Today, we children, Grandad and Dad, powered through and finished compiling the rest of a Managers of Their Chores book printing. We have a great time talking while we work and just being together.
Then, this afternoon,Â Dad and Joseph talked/worked through some things on the plumbing project. Thatâ€™s teamwork in action! The children were out cleaning up the house work siteâ€”thatâ€™s teamwork! I know the only “payment” they desire isÂ Dadâ€™s smile and praise of their job. 🙂
â€œSeest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean menâ€ (Proverbs 22:29).
It’s hard to know where to begin a post after the last one was about our precious little Susannah Joy. We all have been overwhelmed by the love and prayers of so many people. Nathan and Melanie have received many, many cards, and our family has received quite a few as well, not to mention all the e-mails. The Lord has truly been very gracious to our family as we have walked through the valley of the shadow of death. Nathan and Melanie were able to spend a few days away last weekend, which was a blessed time of healing and rest for both of them. Thank you from all of us for your prayers; we have truly felt them.
Over the last few weeks, the house work has continued. It has been amazing to see it take shape. The framers are beginning to put the rafters up. In the meantime, Dad and Mom are busy making house decisions. Dad is also preparing to start working with the boys on plumbing. A few nights ago, some of us children were over at the house, and we went up to the second floor/attic where we sat and talked. With a cool breeze blowing and the sun setting, it was a nice time to just talk.
Last month, Joseph and John purchased a used Bobcat machine. This has worked out to be such a blessing with the house project. The boys plan to begin their own business with it, and they already had their first job.
We’re excited about the extra space for the ministry. We are totally maxed out in this house. Some of us will be working on compiling Managers of Their Chores books soon with the ChorePack Kits, and even now, boxes of Chore books are stacked in the hallway. We have books out in the shed that don’t fit in the basement.
Thank you again for all your prayers. Our Lord is merciful and gracious.
Sarah for the rest
Joseph working on the house
John working on the house
Honey enjoys walking to the edges and looking over :-)! Notice the Families for Jesus trailers?
Spring with the Moodys went to our proofreader today! The proofreader will have it forÂ three weeks. I then have two weeks to work through the edits and prepare the book for the final format.
The house work is coming along! Last Thursday afternoon, the foundation walls were poured. The whole family was out to watch the exciting eventâ€”it was so wonderful to see the house really taking shape. Mary was our little baker last week and supplied the workmen with cookies and brownies.
Today, Dad rented a TracHoe so that we could dig a trench for the sewer and drainage. While Dad, John, and Joseph worked on the trench, Christopher, Anna, Jesse, and Mary waterproofed the outside foundation walls (looks like blue paint!). There is still a lot of work to be done tomorrow; please pray for the guysâ€™ strength and that the job will get done! As soon as our part is done, weâ€™ll turn it over to the contractors who will do the flat work (i.e. basement floor, etc), and then framing the house in. Weâ€™ll take it over after that :-).
Most of the family watching the pumper lower down!
Ready to watch the action!
John–I think he used a shovel a fair amount today!
Our wonderful Daddy!
Mary and Anna waterproofing the foundation
Jesse and Christopher working together
Joseph — down next to the foundation working!
Honey found a steak bone and was happy to hold onto it. We finally convinced her to “drop it” with dog biscuits….
We arrived safely after 9 p.m. tonight. When we were about an hour and a half away, sleet began. Then, much of the precipitation turned to snow. As we came closer to Leavenworth, the roads became more slick. We slid a bit on our final stretch of road, but we made it :-). Now, for unpacking tomorrow!!
After we got up this morning, we discovered the storm system that was supposed to go through the Midwest today is coming a day later. Dad felt it was best that we head home a day early because of the ice/snow that is predicted for tomorrow. We thought of Proverbs 16:9: â€œA manâ€™s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.â€ We make plans, but the Lord directs our steps. We were all disappointed, but we know this is for the best, and weâ€™re grateful for the fellowship we had last night. I truly am grateful for such a wise father who listens so closely to Jesus.
Last night wrapped up the sixth and final conference for this trip. Our hearts are full of gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ for His work during the last two weeks. As you know, we started off with thinking we had a bent axle on the trailer. Dad and John secured replacement tires for the trailer when we got to the Orlando area. The tire on that axle is doing well, and we attribute it to prayer and the Lordâ€™s protection. Last Friday, Mary and I came down with colds. One â€œremedyâ€ our family uses are the Ziacam tablets. If you feel youâ€™re getting sick, you take a tablet, and if youâ€™re sick, you also take them. For this last week, it has been a regular occurrence for someone to ask for the Ziacam to be passed :-). Wednesday evening, at a hotel, we had a â€œgarlic partyâ€. Yes, we actually cut up raw garlic cloves and swallowed them, in hopes that the garlic would help the cold symptoms. 🙂
Mom and Dad both came down with colds, although Momâ€™s hit her pretty hard. Friday morning, when we were preparing to head to Jackson, Mississippi for a weekend conference, we found there was freezing rain and ice. Thursday night at the Memphis conference, a father offered to give back road directions to get to Jackson. We can tell that Jesus clearly prompted him to offer us directions, because with those directions, we were able to take other roads for awhile instead of the interstate which was stopped at the time we were leaving the hotel due to many accidents. The roads were great for us, and we praised the Lord for allowing us to make it safely to Jackson.
Every conference we felt the Lordâ€™s blessing. Hearts were receptive and open, and families were incredibly gracious to us. We were overwhelmed by the generosity each city showed to our family.
Sunday and Monday evenings we had our first Christ-Led Family Conference. Then, this weekend, we had our first full weekend of the Christ-Led Family. We werenâ€™t even sure with colds and Dadâ€™s voice if weâ€™d be able to do our music session Friday evening, but Dad decided to go ahead with it. Dadâ€™s voice held out, and our only bit of excitement was the bass bridge popping off near the end of the session. It did rattle some of us, and we stopped abruptly in the middle of our song. But, we soon started the song again, this time without the bass. For those who are wondering, even though from the picture (at the end of the post) youâ€™d think the bass would need a major repair, itâ€™s not hard to set the bridge back up. Throughout the weekend, hearts were open and receptive to the message. A few families had even driven several hours to come to the conference. We were blessed by the generosity of several ladies from the church who provided lunch for the attendees.
Thank you to every one who has been praying for our family and those attending the conferences. We are headed to Texas today for a brief visit with some friends of the family. We will be driving home Tuesday, missing the winter storm that will be going through several states :-).
Only for Jesus, Sarah
This church was where the full Christ-Led Family conference was held this weekend.Â
Christopher, with the bass, after the music session.
Dad, whose absolute joy and delight is being able to share from God’s Word!
The Maxwell family and ministry blog of Titus2.com.