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John’s Graduation Celebration

John’s graduation day finally arrived. Because of his investment working on our house and bus, John wasn’t able to finish his graduation requirements until we were on our last trip in September and October. He then turned these in to Steve, who needed to find time to go over them. The rest of the family was very anxious for John’s graduation. Last Sunday, Steve said John had completed his work, and we all voted to have the graduation right away.

John is the third of our five graduates to choose to have a family celebration for his graduation. Sometimes I have wondered whether we should include others in the graduation and whether the family graduation is too much like a birthday. John’s graduation dispelled those thoughts from my mind.

After eating John’s favorite meal and having family Bible time, we joined our hearts in a celebration of blessing and prayer. We each came prepared with a verse or two of Scripture written out to share with John and give to him. After presenting John with their verse, most also prayed for him expressing gratitude for where the Lord has brought him and blessing for his future. This was a very special time, filled with emotion and tears. The intimacy of those moments could only have come about within the context of our family.

The other children had prayerfully chosen and sacrificially purchased graduation gifts. As a mother, that conveyed so much to my heart of their love for their brother and desire to invest in his life.  John had written a precious card, which he presented to me, of gratitude to me for my investment in his education, and it included an invitation to go out to dinner with him.

Trusting in Jesus,

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4).

We had our special time in the Word before we began our prayer time.
We had our special time in the Word before we began our prayer time.
Dad praying for John
Steve praying for John
While Grandpa was praying for John, Abby took his spot!
While Grandpa was praying for John, Abby took his spot!

Maxwell Homeschool Graduate #5

More details and photos from the family celebration later…

Congratulations, John!

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

The First of The Season


"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalms 51:7)
"For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work" (Job 37:6-7).

Maxwell Family Photo Session

Photographers: Christopher and Joseph Maxwell

Moral Support: Grandad and Grandma Frazer

Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom
We did individual photos of all of us children, but of course Nathan, Melanie, and Abby are together for theirs!Â
Christopher, 30
Sarah, 27
John, 18
Anna, 17
Mary, 13
You'll probably need to click into this picture to compare it to the one below. See how many of you can catch the difference between the two?
For those of you who are observant, can you see the difference between this picture and the next one? (Remember you can click into a picture to enlarge it.)
What is Joseph doing (on the right)? He and Nathan are doing a 100 day fitness challenge, so he's taking care of some of his exercise while we took a break.
It almost seems as if Anna and Abby are having a conversation!
It almost seems as if Anna and Abby are having a conversation!
We girls try to get a picture each year, although last year we didnt.
Maxwell Ladies -- We girls try to get a picture each year, although last year we didn't.
"I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High" (Psalms 9:2).
The final picture!
The final "decided on" picture!

November Dad’s and Mom’s Corners

We released the Dad’s and Mom’s Corners Tuesday late morning. It is a joy to share with our readers each month! For those of you who may be new to the blog, you may visit our Corners page to read many past Corners, as well as sign up for the monthly e-mail.

November Corners
November Corners

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people” ( 1 Chronicles 16:8).

The Fruitful Season: Part 6

In the building of our house, there were a few areas that needed an artist’s touch. When we redesign our web-site, an artist’s eye is very helpful. Joseph (20) has provided the artistic flare to our projects in recent years.

Joseph is the one who pictured our fireplace including the mantle in his mind, drew a plan, selected the materials, and then actually built the fireplace. It is now a lovely focal point of our living room.

Steve’s desire for our new home is that it have Scripture all over the walls. Because we put a texture coating on the walls painting, stenciling, and vinyl letters are not a good option. Last year for Christmas, Joseph and Sarah gave this gift to Steve.

Joseph used a photograph he had taken, chose the Scripture, designed it in Photoshop, found the place to make it, paid to have it done, and took responsibility for hanging it up.

Joseph has designed and put together our web-site and He not only has the ability to plan something aesthetically pleasing, but he has the ability to program it as well.

In these years when our children are choosing to live in our home until the Lord calls them to marriage, we are experiencing the joys of the blessings they bring to our home through their presence in our lives and the abilities they bring to our family and ministry. These are the fruitful years.

Trusting in Jesus,

“And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass” (1 Kings 7:13-14).