It’s with great excitement we share the happy news of Benjamin Steven Maxwell’s safe arrival into the world Tuesday evening, at 9:45 p.m.
More later, but thank you so much for praying! We are delighted he is here, and Mommy and Baby are doing well. No NICU time for Benjamin! He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and isn’t his dark hair and chubby cheeks so totally adorable?
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest
observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant
commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.“ Joshua 1:7
When spring blooms in Kansas, I suddenly have a hard time deciding which is my favorite season. Maybe it is spring. The days are just so beautiful.
You know those not-a-cloud-in-the-sky days where the warm sunshine soaks into your skin? Not to mention the variety of your short-sleeve wardrobe (good-bye down coat!), of children giggling and playing, of sinking your toes into the grass, and of gratefulness for the first spring flower.
It’s only February 21st, and spring has come early, and yes, I know winter isn’t truly over, but it might as well be. Good-bye super cold temperatures, and hello spring!
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
Melanie’s in the home stretch with Baby, and we’re so excited! Today’s doctor’s appointment was great. We covet your prayers for Baby and Melanie as they enter this final stage. We can’t wait to share the news!
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
Maybe we should rename Aunt Mary the Baking Aunt, as the kids love to bake cookies with her. Mary was babysitting Josh, Ruthie, and Liddy Thursday while Christopher and Anna Marie were out with Daniel for a doctor’s appointment, so what did they decide to do? Yep. You guessed it. Bake cookies.
So what’s our favorite go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe? Actually, it’s now in the revised Managers of Their Homes book. Totally the best. But I’ll share it with you here in case you don’t have the book.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie
Yields: 20-22 cookies
3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350°. Beat room temperature butter for 1 min. Then add brown sugar and cream with butter till light and fluffy. Then add milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl and then mix into butter-sugar mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 7-12 minutes until desired doneness. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing to cooling racks. Enjoy!
“My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.” Psalm 104:34
Defenseless, helpless, voiceless: a horrible tragedy is happening every day abortion mills are open.
Would you join us in crying out for change in our nation? Change in the hearts of God’s people to make a difference, change in our country’s laws, change in our government officials’ hearts, and yes, change in the mother’s heart who takes her child to be aborted.
Friday night, we had the opportunity to join others in Leavenworth for a candlelight vigil to stand and pray for abortion to end. I was blessed by all the vehicles driving by who honked in support. At one point, a man walked down the line of people, and stopped at each person, giving them a pat and a “thank you.” Finally, a lady turned to him and asked, “Who are you?”
In a very humble and unassuming manner he said, “I’m just a citizen, ma’am.”
A sweet moment. A man who was driving by, saw everyone out, parked, and took the time to thank each person.
May our hearts be broken for those little ones who are mercilessly killed in our nation.
“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9