For the past year, Anna has spearheaded organizing projects on Saturdays when we don’t have other things going.
We’ve been in our current house for 10 years and accumulated stuff, and before that, our “around the corner” move didn’t lend time for clearing out.
Mom loves to organize, so this has been something she’s enjoyed too. If we had tried to de-clutter in one week or a month, it would have been overwhelming. Mary has been an incredible help on the projects too, and Jesse sometimes joins.
Having a consistent time set aside (even when it’s not every single week), helps there to be steady progress. There’s not even a certain amount of time slotted for the projects, because it depends on the Saturday.
It’s really amazing to go around the house and see areas that have been organized.
What is it that you could dedicate consistent time to? You will make progress!
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Christmas Day dawned beautiful and mild. After a relaxed morning–with personal Bible time and exercise–Dad and Jesse made breakfast. It’s been a tradition that the guys make Christmas breakfast.
Meanwhile, Anna and I worked on disguising Mary’s gift. Our family has some very good guessers, so unless one disguises the present (hint: wrapping a gift in the original box is not a good enough disguise), the recipient might just guess it. Mary also baked more cookies for the police force as we like to give them a cookie basket on Christmas! The girls had already worked on making some of the cookies earlier.
We love putting time and thought into finding the right gift for each other.
How was your Christmas celebration? I’d like to know!
“That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days …” Deuteronomy 30:20
I want to share a peek into our very special Christmas celebration with my married brothers, their families, and Gigi.
Years ago, when Nathan and Melanie were first married, we settled on Christmas Eve as the day we would have with the extended family. Melanie’s family got together on Christmas Day, so this made it perfect. Then on Christmas Day, Dad, Mom, Anna, Mary, Jesse and I celebrate. Watch for that post soon. There are too many pictures to combine both! 🙂
This is our second year to try a new approach to the big Christmas celebration. Each niece or nephew gives to one aunt or uncle and vice versa, and then all the Maxwell grown kids give to one married sibling or spouse, and then all the nieces and nephews give to one cousin. My parents still give to everyone and vice versa. Anyway, I loved, loved, loved seeing the little kids’ delight as they often sidled up close to the aunt or uncle and watched them open the gift. Then, the same thing happened when they gave to a cousin.
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:21
Good morning! I’m way overdue on a Random Life post, so make yourself a good cup of something hot and enjoy a peek into family life. Mid-November brought frigid temperatures early to our area along with gorgeous snow right after Thanksgiving. We packed so much into the last 7 weeks, from work to shipping Finding Change, to babysitting, to lots of special family times.
I’ll share Christmas celebration pictures later!
Signing off until next year! 🙂 Happy New Year!
“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:18
Today, John and Chelsy celebrate their very first anniversary! This happy couple is preparing for the birth of Baby Maxwell due next month. Both John and Chelsy have a heart for kids, and it’s exciting to see an arrow being added to their quiver.
Happy Anniversary, John and Chelsy! We love you.
“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” Matthew 18:5
(Makes enough for at least a 4-5 lb. chicken or turkey. You can easily double this recipe to make a larger batch for a bigger bird.)
Melt butter over medium heat. Cook celery and onion in butter, stirring occasionally, until tender; remove from heat. Toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients. Stuff the poultry of choice, then put extra stuffing in a foil “pouch” in the pan next to the bird. Place a piece of foil over the stuffing on the bird to keep it from burning. Brush bird with butter. Cook (stuffed bird) at 350º for 20 minutes per pound plus 15 minutes extra. If the bird is large and takes a number of hours to cook, baste every hour. Enjoy!
“And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the Lord thy God.” Deuteronomy 27:7
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