Recently, Joseph called another work party for a concrete pour. It’s been about 2 1/2 years since the last, which was his driveway. This time, he needed to do his back porch (yay!) and his shed pad. The guys worked efficiently and each one had their area of expertise. They have to keep things moving as concrete doesn’t have much grace time!
The concrete arrived early, so the guys had to grab pizza as they could.
“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule…” Proverbs 12:24
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
We haven’t caught you up on a work project at Joseph’s house for awhile. He gutted his basement about a year and a half ago, but with his blossoming relationship with Elissa last year, well, that got put on hold.
Dad wired last Saturday, while Joseph finished framing things out. They also enjoyed great fellowship in the process. We Maxwells love work projects–you get something worthwhile accomplished while fellowship. Talk about great teamwork!
When Joseph bought his house, he knew he needed to do some major drainage work. What would have seemed overwhelming to me, he tackled with an awesome attitude. That’s one thing I love about my brothers: a willingness to jump into hard projects.
Here’s the first phase of the project. After the initial excavating is through, he’ll be working in the trench.
“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” Proverbs 21:5
To begin our Christmas celebrations, we decided to do family projects on Monday, the 23rd. Our first project was to polish the cabinets at our house. Not very exciting, you might think? Well, we had a blast talking and laughing as we worked. I thought it would take us awhile, but we did the entire kitchen, which has a lot of cabinet surface area, in about thirty-five minutes. Fast progress!
After that, we girls dropped in at Melanie’s to clean their house. Each of the aunts got a helper (three aunties and three nieces!). Bethany was mine for awhile, and I enjoyed her enthusiasm. At one point, she was squirting the side of the bath tub and wiping it off. In her sweet voice, she asked me, “Do you like to clean with little children?” (Of course I told her I did.) So precious.
The afternoon’s project was to work at Joseph’s house. We cleaned, polished cabinets, installed shelving, painted, and hung temporary blinds. When we were through with that, we girls got busy with Christmas baking for the next day.
Many hands equal the Maxwell team!
On to Nathan and Melanie’s:
Last, we went to Joseph’s house:
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” Psalms 37:3
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