All posts by Sarah Maxwell

A Birthday to Remember

We celebrated Gigi’s birthday a few weeks ago, and it was super special to have everyone join. Even though it was mid-week, the brothers and their families made the extra effort to come up. Our aunt and her husband (so Gigi’s daughter and my mom’s sister) also were here, which made it special for Gigi!

We enjoyed lots of good fellowship, and then we all sat around in a semi-circle while Gigi opened her gifts and cards. Afterward, my parents served brownies and ice-cream.

We are grateful for a grandma (mom/great-grandma too!) who surrendered to Jesus in her adult years (after raising my mom) and has served Him faithfully. She loves all her family and invests in them still at her age!

Chelsy made quite a box of goodies for Gig!

“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD
thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him” (Deuteronomy 8:6).

The New Home

Jesse and Anna decided to spend their first year of marriage in an apartment. Recently they purchased a house and closed a few weeks ago. The Maxwell crew helped them move in. What a special time that Saturday was—some packed and loaded at the apartment, others cleaned at the new place (including some of the kids), and lots of littles skipped around, exploring their aunt and uncle’s home.

Jesse rented a truck for the move, and friends from their church provided more manpower and vehicles with carrying capacity. The move went quickly, being completed by lunch. In the afternoon, some stayed to unpack at the house and others returned to the apartment to clean it.

Many hands make light work!

Tina was a great help in the kitchen, working on cabinets
Dad transported all the fragile items in his vehicle, including Jesse’s computer monitors

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen”
(2 Peter 3:18).

Gigi’s Mulch Crew

The yearly mulching-at-Gigi’s happened in an eclectic fashion. Getting this many folks’ schedules to coordinate just wasn’t working, so we did it in several sessions.

Melanie and her kids, along with Anna Marie and her kids, with some help from myself, took one late afternoon to work on it. We made good progress and mostly took care of the front area along with maintenance in the back.

Another morning, Dad and Mom worked over the whole back area, spreading mulch. That evening, Melanie and crew, along with Christopher’s family, and Anna, pitched in to finish it out. We’re grateful for so many helpers to tackle the big project. Of course, we ended with a pizza party.

Somehow, the little kids feel like they have great power over Ellie.
Only they really don’t. Ellie does what she wants to do.

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).

Mother’s Day Recap

Happy Tuesday! I’m catching up on some recent events–thankful to have an opportunity to compile them.

Mother’s Day truly was a beautiful day of celebrating the mother (s) in our lives. I forgot to mention a Happy Mother’s Day to my sisters-in-law!

Anyway, we made Mom her favorite food, gave her gifts, enjoyed worshipping together with our brothers and sisters in Christ and celebrating moms there too, and then late afternoon, 7 out of the 8 Maxwell grown “kids” were together. Sadly, John’s family was quite under the weather, otherwise they would have been with us too.

We’re very grateful for a mom who loves us, poured her life into educating and raising us, and still invests!

Mom’s birthday breakfast: pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and yogurt with granola
Lunch with Gigi
The girls participated in a special community build-a-bouquet from local businesses. You paid a small fee for the vase and then used a map and went around to local businesses to get a flower from each one. A sweet labor of love!

“Strength and honour are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come” (Proverbs 31:25).

Jesse and Anna Maxwell’s Wedding Pictures, Part 3 and Happy Anniversary

Today is Jesse and Anna’s 1st Anniversary! Congratulations! We love you both so much and delight to see the Lord’s blessing.

I realized I hadn’t finished with the final part to their wedding pictures, and I thought it fitting to do so today. If you haven’t seen Part 1 and Part 2, you can click on the respective links.

Because of COVID regulations, Jesse and Anna weren’t able to have a reception, so we took photos in the park, and then they came back for family good-byes.

Jesse and Anna were such a fun couple to photograph; their love for each other was very apparent, and Anna’s giggle is contagious.

Happy Anniversary!

Jesse and Anna Maxwell

Then onto family good-byes.

Anna saying good-bye to her brother!
Goodbyes to Anna’s parents!
Christopher and I photographed the day
The Maxwells with those who could make it
Jesse and Anna now, a year later

“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether”
(Psalm 19:9).