So much has happened since our last Random Life. It feels like a lot has changed, and yet things are still the same. But in a way they aren’t.
We shared with you all the news that Anna Marie likely has cancer. How are we dealing with it? We’re grateful we know Who holds all things in His hands. Yes, while what Anna Marie is facing is possibly very serious, none of us are guaranteed another day. I could be in a car accident tomorrow and ushered into the presence of Jesus. We are very prayerful for Anna Marie and being as supportive as we can with their needs while all the time looking to the Lord for what His will is.
January was filled to the brim with work, ministry, helping Christopher and Anna Marie and Joseph and Elissa, and somehow managing to keep up with our personal lives as well. The Maxwell crew has also had their fair share of colds and other similar “bugs,” including John being hit with pneumonia several weeks ago. We’re thankful most are on the mend.
Enjoy a peek into Random Life.
“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7).
We want to thank you so much for praying for Anna Marie and also give you an update. They are currently working to get the surgery scheduled. As you probably know, pretty much all things medical take time—even when one is trying to work ahead and anticipate delays, etc. It’s looking like they’ll have another consult with a surgeon on Monday and will hopefully come away from that with a surgery date. Please pray that God will confirm His will and lead in this process.
“Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3
Happy 18th Anniversary, Nathan and Melanie (a little belated)!
As maybe most of you know, Nathan is the oldest of the eight. He’s a great big brother, and he and Melanie are such a caring couple. If you’re sick, they’ll be sure to check on you and see if they can get you something. They love our elderly friends, often visiting them after church if they are in rehab. Because Nathan and Melanie give and serve, I’ve noticed their children have the same generous spirit. It’s really beautiful to see. What children see in their parents, they emulate (good or bad!).
Their sweet family grew since their last anniversary as they welcomed Deborah Carol right after Mother’s Day. Little Debi has added quite the sparkle to their lives. From a couple who couldn’t have any children for a number of years, it’s truly a gift to see six beautiful children filling their home.
Happy Anniversary! We love you all!
“Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Happy Monday everyone! This last month has been a blur of many things combined, and we’re in much prayer as we walk with Anna Marie and Christopher on this journey. In the midst of things, “normal” life goes on. My birthday was one such event. We had Christopher and Anna Marie’s kiddos since they were in the hospital. The family made the day so special.
I’m grateful for the Lord Jesus Who holds our lives in His Hands. The way He writes our life story is beautiful.
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5)
January has come to a close, and we welcome February with the first day of sunshine in a long time! We have a lot to catch you up on, and I hope to do that beginning next week. Thank you for your faithful prayers for Anna Marie. They’re close to scheduling a surgery date, so more on that later. The Maxwell ladies have been juggling child care along with normal work and home responsibilities.
For now, I’ll leave you with some random pictures. Again, thank you for praying.
“How do you handle groceries with all your children now grown. Does everyone put in an amount? Does everyone buy their own, or do the parents pay for it all?” Blog Reader Question
First, thank you to all those who left comments with blog content suggestions. We’re excited about your ideas.
Steve and I pay for the basic groceries for our family, even now that they are adults. If they want extras that wouldn’t be part of our normal meals, they buy their own. They buy their coffee and coffee supplies and snacks they prefer. Sometimes when they are at the store, they will pick something up that we need.
We are grateful that the Lord has provided the finances for us to be able to manage our food this way. We know that each one would pitch in with food expenses if that was necessary. We would also likely have a different approach if they weren’t wise in what they did with their money.
For those of you who have adult children living with you, how have you chosen to deal with covering the cost of groceries?
Trusting in Jesus, Teri
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).
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