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Yuba City and the East Bay Conference Report

Last Thursday was a rainy, cool day in Yuba City. We had a quiet day at the hotel, catching up on computer things, and the children worked on school. That evening, as we girls were setting up the book tables, a young boy offered to help. He had a sweet spirit, and he told me about a business he has selling candy bars. We were amazed to hear about his diligence and industry, but then what impressed us was when we heard what he did with the money he earned: he gives it to the poor! A lady provided a dinner for us: complete with tri-tip marinated meat. This was only the second time we’ve had this meat, and it’s the most unbelievable tender, juicy meat. Thank you for this special treat :-).

Friday morning we drove through stiff winds, but we made it to Livermore safely. Cornerstone Fellowship graciously let us use their facilities, and the rooms they gave us worked out extremely well. Meals were provided Friday night and Saturday—we are grateful for the wonderful food!

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Many families we talked to had driven several hours to be able to come. We are grateful for their extra investment of time. Friday night’s music session for the most part went smoothly, although we had a few minor things, like the dobro being knocked off it’s stand. It wasn’t even noticed by the person starting the next song, so things continued :-).

Since there are so many of us, we have chances to talk to quite a few of the families throughout the weekend. After the conference, we love to sit around and share about the different people we talked to and what they told us regarding their lives and what the Lord Jesus is doing. One very special highlight was meeting a family who started a nursing home church last year. We were thrilled to chat with them, as brief as it was, and to meet another family who had started such a ministry.

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(Mom giving the Loving Your Husband session Saturday afternoon.)

We will be posting some more thoughts on the trip later, but we wanted to give you a weekend report!

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The little ones that come to the conference are such a delight. Here’s a cute little girl playing on the floor near her mom.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

Cold Temperatures, Wind, and Snow

We are so grateful to be home today. The front we caught up to (near Flagstaff) and then stayed ahead of yesterday has now reached Kansas, and we have cold temperatures, strong wind, and snow. If we hadn’t been able to get ahead of the storm, we would have been stuck somewhere for a day or two.

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Thank you, Jesus, for bringing us home!

Sarah for the rest

32 Hours and 1900 miles Later

We are HOME! It was an incredible 32 hours, but we are safely home, and Uriah is unpacked, and after dinner and devotions, we’re ready to get some rest. Thank you to everyone for praying.

We’ll comment more about the trip later. 🙂

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

Anna getting off the bus

Anna getting off the bus when we arrived home!

Still driving…

We are now in Oklahoma, and the sun is definitely up :-). Dad was able to sleep for 5 hours while Christopher drove. During that time, a lot of the family was able to sleep, but we always kept one person awake to talk to the driver! We have managed to stay ahead of the storm, and the areas we are now passing through will have even stronger winds than we’re experiencing right now this afternoon.

Thank you for your prayers. we are very grateful. We hope to be home by dinnertime–an amazing whirlwind drive home.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

Through a blizzard and rain…

It is now 1:00 a.m. and we just filled up with diesel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. About 30 miles west of Flagstaff the rain instantly turned to snow, and Dad drove through some very tough driving conditions with the snow and wind swirling around Uriah. Dad sought the Lord if we should continue or stop in Flagstaff, but the snow eventually lessened, and Dad knew if we stopped, we might have to stay in Flagstaff for awhile as they were expecting snow throughout the night and into the morning. We finally drove out of the snow, and into rain, and finally out of even the rain!

Uriah has been perfect for people to be able to sleep during the night. The plan is to continue driving on, with Dad and Christopher trading off driving.

Thank you for your prayers.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest of the family

Afternoon Update

The current plan is to go to Albuquerque, New Mexico, tonight, but we might even continue driving on. Depending on the weather and slow downs, we’ll likely arrive early in the morning. Thank you for your prayers. We are very grateful. We have been driving through strong winds, but Dad and Uriah are doing a good job :-).

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the Maxwells

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Jesse practicing :-).