All posts by Sarah Maxwell

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to our amazing mom! She faithfully raised and homeschooled 8 kids for many years, giving her prime years to us. Mom is a grandma to 17, mother-in-law to five, Mom to eight (now spanning three decades, 20s, 30s, and 40s), and wife to Steve for almost 50 years. She has a true servant’s heart and invests daily in those God has placed in her life, from her own family to our church and to those she knows through the Titus2 ministry.

We love you so much, and we rise up and call you BLESSED!

Mom invested a lot at Anna Marie and Christopher’s homeschooling the kids on different occasions
She and Dad enjoy time in the mountains often in August if it works out
Dad and Mom love doing projects together
Mom loves her daughters-in-law, and here she is with Anna
Her weekly times with Axton and Elliot are very special.
Teri and Steve Maxwell

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her…

but a woman that feareth the LORD,
she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:28, 30)

Sarah Maxwell’s Update

After my first run!

Hello everyone! I wanted to share great news with y’all. I’m feeling AMAZING! In late February, my doctor suggested it was time for me to see a concussion specialist. The specialist tested me and prescribed a combination of physical therapy (at home!) and medicine for five weeks. By my third visit to the specialist, I felt good! At that visit, they tested again, and I “aced” their tests. They released me to embrace life with a return to my normal activities! To celebrate later that week, I went on my first run in 9 months and didn’t experience dizziness or headaches afterward. I love feeling like myself once more.

In other news, I purchased my first car. I’m grateful to have used the family’s car all these years as it has saved me so much, and I appreciate Dad and Mom’s generosity. I asked Dad to car shop with me last week. I wanted a vehicle that was reliable and would last a long time. After driving several vehicles (multiple times) and going to two dealerships, the next day, I purchased a Honda Accord with low miles.

I’m thankful for the Lord filling my life with work, ministry, church, and family. I’m also grateful for all your interest and concern in how I’m feeling. It’s been quite the past year, and I don’t wish to repeat another concussion!

Love,
Sarah

“My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation:
he is my defence; I shall not be moved”
(Psalm 62:5-6).

Random Life from Winter to Spring and Back to “winter”

Random life is just that: random pictures to give you a glimpse into the Maxwell family. This spring is beautiful and full, and we praise God for giving us opportunities to share with others.

While the United States is in turmoil, it seems for us as Christians, persecution is coming closer. We’ve known nothing of what most Christians in other countries live under, and yet so many of them REJOICE.

“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled” (1 Peter 3:14).

I’d love to hear something the Lord is teaching you.

Love,
Sarah
PS: I hope to post a health update soon!

Elliot and Ellie
A Benji birthday evening, so we played a game with him.
Everything looks some brown, although you can see a hint of green. Amazing what some time does to green things up.
Reading time with Grandma
Dad cleaned up the garage after all the grit from the snowy roads
A Sunday lunch cleanup chat going on here.
A late birthday gift for Kyle
Little Debi with cat buddies
Enjoying spring break
The Springfield animal drive-through safari
Arnold likes Mom
A new tortilla helper
Sunday lunch
A hot game of JENGA
A morning walk with a friend of Ellie’s 🙂
Installing a gate we received at no cost, and it’s perfect for the deck. Ellie likes to spend time out in the sun.
Dad and Joshua on a project, more on that later
Easter baking (Mom, Mary, and Jesse’s Anna)
Our friend from church wanted to surprise Anna one day with coffee, and she stayed for lunch.
An outdoor vet tune-up for Ellie with our favorite vet
A visit with Elissa and crew

This morning, we woke up to probably the most snow we had all season!
Spring can’t be hidden, and it will burst forth in even more beauty soon.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to
give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope
that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).

An Update from Anna Marie

This is the beginning of an important week for us as Christians, remembering Christ’s death and Resurrection! We pray you consider Christ’s sacrifice. Sarah

My hernia surgery recovery has gone amazingly well! I have hardly any bruising and the pain since even just a few days after surgery is less than it was before surgery. I still have a couple more weeks of restricted activity (until April 10), but then I’m looking forward to being able to run and jump and skip and anything else I want to with the children—something I haven’t been able to do for years because of aggravating the hernia.

Not much news on the cancer front; I will have an appointment with my oncologist next Tuesday and find out timing on when I finish the Phesgo injections and switch to Nerlynx (the oral targeted therapy).

Praising Him for His great love!
Anna Marie

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Remembering Susannah, 14 Years ago

14 years ago on March 21st, Nathan and Melanie’s firstborn daughter arrived, Susannah Joy Maxwell. But her stay here on earth was only three days. She bypassed all the sorrow and hurt in this world and went straight to the presence of Jesus. Although we grieved our loss, Heaven gained a beautiful jewel.

It’s hard to believe Susannah would turn 14 today. But time in Heaven isn’t the same as time here. “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). May we have such an eternal perspective to see time here is short. We must share Christ with a lost and dying world.

We love you, Susannah, and we miss you! But we’ll see you again. One day. Maybe soon.

Love,
Sarah

If you want to see a slideshow of Susannah’s short life, you can find it below or at this link if you are receiving this via email (music was written by Joseph, along with the other siblings accompanying).

“… the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21).

How I Started in Bookkeeping, Part 1

Gaining income-producing skills has been something my parents encouraged since I was a teen. I did odd jobs such as picking up mail and papers for neighbors while they were away on vacation, yard work for my grandpa, and contract work that involved proofreading and collating binders. Then, along came a small bookkeeping job for a local dentist.

I was 16, and two years from graduating, when Christopher, who already had QuickBooks experience, asked if I wanted this work. I said yes! I was to transfer a hand-written checkbook ledger into QuickBooks, along with reconciling the account and printing out reports for the dentist. This was real-life experience, and something I began under Christopher’s direction before I became independent. I’m sure I studied a book on QuickBooks, although it’s been so many years, I don’t remember the name. I worked for the dentist for almost 3 years. During this time, Titus2 began, and we needed a financial solution to track everything from sales receipts to business expenses. Although I had some experience in QuickBooks, new doors opened as I learned to set up and run a company with inventory! All of this happened before I turned 18.

We’ll continue with Part 2 in this series.

Learning a skill has never been easier than today with all our technology. I just did a Google search “how to learn QuickBooks” and countless options came up.

Love,
Sarah

“And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have
oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much
more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you”
(2 Corinthians 8:22).