All posts by Sarah Maxwell

Signs of Spring

March has arrived, and even after a snow storm Saturday morning, signs of spring are showing! Truly, our Lord's mercies are new every morning.
March has arrived, and even after a snow storm Saturday morning, signs of spring are showing! Truly, our Lord's mercies are new every morning.

Sarah

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalms 31:19)

If Only You Knew…

What a JOY our little fellowship of believers is πŸ™‚ . I took some pictures last week (and one picture is from the week before), and I thought we’d share them with ya’ll.

Joseph and Jesse are our faithful sound guys. Sound is very important to the elderly being able to hear :-) . Joseph and Jesse set up each week and then tear down afterwards.
Joseph and Jesse are our faithful sound guys. Sound is very important to the elderly being able to hear πŸ™‚ . Joseph and Jesse set up each week and then tear down afterwards.
We all love to chat with the elderly before and after the service. Here is John talking with one lady who is a faithful attendee!
We all love to chat with the elderly before and after the service. Here is John talking with one lady who is a faithful attendee!
See the look on his face?! Well, he was talking to Miss Abigail, who delights, to no end, the hearts of those there. He has faithfully prayed for Abigail!
See the look on his face?! Well, he was talking to Miss Abigail, who delights--to no end--the hearts of those there. He has faithfully prayed for Abigail!
Abigail gives a grin to the man pictured right before this. Often, we children will sing a hymn as a special music, and if Abigail is up there, the elderly dont care how we sound. She steals the show.
Abigail gives a grin to the man pictured right before this. Often, we children will sing a hymn as a special music, and if Abigail is up there, the elderly don't care how we sound. She steals the "show."
This man loves our Lord Jesus, and he was a preacher for many years.
This man loves our Lord Jesus, and he was a preacher for many years.
Joseph packing away the sound system.
Joseph packing away the sound system.
Jesse :-)
Jesse πŸ™‚
Mary and Anna with another sweet friend
Mary and Anna with another sweet friend

Sarah for the family

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalms 107:7-9).

A Bright Spot in Their Day

Our family took Tuesday to drive up to Omaha to visit Gram, Daddy’s mom, who lives in an assisted living facility. We planned to play/sing for the people there right after lunch. We were happy to take Uriah out, after being home for a few weeks πŸ™‚ .

Right after lunch, Dad suggested some of the family get their instruments out and start playing them, and maybe the elderly would stay around. So, the children set to work, tuning up and preparing. You would think from this picture we were getting ready for a patriotic program, but we weren't :-). That was just where Anna happened to be when I took the picture.
Anna

Right after lunch, Dad suggested some of the family get their instruments out and start playing them, and maybe the elderly would stay around. So, the children set to work, tuning up and preparing.

Tuning up! That duct tape you see is to hold the strap on. Apparently the peg came out, and this is the most efficient way to keep it on!
Tuning up! That duct tape you see is to hold the strap on. Apparently the peg came out, and this is the most efficient way to keep it on!
An elderly man enjoying the music!
An elderly man enjoying the music!
Singing!
Singing!
A side shot. We all wore denim shirts, and we got pretty hot. You begin to wonder if it is just YOU overheating, until one of the boys mentioned that it was 77 in the room. That is right, elderly like it warm :-) .
A side shot. We all wore denim shirts, and we got pretty hot. You begin to wonder if it is just YOU overheating, until one of the boys quietly mentions that it is 77 in the room. That's right, elderly like it warm πŸ™‚ .
The children sang One Day at a Time and Because He Lives, two songs they have done for dear friends funerals. Daddy is sitting in front with Gram, who was very glad we were there doing music!
The children sang One Day at a Time and Because He Lives, two songs they have done for dear friends' funerals. Daddy is sitting in front with Gram, who was very glad we were there doing music!
Several of the girls who helped there took time to sit and listen.
Several of the girls who helped there took time to sit and listen.
Jesse playing his hammer dulcimer.
Jesse playing his hammer dulcimer.
What a delight to bring joy to their lives!
What a delight to bring joy to their lives!
Afterward, Christopher talked to a man who had driven Greyhoud buses for 57 years--wow!
Afterward, Christopher talked to a man who had driven Greyhound buses for 57 years--wow!

