Patriotic colors. Red, white, and blue. We wear them as a symbol that we belong to this country, and we’re proud of our heritage. Red signifies hardiness and valor, white is purity and innocence, and blue is the symbol of vigilance and justice. We’re grateful for the patriots who bought our freedom with their own lifeblood.
The Pledge of Allegiance declares one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
One nation under God and with justice for all. Sadly, our beautiful nation has taken God out of so much, including the right to life for the preborn. Justice for all means they should have a voice too. They’ve done nothing wrong to deserve to die.
If you have given your life to Jesus and are trusting in His shed blood, I encourage you this Independence Day to cry out for repentance for our great nation.
Happy Independence Day!
“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
July is here y’all, and we’re down to less than a month before Anna and Mary arrive home. Thank you for praying for them. The Lord is blessing their time, and they are seeing spiritual fruit.
We celebrated Father’s Day early with the girls, but we celebrated again on Father’s Day proper. For Mother’s and Father’s Day, we cancel our extended family lunch so the young families can celebrate however they like. Then, in the evening, whoever wants to is invited over to our house.
The four of us (we’re a small group, just Dad, Mom, Jesse, and me) received an invitation to join Christopher’s crew for lunch. After lunch, we moved into the living room and enjoyed talking. Christopher got out a whiteboard and began drawing. He draws a new picture each day to encourage the kids to look for what verse it’s showing during Bible time (hopefully a post on that later). Joshua and Ruthanne watched him, and I was curious about the picture too. Suddenly, I realized.
BABY announcement. We loved sharing in on the joy and seeing the kids’ reaction too!
In the evening we had a delightful time blessing Dad and being in God’s Word — all 20 something of us, and 3 generations. I’m grateful to be a part of a family who values children.
“Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.” Psalm 119:11
It’s been a busy week on the Maxwell home front, so I’m sorry we haven’t had another post sooner. You’ll hear from Anna Marie below. –Sarah
Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and joining our excitement for our new baby on the way! We are so very blessed!
One question was asked that we thought others might be interested in as well, so decided to make it a separate little post.
“Are your girls using the Ergo children’s baby doll carriers? What brand of baby dolls do you prefer? I like that larger size.”
The baby carriers they have are these. They work well, though the 20” baby dolls are maybe a little bigger than it’s designed for. Elizabeth is using one that works well with smaller babies (helps to tie it together in the back to keep it from falling off shoulders).
And mine is an Ergo Omni 360. I was given an Original Ergo before Joshua arrived, which I loved and used a lot; and then received an Ergo Omni 360 after Elizabeth was born and highly recommend it as I feel like the company made some great improvements. The biggest pluses, to me, are being able to carry a newborn without an insert, and being able to carry older babies forward-facing while maintaining a good ergonomic leg position. They’re expensive, but if you have baby gift money … you can buy them at Bed Bath and Beyond using a 20% off coupon.
Love, Anna Marie
“That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.” Psalm 144:12
Anna Marie today is sharing about the Maxwell cousin photo session. — Sarah
What began as a first birthday gift for Abigail ten years ago has become an annual event anticipated by a growing number of Maxwell children! I love seeing how Christopher creates a special experience for each child, connecting with them and capturing their sweet personalities.
First, he takes individual photos in two sets–one with natural light, the other in our living room “studio.”
Then we do some various groupings: families, father/child, mother/child, etc.
At the end, we sometimes do a fun “extra” shot or two, and I think those always are among my favorites!
We are thrilled and anticipation is running high. I’m feeling really well at this point. It’s been sweet to see the children’s excitement–Lydia’s hand slipping over to rest on my stomach to feel for the baby during Bible time, or the children asking (again) when we will be able to feel it kicking, or talking about names, etc. We appreciate prayers as this new little one develops! Baby is due February 2020.
Love, Anna Marie
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:13-14
Each week, our little church has special music by the young people. Our friends love it. Anna Marie planned a Father’s Day surprise.
It took a lot of work and coordinating, but Anna Marie managed to pull off a beautiful program of Scripture recitations and the song, I’d Rather Have Jesus. With all the children included, it’s amazing, but it really did stay a surprise!
God’s Word came alive with the children’s enthusiasm and heart-felt love for His Word. One portion they shared was this:
“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.” — Psalm 84:10-12
May this next generation be strong and faithful followers of Jesus.
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