Category Archives: Work Projects

A Maxwell Guy Work Party

A week ago Thursday, the guys had a sheetrock party in Joseph’s basement. Here’s how it went: (a) Joseph invited his brothers and Dad; (b) they accepted his invitation; (c) they showed up at varying intervals based on their work commitments on the specified evening; (d) the work commenced; (e) fellowship ensued; (f) pizza arrived; (g) and the job was finished.

Over the past seven years, the guys have done a lot of sheet-rocking between our house, Joseph’s, and Nathan’s. Many hands make the project go quickly! I stopped in for pictures and enjoyed seeing them all working together. I’m amazed at the guys’ perseverance as they hit hard issues, step back, re-evaluate, and keep going.

I hope this is a little encouragement for you to tackle a work project with your family. Happy February 1st!

Love,
Sarah

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The little girls stopped in with Melanie, and they enjoyed some Oreos and the opportunity to write on the sheetrock.
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“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own
business, and to work with your own hands,
as we commanded you.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11

Drip, Drop, Drip

A dripping sound can be quite an irritant! Proverbs agrees. “A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike” (Proverbs 27:15).

We’ve had a tiny leak in a hot water pipe in the basement ever since we moved in. Every few minutes, drip. To catch the water, we put an inverted CD cover (that goes over a spindle of blank CDs) under it, and conveniently, it would evaporate without having to be emptied. It wasn’t a big deal; it just wasn’t right.

Dad hadn’t fixed it because it would be a very involved project, and the dripping did no damage. He knew if the repair didn’t go well, an 8-hour job could turn into the house having no water overnight. Finally, though, he decided it had to be taken care of, and over the holidays he would have time to tackle it.

Anna volunteered to help as she’s always willing to learn something new. She was a great helper!

To accomplish the plumbing repair, Dad turned the water off to the house, cut the pipes to drain them and finally soldered new fittings. The end result of the day-long project: success! Praise the Lord.

Love,
Sarah

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“The labour of the righteous tendeth to life…”
Proverbs 10:16

A Productive Saturday at the Maxwells’

Saturdays are wonderful family days! This last Saturday was perfect, and the whole neighborhood was out. Spring is a great time to get all sorts of odd jobs done. Isn’t it fantastic to soak up the warm sunshine once again?

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Dad was trying to save an old printer. It was a very intricate operation. Unfortunately, the patient didn’t recover. We tried almost everything, and sometimes it works: sometimes it doesn’t.

 “I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.” Psalms 7:17

Willingness to Tackle a Hard Project

When Joseph bought his house, he knew he needed to do some major drainage work. What would have seemed overwhelming to me, he tackled with an awesome attitude. That’s one thing I love about my brothers: a willingness to jump into hard projects.

Here’s the first phase of the project. After the initial excavating is through, he’ll be working in the trench.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

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The operator had to exercise much caution, as if he went too high, he would hit the house, and too far over, and he would break the glass doors.
The operator had to exercise much caution, as if he went too high, he would hit the house, and too far over, and he would break the glass doors.

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Little boys love trucks and big equipment.

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“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness;
but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
Proverbs 21:5

Kaboom Went the Tree

Okay, y’all have to understand we {{dearly}} love our little nieces and nephew, and their funny antics add a sparkle to life. The almost two-year-olds sometimes get stuck on something, meaning events are a big deal and the story is often repeated. For example, Joshua watched the last tree being cut down, and his big thing was talking about the tree going “kaboom.”

Well, since this was such a big hit with Joshua, Dad had a great idea for him to help with another tree we needed to take down.

Tuesday, late afternoon, all the Maxwell grandchildren gathered to watch. Notice the progression in the pictures, and maybe you’ll figure out how we did it.

Love,
Sarah

Grandpa had to do some prep work first.
Grandpa had to do some prep work first.
Getting Joshua ready for the big event.
Getting Joshua ready for the big event.

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Joshua is holding thin twine for his rope to pull the tree over in the right direction. Makes a little guy feel real powerful!
Joshua is holding thin twine for his rope to pull the tree over in the right direction. Makes a little guy feel real powerful!

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Kaboom! Good job, Joshua!
Kaboom! Good job, Joshua!

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The girls are taking a "selfie." If there are more little nieces to add to the mix, I think Anna's going to need an arm extender to fit them all in.
The girls are taking a “selfie.” If there are more little nieces to add to the mix, I think Anna’s going to need an arm extender to fit them all in.
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Christina and I.
The little girls came inside, and suddenly, Bethany was rushing around the house, collecting stools, so they could help Aunt Mary. Aunt Mary now had three eager helpers ;).
The little girls came inside, and suddenly, Bethany was rushing around the house, collecting stools, so they could help Aunt Mary. Aunt Mary now had three eager helpers ;).

“Who is among you that feareth the LORD,
that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?
let him trust in the name of the LORD,
and stay upon his God.”
Isaiah 50:10