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2020 Titus2 and the Maxwells Year in Review

Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve been contemplating this post for a bit, but I needed to take time to pull it together. Below, you’ll find a recap of each month.

January

Anna Marie shared about her (likely) cancer.
Simon Peter was born to Christopher and Anna Marie, just a few hours short of sharing a birthday with me.
I celebrated my birthday.
Nathan and Melanie celebrated their 18th anniversary!
Caleb was born.

February

We enjoyed many happy family times.

Anna Marie and Christopher went to New York where Anna Marie underwent surgery. It was confirmed she had Stage 2, HER2+ breast cancer.

Life continued, trying to keep things as normal as we could for Anna Marie’s kids.

March

COVID, the world shuts down. How strange those days felt as our city enacted a stay-at-home order March 24th.

We remembered Susannah, Nathan and Melanie’s oldest, who would have turned 13.

April

We enjoyed many walks and runs, grateful for the warmer weather.

Anna Marie left for Washington to begin treatments. Thus began 14 weeks of Anna, Mary, and Mom heavily involved in taking care of their children.

Near the end of the month, my outline was finalized, and I began writing Learning Lessons. Interestingly enough, COVID restrictions helped me out, since I didn’t have as many activities going, and could focus on writing.

May

We celebrated Mother’s Day. Very grateful for moms!

Anna Marie was hospitalized for a week. Her blood counts were so low, we almost lost her.

Jesse got married to Anna P! Very excited for him.

Nathan and Melanie planned and executed a drive-by birthday party for Gigi’s 88th.

June

Life continued with a new-normal for everyone. Jesse had just gotten married, and Anna, Mary, and Mom were very involved with helping at Christopher’s. Even more so for a week as Christopher went to visit Anna Marie.

I was thick in book writing and also preparing to launch our updated Titus2 site.

We celebrated Father’s Day and enjoyed more family times. We also were so blessed to be settling into a local church.

Elliot was born to John and Chelsy!

July

Summer continued in full swing. I continued writing, did a photo session, and also managed life with my injury which I incurred in June during a workout.

Mom gave swimming lessons throughout the summer.

We resumed Sunday family lunches again! YAY!

Anna Marie came home!

August

We announced the launch of a new shopping cart and website platform. It had been over a year in the making, and we were grateful to have that done.

We celebrated three birthdays, and Dad and Mom’s anniversary. Dad and Mom were able to spend a week in Colorado!

Homeschool started for the younger Maxwells.

September

My book went to the copyeditor and also finished out the test reader stage. This was a huge milestone!

We enjoyed a Labor Day get-together–our first with everyone together for months.

Projects were accomplished.

We began sharing Jesse and Anna’s wedding pictures.

October

Learning Lessons went to press. EXCITING!

We participated in our local Life Chain.

We shared a favorite baked-oatmeal recipe.

We had a bed-bug scare. We do not wish to repeat that.

We celebrated Anna’s birthday.

Christopher and Anna Marie hit their 10 year anniversary!

November

Life was very full, and we were thankful for God’s mercies.

We announced and began to ship Learning Lessons! We also released the 14th edition of Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit, which included a bonus chapter.

December

We caroled to our neighborhood and surrounding area, desiring to bring Christmas joy to a world in a different situation this year.

We shipped books daily, and it was exciting to think of all the kids who would be receiving looked-forward-to books.

We had an amazing Christmas celebration, and we’ll tell you more on that later.

We shared Joseph’s Holy, Holy, Holy recording, given to Dad and Mom as a Christmas gift.

John and Chelsy celebrated their 3rd anniversary!

We love you all! Thank you for sharing in our lives. We look forward to 2021 and what the Lord will do!

“The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” (Lamentations 3:24).

Happy Third Anniversary, John and Chelsy!

Congratulations to John and Chelsy as they celebrate their third wedding anniversary!

Now, just three years down the road, John and Chelsy are parents to two adorable boys full of spunk, personality, and joy: Axton and Elliot.

We love you!

Happy Third Anniversary!

“Thou art my hiding place and my shield:
I hope in thy word” (Psalm 119:114).

A Very Special Gift, Holy, Holy, Holy

Christmas Eve was a very, very special day as we all gathered together, including Christopher and Anna Marie’s crew. That was a gift in and of itself!

Before I share (many) pictures from that time, we have something else first. In our traveling days, we often shared at the weekend conferences through music. Joseph arranged and sang lead on Holy, Holy, Holy which became one of my dad’s favorites. Anna, Jesse, and Mary also were part of the song.

