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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.
Mary
Jesse walked over from the AirBnb we stayed at with a note for Anna.
Anna
Coffee for all the gals!
Jesse
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).

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!

Love,
Sarah

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).

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?

Love,
Sarah

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).

What Kids Say

At our big Labor Day get-together, the backyard was full of happy activity.

Daniel

Jesse’s Anna was playing Frisbee with Danny, and often, she had to run quite a ways to retrieve it. But she was good-natured, thinking you can’t expect much skill out of a four-year-old. Later to her surprise, Danny announced to her: “I like to throw it far to watch you run!”

Silly little kids.

Shortly after, he threw it to her with accuracy. 🙂

“In God we boast all the day long,
and praise thy name for ever. Selah.”
(Psalm 44:8)
.

Birthday Recap

We celebrated Mom and Mary’s birthdays together before Dad and Mom left. Then, on Mary’s “at-home” birthday, we made the day special amidst our busy schedules. She’s a sweet sister and has a gentle, grateful spirit. We missed being with Mom on her birthday, but we loved knowing she and Dad were having a special time together!

Then, a peek into Mary’s birthday.

Christopher’s crew came and sang Happy Birthday and brought cookies.
Nathan’s crew brought Dairy Queen.
Debi is so adorable.
Ticket to Ride and dessert

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness”
(Proverbs 31:26).

Sarah’s New Book in Test and Editing Stage

Sarah Maxwell

Y’all, the sequel to Finding Change is making incredible progress as we near the copyeditor deadline of September 21st!

Test readers are hard at work and loving the book.

I’m in the midst of heavy edits but nearing the stage of less edits.

Beautiful illustrations are being created.

Mary’s cover is beyond gorgeous and in process.

My parents are an incredible support team, enabling and helping me in any possible way.

I covet your prayers. This is an intense season but the finish line is in sight!

Love,
Sarah

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength
is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory
in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9