Mary, Anna, and me with our newest sister-in-law, Chelsy Maxwell!
“Seek the LORD and his strength,
seek his face continually.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
Happy New Year! We’re grateful to the Lord Jesus for 2018 and what it will hold.
This past week has flown by in a blur, and the weekend’s events of John and Chelsy joining together in marriage were beautiful. Yes, Mr. and Mrs. John Maxwell!
I thought it’d be fitting to share with you the new Maxwell Family on Saturday!
“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him
in sincerity and in truth…”
The joy continued, and we loved talking with our guests! What a blessing that they came to share in Joseph and Elissa’s special day. There were many who had driven or flown quite a distance to come. We appreciate their sacrifice of time and resources.
While Joseph and Elissa greeted guests, the truck-decorating committee was hard at work. John, as a very benevolent best man, let his truck be used. Our friend Dave did an amazing job with the writing (he thinks fonts!).
Here’s an updated Maxwell family picture, with our newest addition, Elissa Maxwell.
After the reception, Christopher took some bride/groom photos. Even though the day had held a strong forecast of rain, the Lord graciously held it off.Each moment of the special day was a treasure–after all, it’s not every day you have a sibling get married! Joseph and Elissa’s wedding was a beautiful testimony of their purity, their commitment to each other, and their love and gratefulness to the Lord Jesus.
“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
So we’re on to the ceremony. Excitement continued to run high. Weddings are such a joyous occasion!
And it begins! Joseph seats Mom.
Joshua was such a cute ringbearer!
And the trio of flower girls–wow! So precious.
Joseph and Elissa chose sand as their symbol instead of a unity candle. I love the sand idea: it shows how the two lives become so intertwined they’re inseparable! You can’t sort the different colored sand out once it’s mixed.
Joseph invited the guests to another wedding–the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9).
Carter played music while they dismissed guests by row. Thanks, Carter!
If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.
Soon there after, we began a serious-friendship-with-the-purpose-of-marriage stage.
We stood in awe of how the Lord answered every prayer for unity, knitted hearts, and direction in our relationship! We began officially courting in April. On May 22nd, I made a surprise visit and asked Elissa to marry me, and she said “yes!”
We are so grateful for the Lord’s provision and blessing in our lives! We praise Him for the deep friendship, unity, commitment, love, and the bonds of marriage that we now share. Both of us are also grateful to our parents for how they raised us in the ways of the Lord and how they supported us through our relationship.
Elissa and I look back and see how the Lord used our single years to strengthen our relationships with Jesus and also to prepare us for marriage if that was His will for us. I really enjoyed traveling with my family, helping in the Titus2 ministry, and working on my home. Elissa loved helping her family as a daughter and a sister at home, teaching music lessons, and learning new skills each year to prepare her for whatever the Lord had for her later in life.
Now, I’m excited to introduce you to my wife, Elissa Maxwell.
Elissa and I are anxious to discover what the Lord has for us as a team for His glory!
Joseph & Elissa
“Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.”
Elissa’s dress was gorgeous.
Tina’s not too thrilled with her headband–at first.
Now she’s all smiles.
Mary spent many hours on the flower girl sewing project. Her time was filled this summer, so Anna Marie helped out and made the flowers that went on the dresses.
Time went quickly, and excitement continued to build. Now, onto the girls’ formals. We had such fun together.
“Both young men, and maidens;
old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD:
for his name alone is excellent;
his glory is above the earth and heaven.”