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Thanksgiving Recap

We had a beautiful Thanksgiving day. Yes, some of us did our annual turkey trot, and the weather and company were perfect. We all enjoyed a day off work and spent lots of time together. 

Here’s a recap in pictures.

Turkey trot with Nathan
The girls made an incredible breakfast of: bacon, egg and meat breakfast casserole, fruit and yogurt, and pumpkin muffins. A perfect refuel meal after our run!
Dad preparing the turkey
GiGi and I playing Sequence (and yes, she beat me both games!)
Anna making gravy
Making mashed potatoes
Our Thanksgiving crew on the home front
Bible time
Then, the Pilgrims showed up! Nathan and Melanie’s family were with a widow and friends, and some stopped in afterward.
Each of the kids gave a little speech, as if they were one of the Pilgrims. So well done!
This little Pilgrim played tug of war — which Ellie loves!

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
2 Corinthians 9:15

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to drop in and wish everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for. 

Although it may seem basic, here are some things I’m grateful for:

  • Gift of salvation
  • Eyes to see God’s amazing world
  • Ears to hear and experience
  • Legs that move
  • Warm home
  • Tons of family who love me and love each other
  • Platform to share with you ((the blog)) and kids across the world ((my books))

And the list goes on.

I’d love to hear something you’re grateful for!

Thank you for being faithful, loyal readers. Happy Thanksgiving from all the Maxwells.


The Steve Maxwell Family

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
Psalm 100:4

Fifteen Year Anniversary

Hello, Everyone! This is a somewhat unusual blog post in a few ways. First, it is written by me (Anna Marie). Second, Sarah doesn’t know I’m writing it. And third, it’s announcing a special little milestone for Sarah!

I recently began reading Summer with the Moodys to our oldest three children (who are loving it). As I flipped open the book, I saw that it was originally published in November 2003. That means…

Sarah Maxwell
Sarah Maxwell

This month marks the fifteen-year anniversary of the first Moody book publication!

I know there are a lot of Moody fans out there, and as Christopher and I were talking, we were thinking about young adults in their 20’s who started reading Moody books 15 years ago and are now beginning to raise their own family. If so, and if any are still following the blog, we thought it would be fun to hear from “original” Moody book readers – favorite memories or impact the series had on you, etc. Maybe, like me, you enjoyed reading them with siblings while you were younger, and now find yourself reading them to your own children!

With love,

Anna Marie

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Colossians 3:17

Maxwell Family 2018 Photo Session

Mom is our amazing organizer, and this year, she eyed the calendar and proposed a family picture at the end of September. Usually, we’re in this scramble-battle with the weather and everyone’s schedules come October or even November. But this time, we were early enough, it turned out perfect. Add to that we had friends visiting, and they could take the picture and attempt to get all the kids’ attention. Mom even suggested a new photo location, and it worked out beautifully.

Afterward, Dad and Mom provided a hot dog roast, and we enjoyed fellowship and talking.

I’m going to give you a mix of pictures below, so you can sneak a peek into a Maxwell photo session!

A huge thank you to Dessiree and Chris for helping us out!


Mary even had the line up sketched out so she knew where to place people,
but it still takes time to get everyone set.

Getting babies in their correct spots.

This is what happens when a few of us run to check
how the photos are looking. I guess you can call this their break.The Maxwell Family 2018

Casual times, and I began taking individual family pictures

the Nathan Maxwell Family

the Christopher Maxwell Family

the Joseph Maxwell Family

the John Maxwell Family

While individual families got photos, Dad and Mom
went to start the grill and set out dinner.

John and Tina in a race (can you spot Tina?)

Mary and Benji

Mom and Kyle

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

Announcing Sarah’s New Book, Finding Change

Finding Change, my newest fiction book, has the potential to change a kid’s life. Watch the video to hear more.

Finding Change, Book 1 in Hill Top Adventures

Ten-year-old Emma and her younger brother, Ethan, have just moved to the tight-knit community of Hill Top, which Emma hopes will be their home for a long time. But trouble brews for Dad’s job, and uncertain times shake their home. 

The bake contest lures Emma to church, and she’s flooded with memories of a tragic event and the bitterness it left. Ups and downs and twists and turns fill the pages of Finding Change until a dreaded visit by her aunt brings Emma face-to-face with the biggest decision of her life.

“This book could almost be called Zero Gravity,
because I just can’t put it down.” – Ezra, 11

Nine, full-page illustrations give the story an amazing pop. Here are three of them below.

Pre-order bonus: I’ll sign the first 300 copies of Finding Change before November 26th. We estimate books to begin shipping the week of November 26th.

Finding good quality reading books for your kids is hard, and what better gift than Finding Change? This book could change your child’s life, and I’m passionate about the story plot. 

Grab three (or more) copies of Finding Change and save 10%. For more information or to pre-order, stop by our online store

Also, if you haven’t purchased Sunflower’s Christmas Miracle, released last year near this time, I encourage you to get a copy while you’re at it. It’s the perfect Christmas read!

Thank you again for all your enthusiasm! I can’t wait for books to begin shipping to your home.


“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is
the power of God unto salvation to every one that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week!

If you’ve been following our blog for the past few months, you’ve read about Operation Christmas Child.

We wanted to share with you that this week through next Monday, the 19th, is the time frame you have to drop off your shoeboxes! Samaritan’s Purse has a list of drop off location points on their site.

Perhaps you’ve thought about packing shoeboxes to help a child in need but haven’t done it yet. It’s not too late! 🙂 This is a tangible way to share what God has blessed us with to those in need.

If you need more information, please visit Operation Christmas Child’s website. We’ll be sure to post more pictures of our shoebox packing parties! They are still in progress!

“But my God shall supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19