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Mother’s Day in Real Life

I want to share with you what our Mother’s Day looked like. We began the day with Mom’s special breakfast of choice: pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and yogurt + fruit + granola (sorry, no pictures there).

After church, our immediate family plus GiGi enjoyed lunch together.

Late afternoon, we gave Mom gifts + cards, and then in the evening, all the relatives came over. What a happy, full house!

At church, Christopher’s family gave out roses to all the mothers.

Mary with one of our friends

Nathan dropped flowers off for Mom!

Cheese crisp for lunch.

Our lunch group!

Arnold intrigued by the curling ribbon

Working to arrange all the littles.

Three generations!

Handing out dessert

Instead of expanding the table since we weren’t having a meal, some stood. Love the action going on here!

Tina collected up the paper plates and took Ellie into the other room to let her lick them off. Ellie = SUPER happy

Notice Arnold.

Bible time

Tina asked to help Lydia read her verses. Tina, at not quite 6, can read the Bible well! Lydia “reads” by repeating phrases.

Hmmm, those two boys again, one going after my lens cap, and my phone is probably next.

Calia and crew gave Mom the book, The Gardener. It’s a heart-warming, really awesome children’s book (Titus2’s Amazon affiliate link, see our Privacy Policy).

I’m so grateful for a Mom who is an incredible woman of God, loves her family, and serves Him in any way she can.


“Give her of the fruit of her hands;
and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
Proverbs 31:31

The Babysitting Week

Recently, Nathan took Melanie and Benjamin with him on a business trip + special time away. He asked if Anna could watch the children, and of course, she said yes! In addition, Mom and Mary helped out.

Mom’s “job” brought back memories of her by-gone days: she taught school to the kids. The girls and Drew liked their grandma-teacher!

Mary’s work schedule didn’t allow her to help tons but she took opportunities to when she could. My sisters know how to make ordinary out-of-the ordinary and throw in some special things too.

Anna reading with the children.

Snack time.

Mary was babysitting some friends’ kids, and they stopped in to say “hello” to us and then Anna’s crew!

Taking them on an adventure walk to the secret stream.

Anna brought a Cheez-It snack for them which they enjoyed after exploring.

Cheez-Its powered Ellie home who thought it was too warm to keep walking. But the Cheez-Its worked as a motivator to help her home.

Mom doing school with the kids.

Anna and Mary planned a Joshua + Tina birthday party (they’re 2 weeks apart). They invited all the nieces and nephews and then our immediate family. Here Betsy is prepping grilled cheese sandwiches.

Setting up.

Jesse enjoying the kids and weather.

The cake I made: chocolate and yellow cakes (stacked) and decorated in purple (Tina’s fave) and green (for Joshua).

Joshua and Tina.

The lunch menu was: grilled cheese sandwiches, apple slices, Pringles, and cake.

Calia arrived a little late, and she was pretty cute giving her colored picture to Joshua.


It looks like Jesse is telling everyone a story.


One of the kids made Joshua those green glasses.

Legos from Grandpa and Grandma.

Sandbox toys

The birthday party planners!

Evening walks.

Stopping at a playset!

SpikeBall, Abby learning from Jesse

My sisters have such a servant’s heart. Because Nathan and Melanie would be home just about a day before Mother’s Day, Anna planned a menu Melanie loved for breakfast and took the kids shopping.

See that huge Mother’s Day card?!

She planned delicious meals, and Drew was often her helper.

Anna Maxwell

“… but by love serve one another.”
Galatians 5:13

A Barbecue at John and Chelsy’s!

Recently, John and Chelsy invited all the family over for a big cookout. Friends were visiting them, so I believe we numbered almost 30! We started off the evening with some relaxed games, and then John grilled hotdogs. Although the weather happened to be a bit warm, those who needed to found shade, while the others just got a little sun and played spike ball, croquet, and corn hole. At any given time, there were many conversations going on. After dinner, we opened God’s Word and had an awesome Bible time.

We’re so blessed by enjoying outdoor activities again now that a warmer season is upon us.


John grilling

Chelsy is an awesome hostess: she’s efficient and organized!

This was a little-kid-try-to-play-Spike-ball thing.

Nathan and Kyle

Bible time

Myself, Kyle, Anna, and Benjamin (aren’t Kyle’s eyes strikingly cute?!)

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
Psalm 8:3-4

Happy Mother’s Day with a Peek Into the Past

Happy Mother’s Day to our sweet mom! I thought a special twist on this year’s post would be to share some pictures over the years of Mom.

Mothering definitely costs. It is the sacrifice of yourself. And my mom displayed that beautifully.

Mom and me in Florida.

Nathan, Christopher, and I look pretty charming here, but there was a reason after three, Dad and Mom thought they should be done.

I’m quite confident you didn’t know my mom made amazing cakes.

Mom invested so much in us: making days special, going on fieldtrips and to the park, countless hours of wonderful read-aloud times, giving us an amazing education, baking with us, and the list goes on.

Here’s proof Mom liked cats way back in the day. I had a cat ((Ginger)) who had kittens, and although I don’t remember much about it all, my mom loved those kittens.

The Lord changed my parents’ hearts regarding children–and they realized the Lord should be in control of the womb. Here’s their first reversal blessing, Joseph, pictured above.

The growing Maxwell family.

Even when it took extra time, Mom included her littles as she worked in the kitchen.

After Mary was born.

Feeding the ducks with Mary.

While these cuties look charming, they were quite the handful! 🙂

Mom has invested countless hours over the years with the Titus2 ministry, and the impact she’s had on ladies’ lives will only be measured in Heaven. I’m confident of that!

Mom with her girls, Mary, Anna, and Sarah

All eight of the Maxwell young people: the fruit of a job well done!

Mom’s favorite place to be: the mountains!

Jump forward to enjoying the blessings of grandchildren! LOVE this group!

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Proverbs 31:28

Happy Mother’s Day to our sweet, sweet Mom. We can never thank you enough for your love and care for us!

Happy Mother’s Day to my sisters-in-law: Melanie, Anna Marie, and Elissa. You are great mommies to your little ones!


I love to see the Lord provide. It’s easy to praise Him for the big things, but what about the little ones? Recently, neighbors offered us strawberry plants which they needed to be taken away from their fruit trees. Fresh strawberries are amazing, and Anna especially loves them! I remember traveling through California and stopping at a roadside stand to buy strawberries–talk about an easy way to bring an extra sparkle to Anna’s eyes.

Last week, the girls built a raised bed with scrap lumber. Since our dirt isn’t very good, we also needed quality dirt. Our city gives away compost dirt, which one guy told Dad was the best ever on his garden. Dad and the girls loaded up dirt in trash cans (hey, we need a pickup!) and put it into the van and transported it back to the garden.

The end result? Lots of strawberries plants which will produce this year since they’re not new, and it didn’t cost us anything except some work!


The humble beginning!

Friends helping.

Digging up the plants.

A once-ugly-area is now a beautiful sight to look out to from our dining room window.

“He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed;
for he giveth of his bread to the poor.”
Proverbs 22:9