All posts by Teri Maxwell

Here’s a Gentle Nudge

We keep encouraging you about the benefits that come from using a schedule. Here’s a testimony to motivate you in that direction:

Hi! I jumped in with Managers of Their Homes and a schedule in the spring. I have children ages 12, 8, 4, and 2. I focused on the portion of our day that is filled with school, and I was amazed at how much smoother our day went.

My son (12) struggles a lot with anxiety and anger outbursts that we are working through, and prior to the schedule, dealing with those issues took up a large part of each day. Once we implemented our schedule, he experienced such relief to know what to expect each day. Before he had been experiencing anxiety when he looked at his assignments and was worried he wouldn’t have time to get things done. When we started scheduling, not only did it relieve some of that stress but I was even able to schedule a chore time and a time for him to play with his littlest sister. This took an hour of school time, but he still got more done!

On top of that, it felt like we had a miracle in our house when we started school after a week of spring break. Monday morning came and for the first time EVER the kids jumped right back into the school schedule without any complaints! Jenn

Trusting in Jesus,

Managers of Their Homes
Managers of Their Homes

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also
shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

A Day in the Life of Helping at Christopher and Anna Marie’s

During the 3 1/2 months Anna Marie has been in Washington for her specialized chemo treatments, we set up a schedule here at home to provide Christopher with a support base in the absence of his greatest support.

Anna and Mary are the mainstays of the schedule while I pitch in a bit. One of the girls goes over at 7:30 a.m. to help get children up, dressed, fed breakfast, chores accomplished, and Scripture memorized. Now that it is hot, they also have a morning walk. When the weather was nicer the walk was late in the afternoon.

[Sarah’s note: All the pictures below I took Wednesday, so this is a very current peek into the life of helping at Christopher and Anna Marie’s!]

Reading to the little girls after they woke up
Tidying up the girls’ hair things
Hair time
Guarding her banana from Ellie 🙂
Cleaning up from swim lessons with Grandma the prior afternoon
Elizabeth likes to start off the walk walking (or rather a little run!) beside Ellie
Walking crew (Sarah and Ellie join them some days: Joshua was with Steve doing a brush dump run this particular morning)

Christopher does a workout at his home gym in the basement from 10 a.m. to 11 and the children get to play and work out with him so no helper is there at that time.

At 11 a.m., I am there for an hour of school time, and then one of the girls comes over from 12 to 1 for lunch prep, eating, and cleanup. Then I am back for another hour of school. 2:00 to 4:00 is nap time for Danny and Elizabeth and quiet activities for the older three so no helper is needed.

Flashcards with Lydia
Listening to Ruthie read aloud

At 4:00, Anna or Mary goes back to supervise children and prepare dinner. One of our wonderful neighbors brings dinner over every Wednesday. What a huge blessing that is! The afternoon helper stays through the evening until the children are put to bed, about 8:45 or 9, and then she heads home. (The day Sarah took pictures, Anna and Mary traded off so Anna could go babysit at Nathan and Melanie’s.)

Anna with the kids at the 4pm time block.
Peeling hardboiled eggs and making pickles.

The girls vary who goes over at which time so that they each get some evenings to be home with us. They have a plan but it changes depending on what they need to get done at home and other places.

Trusting in Jesus,

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 

Layered Jar Salads

For about a year now, Steve and my normal lunch is a huge salad that is to be the mainstay of our daily menu. Each salad is so large we eat it from a serving bowl.

When we prepared to travel last summer and needed to take salad with us, I discovered how to make salads that could go in a jar, which would fit and travel nicely in a cooler. I have also implemented that same technique to simplify time-intensive salad preparation for home now. With this method, I make salads twice a week, storing them in jars.

For each day, I use two jars—one for greens and one for other veggies. That means on the day I prep 4 days of salads, I need 16 jars unless I am doing it in the morning right before lunch and put that day’s salad right into the bowls we will eat from.

