Category Archives: Family News

Announcing Benjamin Steven Maxwell!

It’s with great excitement we share the happy news of Benjamin Steven Maxwell’s safe arrival into the world Tuesday evening, at 9:45 p.m.

More later, but thank you so much for praying! We are delighted he is here, and Mommy and Baby are doing well. No NICU time for Benjamin! He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and isn’t his dark hair and chubby cheeks so totally adorable?


Benjamin Steven Maxwell

Daddy and Son!
The kiddos got to meet him today!
Mom and Benjamin

“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


When spring blooms in Kansas, I suddenly have a hard time deciding which is my favorite season. Maybe it is spring. The days are just so beautiful.

You know those not-a-cloud-in-the-sky days where the warm sunshine soaks into your skin? Not to mention the variety of your short-sleeve wardrobe (good-bye down coat!), of children giggling and playing, of sinking your toes into the grass, and of gratefulness for the first spring flower.

It’s only February 21st, and spring has come early, and yes, I know winter isn’t truly over, but it might as well be. Good-bye super cold temperatures, and hello spring!


Sweet Calia!
Anna and Calia
Enjoying the nice weather!
The first blooming flower this spring!

“Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:19

Oh Baby!

Melanie and Sarah

Melanie’s in the home stretch with Baby, and we’re so excited! Today’s doctor’s appointment was great. We covet your prayers for Baby and Melanie as they enter this final stage. We can’t wait to share the news!


“For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139:13

Making Life Exciting

What can you do to add a little spice to life when you have four children ages four and under? Hide their dessert cookies in the basement, give them flashlights, and let them go on a cookie hunt in the dark.

As you can see they were very successful!

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a
bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto
all that are in the house.” Matthew 5:15

Baking with Aunt Mary

Maybe we should rename Aunt Mary the Baking Aunt, as the kids love to bake cookies with her. Mary was babysitting Josh, Ruthie, and Liddy Thursday while Christopher and Anna Marie were out with Daniel for a doctor’s appointment, so what did they decide to do? Yep. You guessed it. Bake cookies.

So what’s our favorite go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe? Actually, it’s now in the revised Managers of Their Homes book. Totally the best. But I’ll share it with you here in case you don’t have the book.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yields: 20-22 cookies

3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°. Beat room temperature butter for 1 min. Then add brown sugar and cream with butter till light and fluffy. Then add milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl and then mix into butter-sugar mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 7-12 minutes until desired doneness. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing to cooling racks. Enjoy!

“My meditation of him shall be sweet:
I will be glad in the LORD.”
Psalm 104:34

Kinder Concert in Kansas City

Yesterday, we went to a kinder concert. Melanie was going to go, but it worked out better if she stayed back and enjoyed some quiet time! They invited me to go with them. It was a neat experience. It was in the Kauffman center in Kansas City with the Kansas City Orchestra. It was a great introduction to classical music. They did a excellent job applying classical music concepts to daily life for the kids such as sharing, waiting your turn, and turning our voices down and listening instead. Our favorite piece was Rossini Finali from Overture to William Tell.

Serving Jesus,

Betsy, Tina, me, and Abby
Betsy, Tina, me, and Abby
Nathan, Betsy, and Tina
Nathan and his girls
Nathan and his girls
In Kauffmann Center
In Kauffmann Center

“With trumpets and sound of cornet
make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.”
Psalm 98:6