Category Archives: Misc.

My Time in Texas

I left rainy, cold Kansas for sunshine and vivid blue skies. I enjoy flying, and this was nice as I had a direct flight.

My time in Texas included lots of amazing fellowship, shopping, coffee, chocolate, and encouraging each other in the Lord Jesus. I’m grateful for friends who have hearts for Jesus and want to please Him in everything they do!

Love,
Sarah

The river walk was very pretty, and the temperature was perfect.

The Ghirardelli chocolate store was fun.

A walk in the country.

My friend and I kayaked one afternoon.

Coffee and breakfast at a Christian coffee shop.

I loved this “thankful” opportunity–how clever!

On the front row headed home. 🙂

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.”
Romans 15:5

Hope for the Hopeless

I think the following story illustrates the great need for the information Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores contains. I was that struggling mom from this story at one time, trying to keep up and totally discouraged by it all. These books not only give hope to moms through direction and instruction, but they work in the real-life trenches of being a mommy.

“My name is Ryan. My husband and I have been married for nearly 10 years. For all 10 years, I have not been the best in the housewife department. When our three kids (who are homeschooled) came along, the house fell in disarray. I have cried and tried my best. I prayed for guidance because clearly I was missing something. After 10 years of looking, crying and praying I think I have found the guidance I have been longing for in your Managers books.

I have attempted to put together many schedules over the years, but they never work past the third week. I am just in awe I have finally found what I have looked for for so many years.

My mom was a single parent who worked many jobs. I had no idea or training on how to do the mom/housewife thing. I was pretty depressed recently over it. I prayed to God for help and guidance.

Then today while doing my online grocery shopping I saw I had a free pass for an audible book by Michael Duggar. In that book she mentioned y’all. I paused the book, looked up the website and read … then cried. I cannot tell you grateful I am.”

The end of Ryan’s story isn’t yet written, but I am confident there’s going to be a transformation in this young mommy’s life, in her family’s lives, and in her home. I am as excited as she is for the next chapter to be written.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“But I will hope continually,
and will yet praise thee more and more.”
Psalm 71:14

Works of Darkness

We all know what’s approaching: Halloween. 

Why is it that crime scenes and graves are used in yards to “decorate” them? What would the owners think if the crime scene was real, and one of their loved ones was the victim? They’d be horrified. Then why would someone glorify wickedness, evil, and demons?

In a world where sin is glorified and pureness is mocked, may we as Christians stand boldly and without waver. May our hearts be broken for our country, and may we use opportunities during this month to pray for those who glorify wickedness. And if our hearts break for those who need Jesus, think how much more His heart breaks. After all, He died for them. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“… whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.”
(Philippians 4:8)

Love,
Sarah

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works
of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
Ephesians 5:11

Nathan and Melanie Maxwell’s Baby News

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We are excited to announce that we are expecting again. The due date is March 6th. We are all happy and working to wait patiently.

There’s an element of realism with every new baby. We don’t have life figured out now, adding another one to the mix will further confirm that. Things that always work for others don’t for us. For example, the fancy “help-your-child-quit-thumb-sucking-leather-glove” that is virtually guaranteed to work – didn’t for Andrew. The “Earn a Build-A-Bear Trip” reward for the certain child that went consecutively 14 days without wetting his/her bed overnight – once earned, proved that we were not past the challenge (but they did enjoy the BaB trip and 5 Guys afterwards). Silly examples of how “real” raising four kids is. And yet, no matter how challenging, it’s a privilege.

There are many encouragements. One of our kids that did everything possible last year to delay completing a workbook page, this school year she jumped right in and is diligent and focused. She did some school in my office this morning and some how left her school pages down here (along with her pencil box and all its contents spread out). She had worked on them without my assistance and completed four pages perfectly. She was watching the clock the entire time so she didn’t miss the start of the next subject. Quality work, time awareness, excitement for school = pretty great.

Abigail MaxwellAbby is highly capable; she loves structure and serving. She decided we needed something fun to go with dinner last night and pulled out her kids’ Nourishing Traditions cookbook and made parfaits, complete with home-made whipped cream–“Sweetened with maple syrup”, she said, “better for us than sugar.” (The link is a Titus2 Amazon affiliate link; you can read Titus2’s Privacy Policy here.)

Bethany MaxwellBethany has a quick smile and can cram a 10-minute dish drying project into 45. But, she’s happy the entire time and does a super job. She recently decided she was lead on apple washing for our first round of apple-sauce making. She washed the vast majority of 3 bushels of apples and still wanted to help in other areas. She is the exact opposite of Abby when it comes to structure – she likes freedom and flexibility.

Christina has a vocabulary that, at times, I think is more extensive Christina Maxwellthan mine. She and I are heart buddies. There’s times she and I can connect when no one else can with her. Melanie thinks it’s because of the special time she and I had right after her birth while Melanie was waking up from anesthesia. I think it’s because she’s a carbon copy of Melanie. Since I happen to like the Melanie personality pretty well (enough to marry it!), Christina and I getting along well is a natural. Maybe we’re both right.

Andrew Maxwell with Aunt Anna MaxwellAndrew is a little boy. He is pretty much always a bit sweaty, and if outside – a bit wet (he finds water to play in everywhere, or is having a diaper issue – or both). He loves putting rocks in the outside air-conditioner (and is currently grounded to the deck), is a mosquito magnet, never stands still, and is thrilled to now know what a penguin says. He picked this up after our recent trip to the St. Louis zoo. In case you are wondering, it’s Meee-au, emphasis on the first syllable. Some of his extended family have mistakenly thought it was a cat sound, but he’s assured them it’s quite different.

Melanie is pretty tired this pregnancy. Being a homeschool mom is not a cake-walk (as so many of you know). She’s a trooper and thrilled to be carrying this little one.

Life is challenging, but we are grateful for it. As a couple that didn’t know whether we could have children – raising four and expecting a fifth is a tremendous blessing. We are exceedingly blessed by our kiddos and love our life with them – pouring ours into theirs.

A happy dad,
Nathan

“Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine
by the sides of thine house:
thy children like olive plants
round about thy table.”
Psalm 128:3

A Country Get Together

It's wonderful having big sisters who will help you out on the swing.
It’s wonderful having big sisters who will help you out on the swing.

Nathan and Melanie hosted an amazing campfire-hot dog roast-s’mores-fellowship in the country recently. They invited friends and family and so there was quite a group of us.

Nathan had a special activity for the children. He had a list of trivia questions relating to the adults in the group, so the kids went around, asking the different people if they were the person in the question (ie: who grew up in Indonesia as a missionary’s kid or who was friends with the soldiers at the end of World War II?). It was an awesome way for the kids to learn to interact with the adults.

The fellowship was great, the food delicious, and the temperatures warm until the sun set. 🙂

Love,
Sarah

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GiGi, Tina, and Mom
GiGi, Tina, and Mom
Drew is such a handsome little guy.
Drew is such a handsome little guy.
Holding Daniel
Holding Daniel
What a lineup!
What a lineup!
Tina wanted to roast her own hotdog.
Tina wanted to roast her own hotdog.

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John, Drew, Anna, Mary, and Liddy
John, Drew, Anna, Mary, and Liddy

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Jesse
Jesse
Tina
Tina
Abby
Abby
Sunset
Sunset

“… Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah 6:3