The Garden Experience

Late last fall, Christopher and Anna Marie decided they’d expand their garden. So, they tilled up ground and mulched it all winter long. Little did they realize their main gardener would be gone!

Anna stepped in to head up the project, taking responsibility this spring when life seemed to turn upside down for the Christopher Maxwell’s. Often, Anna would be out working in the garden in the early afternoons with little helpers (and some of the littles just enjoyed active backyard play).

Daniel introducing his latest bug catch. He would often name them.
Lots of activity in the yard
Ellie’s really strong
Christopher placed old carpet down for weed control.

Two months later, this is the beautiful garden (above)!

Great work, Anna! You invested so much.

Each night, Christopher faithfully shines his flashlight under the leaves of the zucchini and squash plants looking for squash bugs.
It’s always a rewarding find.

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually,
and satisfy thy soul in drought,
and make fat thy bones:
and thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”
(Isaiah 58:11)

Anna Marie Update: Countdown: Ten Done, Two More To Go!

Good afternoon, everyone! We have another update from Anna Marie. Love, Sarah

The countdown is on! I completed Chemo #10 yesterday, which means I only have two more to go! Lord willing, Simon Peter and I will be flying home July 17th. I am so grateful for everyone enabling this to happen.

While the side effects from the chemo haven’t been debilitating (well, other than that week in the hospital 🙂 ), my energy and stamina are much lower than usual and the first few days after chemo I generally don’t feel especially well. Despite that, this has truly been a time of rest and spiritual refreshing, and I have cherished having such special time with Simon Peter. 

I am looking forward to transitioning back into life as a mommy surrounded by my husband and children! I’ll have some treatments that will continue for another 40 weeks, but those don’t have the same side effects that the current chemotherapy regime has. We are working through how to go about that, whether getting it intravenously with a local oncologist or with a newly FDA-approved subcutaneous injection I could do myself. We are praying that the Lord will bring together all the details for that.

Currently, I have what appears to be a small infection developing in an old IV site near my left wrist. Hopefully the antibiotics I’m beginning today will resolve it. I’ll also be getting a baseline MRI of my brain soon. While my type of cancer, caught at this stage, has a somewhat low recurrence rate, it does have a higher likelihood of metastasizing to the brain than other cancers—and our oncologist thought an MRI would be prudent.

The scenery in this corner of the country is so beautiful and I’m grateful to be surrounded by this demonstration of God’s power and love. My parents, sister, Simon Peter, and I have recently enjoyed a couple of day trips. Looking at the waterfall, mountains, and the Puget Sound brought to mind a long-time family-favorite hymn:

I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at his command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, that filled the earth with food,
He formed the creatures with His Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that man can be, Thou, God art present there.
    Isaac Watts, 1715

The last line of this hymn has been so meaningful through this season: No matter where we are or what is happening, we are surrounded by God’s presence. “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” (Exodus 33:14) What security we have in Him!

Anna Marie

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

Bible Reading Made Practical for Kids

Recently, while sorting through some old papers, Teri discovered what we called “nickel sheets.” We used the concept to help a child, old enough to read, develop the daily habit of time in the Word. They would read a passage, usually a chapter, then write down a portion of the passage and a brief application for it in their life.

It provided a degree of accountability that they were reading during that time. The goal was to encourage reading Scripture with an understanding of application to their lives. Reading the Bible with that purpose in mind is a valuable lifetime benefit we desire our family to have.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to
be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Why Titus2 Exists

Our passion and joy is to encourage, exhort, and equip families in the Lord Jesus. It thrills our hearts when we hear from readers that we have succeeded in doing that. 

Here are a few snippets from a mom’s recent email (with permission) because she affirmed our core passion and purpose: 

Reading aloud is one of our favorite things to do, but finding good quality material is a very difficult task in this day and age. Your book (Summer with the Moodys) is a picture of genuine people loving each other and following Jesus. It is also a glimpse of hope for the awesome things God can do in the hearts of any of us sinners when we walk with Him. 

My heart has been so blessed to watch my daughter listen intently to your story and pick up on all the little Christ-like examples of character you have woven throughout the book. We have read the bible together as a family for several years, but since reading Summer with the Moodys aloud to my children, my oldest daughter has developed a zeal and love for the Word. She gets out her Bible to have Bible time alone in her bedroom. She asks her dad to read the Bible to her out of the blue. She sings praises to God while she is folding laundry. When asked what she would like for her birthday, she said a Bible case and Bible highlighters like I use. She’s five years old! Praise the Lord!

I can’t express my gratitude enough for how God has used your book and relatable children characters to water seeds we have planted in our daughter for years. We planted, your book watered, the Lord caused to grow. A Mom

Makes our hearts happy. 

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:12)

Bride and Groom: Jesse and Anna Maxwell Start Kansas City Apartment Living

Last fall when his renters left, Jesse decided he wanted to remodel his house and sell it as a flipper. He worked on it until late March when it sold.

Jesse and Anna are renting an apartment in Kansas City. Their plan is to do that for a year. They wanted the experience of living in an apartment and felt like the first year of marriage would be the best time. They will also use that time to see where they would like to eventually buy a house. They decided they wanted to join a church in Kansas City that they like. 

Jesse moving his things in
Mary helped Jesse move his things in–special time for them before he got married

We will miss having them right here in Leavenworth, but they plan to come back for Sunday family lunches and other family events, so we’ll still enjoy seeing them and having them around.

The newlyweds!

“The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth
from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof” (Psalm 50:1).

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