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Maxwell Cozy Coupe Days, Second Generation

John and Joseph, in the 1990s. Getting a ticket looks like it was pretty stressful for John so he sought some comfort.

Our children had many happy hours in creative play. They wore out several cozy coupes and there were more than a few tickets written.

The children got behind the wheel at an early age. Even if there were iPads and computer games then, we still would have chosen this sort of play.

John pushing Anna

On a walk, Steve and I saw a cozy coupe out for the trash some time ago. It still looked serviceable so it came home. On our Labor Day picnic, we brought it out. It was so cute to see Joseph and John’s children reenacting the type of play their dads played years earlier.

Kyle needing some serious help from cousin Axton. The push was much easier once Kyle kept his feet off the ground.

“We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come
the praises of the LORD, and his strength,
and his wonderful works that he hath done”
(Psalm 78:4
).

What Kids Say

At our big Labor Day get-together, the backyard was full of happy activity.

Daniel

Jesse’s Anna was playing Frisbee with Danny, and often, she had to run quite a ways to retrieve it. But she was good-natured, thinking you can’t expect much skill out of a four-year-old. Later to her surprise, Danny announced to her: “I like to throw it far to watch you run!”

Silly little kids.

Shortly after, he threw it to her with accuracy. 🙂

“In God we boast all the day long,
and praise thy name for ever. Selah.”
(Psalm 44:8)
.

Birthday Recap

We celebrated Mom and Mary’s birthdays together before Dad and Mom left. Then, on Mary’s “at-home” birthday, we made the day special amidst our busy schedules. She’s a sweet sister and has a gentle, grateful spirit. We missed being with Mom on her birthday, but we loved knowing she and Dad were having a special time together!

Then, a peek into Mary’s birthday.

Christopher’s crew came and sang Happy Birthday and brought cookies.
Nathan’s crew brought Dairy Queen.
Debi is so adorable.
Ticket to Ride and dessert

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness”
(Proverbs 31:26).

Sarah’s New Book in Test and Editing Stage

Sarah Maxwell

Y’all, the sequel to Finding Change is making incredible progress as we near the copyeditor deadline of September 21st!

Test readers are hard at work and loving the book.

I’m in the midst of heavy edits but nearing the stage of less edits.

Beautiful illustrations are being created.

Mary’s cover is beyond gorgeous and in process.

My parents are an incredible support team, enabling and helping me in any possible way.

I covet your prayers. This is an intense season but the finish line is in sight!

Love,
Sarah

“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

Hiking Colorado’s Highest Mountain

Since Steve and my Colorado vacation was last minute, we didn’t have the training time that we had other summers to prepare us for hiking 14,000 foot peaks. We didn’t have any real conditioning preparation time on this short notice. We thought we would at least try one and turn back if we couldn’t make it. 

We chose Mt. Elbert, even though it is Colorado’s highest mountain, since it was only an hour from our cabin, a class 1 (on a scale of 1-4 with 1 being the easiest) climb, and a reasonable round trip distance—9.5 miles. It was also the first 14er hike I ever did 8 years ago. We thought we had good potential to summit.

We started our hike at 5:00 a.m. in the dark using headlamps. I love starting in the dark and then seeing the forest begin to be light as the sun rises. 

The first 1.5 miles was pretty tame, but then it took off from there. We quickly felt our lack of training! There were some parts still in the tree line that were quite steep—zapping our strength. Switchbacks definitely make it easier.

We summited about 10 a.m., ate lunch there, took photos, and enjoyed the vast beauty of God’s creation that only the top of a 14er provides in its views. Then we started our 4.5 hour trek back down. Most of the other hikers on the mountain hiked faster than we did both up and down, but they were a lot younger too!

Steve and Teri on Mt. Elbert

This hike, the Lord gave us two different great, extended conversations about spiritual things with other hikers as we went down.

Steve and I were both exhausted when we still had two miles of the downhill to go, but one step at a time, we made it back to the trailhead. We were blessed to have cloud cover for those last two miles and to get back to our vehicle before the storm hit. As we got in the van, it began to rain.

We are grateful to the Lord for the health that allows us to hike a 14er, especially considering Steve’s coronary artery disease, angina, and stents last year. He didn’t have any hint of angina during our hikes indicating the diet is working well. We don’t take for granted our hiking together, knowing that there will come a time when we can no longer do it, and that each hike might be our last. 

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“His foundation is in the holy mountains” (Psalm 87:1). 

Changes for the Maxwells

With the Covid shutdowns in March, our retirement home church was one of the first shutdowns to happen. Steve had been feeling for a few months that it was time for our family to be back in a “normal” church. However, it would have been extremely hard to leave those who were currently part of the church. Steve didn’t know how it would ever work, and then, suddenly, we weren’t allowed to have church at the retirement home anymore.

The church we have settled into is only five minutes from our home. For many years we commuted to Kansas City at least 30 minutes to church and sometimes closer to 40 since the church changed locations a couple of times.

Our heart’s desire has been to have a local church, one we can invite people to. And we did that with our retirement home church which was local, except that people didn’t feel comfortable going to it. Now our church is a known church right in our own town. It is easy to invite friends to it.

We already knew many people in the church and have met new friends. The preaching is outstanding. It is again a new season for our family after 18 years of having a nursing home or retirement home church.

For our married children who were with us at the retirement home church, Nathan and Melanie are currently attending the same church we are. Christopher and Anna Marie need to stay home because of Anna Marie’s lack of immunity because of her chemo.

We enjoy our family Sunday lunches at 1:00. That gives everyone time for their church, getting home, us getting lunch prepared, and them getting to our house. Joseph and Jesse are driving from Kansas City so that’s almost an hour after their church lets out.

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain”
(Psalm 127:1).