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The Trip Continues!

We finished our two-evening conference in the Oneonta area (upstate New York). Jesus greatly blessed our time! Our first several days of traveling and conferences had been very intense, so we were grateful for two days to get extra rest and re-energize. We stayed in a small, cute town called Franklin.

Both evenings went smoothly. We were amazed by several families who had driven long distances to come. What a blessing!

A special highlight for me was the visit of a childhood friend of mine and her new husband. They were on their honeymoon, and it worked out for them to see us! The amazing part is they live in Alaska, and we live in Kansas; so it was a miracle to be in the same area at the same time. Lolly illustrated Autumn with the Moodys and Winter with the Moodys.

Sarah and Lolly

Sarah and Lolly

We’re looking forward to doing a one-evening conference in Lynchburg, Virginia. Then, we’ll be doing a conference in Fayetteville this weekend. We’ll work at getting some more pictures.

We’ve enjoyed meeting many families and are excited to see more of you as the trip continues!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

The First Day

This morning came quickly (a little too quickly for several of us who stayed up late finishing trip preparations), and we were all excited about our trip. Grandad, Grandma, Nathan, and Melanie came over to say good-bye, and Grandad prayed a special prayer of blessing and protection for us as we travel. Grandad’s prayer is a highlight to the beginning of our trips. (Notice our sweet Golden in the middle? She’s always sad when we leave, but Nathan and Melanie take good care of her!)

praying as a family

After praying and saying good-bye, we headed out for our month-long trip. Dad could tell our trailer was feeling different than our other trips, so he phoned the place where we bought the trailer. Dad shared in a blog post last week about how right before we leave on a trip, the pressures and trials come. This trip was no exception. Dad had discovered an issue with the trailer last week, so he’d taken it in to be worked on. When the repairs were finished, everything appeared fine. (Dad after he had pulled the van into the trailer garage in preparation for the work we thought would need to be done. But, as it all worked out, we didn’t need it!)

Dad - at the repair shop (still smiling!)

As we hit the interstate and were up-to-speed, the trailer began swaying. Praise the Lord for His protection, and Dad kept control of the van and trailer. We drove to the nearby trailer place, and Dad, Joseph, and John worked at reloading the trailer. We knew that improper loading could cause it to sway, and that’s why we had bought a scale to verify the tongue weight. However, we had weighed it incorrectly. Instead of the 700 pounds of tongue weight we thought we had, we only had 200! So, after the guys had re-proportioned the weight to the correct amount, we were set. Dad praised the Lord over such an incredible answer to prayer.

We plan to drive to Dayton, Ohio tonight. Then, tomorrow, we’re on to our first conference stop, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We hope to meet many of you this trip!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

I’m glad I don’t have the job of packing the inside of the trailer. Dad is the expert packer!

Inside of the trailer

Dad and the boys had packed all the heavy books and other books last night. This morning they loaded all our personal bags and other things.

The trailer

Sarah’s Report

Jesse, Mary, and Anna were a key part to the fair last week. They stamped thousands of tracts with the FamiliesforJesus.com website. Thank you for investing all those hours, Jesse, Mary, and Anna. You guys did an incredible job!

Friday night was another successful night at the fair. As the nights progressed, we recognized quite a few people who came back each night to get something cold to drink. We worked at giving them a new tract and asking them if they had read the one we had given them the night before.

One girl in particular called me her friend. I had taken a minute to go across the “path” to take pictures of our booth when I saw her. We chatted for a few minutes. She professes to be a Christian. I was able to take it further and talk to her and her friend about purity. They seemed quite amazed that I was twenty-four and had never been on a date. Dad said he could see the conviction on their faces. I was very excited to be able to share with them.

I think probably the most heart-wrenching thing for me was Friday night. We were getting ready to leave, and several were still witnessing. John was talking to a preacher’s son (mid-teens). Suddenly, I heard a noise, and I turned around. The guy had thrown down his soda, which exploded, and he angrily walked off. I can still see his figure walking off into the dark night. My heart ached. Here he was, a pastor’s child but not saved. Obviously he was feeling too convicted and left. I couldn’t keep the tears back as I looked at the exploded Pepsi can, the stark reminder of this young man’s turmoil.

Saturday morning, Dad, Christopher, Joseph, and John went to the City Union Mission in inner downtown Kansas City where the guys have a church service once-a-month and hand out homemade cookies (thanks Mom, Anna, Jesse, and Mary for making them Friday night!). I went with Nathan and Melanie to the fair. It was very hot but quiet Saturday afternoon. I saw Jesus’ purpose. A girl in a booth near us, came over to talk to Melanie and I about spiritual things. Since it was so quiet, we were able to spend quite awhile talking to her. It was obvious the girl was feeling very convicted! I pray she will accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Saturday early evening, Dad and the boys joined us. The fair traffic picked up, and we gave out tons of sodas and tracts!

Only when we’re in Heaven will reveal the effects of this last week! It was incredible!

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”(Isaiah 55:11).

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

What Children Think of ChorePacks

We love to hear feedback from families who are using the Managers of Their Chores book and ChorePack system. I thought I’d share two VERY cute comments we received.

(The ChorePacks are like a mobile To Do list for children. Here is a photo of a Chorepack being worn by Jesse):
A Chorepack in action

Comment #1: “Just wanted to share that this weekend our 5 year old dd happen to see a person with a badge id type clip and said so happily ‘look he is wearing a ChorePack!’ Our whole family just had the happiest hearts and biggest smiles! Thanks again! Shana :o)”

Comment #2: “My 22 month old wanted me to clip one on his diaper so he could be like his big sisters.”

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

Work Projects

Since our new book, Managers of Their Chores has been out, we’ve kept busy keeping the books compiled!

Recently, Dad declared several Chore book work sessions; we absolutely love to work together! Even Grandad (Mom’s parents live right next door!) joined us packing boxes.

Myself, Anna, and Jesse compiled the book and kits. Dad measured the paper, Mary was the refill girl (she constantly heard the calls of “More paper, quick!” or “ChorePacks, please!” as the compilers rushed to keep ahead of the fast shrink-wrapper, Joseph). Joseph operated the shrink-wrap machine at a lightning speed. John put boxes together for Grandad, taped them up, and then moved them!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

Welcome!

Introduction

We’re excited to announce our family’s blog! We are the Maxwells: Steve, Teri, Nathan and his wife Melanie, Christopher, Sarah, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary. You can read more about the family here.

We will work to keep you updated on our family and what’s happening in the Managers of Their Homes ministry. One thing is certain, life is always busy around here!

Blessings from our family to yours!