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Announcing Caleb Alexander Maxwell

We are very excited to share Caleb Alexander Maxwell arrived safely this morning, born to Elissa and Joseph. This lively little guy weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was Elissa’s fastest labor yet. Both Elissa and Caleb are doing great. Calia and Kyle are very excited about their brother and love him. Truly, babies are a miracle and gift from God!

Congratulations to Joseph and Elissa on their newest addition, Caleb Alexander. We love you all and are thrilled with your new blessing.

Trivia fact: two years ago, Anna Marie and Elissa had babies six days apart. Now, they’ve once again had babies close together, at one week apart (if Caleb had come just a few hours earlier, it would have been six days!).

Have you noticed his headful of dark hair? So very adorable.

Caleb Alexander Maxwell

“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth. Happy is the
man that hath his quiver full of them …” (Psalm 127:4-5).

Meeting Simon Peter

Sunday, after church, we had just enough time to make it to the hospital for the little kids to visit Simon Peter before the birthday party lunch. We aunts enjoyed bringing them up, and Mom and Dad graciously stayed back to prepare food and get things ready.

Our short visit was sweet, everyone enjoying an opportunity to hold the new little guy and catch up on how things went with Anna Marie.

Happy to see their daddy!
Just before going in to see Simon Peter.
I think Danny was the most expressive of them all.
Danny was quite curious about all things
Mom holding Simon Peter after he arrived home
A happy grandpa

“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
to them that have obtained like precious faith with us
through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”
(2 Peter 1:1).

Simon Peter Maxwell

Simon Peter Maxwell

Simon Peter Maxwell made his grand entrance into this world at 8:48 p.m. on January 18th. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Anna Marie and Christopher got to the hospital Saturday morning and were starting on the induction process by about noon. Steady progress through the afternoon with labor in full swing by about 5:00. 

If Simon Peter had just been 3 hours and 13 minutes later, he would have been my first birthday nephew. It was such an amazing thing to see how well the labor and delivery went. In addition, what a blessing that Simon Peter doesn’t need any NICU time for being 3+ weeks early (and about 5 weeks early as Anna Marie generally goes 2 weeks late).

Anna Marie is doing great and is as radiant as ever. She already has some relief from her varicose veins!

Anna Marie, Simon Peter, and Christopher Maxwell

Baby Name Meaning

Simon: obedient, hearing (literally: “he has heard”)
Peter: stone, rock
Simon Peter: One whose strength comes from his close relationship with Christ.
Scripture Verse: “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust…” (Psalm 18:2)

What is the next step?

Now that Simon Peter is here, things can be better planned for Anna Marie’s treatment. One surgeon recommended about 4 weeks of healing before she undergoes surgery. They also have a consult with another surgeon on the 29th. Either way, there will be some time before the next step. 

We are so very grateful for your prayers.

Sarah for the rest

Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell Family

“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud,
to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire,
to give them light; to go by day and night” (Exodus 13:21).

Baby Boy is HERE!

Baby Boy arrived safely tonight! He’s doing well and so is Anna Marie. More details to follow. We’re praising the Lord for His amazing goodness. Thank you all for your faithful prayers. We’re grateful.

Sarah for the happy family

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”
Psalm 107:8

Anna Marie Maxwell and Baby: Things Are Starting, Please Pray

Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell

Thank you all for your prayers. This week has been full of waiting and appointments. They’ve begun the induction process and if Baby doesn’t arrive overnight, they will be heading into the hospital tomorrow morning (Saturday) to continue the induction process.

Prayer requests:

  • For Anna Marie and strength. Not only is she preparing for an early birth but also the emotions related to the tumor. She has such a sweet spirit through it all. She needs your prayers as she enters this weekend.
  • For Baby to be born healthy and without a NICU stay if possible.
  • A great medical team to be surrounding Anna Marie and Baby.
  • Grace for the children as they wait too (they’re being cared for by aunts)

With love and thank you for praying,
Sarah for Christopher and Anna Marie

“For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Psalm 139:13-14

Christmas Day at the Maxwells

First, thank you for your prayers and love for Anna Marie and family. We hope to have another update soon.

We shared about Christmas Eve, and what our full, happy household was up to. Christmas Day is quieter with just the unmarried young adults and Dad and Mom.

After a relaxed morning, we ate breakfast mid-morning. It’s been the tradition for the guys to make it, and Jesse cooked us biscuits with sausage gravy. Dad and Mom ate their oatmeal with fruit.

The next order of business was to bake cookies for our Christmas police force. Throughout the month, Mom made cookie dough and froze the balls so we could pull them out and bake fresh on Christmas Day. Mom and Anna baked, and I wrapped them in individual plastic wrap, while Mary created a beautiful card. Then, we call the non-emergency number, and a police officer shows up to take the basket. It’s really a special way to give them a small “thank you” for their service.

After that, we opened gifts. We all love to find gifts that are practical and useful to the individual.


Arnold chose an unusual spot — between the girls. Normally he likes to stay near Mom.
Mary’s previous winter coat lasted her since she was in her early teens.
Some gifts have to be disguised. Anna and I gave Jesse luggage, as his wheeled luggage gave out on a business trip. But we wrapped a broom.
Since Dad has lost so much weight, he was easy this Christmas: clothes!
A laptop bag for Anna

“For thy mercy is great above the heavens:
and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds” (Psalm 108:4).