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Random Life from New Beginnings to God’s Mercies

These past weeks have flown by, and now we’re almost to mid-February! The last Random Life closed out the old year, so I’ll catch you up on the events so far.

  • Lots of colds and flu. Yep. All the Maxwell families had some kind of bug during the month of January, but it just makes one all the more grateful for good health! It was a happy reunion yesterday when everyone gathered back together for Sunday lunch and fellowship!
  • I began brainstorming Finding Change’s sequel. I’m thrilled with the ideas that are forming!
  • We celebrated 2500 blog posts! We loved your enthusiasm and support!
  • Axton John Maxwell made his appearance, and everyone is so happy to have another little one around. He’s in high demand!
  • Samaritan Ministries highlighted Titus2 and our family in their January newsletter. We love their ministry. In fact, John just shared when he called to tell them about the additional expense of Axton’s hospital birth (they had planned on the homebirth), the first question the Samaritan Ministries’ guy asked was if Chelsy and Axton were okay. Again, it shows the heart of that ministry!
  • We’re grateful for the Lord’s provision through work. Yes, it provides busy and sometimes crazy days!

Enjoy a peek into our lives.

Love,
Sarah

Nathan and Bethany
A sweet perk of working at home allows one to grab some fresh air when needed. This sunset Ellie and I enjoyed was stunning!
Friends from church — we had a great time with them on New Year’s
Most of us attended a mutual friend’s wedding. Here’s a photo from the reception.
Benji is my little buddy
Dad taking advantage of a warmer day with a fix-it project.
We’ve had quite the weather swings. From 60 to -5. All in January.
These three (isn’t Benjamin growing up so much?)
A quick errand with nieces
Anna at Bible club–one of the moms braided an extension into Anna’s hair. Really sweet!
Mary teaching Bethany some things about painting.
“Was this your chair?!”
Anna Marie and kiddos surprised Christopher with these snow people.
Christopher and his kids with some cousins.
Celebrating John’s birthday
John and Chelsy invited us over for more birthday celebrating that evening.
These two
Lunch with a friend
Spending sweet time with my sisters on my birthday!
My birthday dinner.
I received some really thoughtful gifts!
Meeting Baby Axton
Axton’s baby sign
Babysitting times have kicked up again.
Mary is a pro at homemade pizza.
Axton made his first appearance at a family event at just 8 days old.
Daddy kiddo time.
How cute is the hands-in-pockets-suspender-thing?
More babysitting
This melts me. One afternoon, at the girls’ Bible club, this little fellow was teaching the little girl to ride a bike. He’d had experience teaching his sister.
Ice sledding on Grandpa’s driveway.
Anna organizing–but Ellie wasn’t so sure when it came to her things.
The other night, GiGi, Jesse, Anna, Mary, and I went out for dinner. The first time for this particular group. We had a great time!
So much happy noise and chatter yesterday when everyone was over!

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

Celebrating 2500 Titus2 Blog Posts!

This post is number 2500!

Through 2500 posts in 12 1/2 years, here are some interesting stats for you. Don’t miss our very special giveaway, which will appear as a separate post here on the blog, at 8am, Central Time.

What Has Happened in 12 Years

This is the family when we started!

Our family almost tripled in size, from 11 people to 27, but really 28, as we count Melanie’s baby due in May (and with Susannah, we’d have 29).

The Maxwell Family Now!

3 got married

5 kids graduated from homeschool high school, and Mom completed 30 years of homeschooling!

14 grandchildren have been born

15 books and 1 short story have been published.

We have had readers in almost every country!

We traveled and gave over 200 conferences. It was like you traveled the country with us through reading reports and seeing pictures!

The longest break ever in our posting was three weeks, after losing Susannah. I honestly wasn’t sure how to just pick up again with “normal” posts. The Lord gave grace, and slowly, we worked back into posting.

You watched Maxwell brothers purchase their homes debt-free!

To cap it off, a stat on you! You’ve left us 27,724 comments, and we’re grateful for them.

Your Favorite Posts

Want to know what are your very favorite posts? Weddings and babies. Yep, it’s true, and we love weddings and babies too. But, beyond those, here are some other top posts:

7 Reasons Why I Plan to Homeschool My Children (by Jesse)

Debt-Free: Content in Christ Series (by Steve)

The Blessing of Reversal Babies (by Sarah)

Appliances: Black or Stainless Steel (by Teri) and A follow up: 8 years later what we used

Am I Going to College? (by Anna)

Simple Meal Ideas for Homeschool Moms

Thank you for being such loyal Titus2 blog readers. It’s our joy to share our hearts and lives with you.

Love,
Sarah

The Steve Maxwell Family

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24

Sarah’s New Book Launches Wednesday, November 14th

Sarah Maxwell

I’m so excited to share that you’ll be able to pre-order my new book, Wednesday, November 14th, at 8 am Central Time! I’ll have a blog post with all the details and a video launching at that time. We estimate books to begin shipping the week of November 26th.

Hint: This is a fiction kids’ book with brand-new characters, Emma, 10, and Ethan, 8, and set in an adorable small town.

Mark your calendars for November 14th.

Here are some comments from my test readers:

“Once again, Sarah captivates the hearts and minds of children while powerfully portraying the importance of Jesus in our everyday lives. This book is one that will be talked about at our house for many years to come.” Kelli, mom

“Another great adventure book by Sarah Maxwell. Every chapter left me hanging!” Ezra, 11

 

“Let the words of my mouth, and the
meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14

Amazing Grace, William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

After our exercise post, we’ve been asked for book recommendations. We hadn’t planned on a post about it, but since some asked, we felt others would be interested.