In one of the two daily jars, I put greens. Steve uses kale for his salad. I like a mixture of green or red-leaf lettuce with kale. Since Steve and my salads are different, I use wide-mouth jars for Steve’s and narrow-mouth ones for mine.

In the other daily jar, I layer the veggies that will go on top of the salad when I serve it.

I learned I start with the juiciest vegetable to go on the bottom and work up in dryness to the top. For our salads, tomatoes are on the bottom, then red pepper, onion, celery (for Steve since I don’t care for it), and finally carrots. Those are our top veggie picks, but almost any veggie you like could make a layer in the jar.

To serve, I first empty the greens into the bowl and then the veggies. We also add beans and nuts to top our salads. Lots of great nutrition in those lunches.

We like these salads so much that we are happy to eat them every day.

Trusting in Jesus,

“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will
call upon the name of the LORD.” Psalm 116:17

Bride and Groom: Jesse and Anna Maxwell Start Kansas City Apartment Living

Last fall when his renters left, Jesse decided he wanted to remodel his house and sell it as a flipper. He worked on it until late March when it sold.

Jesse and Anna are renting an apartment in Kansas City. Their plan is to do that for a year. They wanted the experience of living in an apartment and felt like the first year of marriage would be the best time. They will also use that time to see where they would like to eventually buy a house. They decided they wanted to join a church in Kansas City that they like. 

Jesse moving his things in
Mary helped Jesse move his things in–special time for them before he got married

We will miss having them right here in Leavenworth, but they plan to come back for Sunday family lunches and other family events, so we’ll still enjoy seeing them and having them around.

The newlyweds!

“The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth
from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof” (Psalm 50:1).

Anna, Anna, and Anna — Maxwell That is

The three Annas on wedding day!

Some may want to know how we plan to identify another Anna in the family to help keep confusion down amongst the Maxwell Annas. We don’t know yet! 

When Christopher married his Anna, through family discussion, Anna Marie was suggested. She concurred, and so it was.

We have some options concerning Jesse’s Anna and while no specific one has been discussed yet, one may work itself into use. The newest Anna Maxwell (see it is confusing already) would like her aunt name to be Tia Anna rather than Aunt Anna so maybe it will be Tia Anna. 

And we could always call Tia Anna by her first and middle name when we aren’t talking about her as an Auntie.

Ask in a year, and we will have it all worked out! 

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1 

Gigi’s 88th Drive-by Birthday Party

Gigi turned 88 in the midst of Covid-19. Nathan and Melanie planned and beautifully executed a drive-by birthday party for her. 

It turned out to be an exciting evening here as Anna and Mary prepped Christopher’s children with costumes and then decorated their bikes and a wagon since they would be the side walk part of the drive-by celebrating.

Many friends who drove by decorated their cars or carried Happy Birthday posters, adding to the festivities. There were smiles and laughters, waves, Happy Birthday shouts, and socially distanced conversations from vehicles to Gigi’s lawn chair. Andrew loved running to the cars for any cards or gifts to be delivered to Gigi. 

Nathan wisely set up the cupcake stand just beyond the driveway so guests could visit with Gigi, and then pull forward for the birthday dessert.

The amazing Nathan Maxwell family who coordinated and put on the special party!

We were personally blessed to be part of the birthday celebration for Gigi and also by the outpouring of love for her:

>>From Nathan and Melanie thinking of and carrying out the party, right on the heels of a long-distance wedding trip
>>From Gigi’s friends and family who made the effort to leave the comfort of their homes to drive by (some neighbors walked by) and greet her
>>From Anna and Mary’s investment in making it extra special for Gigi and Christopher’s children. Christopher’s children could have just walked over and said, “Happy Birthday, Gigi,” but the costumes and decorated vehicles made it that much better for everyone.

Gigi is a loved part of our family, her church, and our community. 

“One generation shall praise thy works to another,
and shall declare thy mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4).