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Do You Want to Be Energized?

We’re excited to bring you the Energize! Conference with all new sessions.

Here is part of the line up:

  • Today Children: Tomorrow Leaders
  • How to Have an Awesome Day (for moms)
  • Supersonic Leadership: Is Everyone Strapped In? (for dads)
  • Dating, Courtship, Betrothal, or Whatever


Our first Energize! Conference is Loveland, Colorado, July 18-19th. Loveland is about an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park if you would like to make the conference weekend into a family vacation.

We’re scheduling a fall Energize! tour beginning with Cookeville, Tennessee, September 11th followed by Greensboro, North Carolina, September 12-13th, and Savannah, Georgia, September 25th. Other cities will likely include Orlando, Atlanta, Savannah, Meridian (MS), and more. If you’ve been thinking about scheduling a conference, now is your opportunity as we work on dates. Just drop us an e-mail.

For a behind-the-scenes-Maxwell-photo-op, here you go. Sunday night we planned to get our Energize! photo (we hadn’t been able to in time for the Loveland flyer). The only complication was that a storm was rolling in as we were preparing to leave. Since it looked like we still had some time, we decided to try for it. When we arrived at the location, the guys worked like crazy to get everything set up. The umbrellas which served as reflectors for the lights promptly blew off as the wind was so strong. We scrapped the umbrellas and had to do without. In addition the cable that controlled the lights was not functioning correctly, so Joseph had to use a work-around for that as well.

As Dave, our friend, quickly snapped pictures, lightning flashed in the background, thunder rumbled, and a stiff breeze blew as a cool front dropped the temperature: it was intense and energizing! By the time we finished, it started to sprinkle. Then, after we were packed up and on our way home, it poured. Wow. What timing! It was certainly our most eventful photo session ever! A special thanks to Dave who helped (we’re enjoying a special visit with his sweet family, Liz and Baby Anna).

Joyfully His,
Sarah for the rest

Notice Joseph isn’t in the picture yet–he was working on getting the lights adjusted.


We wanted some bio photos, so we moved through those fast, as the storm was almost upon us. We moved so quick we were running!
Some action blur here.
Holding those lights!
Holding those lights!



The final image

“I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

Ruthanne Maxwell’s Newborn Pictures

Hi y’all,

Here are the pictures I promised. Ruthanne was an easy baby to work with since she slept most of the time. Joshua was full of energy and added his spark to the session too!

Serving Jesus,


Look at that face!
Look at that face!



Sweet siblings.
Sweet siblings.


“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth
unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
Psalms 25:10

More Joy While Doing Photos with Ruthanne

I’ll share some of the newborn photos that we took of Ruthanne Elizabeth with you soon, but I couldn’t resist posting some of these photos taken with Ruthanne’s cousins to brighten your day.


Uncle Christopher is going to tickle someone!


Christina loves Ruthanne. She calls her "Roofanne."
Christina loves Ruthanne. She calls her “Roofanne.”
She needed a closer look.
She needed a closer look.


Abby loves babies too and is looking forward to her new little brother or sister’s arrival this year!
Christina’s first time to hold Ruthanne (with some help!).
Bethany liked Ruthanne, too.
Christina is chock full of life.
Christina’s smile is precious.


“… for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10

Lots of Giggles While Capturing Photos

Today I helped Christopher with newborn photos of Ruthanne. We also did a special photo session with the girl cousins. Their headbands are all from Snugars.com, a great company founded by homeschooled young ladies. I can’t wait to share other photos from our session later.

Joyfully His,

Girl cousins left to right: Christina, Abigail, Ruthanne, and Bethany.
Girl cousins left to right: Christina, Abigail, Ruthanne, and Bethany.

“All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth
unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.:
Psalms 25:10


Thirty-one years ago, our oldest little boy headed off for his first day of school. He was very cute with his navy shorts, white polo shirt, and lunch box in his hand. We took his photo before he left the house to get on the school bus in order to capture the memory of that momentous day. He only headed away to school one more year. After that, he was homeschooled.

Even with homeschooling, we made it a priority to take first-day-of-school photos. Now there were two children to photograph and eventually there would be eight. No longer did the children have their lunch boxes in their hands but instead they held a few of their school books for their pictures. We took an individual photo of each child and a group photo. Those photos were put in albums with the rest of our family photos, but I had a plan in my mind to someday, when life slowed down, collect all those first-day-of-school photos into its own special album.

In 2010 something happened. When school began, we were preparing for Christopher’s wedding in October and also our fall speaking trip. We planned to do the photos the evening of the first day of school, but we forgot. We didn’t think we had time to reschedule them before our speaking trip, and when we got home late in October, we decided that since we had missed the actual first day of school, the photo didn’t matter than much anyway. Because we missed the 2010 photos, we decided it wasn’t that much of a priority in 2011. We were down to only two homeschooled students and besides we had never done anything with those photos anyway.

By 2012, I had almost forgotten about the first day of school. We had one homeschooled student who was in tenth grade and by choice started her new school year as soon as she finished her last one. She was way beyond the excitement of first-day-of school special breakfasts, school surprises, and photos.

However, this year my heart was heavy when I thought about the missing first-day-of-school photos. My last homeschooled children are as important to me as my first ones were. Sadly, I let the urgent push out the important. We thought we had good reasons for choosing the urgent, but in hindsight they were only excuses. A photo takes very little time, and it would have been well worth the effort.

I regret those three years of no first-day-of-school photos. I can’t redo those particular days and get the photos, but I can learn from that mistake. This year, even though we missed three years, we have a first-day-of-school photo for Mary for 11th grade.

What about you? Could I encourage you to look for what is important in your life and not let what seems urgent push out what is important?

Trusting in Jesus,


“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Colossians 3:17