not old enough to care for a leather Bible.

Over time, by being responsible and diligent in their personal Bible reading, they each earned a nice, leather Bible.

Trusting in Jesus,

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).

Random Life From Summer to Showers of Blessings

Life is a whirlwind, and we’re grateful for all the Lord has set before us. His blessings are abundant, and we praise Him!

Dad and Mom had an amazing time in the mountains. We’re happy they had a time of refreshment and enjoying God’s creation.

August came to a close with full schedules, and we welcomed September. Last week, we experienced several days of cold and rain–breaking a temperature record from the early 1900s.

For me, days blur together in a whirlwind of editing. We’re almost there, and I’m grateful to everyone who has helped with the project. This is my final week before the book goes to the copyeditor. My to do list is growing for after it’s off.

We love you all! What is something you’re grateful for today?


One Friday afternoon, I took an editing break and spend several hours with Nathan and Melanie’s family mini-golfing and then out for dinner. It was refreshing (and warm! :)).
Christopher and Anna Marie invited us over one evening for a thank you party for all of Mom, Anna, and Mary’s help while Anna Marie was in treatment.
Just a little bit of creativity to try to fetch a toy.
Kyle and Calia love vegetables, fresh from the garden!
The time Dad and Mom were gone, we had gorgeous weather here in Kansas. Editing is more enjoyable in the outdoors. I’ve spent many hours these past weeks editing on our back porch. I put in earplugs (to block out distractions) and set to work!
Don’t worry. We didn’t start it.
Ellie can actually be a lapdog. I hear her dad was.
Simon Peter is quite a chunk
Dinner at John and Chelsy’s while Dad and Mom were gone
Babysitting 🙂
Dad picked up several book reprints.
Gigi and (spot the ?)
Sunday family lunch, lots of happy times!
There’s such a lot of cuteness packed in this girl!
Friday, Mom watched Nathan and Melanie’s kids so they could have an evening out.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).