Category Archives: Work Projects

John’s House Remodel Continues

Y’all! We’re down to twenty-something days until the wedding! The flooring will go in today and tomorrow, and wow, it’s great to see John’s house taking shape.

In early October, John called for a sheet-rocking party, and the guys made time in their schedules to help. I love how my brothers include their children when possible in a project.

Since the sheet-rocking, there was a lot of work done on the walls with painting (you saw some of that in the random life posts recently) and now they’ve tiled the kitchen and dining floor.


Drew was very pleased to be over with all the big guys.

Night help

I love this. Tina enjoyed time with her daddy, and as a bonus, she ran errands with Grandpa and Grandma and got a candy cane. 🙂
Unloading cabinets!
Making sure the marks on the wall are correct for the cabinet line.

“In the Lord put I my trust…”
Psalm 11:1

John’s House Remodeling || Demolition

John’s house has taken an exciting turn. The entire place didn’t need to be gutted, but the dining room had a vaulted ceiling, so John decided to go ahead and tear out both the kitchen and dining room. We did this mid-September.

Demolition in progress!
The day we did this work was really hot.
Love this action shot!

John decided to put two windows in his dining room to open it up and allow more light. The breeze felt really nice.  🙂 

My sisters are AMAZING workers. I love them so much!

John rented a dumpster, and wow, it got filled, cabinets, bushes, you name it.

Y’all. FOUR MORE DAYS until the book announcement (Tuesday at 10AM!). I’m extremely excited to share with you!


“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among
you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem
them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace
among yourselves.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)

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!



The little girls stopped in with Melanie, and they enjoyed some Oreos and the opportunity to write on the sheetrock.

“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.




“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