All posts by Teri Maxwell

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

A Week of Maxwell Dinners

We had a request to share some of our main-meal menus. We keep those in a Google Spreadsheet that the cooks can access from their computers or phones. I copied a week from there to post here.

Saturday 2/16 Instant Pot ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans
Sunday 2/17 Burritos, green salad, homemade whole wheat tortillas, chips, salsa
Monday 2/18 Salmon patties, buns, green salad
Tuesday 2/19 Leftover vegetable beef soup with pasta, homemade whole wheat bread
Wednesday 2/20 Leftover enchiladas, green salad, chips, salsa
Thursday 2/21 Vegetable ham soup with pasta, homemade whole wheat bread
Friday 2/22 Ham pot pie, green salad
Saturday 2/23 Ground beef skillet, green salad

About two years ago, we started having our bigger meal at lunch time. After the initial adjustment of more food preparation in the mornings, we have liked the switch. We talked about making this change years ago, but with homeschooling weren’t willing to give up our quality, morning homeschooling time for food preparation.

In winter, we often have homemade soup. Anna discovered cooking the pasta separately and then adding it to the soup portion keeps it from getting mushy as it does if boiled in the soup broth and then reheated for leftovers.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee,
if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God”
(Deuteronomy 28:2).

Special Life-Long Memories

Charles Spurgeon in his autobiography tells a heart-warming story of his grandmother making treats for him with leftover pastry. A kneading trough was located in the kitchen, and in it was a little shelf. Charles knew if he came into the kitchen, he would likely find a pastry treat waiting for him, shaped into an animal with currants for eyes. 

One of my grandmas got up very early on Thanksgiving mornings to cook and bake. She had extra pie crust dough after her pies were all made so she rolled it out thin, brushed it with melted butter, and topped it with cinnamon and sugar. She cut the dough into rectangles, baked it until golden brown, and served it to her grandchildren. To this day, my family loves pie crust made just like that.

My other grandma welcomed my sister and me for visits by putting our Raggedy Ann dolls on our beds along with a little Tupperware container of her homemade fudge so we each had our own portion, along with a love note. When we arrived at her house, we hugged her and Pampie, and then ran straight to our beds!

Pampie and Meme

My children recall with fondness our read-aloud time. When we started homeschooling, I read a chapter from a book right after lunch. Eventually our read-aloud time moved to late in the afternoon.

Reading to John and Joseph
Reading to my grandchildren

They also greatly loved the season when they found an encouraging note under their pillow when they went to bed. Each week, I wrote one of those notes to a child, snuck into their bedroom during the day, and slipped the note under the pillow. I kept track of who had received the last note and worked through the children in age order so each would receive an equal number of notes.

A note I wrote about 20+ years ago to Sarah.

Simple things create life-long memories. They don’t have to be time consuming, burdensome, or expensive. They express love! 

You probably have some of those memories, too, and are building them for your children. Want to share them?

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7).