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