Steve and I just finished listening to an audible version of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas. We are amazed by his story of salvation, encouraged in our walk with the Lord by this godly man, and inspired by his tenacity to pursue the course the Lord set him on.

William Wilberforce was born in 1759 and died in 1833. He knew John Newton and John Wesley. Despite his family doing all they could to keep him from salvation as a teen, in his early 20’s, the Lord brought Wilberforce to Himself. He lived the rest of his life serving God with all his heart, energy, time, and finances. When Wilberforce felt he should leave politics after his salvation, John Newton encouraged Wilberforce that God had a purpose for him there and that he should remain. Thus he was the man to lead the charge to first abolish the slave trade in Britain and its colonies and then to emancipate slaves.

There were a few parts of the book that were graphic in the violence of the time. They are easy to skip over. We certainly wouldn’t recommend it for children to listen to.

The author, Eric Metaxas, is a brilliant writer with an artistic ability to “paint” with metaphors. We continually enjoyed his masterful employment of them. We felt his writing skills made the whole story come to life.

Ideally, reading it is best. If you are like Steve and me and want to maximize your time by “reading” when you can’t read, the audio version is great. It is available from Amazon’s Audible, or if you have access to your public library, Hoopla might be an option.

Good news: If you don’t have an Audible account, you can actually get the book for free by subscribing to a trial membership. Click on this link, and you’ll see the option to Try Audible for Free!

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri
PS – The Amazon’s links are Titus2’s Amazon affiliate link. See our Privacy Policy.

**UPDATE** We DON’T recommend the author’s Martin Luther book. We were shocked to find crude and offensive vulgarity in it and promptly returned the book. 

“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life
dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy,
and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus,
to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

The Leavenworth County Fair, Part 1

We’ve been so blessed to share again at the Leavenworth County Fair for our third year in a row with face painting and balloons. Today is the last day!

God has abundantly blessed, and it’s an amazing joy to see frequent flyers coming to the booth along with many new faces. Anna and Mary work almost five hours each night (without breaks!), bringing joy to sweet children.

We’ll share more next week, but I wanted to give you a preview.

Love,
Sarah

Talk about ADORABLE!

Oh, the lines. 🙂

Smiles all around. Super cute ladybugs!

Anna with a little friend and her newest creation, a dinosaur!

The sweet moment when Mary shows them their face!

The end of line balloon. I’ll tell you more about how we do that later.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

When Tragedy Hits, Will You Be Prepared?

Today I want to share a guest post from a faithful reader. She sent me an e-mail, and I asked permission to use it here. I’m very encouraged to hear testimonies of how the Lord continues to use Titus2 to inspire believers all over! — Sarah


Just heard my alarm go off here in what they call a “respite room” off the Neuro ICU. I thanked God for another day He’s given me and quickly checked my phone.

I found your Susannah birthday blog post. As I read through it, my mind went back to just 6-7 short days ago, before we landed ourselves here, how that 5:15am alarm would signify that it was time to get up and dress for my 6am 5k jog on the treadmill. Before heading to sweat and pant for 30 minutes, 🙂 my first stop was always the quiet, peaceful family room, where I spend my quiet time with the Lord. During those 30-40 minutes, which ALWAYS pass by all too fast, I get to draw closer to the One Who’s saved me, transformed me from the inside out, loves me, and is still renewing me day by day. He always has something to share with me through His Word and His Spirit, and I quickly jot down all I learn, knowing that when the hustle and bustle of the day begins, writing it down will help what I learned to “lock in” so I can remember it to guide me through the day, or use it help another along their way.

When that pre-alarm goes off on my phone saying “almost treadmill time!”, I feel like I’ve been interrupted and haven’t really finished, although I know He’s called me get up, take care of my body, and be the best wife/mother I can be for these gifts He’s placed in my life.

And so goes pretty much every weekday around here. Just a normal, ordinary routine.

That’s also how last Thursday began, same as usual. When my husband kissed me goodbye that morning to go to 3 pretty basic appointments, little did I know we’d be spending the following night together in the ER, in an ambulance with lights and sirens on, and pondering the words of the doctors’ initial report: “bleeding in the brain.”

Your blog post made me really ponder how important it is to spend time with the Lord every day because His Word indeed is bread to the eater. It feeds us and nourishes us and sustains us, and will be the only thing that carries us through when calamity hits.

But beyond that, it’s also seed to the sower. Our private times with Him will also give us something that we can give to someone else, whether it’s our children that we’ll be around most of the day, an ICU nurse that doesn’t know Him, or whoever God places across our path.

What came out of Nathan and Melanie (and the rest of you) as you walked through those days is STILL giving seed to the sower today! Encouraging others, fueling their faith, proclaiming his power, and spreading the truths of the peace only He can give. 11 years later! Wow.

If I had the platform of readers that y’all had, I’d encourage them to make daily Bible and prayer time with the Lord their #1 priority in life TODAY—during the routine, repetitive day to day lifestyle. NOT when tragedy comes. Time spent in His Word is time that you’ll never regret.

Marina

Marina and family

PS – the happy ending to this story is Marina’s husband is home and doing very well.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103