What a joy it is to bring joy πŸ™‚ . Truly, our hearts were blessed. It’s only three hours to Omaha, so we made the trip just a day trip, and we were back to normal things again on Wednesday.

Sarah for the rest

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

Except the Lord Build the House

Two Years Ago (almost to the day)

Joseph and Dad measuring for the house! (Remember you can click on each picture we post to enlarge it.)
Joseph and Dad measuring for the house! (Remember you can click on each picture we post to enlarge it.)
Wow, what a difference two years has made!
Wow, what a difference two years has made!

One Year Ago

Right before our conference in Perryton, Texas last February, the project was spackling (or another word for knock-down or texture) the walls upstairs. It was a hot, tiring job!
Right before our conference in Perryton, Texas last February, the project was spraying the texture on the walls upstairs. It was a messy, tiring job!
Jesse and John mixing up the goo!
Jesse and John mixing up the goo!

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Now, the house is almost done! We are possibly a month away from moving in :-). Here are some recent pictures.

John and Joseph recently got cell phones, and it is amazing how often we need to call each other. We do not have a land-line phone at the new house yet.
It's amazing how often we need to call each other!
Dad has spent countless hours painting--and he still has more to go. Everyone chose their own room colors, and some had multiple to add variety, so it became quite complex :-) .
Dad has spent countless hours painting--and he still has more to go. Everyone chose their own room colors, and some had multiple to add variety, so it became quite complex πŸ™‚ .
The girls cleaned for awhile at the house today.
The girls cleaned for awhile at the house today.
Mom and we girls brought fabric over to the new house, and starting setting up our little sewing area. A bonus in the new house is a sewing area for us girls!
Mom and we girls brought fabric over to the new house, and starting setting up our little sewing area. A bonus in the new house is a sewing area!
Joseph is more of our master craftsmen with an eye for detail and creativity. He designed our fireplace, and he has spent many hours diligently working on it!
Joseph isΓ‚ our master craftsman with an eye for detail and creativity. He designed our fireplace mantle, and he has spent many hours diligently working on it!

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalms 127:1).

A Special Blessing

You may not have noticed the absence of Mom and I this last week, but, Mom and I went on a trip to visit some family friends in Alaska! The trip was a special surprise, so we hadn’t publicly said anything about it beforehand.

Mom and I flew out of Atlanta the same day the family left for home. We had a blessed time traveling together, although we sorely missed the family. We spent a week up in Alaska, enjoying fellowship and God’s beautiful, frozen, wintry creation. We arrived safely home yesterday afternoon, after a 2 a.m. flight back πŸ™‚ .

I’m very grateful to the family for all the work they did. Not only did they have all of the normal home life to take care of with Mom and I gone, but they also had all the trip aftermath. A special thanks to Annie who stepped in to do what I normally do.

Waiting in the airport for our flight out of Atlanta.
Waiting in the airport for our flight out of Atlanta.
We had quite a few hours of waiting, since we went early to see if we could get an earlier flight out.
We had quite a few hours of waiting, since we went to see if we could get an earlier flight out.
Mom and I outside. The mountains in the background didnt show through due to the sunlight.
Mom and I outside Sunday afternoon. The mountains in the background didn't show through due to the sunlight.
The mountains in the background :-) .
The mountains in the background πŸ™‚ .
The family we stayed with took us sledding one afternoon. It was quite an experience, but thrilling to be outside in the beautiful mountains.
The family we stayed with took us sledding one afternoon. It was quite an experience and thrilling to be outside in the beautiful mountains.
Lolly illustrated three of the Moody books.

Missed you all!

Only for Jesus,

Sarah

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1).

A Family Member Who Keeps Us Laughing

As we were preparing to have our Bible time in the bus at our hotel here outside of Atlanta, John was coming up with acreative way to taking some health “stuff” without a cup. Since a few in our family have had colds, we’ve been trying some suggestions offered by others to help us stay healthy. One is Grapefruit Seed Extract, which is quite awful tasting, but we’ve found that taking it in orange juice helps mask the flavor. The other thing we’re trying is Emergen-C packets. John made himself a cup, and put the orange juice and grapeseed extract in it (if he had remembered, he would have put the Emergen-C in it as well!)

John
John

We hope to meet many of you tonight and tomorrow at the Snellville (Atlanta) conference!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah for the rest πŸ™‚

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)