HSLDA is a Blessing Giveaway

In March, we had the post Don’t Homeschool Without It and invited those who aren’t current Home School Legal Defense of Association (HSLDA) members to join HSLDA. HSLDA graciously gave a resource to everyone who joined after reading that blog post.

To our surprise, HSLDA gifted us with the same resource after the post, which is the Constitutional Literacy DVD. Since that original offer was only available to new members, we thought we would give our resource to someone who is currently a member.

To join our HSLDA is a Blessing Giveaway, simply comment on this post with two things. Tell us how long you have been an HSLDA member and why you like being part of HSLDA.

We will then have a random drawing on April 15th to give away the copy HSLDA gave us. (The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.)

BTW, there is still a few days left (April 15th) to join if you are not yet an HSLDA member and receive a copy of the Constitutional Literacy resource from them.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21

No Longer Recommending

After glowingly telling on the blog about the LETSCOM U8I bluetooth headphones we use, we had quality problems with them. Last month, my first pair totally died. I felt 6.5 years of almost daily use, considering they cost less the $20, was reasonable. So I ordered a new set. Then two weeks after that, I ordered yet another set to have paired with my computer. 

Both of the new sets had problems. One wouldn’t stay paired. The other didn’t offer a verbal warning when the battery got low. I contacted the company about the problem with the first set, and they quickly said it was in warranty, and they would replace it. 

I also asked about the pairing issue, thinking maybe it was an incompatibility problem with my computer. They gave me a list of steps to work through before trying it again. I still had the problem. Then I decided to use it with my phone rather than the computer. It didn’t say paired with my phone either so that said it was a defective set.

That first replacement set arrived today It was to replace the headphones that didn’t give the low battery warning. Would you believe, when I went to use them, they wouldn’t stay paired. I was shocked. It was the same problem that my second new set of earbuds had.

Because of three defective sets of new earbuds, I decided to send the two I purchased back to Amazon since I was within the 30 day return window.

If you purchased a set, and it is defective, and it is outside the Amazon return window, I can say the company is good to work with. They were offering me a refund or to try another set. 

Since I had highly recommended these headphones, I wanted to let you know right away about these recent issues and withdraw my recommendation. Has anyone ordered a new set and had them work well? Does anyone have another brand you like? I need to try some others now.

Trusting in Jesus,

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:10).

The Messy Towel Drawer

When we built our house eleven years ago, we planned the kitchen to be efficient and productive. One of those enhancements was two large drawers beside the sink where items that are normally used with the sink could be stored. One of the drawers holds our dish-drying towels.

For all my married life, I folded dish towels after laundering them and neatly put them in the drawer or on the shelf where they belonged. We go through several dish towels each day so we wash them two or three times a week.

One day, one of our sons questioned why I went to all the work of folding the dishtowels when they were stored in a drawer, out of sight. It didn’t matter if they were wrinkled since they were used again so quickly. My best answer was that the drawer looked nice with neatly folded towels.

Pondering that discussion, I decided it was worth trying dish towels going directly from the dryer to the drawer. Practically speaking, it was great. Aesthetically, it left something to be desired. I enjoyed the five or ten extra minutes I gained by not folding the towels, though. In the end, I decided a tidy drawer where it didn’t matter, wasn’t worth the time.

Our current towel drawer!

I think that was about three years ago. If I spent 20 minutes a week folding dish towels and haven’t had to do that for 3 years, I just figured out that netted me 52 hours of time to do things that do matter.

What about you? Any things come to mind that you might be doing that have outlived their reason to do them and that you could gain time if you let go of continuing to do them?

Trusting in Jesus,

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
(Ephesians 5:16)

An Update from Anna Marie

This is the beginning of an important week for us as Christians, remembering Christ’s death and Resurrection! We pray you consider Christ’s sacrifice. Sarah

My hernia surgery recovery has gone amazingly well! I have hardly any bruising and the pain since even just a few days after surgery is less than it was before surgery. I still have a couple more weeks of restricted activity (until April 10), but then I’m looking forward to being able to run and jump and skip and anything else I want to with the children—something I haven’t been able to do for years because of aggravating the hernia.

Not much news on the cancer front; I will have an appointment with my oncologist next Tuesday and find out timing on when I finish the Phesgo injections and switch to Nerlynx (the oral targeted therapy).

Praising Him for His great love!
Anna Marie

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Bench Seating for Large Group Dining

As we looked for creative ways to seat more of our growing family (grandchildren) for meals when we all gather, we were pleased to find easy-to-use-and-store benches, Titus2’s Amazon affiliate link–see our privacy policy. (NOTE: We purchased two of the single-units because the double-pack wasn’t an option then.)

We started out looking for picnic table benches, knowing that a bench would hold more children than chairs that would take up a similar amount of space. However, picnic table benches are not as versatile as these benches are. Because these benches collapse, they store in a small space, and they are lightweight. They have a nice carry handle and set up quickly.

We purchased two of the benches before Christmas, and we are very pleased with them. We planned to use them when we needed to set up a second table for seating, but have also been using them when we only have one very full table. Two benches are much less work to set up than carrying six or eight chairs from the basement to the main floor and then back downstairs again.

Trusting in Jesus,

What could be better? They are compact and don’t take up much space in a closet!
Or here, you can see, next to an upright freezer, they don’t take much space.

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in
Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us
in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Remembering Susannah, 14 Years ago

14 years ago on March 21st, Nathan and Melanie’s firstborn daughter arrived, Susannah Joy Maxwell. But her stay here on earth was only three days. She bypassed all the sorrow and hurt in this world and went straight to the presence of Jesus. Although we grieved our loss, Heaven gained a beautiful jewel.

It’s hard to believe Susannah would turn 14 today. But time in Heaven isn’t the same as time here. “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). May we have such an eternal perspective to see time here is short. We must share Christ with a lost and dying world.

We love you, Susannah, and we miss you! But we’ll see you again. One day. Maybe soon.


If you want to see a slideshow of Susannah’s short life, you can find it below or at this link if you are receiving this via email (music was written by Joseph, along with the other siblings accompanying).

“… the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21).

The Maxwell family and ministry blog of Titus2.com.