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Waiting, Day by Day

Anna Marie shares another update with you. Love, Sarah

Ever since this journey began, I have prayed that I would learn to simply rest and trust God with a humble heart, rather than in my pride wanting to always be in control. Perhaps one of the best ways to learn this is by waiting. And it does seem that waiting is a continuous part of the path on which we find ourselves. While we had anticipated pathology results yesterday or today, the answer to our inquiring hearts is once again, “wait.” I’m hoping we will hear soon, but meanwhile, we wait.

This hymn by “the Fanny Crosby of Sweden,” Carolina Sandell Berg, has been a blessing to me especially during this time:

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best–
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Ev’ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in eve’ry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

The last verse especially reminds me that there is joy and peace to be found in the place of trust. Thank you for praying for a trusting, peaceful heart!

Love,
Anna Marie

Ruthie with Simon Peter last night at Bible time

“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:5

Caleb’s Newborn Photos

Happy Monday! We wanted to share some of the photos from Caleb’s newborn photo session. It was a great afternoon filled with sweet times, capturing this adorable family.

Love,
Sarah

The Joseph Maxwell family
Aren’t these three siblings so cute?
Lots of love for their little brother
Brothers
Caleb Alexander Maxwell (natural light here)

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou
mayest observe to do according to all the law, which
Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it
to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest
prosper whithersoever thou goest.”
Joshua 1:7

Home Sweet Home

Hello everyone! It’s Saturday evening, and Anna Marie is sharing an update. Love, Sarah

Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell and Family

As I sit here with our sweet baby sleeping next to me, I’m overwhelmed by God’s goodness and faithfulness over these last few weeks. Life has been a somewhat fast-paced journey down a path we never would have chosen for ourselves, but though it has been difficult at times, God has been with us all the way, giving the grace needed step by step. And for us, the next “step” will be the full pathology report on Monday or Tuesday.

Christopher and I arrived safely home last night. It’s so nice to be back, enjoying baby snuggles and surrounded by a happy houseful of chattery children with lots of news and stories to share!

My recovery has continued to be very low pain, and Christopher and I were able to enjoy some sightseeing before flying home. I’m not supposed to use my left arm for a couple of weeks, while my incision heals, so the surgeon recommended I wear a sling as a reminder (to myself as much as anything, although it definitely helps the children remember to be careful). Being temporarily one-armed has its challenges, particularly with not being able to pick up the baby, but Christopher and others are so helpful and I’m able to hold and give Simon Peter bottles and snuggles once he is placed in my arm!

God has used your encouraging notes, comments, and prayers to help bear us up. We cannot possibly express adequate gratitude to you all, but praise the Lord for the Body of Christ around the globe surrounding us with His love. Thank you!

Love,
Anna Marie

Sightseeing together

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the
power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Surgery Recovery Update from Anna Marie

Dear Friends,

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments, prayers, and encouragement!

Surgery went very well, though due to the continued growth and location of the tumor, the surgeon recommended a more extensive surgery than we were originally hoping for. Christopher and I understood the necessity and agreed that it was best the approach at this point. While the tumor was very close to the chest wall, following surgery the surgeon said it appears that it had not yet penetrated. The surgeon removed some lymph nodes for testing, so once pathology comes back in about a week, we will know the full nature of the tumor and whether it has spread into the lymph system.

I am feeling great other than some muscle-type soreness (feels like I just did a left-armed pushup workout yesterday after not doing them for a few months), but I’m not in pain. That’s what we had heard about the laser surgery from other ladies who had come here, and it seems to be holding true for me as well. We came back to our hotel shortly after surgery, and I’ve been getting good rest, eating well, and have been walking frequently at the recommendation of the surgeon.

We have loved seeing photos and updates of our children’s activities sent to us from Grandma and the aunties. It’s hard to believe Ruthanne turned six years old yesterday! I remember her birth like it was yesterday … only it seems like it was forever ago in many ways. She was thrilled to help decorate cupcakes for her birthday celebration last night (her second celebration since we did our own family party on Saturday)!

Again, thank you all for your support. As I was preparing for surgery and then on the operating table before the anesthesia kicked in, it was overwhelming to think of a world-wide prayer team lifting us up. The Scriptures and encouragement you all shared really encouraged me, along with verses from Psalm 18 which carried me through another day of unknowns exactly one month prior, when Simon Peter entered the world!

Love,
Anna Marie

FaceTime
Special birthday lunch with Aunt Anna and Aunt Mary (and Joshua blessing the food)

“For who is God save the LORD? Or who is a rock save our God?
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my
way perfect. He maketh my feet like hind’s feet, and
setteth me upon my high places.” Psalm 18:31-33

Anna Marie is Out of Surgery

Thank you for your prayers! We truly have felt them along with your overwhelming support and encouragement.

Anna Marie is through surgery and working to wake up. The surgery went well. We’ll share more later.

Love,
Sarah

“He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Psalm 91:4

Please Pray for Anna Marie’s Surgery, Tuesday Morning

10am Central Time update: They’ve just taken her back for surgery, and it’ll be likely 1.5 to 2 hours.

Thank you for your prayers for Anna Marie. Her surgery is scheduled for about 10 am, Eastern time, Tuesday, the 18th.

Anna Marie has a beautiful spirit throughout this whole situation and truly is leaning on the Lord Jesus as her strength.

Thank you for covering Anna Marie, the surgeon, the medical staff, and Christopher in prayer.

Love,
Sarah

“My soul, wait thou only upon God;
for my expectation is from him”
(Psalm 62:5).