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The Power of a Chore System

I just finished speaking with a sweet mom who placed a telephone order. She was so excited to begin implementing a chore system. She grew up as an only child, with her mom doing all the housework. Her mom felt she was doing her daughter a service by not requiring her to help around the home when in actuality she wasn’t. Our customer shared that now she sees the importance of training children to do chores–it helps to prepare them for life! While it may seem easier at the time to just do it yourself, in the long run, it’s detrimental to the child. They don’t learn important aspects of adulthood such as self-discipline, diligence, responsibility, thoroughness, basic home maintenance, and time management. This mom is energized and excited to begin fresh!

Mom wrote an excellent series called Holly Homemaker, which is a 5 part series. I encourage you to read it as you have time if you haven’t already.

Managers of Their Chores is about to hit its ninth printing and continues to equip moms. The book and included ChorePack kit could revolutionize your family’s chore system. It’s $25, and you’ll receive free shipping (in the United States) since our free shipping bracket is at $25* (some exceptions).

Managers of Their Chores with the ChorePack Kit

Watch my mom (above) share about Managers of Their Chores.

Love,
Sarah

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men” (Proverbs 22:29).

Steve’s Health Update

Steve and Teri Maxwell

Thank you so much for your prayers and kind cards. We thought this would be a good time for an update. I’m feeling totally back to normal.

In general, there isn’t much of a recovery from an angiogram and stent. I wasn’t to lift more than ten pounds for four days, and that was it except for no dental procedures or MRIs for three months.

However, following the angiogram, two stents, and eight hours in bed, when I got up, I had an unexplained but very significant weakness in my legs. I felt as if my legs had aged 20 years. The doctor said the procedure could not have caused it. Gratefully, within a week, that was totally resolved on its own.

Stents do not fix heart disease, they are only stop-gap solutions and do not extend life expectancy. If lifestyle changes aren’t made, you become a “stent frequent flyer” or crash. Even though the American Heart Association would have approved of my previous diet, clearly it needs improvement. (I can’t even remember the last time I had a Big Mac or similar.)

We have been praying and doing research, and we have a diet plan. We have begun making radical changes and will refine it over time. (We will share what we settled on later.)

Also, my weight had crept up over the winter to 188, currently 184, and with God’s grace, I’m targeting less than 165.

Since I originally mentioned this, it has been amazing how many stories I have heard/read of heart attacks and strokes about people who were much younger than I am and had no clue they were at risk. One thing I have heard several times is that the first symptom for 50% of those with coronary artery disease is a heart attack, and 50% of those don’t make it to the hospital alive, although better sources say Angina is usually the first symptom. (That is what I had.) We have also read that the United States has 50% of the world’s heart disease (courtesy of the Standard American Diet (SAD)) and only 5% of the population.

Finally, Teri and I are delighted to have fully resumed our daily exercise. 

In Christ Jesus,
Steve

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and
that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Delay for Teri’s Book Announcement

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the
Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Life. You know how it goes. Challenges—victories—mountain tops—valleys.

We are temporarily delaying my mom’s book announcement, originally scheduled for Monday, the 18th. Our printer is backlogged. We’re so grateful for our printer and their company, and we want to give them the time needed to process the projects (we’re also reprinting two other titles). We’re sorry for the delay, but we don’t want to accept pre-orders until we have the confidence of a date. Thank you for your understanding!

Instead of the announcement Monday, I’ll post Random Life!

Love,
Sarah

Teri’s New Book Announcement Coming Monday, March 18th!

Ladies, we have some very exciting news. My mom, Teri, has been working on a book since last summer, which is currently at the printer! She poured her heart into this project, which comes from many years’ experience along with being a Titus2 mentor to countless.

We’re so grateful to the Lord for His enabling grace to help this project come to completion. We’ll be announcing the title, sharing many details, and launching pre-orders next Monday, the 18th. So watch the blog or the main page of Titus2 the 18th.

Read these thoughts from test readers:

Yet another thought-provoking, practical book by Teri Maxwell.
She once again delivers biblical insight and Scripture to offer help. Nancy

Teri lays out key ingredients that are vital to help us
personally grow in our relationship with God. Michelle Duggar

Mrs. Maxwell writes from personal experience as well as from
a Titus2 woman’s point of view. Everything that is written
can be backed up by Scripture. Johnna

Steve and Teri Maxwell
Steve and Teri Maxwell

“She looketh well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
Proverbs 31:27

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