All posts by Teri Maxwell

Friendship and Blessing

A special Titus2 friend, Marilyn, gifted me with this beautiful quilt made by her mother-in-law, who is in her 90’s, and her sister-in-law. The quilt now hangs across the back of our sofa, and I use it as a wrap during my morning prayer time.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

Marilyn and me

“She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her
hands hold the distaff” (Proverbs 31:19). 

The Third Annual Spring Grandma’s Picnic

As warm weather arrived, we once again planned Grandma’s Spring Picnic. With 10 grandchildren who can walk and are eligible to participate in the outing, I am grateful that the aunties want to help.

Danny was almost unstoppable with exploring.
Ellie came with Sarah, and Ellie’s always a highlight to the little ones.

This year our picnic was on a day public schools were out, which allowed us to have it at our local elementary school that has two wonderful playgrounds. We took Nathan’s van for his children, Christopher’s for his, and our Civic to pick up Calia and bring the food.

When we ran between the two playgrounds, I sent them off in age order to give the littles a head start.

We easily filled over an hour on the playgrounds before moving into lunch time. Each child brought his own drink bottle, and we supplied the rest of the picnic. Because it was a windy day, we did it without paper plates.

Our menu was: apple slices, cheese sticks, PB&jelly sandwiches, Pringles, and vanilla sandwich cookies.

After lunch, some went to the playground while I took the older 6, three at a time to learn hopscotch. We tried that last year and several remembered and were looking forward to it again. For our crew, the four year olds seemed to be the youngest that were able to throw the marker and hop one-legged. 

We are already looking forward to next year’s picnic.

Blessings,
Teri

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). 

Sweet Journey

Sometimes a treasure comes into our hands. We received a several page letter from a young mom about her experience with Sweet Journey along with her filled-in copy of the book plus a few pages from her notebook. She wanted us to use what she sent in any ways that might encourage others. You will see from her pages that she is not only a lover of Jesus but a thinker and artist.

Here is part of her letter:

I just wanted to take this opportunity to personally write and let you know how valuable your book Sweet Journey has been in getting me back on the bandwagon of daily prayer and Bible reading. I am 27 years old with four children. 

Before, it was a chore to make time to open my Bible. It felt more productive to get the dishes done. Now I crave my Bible time. I am like Martha and Mary wrapped up in the same body! I now feel like I am better balancing my roles as mother, wife, daughter, and disciple. So nice! 

I wanted you to know how valuable your study was in providing a focused, attainable path back to daily Bible-reading and prayer. I now have a journal half-filled with chapters and am working on memorization again. I have torn out a few pages of the completed “Homework” assignments so you can see them and know that they were effective in my own sweet journey. I have also sent you my copy of your book, complete and filled out, as a gift to you and your family to say “thank you” for choosing to minister to mothers everywhere! Please look through the book to see months of progress.

What joy the contents of that package brought to our hearts. It’s our great desire for each of you to have a sweet journey with Christ. 

This book is a perfect compliment to My Delight. We’ve noticed some ordering the new book have also purchased Sweet Journey.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Psalm 119:105

My Delight: Loving My Husband, Teri’s New Book!

At the heart of every family is a husband and wife. That relationship is the beginning and hopefully lasts until death do us part. How would you describe your marriage? Humdrum—wonderful—just existing—lacking?

No matter which answer you give, you’ll find practical encouragement in Titus2’s new book, My Delight: Loving My Husband.

Whether you’ve been married three years or fifty, My Delight will encourage you to strengthen your marriage God’s way. You’ll find help to make your home a haven, how to nurture yourself to be the best wife possible, practical examples to show your husband you love him, what it means to build him up, and much more! In addition, there are thought-provoking questions in each chapter to help you apply what you’ve read. Single ladies desiring to be married or those in a relationship currently, this would also be a perfect marriage-preparation book for you.

To read more about My Delight or to order, please visit this link. The books are in stock and ready to ship!

Teri’s conversational style and candid personal
illustrations make this an enjoyable, applicable, and often

convicting read. No matter how long you’ve been married,
you’ll find insight into improving your marriage. Lisa

Teri shares practical tips to help us be the loving wives
that God has equipped us to be. Michelle Duggar

It’s been several years since the Lord laid a burden on my heart to write a book. Last summer, Steve gave a gentle nudge, asking me to pray about the topic. The Lord confirmed that this was indeed the time! Not only has the Lord blessed me with personal experience as Steve’s wife for 44 years but also as a Titus2 mentor.

From prayer to publishing, My Delight is the result. 

We believe My Delight has the potential to change marriages around the world. If you purchase three or more copies (that’s just one copy for yourself and gifting two friends!), you’ll save 10%, and enjoy free economy shipping in the United States. What could be more worthwhile than encouraging a friend to have a delightful marriage?

Thank you for your enthusiasm!

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“That they may teach the young women to be
sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.”
Titus 2:4

How to Make Chocolate Mousse

In 1989 when Nathan was 13 years old, our homeschool group hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the seniors in our church. Served at that meal was chocolate mousse cake, and Nathan thought it was so delicious that he asked me to get the recipe and make it for his birthday dessert the next month. He has requested chocolate mousse cake for his birthday dessert ever since. Nathan had his 42nd birthday in December so that’s been 29 years of chocolate mousse cake. He’s the only one in our family who has been so consistent with his birthday dessert. At this point, we can’t imagine him requesting anything else!

Be warned: there are raw eggs in the recipe. If you don’t want to use uncooked eggs, there are pasteurized egg products such as egg beaters you could use, but the results will probably end up different. Make sure the product you choose doesn’t have any spices included. Onion flavored eggs would make this quite a concoction!

We like the mousse over chocolate cake. We use a traditional Betty Crocker cake mix and then make sure the cake is cool before putting the mousse on.

Below you’ll find step-by-step pictures for Chocolate Mousse with the recipe following.

Start with unsweetened chocolate.
Place chocolate in double broiler and add water.
After chocolate is melted, add sugar and salt.
Cook until completely dissolved.
Beat egg yolks.
Add chocolate mixture slowly to egg yolks.
Stir in vanilla.
After chocolate mixture is thoroughly cooled (we placed ours in the refrigerator), add Cool Whip.
With everything combined, it turns into a creamy mousse.
Spread on chocolate cake.
The finished product.

Chocolate Mousse

  • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 egg yolks, well beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups Cool Whip

Heat chocolate and water over a double broiler until chocolate is melted. Add granulated sugar and salt; cook until completely dissolved (about 3 minutes). Add slowly to egg yolks, blending well. Stir in vanilla; cool thoroughly. Fold Cool Whip into chocolate mixture. Spread on cake.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the
house of the LORD for ever.”
Psalm 23:6

Grandma’s Bookbag

Follow the Trail Trucks is a Dorling Kindersley book. This book has lines to be finger traced, taking a truck from one destination to another. I wasn’t sure that the children would find this book interesting enough, but they usually choose it from the book bag and greatly enjoy following the trails. My grandchildren observe with me how the two-year-olds take short cuts with the trails, while the three-year-olds want to follow the loops in the trails backward, and the four-year-olds have it all down perfectly.

Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. This is one of my favorite picture books, and I am delighted the children like it and pick it often. In the story, Bear has a cold, and all the animals are doing what they can to help him feel better. We enjoy reading and saying together the phrase repeated through the book, “And the bear feels sick!” In the end, bear feels good and is ready to play, but then all his friends are getting sick. Bear tells them he will take care of them like they took care of him.

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Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget
not all his benefits.” Psalm 103:2