All posts by Sarah Maxwell

The 2500 Blog Post Celebration Giveaway

We’re giving away 5 gift bundles, and each one has these 4 items: Henry and the Great Society, Finding Change, Simple Faith CD, and Just Around the Corner: Volume 1.

Titus2 Blog Giveaway, 5 sets of the above books and CD

Henry and the Great Society – This fictional, short, heart-rending story is a dynamic read illustrating the futility of pursuing a high consumption lifestyle.

Finding Change – We couldn’t resist including my newest book, which I’m still super excited about.

Simple Faith CD – This CD is a perfect listen for families. It’s a beautiful blend of voices and instruments. My favorite song on the CD just might be Daddy on His Knees, but Give Us Rain could be a close second.

Just Around the Corner: Volume 1 – Almost 400 pages of practical little nuggets for dads and moms written when my parents were in the trenches homeschooling their kids. These are bite-size encouragement, for just that few minutes you have free–say when brushing your teeth? 🙂

Rules for entering the 2500 Titus2 Blog Post Giveaway

Leave a comment below with either why you like the Titus2 blog or something you appreciate about a Titus2 resource.

Entry limited to one comment per person (but individuals in a family are all welcome to enter separately).

Giveaway ends Wednesday, February 6th, at midnight, Central Time. Five winners will be selected randomly from the comments, and you’ll be emailed for your name and address.

Entries are not limited to the United States, but out of the 5 gift sets, we’re designating 1 for an international reader, due to the cost of postage. The first international reader to be drawn will be the winner, and if out of the other 4, there are more, we will re-draw for United States winners.

International readers: please leave your country name in some part of your comment, so we know that’s where you are from!

We reserve the right not to post any comment or entry.

Happy 2500 Blog Post Anniversary!

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life;
that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
2 Timothy 2:4

Celebrating 2500 Titus2 Blog Posts!

This post is number 2500!

Through 2500 posts in 12 1/2 years, here are some interesting stats for you. Don’t miss our very special giveaway, which will appear as a separate post here on the blog, at 8am, Central Time.

What Has Happened in 12 Years

This is the family when we started!

Our family almost tripled in size, from 11 people to 27, but really 28, as we count Melanie’s baby due in May (and with Susannah, we’d have 29).

The Maxwell Family Now!

3 got married

5 kids graduated from homeschool high school, and Mom completed 30 years of homeschooling!

14 grandchildren have been born

15 books and 1 short story have been published.

We have had readers in almost every country!

We traveled and gave over 200 conferences. It was like you traveled the country with us through reading reports and seeing pictures!

The longest break ever in our posting was three weeks, after losing Susannah. I honestly wasn’t sure how to just pick up again with “normal” posts. The Lord gave grace, and slowly, we worked back into posting.

You watched Maxwell brothers purchase their homes debt-free!

To cap it off, a stat on you! You’ve left us 27,724 comments, and we’re grateful for them.

Your Favorite Posts

Want to know what are your very favorite posts? Weddings and babies. Yep, it’s true, and we love weddings and babies too. But, beyond those, here are some other top posts:

7 Reasons Why I Plan to Homeschool My Children (by Jesse)

Debt-Free: Content in Christ Series (by Steve)

The Blessing of Reversal Babies (by Sarah)

Appliances: Black or Stainless Steel (by Teri) and A follow up: 8 years later what we used

Am I Going to College? (by Anna)

Simple Meal Ideas for Homeschool Moms

Thank you for being such loyal Titus2 blog readers. It’s our joy to share our hearts and lives with you.

Love,
Sarah

The Steve Maxwell Family

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24

Announcing Axton John Maxwell, the newest arrival!

We’re praising the Lord for the safe arrival of Axton John Maxwell, born to John and Chelsy late Saturday night, the 26th. He weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. His birth wasn’t without drama, and after a long, hard labor at home with an awesome midwife and support team, they went into the hospital and delivered Axton. Despite the intense labor and delivery, when Chelsy shared the story, there wasn’t a word of complaint. She has such a sweet attitude about it. Chelsy was just so grateful that she did not need a C-Section. Chelsy and Baby Axton are doing great!

You might wonder the background behind Axton’s name. Simply put, John and Chelsy fell in love with the name. They wanted something strong and simple but unique. They are very excited to begin the journey of raising Axton in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

We’re grateful for such a sweet gift of life! John and Chelsy’s hearts are already knit to Axton’s, and it’s adorable to see them love their little guy.

Please join us in welcoming Axton John Maxwell!

Chelsy, John, and Axton Maxwell
Dad and Mom with their newest little grandson, Axton Maxwell!

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
Psalm 127:3

Happy 17th Anniversary, Nathan and Melanie!

The Nathan Maxwell Family

Dear Nathan and Melanie,

Happy Anniversary! 17 years ago, your wedding day was gorgeous! Young and in love, you had no idea what the future years held.

God, “who is rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4), gave you the grace for every step of the way.

As you grieved the loss of your first-born daughter, you continued to trust “him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).

“But joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5) filled your hearts when Abigail, your second-born daughter, arrived.

You trusted the Lord with your family size, knowing “the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).

Through the roller-coaster of high-risk pregnancies, you took to heart to “be strong and courageous” (2 Chronicles 32:7).

Your family is a beautiful testimony to the Lord Jesus as you serve Him with generous hearts! You clearly portray: “He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor” (Proverbs 22:9).

With much love,
Sarah for the rest

Nathan and Melanie Maxwell

Chelsy Maxwell’s Baby Shower

Last month, a neighbor-friend and Melanie and her girls hosted a baby shower for Chelsy. It also worked perfectly timing wise because Chelsy’s family was headed to the Bible Bee, so their ladies could attend, too, on their way to San Antonio!

Baby showers are a sweet expression of love and care for the couple who is anticipating their child’s birth. John and Chelsy were truly showered with many blessings!

For those wondering, Chelsy and Baby are doing well, and the baby is due any day! We’re all excited to meet the baby soon!

Love,
Sarah

Christina welcoming guests, complete with a party favor bag
Abby explaining the rules to a game
One of the games included changing a baby doll’s outfit — everyone was divided into two teams.
Mom and Calia handing off the baby!
Bethany made the blanket!

“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so
are children of the youth.”
Psalm 127:4

Samaritan Ministries Features Titus2

We’ve long appreciated Samaritan Ministries, a ministry that offers Christian health care sharing. Families helping families in the Lord. They have such hearts for the people they serve. Originally, I (Sarah) began in it when I turned 19. Nathan and Melanie joined after they got married, and when the other three brothers married, they too joined as their own household. At the time, my family was in another sharing program, and the only reason they had stayed was because of pre-existing conditions (which Samaritan’s doesn’t cover). Finally, the Lord gave my parents freedom to join Samaritan’s, trusting Him with the pre-existing conditions. That was three years ago, and we have been so thrilled to finally be members!

80,000+ member households strong, Samaritan’s has managed to keep up with their incredible growth since the government-mandated health care. (There is an exclusion when filing taxes for members of Samaritan’s.)

In their January newsletter, Samaritan’s did a Member Spotlight on my parents and the Titus2 ministry. Here’s the link to the online version. They also highlighted Titus2’s resources. See this link. There’s also a separate article about why we chose Samaritan’s.

If you are looking for an alternative to the mainstream health care, and what they support, we encourage you to check out Samaritan Ministries. Here’s a link where we share more about Samaritan’s.

I’d love to hear how many of you use Samaritan Ministries.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I had a beautiful day!

Love,
Sarah

The Steve Maxwell Family

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper
and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. “
3 John 1:2