All posts by Sarah Maxwell

The Bus Conversion Continues!

John, Joseph, and Jesse have been spending a fair amount of time working on the bus conversion. As it stands now, it’ll be semi-converted by our September trip and fully converted, Lord willing, by the January/February trip. We’re excited! Here are some pictures of the recent work.

A dad had written us and said that the only way they stopped their RV windows from leaking was to take them out and use butyl tape. As the boys were doing it, it became obvious that was indeed the correct solution to our leaky window problems.

John has not complained working even on the hot days...
John has not complained working even on the hot days...
Jesse has been a great help as well.
Jesse has been a great help as well.
Jesse painted the new flooring for the bus bays.
Jesse painted the new flooring for the bus bays.
If you remember the leaky windy saga
If you remember the leaky window saga from last fall's trip, something had to be done about those windows. So, the boys have been taking the windows out and doing (according to Dad) an INCREDIBLE sealing job! There will be no more leaks.
Each window took quite awhile to do.
Each window took quite awhile to do.
Joseph and John have been grinding out some of the sprayed-in foam insulation to make room for what we need to b
Joseph and John have been grinding out some of the sprayed-in foam insulation to make room for what we need in the ceiling. The bad part? Once ground out, the little yellow bits cling to EVERYTHING! I didn't stay long in the bus with my camera.
No, it's no snowing "snow" inside the bus but rather insulation. I overheard John say that Joseph does the best at grinding--he can last a long time John declared.

Dad has spent many hours as well working on the design, layout, and details for the bus. The water tanks will soon be on order, which is another big step in the process. Little by little, it’s coming along! We will be excited to have a “home away from home” where we can all be together. 🙂


“Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field. . .” (Proverbs 24:27).

You Do What You Got to Do

Sometimes, getting a Moody book picture ready for the artist takes a little more time and effort than one might think. Ever since the first Moody book, part of the “sketching” process for each book involves us taking a picture of what we want sketched. This one was a little unusual!

It took three photographers... (Joseph, Anna, and I)
It took three photographers... (Joseph, Anna, and I)
Mom, comfortably watching the process.
Mom, comfortably watching the process.
Preparing for the smoke effect.
Preparing for the smoke effect.
It involved smoke balls...
It involved smoke balls...(only available near the 4th of July)
John and Dad
John and Dad

We won’t give away anything more 🙂 .


“O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory” (Psalms 108:1).

A Taste Away from Home: Pumpkin Crisp

Pumpkin Crisp
From the Church at Star City

1- 29 oz. can of pumpkin
1 cup evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice

Mix above ingredients together and pour into a sprayed 9×13 dish.

1 yellow cake mix (dry)
1 cup butter
1 cup chopped pecans

Sprinkle the dry yellow cake mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture. Melt 1 cup of butter and pour over the dry mix.  Sprinkle 1 cup of chopped pecans over melted butter. If you like, you can do a little extra.

Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees until golden. Serve with ice cream or a dallop of whip topping. It is extra pretty when cool whip is lightly sprinkled with cinnamon or nutmeg.


When the crisp is warm, there’s a slight pumpkin flavor, and ice cream goes wonderfully well with it. If you’d rather a pumpkin pie flavor, serve cold!


He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee

Last Friday afternoon, we ran into an interesting bus situation. Someone accidentally (smile) ran two self-tapping bolts into the bottom of the bus fuel tank. It had been done a few days earlier but the growing puddle of diesel fuel under bus was an indication there was a problem. The only solution would be to drain the almost FULL tank of diesel (about 200 gallons) into many large trash cans, so it could be reused, pull the fuel tank out, and have the holes welded. John called many welders who said they didn’t want to have anything to do with welding a fuel tank. Finally, the Lord gave him someone who would do it. And yes, the man still is alive and well. We understand there is a trick to doing it and not having it explode.

You could hardly see John!
You could hardly see John!
What a mess!
What a mess: diesel, oil, kitty litter!

John and Jesse worked hard to drain the fuel Friday night, and Saturday morning, the project to be tackled was getting the tank out. It all took on a different twist, when John was loosening a bolt, and the wrench slipped. Two of his knuckles were cut open. I had come to take pictures when he calmly appeared from under the bus, announcing he needed to wash his hands off, he had split open his knuckles. I hurried into the utility sink and turned the water on. When I saw a gush of blood, I knew this was no small cut! His hands were also black with grease and dirt. Mom took him into the doctor, and instead of stitches, they glued his skin closed. The nurse spent a long time trying to clean the wound, and when she came in with a toothbrush, that wasn’t a good sign. (Much to John’s relief, she didn’t use the brush on his wounds!)

John--after the accident happened.

We are grateful for God’s protection over John–it could have been much worse. As soon as he got home, he wanted to start on the bus again. He can even play the banjo two-fingered!

While John was gone, Dad, Joseph, and Jesse worked on pulling the bus tank out. They succeeded!

As of today, the two holes in the tank have been welded and the tank is back in the bus and all the fuel pumped back in. There is just one stubborn fuel line left to connect and hopefully that will be taken care of tomorrow.

After the beast was out, they pushed the tank to the driveway.
After the tank was out, they pushed it to the driveway.
There are two small holes in the fuel tank, so now the tank has to be taken to someone to weld. Then, the whole exercise of putting the tank back in will begin. The adventure is only half way done....
There are two small holes in the fuel tank, so a man welded those.
Notice Johns finger?
For those who are observant: notice John's finger (you'll have to click into the picture to see it up close).
Galloons of diesel going back in!
Gallons of diesel going back in!

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” (Psalms 91:11)

God is Good, ALL the Time

It has been a challenging last week (really several weeks!), but as Dad encourages us, God IS good all of the time! We have had many opportunities to rest in Jesus, and we praise Him for all that He has been doing and continues to do.

The “main” event this past week was the bus emergency (a forthcoming post on that one!). I was talking to a friend in Canada on the phone today, and she asked how we were. As I told her what had been going on, she said the Lord had prompted her to pray for us this last week. She didn’t know why, but she obeyed, and prayed often for our family! Wow! We were very touched that the Lord had moved in her heart, leading her to pray for us, when we definitely needed it.

In the midst of everything, we shared through music and testimony at our wonderful nursing home church. We were glad for Nathan to join us (and we missed Christopher who was sick!).

A view from the listeners...
A view from the listeners...
The family
The family
The five younger doing a special
The elderly loved it!

Rejoicing in our Savior!


“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not” (2 Corinthians 4:1).

Dad: A Man of God

As we reflect on this day to honor fathers, my heart is grateful for my dad. He has many responsibilities in leading our family and the Titus2 ministry: sometimes, it’s hard for me to imagine how he makes all the decisions he needs to and gives direction to all of us. His desire is to serve the Lord Jesus in everything.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for a man of God who loves us all so much. Oh, and did I mention he also is a great Moody “editor” 🙂 ?

We like to decorate the door :-).
Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom


“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17).