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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

Final 2016 Colorado Post

Okay, so I want to wrap up our time in Colorado with these delightful campfire pictures. We were especially glad that it worked out during the time Joseph, Elissa, and Calia were with us.

And yes, time for some games of SpikeBall.
And yes, time for some games of SpikeBall.

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Calia knows how to give high-fives: her daddy taught her.
Calia knows how to give high-fives: her daddy taught her.
Calia and Anna
Calia and Anna

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Singing around the campfire

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Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom

And I couldn’t resist a picture Joseph took of the three Maxwell sisters.

Mary, Sarah, and Anna Maxwell
Mary, Sarah, and Anna Maxwell

“The fear of the LORD tendeth to life:
and he that hath it shall abide satisfied;
he shall not be visited with evil.”
Proverbs 19:23

Remembering 9/11

Fifteen years ago, the unthinkable and horrible happened. Thousands of lives were lost. Our hearts ache with you. We still remember, and we care. Praying for those affected today! We are standing with you.

Love,
The Maxwells

“Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?”
Psalm 56:8

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Mom’s Birthday Report, A Little Belated

Mom’s birthday week was busy since we were trying to get work things wrapped up and prepare for going to Colorado. I didn’t get to posting pictures from her party just then, but I am now. The little cousins’ personalities are coming out and are so adorable. This house rings with lots of activity when everyone gathers!

We had a delightful evening celebrating God’s gift of Mom to us.

Love,
Sarah

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Mary’s been working hard on lettering, and she did a stunning job on the front door.
Anna making enchiladas
Anna making enchiladas
Another example of Mary's lettering.
Another example of Mary’s lettering.
Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom
The amazing dishwashing team!
The amazing dishwashing team!
Tina and Calia
Tina and Calia
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Lots of helpers for Grandma
Calia and me
Calia and me
Abby trying to extract her hair from Calia's grasp.
Abby trying to extract her hair from Calia’s grasp.
John and Liddy
John and Liddy
Mary and Abby
Mary and Abby
Tina and Anna
Tina and Anna
The uncles and aunts iPhones are a definite plus with the little ones.
The uncles and aunts iPhones are a definite plus with the little ones.
Mom and Daniel
Mom and Daniel

“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God,
which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and
keep his commandments to a thousand generations.”
Deuteronomy 7:9