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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

Odds and Ends at the Maxwells’

Life has slowed down some with the new book being done. Dad and Mom invested much time and effort into Buying a House Debt-Free, and a number of us also helped out. We’re excited to pick up the books from the printer early in the week. I’m dreaming Moodys again, and Book #9’s outline is in the final stage. Lord willing, I’ll be writing very soon. If any of you Moody readers have ideas for things you’d like to see in future books, I’d love to hear from you.

It is also delightful to see spring emerging, with buds appearing on the trees, grass becoming greener, and some days feeling warmer.

I’m grateful for every day the Lord gives to serve Him. No matter where the Lord has us in life, He always has opportunities to minister. It could be something as simple as an encouraging card you send to a fellow believer, bringing a meal to someone who needs it, or having neighbors over for dinner. May we each be busy about what Jesus wants us to do.

Treasure each moment! Here are random photos from the last two weeks.

Love,
Sarah

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Sometimes one has to be creative, and we needed a picture to go along with the March Corner, so Anna helped me out.
Christina watching Grandpa grill.
Christina watching Grandpa grill.
The little girls were so excited to each give Ruthanne a gift.
The little girls were so excited to each give Ruthanne a gift.
It's time we introduce you to Chickie Mama, and this isn't something new. We'll do a special post on her and her chickens another time.
It’s time we introduce you to Chickie Mama. We’ll do a special post on her and her chickens another time.
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The aunts and Grandma went to see the new additions.

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Joshua enjoying his little 'sis.
Joshua enjoying his little ‘sis.
A shade tree was dying and the power company took it down before it fell on the power line.
A shade tree was dying and the power company took it down before it fell on the power line.

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“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live:
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
Psalms 104:33