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Baby Madeline Improves!

Happy Monday, y’all! We wanted to share an update on Baby Maddy. She’s made incredible AMAZING progress since Thursday evening when things looked very bad. Maddy came off the ventilator Friday, they sealed the chest tubes one at a time, and the Xrays continue to look better. She’s now on the lowest level of oxygen she can be. We know things can change at any moment because she’s very fragile, but we’re beyond thankful for the vast improvements she’s made. Thank you for praying for her and John and Chelsy. They are so dedicated to spending time with their little girl and love each moment they have. All last week they couldn’t hold her due to her fragile state, but as of yesterday, they could again. What beautiful, amazing things to be grateful for!

Thank you for your encouraging comments. We know many have been through the NICU journey.


“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that
we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves;
but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthians 3:4-5).

Update on Madeline

John and Chelsy’s premie baby, Madeline, born a week ago at 30 weeks is intubated and has also been having lots of issues with air outside of her lungs (pneumothorax) these past few days. Doctors moved her chest tube Thursday morning, but there has still been too much air, so they put in a second tube right under her arm in hopes of getting this air cleared. As of late Thursday night, that seemed to have worked.

A prayer request is that her lungs would heal and grow properly.

We are praising God for this precious little life, for God’s hand of protection over her, and for her care in the NICU.

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalms 107:8

Welcoming John and Chelsy Maxwell’s Little Girl

Madeline Sue Maxwell

John and Chelsy’s baby girl, Madeline Sue Maxwell, decided to make a surprise appearance yesterday morning, July 9th, about ten weeks early. Madeline is a little bundle at 3 pounds, 7 ounces and 15 inches long. She is of course in the NICU, and is doing well enough for her gestational age but faces an extended NICU stay of unknown length. We are grateful for God’s hand of mercy and protection through Madeline’s early birth and for His protection on Chelsy as well. We would appreciate prayers for Madeline as she grows and develops outside the womb and for her to be able to go home as soon as possible. Please also pray for Chelsy as she recovers and for grace and strength for John and Chelsy to navigate these new waters.

Madeline is truly a gift from God, and we treasure her life.

(These verses below were special to me the night Madeline was born. As I prayed and cried out to the Lord, I turned to Psalms for comfort, and this is the passage I read. How sweet is God’s Word! — Sarah)

“He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him:
let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
But thou art he that took me out of the womb …
I was cast upon thee from the womb:
thou art my God from my mother’s belly (Psalm 22:8, 9a, 10).”

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! May the Lord bless you with a safe and enjoyable day.

We are greatly blessed to live in this country with the freedom we have. We can worship in freedom. We can read our Bibles without concern. We can share our faith freely with a lost and dying world.

We are blessed beyond anything we deserve. 

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34).

Vegetable Stir fry without Oil

A go-to meal for Steve and me since our diet change a little over two years ago has been vegetable stir fry without oil. I had no idea you could do that. Back then as I started learning how to feed us, I came across recipes that used vegetable broth or water to keep food from sticking to the pan. The combination of that and our Scanpans (see this post). allowed us to stir fry without using oil.

For Steve and my evening meal stir fry, this is my recipe:

3 cups diced onion

2 cups chopped kale

Several diced garlic cloves

1 diced chipotle pepper (from a can)

Whatever other vegetables are getting too old for salads. Often we have tomato in our stir fry.

Although this looks like an enormous pan full for two people, it has very few calories and cooks way, way down.

About an hour before we eat, I start the stir fry. I set my electric, ceramic cooktop burner to 2, put the pan on it. I stir it and flatten the vegetables out in the pan every ten minutes or so.

We eat our stir fry in Xtreme Wellness tortillas. We discovered these tortillas, which come in several flavors, and were delighted with their low-fat content/no cholesterol content. They are expensive, but our grocery store regularly has them for about 1/2 their normal price. They freeze well so we stock up on a sale week.

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

An Update from Anna Marie

We know it’s been awhile since there’s been an update from Anna Marie, but here is one today, and she’s doing great! — Sarah

Hello All,

It’s been a while since I updated you. Since the last update, I completed my Phesgo (HER2 targeted therapy); and based on my prior treatments, my oncologist’s research indicated that it wouldn’t be beneficial for me to have a second year of targeted therapy. That means I’m done with the treatments at the hospital cancer center, and am down to just the natural therapies which currently includes a weekly trip to Kansas City (primarily for a high dose Vitamin C IV). And we got other good news recently! The lab test my natural oncologist uses to monitor for circulating tumor cells once again came back with none detected, and while that does not mean for sure that there is no cancer, it’s definitely a good sign that there are currently no detectable circulating tumor cells! Praise the Lord!

Our family is again enjoying the National Bible Bee summer study (a daily Bible study with memory work). The theme this year is “Witness,” and as we’ve been reading/studying the beginning of Acts, one thing that stands out to me is the power of prayer. And I am reminded again how grateful we are for the prayers of all of you on our behalf through this season. Thank you! While we are thankful for doctors and modern research/treatments, as well as the miracle of the human body (imperfect and sin-stained though it may be), no matter what God wills or what He uses, the health we enjoy is definitely a blessing directly from Him. He IS the Great Physician. And, more than our physical needs, I’m grateful that He cares about restoring our souls and bringing us into fellowship with Him through Christ.

Anna Marie

“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31