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!
“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him” (Deuteronomy 8:6).
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!
“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).
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.
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).
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!
“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come” (Proverbs 31:25).
We’re excited to share the news that a baby is on the way for John and Chelsy! Their two boys bring them such joy and are a blessing for sure. Chelsy is due in late September. Congratulations, John and Chelsy!
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).