Joseph and Elissa had the idea to record the hymn and give it as a gift to Dad and Mom. So, a few weeks ago, they arranged a time where Joseph, Anna, Jesse, and Mary were all available to record and lay down the tracks. Prior to that, they practiced separately. The secret was kept perfectly, and Dad had no idea. Christmas Eve morning arrived, and the song had been mastered and ready for the reveal. Anna and Joseph paired a bluetooth speaker with Anna’s phone, and the speaker sat inside a gift bag, ready to be opened. After some of the grandkids opened gifts, Joseph and Jesse suggested Dad and Mom take a turn. As Dad pulled the speaker out, the song began playing (Anna sat across the living room, with her phone open, and it all worked perfectly..) Soon, the room quieted into a hush as we listened, and some tears were shed.

So, here it is. Enjoy and be blessed! (If it doesn’t play for you below, you can go directly to this link.)

Love,
Sarah

“… Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come (Revelation 4:8).”

Merry Christmas!

Steve and Teri Maxwell Family

Merry Christmas!

We hope you have a blessed day celebrating God’s amazing gift to us, sending His Son Jesus to earth. Jesus, the Sinless One, died on the cross for our sins and paid a debt we could never pay ourselves. He then rose from the dead on the third day, conquering death!

Merry Christmas with love,
Steve, Teri, Sarah, Anna, and Mary

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Merry Christmas and an Update from Anna Marie and Family

Merry Christmas the night-before Christmas Eve! Here’s a sweet update from Anna Marie including a video. Love, Sarah

Dear Friends,

What a year this has been! I think back to last Christmas and all the unknowns we were facing. As you know, things developed rather rapidly shortly after that Christmas. We have definitely faced some “deep waters” around the labor induction, surgery, chemo – primarily from the standpoint of facing very difficult decisions at times when we didn’t feel like we had all of the information we would have liked to make that decision.

Through it all you have faithfully encouraged and prayed for us each step of the way. Thank you! I can’t even describe to you how we have felt held up by God along this journey.

I believe God has used these circumstances to teach me more about my need for utter dependence on Him. But, oh! I still have so much more to learn, and still struggle with day-to-day opportunities to do so. But God is faithful and I’m thankful that He promises to never leave or forsake, that He will continue the work He began until the day of Christ!

Life is continuing here in the weekly treatment routine (HER2 blocker & supportive therapies). I’ve definitely felt more energy over the last few weeks and have loved all the Christmas activities we’ve been able to do as a family.

One Christmas activity we love is going to the doors of local friends to wish them a Merry Christmas, sharing a few verses,  a Christmas song, and a plate of shortbread cookies. While we would love to also stop by your house, we had to settle for another way to greet you. So we recorded a two-minute video that you can see by viewing it below or clicking this link.

Singing Christmas songs is one of my favorite parts of this season, and I enjoy learning some of the less common ones in addition to the traditional, familiar carols. Here are a few verses of a 1600’s German hymn by Paul Gerhardt that friends taught me years ago. I love the picture of absolute dependence upon and rest in Christ, and the awe it captures in speaking of the Creator humbling Himself to take on the form of the created.

O Jesus Christ,
Thy manger is
My paradise at which my soul reclineth.
For there, O Lord,
Doth lie the Word
Made flesh for us; herein Thy grace forth shineth.

He whom the sea
And wind obey
Doth come to serve the sinner in great meekness.
Thou, God’s own Son,
With us art one,
Dost join us and our children in our weakness.

Thy light and grace
Our guilt efface,
Thy heav’nly riches all our loss retrieving.
Immanuel,
Thy birth doth quell
The pow’r of hell and Satan’s bold deceiving.

Thou Christian heart,
Whoe’er thou art,
Be of good cheer and let no sorrow move thee!
For God’s own Child,
In mercy mild,
Joins thee to Him; how greatly God must love thee!

The world may hold
Her wealth and gold;
But thou, my heart, keep Christ as thy true treasure.
To Him hold fast
Until at last
A crown be thine and honor in full measure.

May we truly keep Christ as our True Treasure this Christmas season and hold Him fast in the New Year – knowing that He will hold us fast, as well!

Merry Christmas!

Anna Marie

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21

 

A Christmas Project

Happy Monday, everyone, and Merry Christmas! It’s hard to believe Christmas is THIS WEEK!

Life has been a whirlwind here. In the midst of it, there was a need to help a friend on a sewing project to make bags for a ministry + program at our church for kids. Abby and Bethany jumped in and helped on a Sunday afternoon.  In addition, Anna Marie and her girls said they could as well. It was a team Maxwell effort! Even when life is busy, it’s wonderful to just take time to pitch in for a project.

What kinds of Christmas projects are you all up to? I’d love to hear!

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people (Luke 2:10)”.