Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday, Dad. You are such a blessing to each one of us. We love you dearly. We’re grateful for your incredible example as a man of God. Your wisdom and maturity in Christ shine through your life.

You pour your heart into the Titus2 ministry and sharing with dads and families everywhere. You also faithfully shepherd our little church and without fail prepare sermons. Mom and you are a beautiful example of faithfulness and love for almost 45 years now, and you love your expanding family.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Steve and Teri Maxwell

“Let the elders that rule well be counted
worthy of double honour, especially they
who labour in the word and doctrine.”
1 Timothy 5:17

Welcome Home, Anna and Mary!

After almost 8 weeks, we welcomed Anna and Mary home. What a joyful, happy reunion. It seems so much happened during those 8 weeks, but how grateful we are for their safe arrival. Thank you for praying for them. Their ministry bore much fruit. They had about a week to settle in before the fair ministry started. We’ll share more on the fair soon.

Love,
Sarah

Dad wasn’t able to come inside the airport due to the parking lots being full.

Lots of the nieces and nephews and most of the sisters-in-law were at our house, with their welcome home sign to surprise the girls. I loved seeing all the family’s excitement. Anna and Mary are WELL loved.

Special gifts
Anna was already running around with the kiddos

These sisters of mine jumped into life again, including special times with family. They went shopping for shoeboxes too with back to school things being “in” right now.

“Thy testimonies are wonderful:
therefore doth my soul keep them.”
Psalm 119:129

In Loving Memory of Baby A

You may remember my mention of a family whose baby was dying of a genetic disease. Baby A entered the presence of Jesus and will not have to experience the pain and suffering this world brings.

Baby A was perfect, despite the weakness of his disease. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Baby A was precious. “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Baby A had purpose. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

I watched his mom from a distance and also at the funeral. Her beautiful acceptance and peaceful countenance were a testimony of God’s grace flowing through her life.

Losing your baby is a mother’s worst nightmare. Everyone’s lives go on, but you’re the one who carried your baby, who cuddled and loved your baby and now weeps with empty arms.

Those who have lost a baby know the deep pain and anguish of your soul. When you have another child, you feel so blessed, yet none can replace the child you lost. You have to work through your fears and learn to rest.

This is just a post to say we care, we love you, and we hurt with you.

Baby A, you have one amazing mom. She loved you like no one else could, and we’re praying for her as she now walks a new road.

I know Baby A’s mom would be very blessed if any of you left her a comment below.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14

Random Life, Grateful for God’s LovingKindness

These past 6 weeks have flown by since our last Random Life. It feels hard to quantify all that has transpired. But even through the challenging times, God has been so gracious. We are grateful for His everlasting lovingkindness.

We’re thankful for the addition of new life. Dad and Mom also had a wonderful trip to Alabama where Dad preached for two churches. The ministry is still our heartbeat, and it’s exciting to see the newest project launch: Buying a House Debt-Free, the unabridged audiobook. Watch for more on the horizon. I experienced some delays with making progress on my book but hope to finish the outline soon and be onto writing the first draft.

We’re excited to welcome home Anna and Mary this week. It’s been a long time, and they’ve experienced many challenges. God has answered prayer after prayer and used them mightily.

Love,
Sarah

Dad pitted a lot of cherries.
Deborah’s first appearance at church on Father’s Day
Miss Calia and her mommy have done an incredible job with their garden.
A blog reader sent me a game that I could enjoy playing with my nieces and nephews as we miss the aunts.
Dad grinding out a large stump
So neat when the cousins do things together.
Nathan and we girls like to go for runs, and we have missed Anna and Mary this summer. On Independence Day, we went for a long run, and Tina accompanied us on her bike.
Our Independence Day group
When one’s pigtails come out, this is the result.
Bible Bee Summer study which the Nathan and Christopher Maxwells are doing.
An activity afterward
Reading time with Grandma
Fishing time with Daddy
Joshua caught a fish.
Andrew’s birthday dinner with Grandpa and Grandma
Dairy Queen date while Gigi sat with the kids
A friend sent a care package for Ellie (and me :)). It’s been a rough month!
Sweet fellowship with friends for a few hours
Taking Danny home after his birthday dinner
Loved this picture of Anna Marie and all her kiddos coming over. We watched the children so Christopher and Anna Marie could go out for dinner to celebrate their engagement anniversary.
9 years later (see this original engagement post)
Sunday fellowship
Adorable
Mom, Dad, and I compiled ChorePack Kits with the Chores book Saturday
This Sunday group was just too cute not to take a picture.

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise thee.”
Psalm 63:3

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