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Random Life from Snow Piles to Hello Spring!

Another month has passed, filled with many joys and challenges. We’re grateful for abundant life that we have in Jesus. It means praising Him in the joys and in the trials!

We put the finishing touches on Mom’s book and sent it to the printer, had a plethora of work, enjoyed family times, walked with Dad through his heart procedure, and welcomed spring (okay, so it’s not official yet but close enough)!

Enjoy a peek into Random Life.

Love,
Sarah

Here aunties’ playtime consisted of making Valentine cards. Jesse, on a break from work, stopped in to see the progress.
Deep work going on
Lots of good times in the snow!
Special ladies’ Bible study where the girls do Bible club — they planned a Valentine’s Day time for the ladies.
Speaking of Valentine’s, this is the day after sale. The girls stocked up on stuffed animals for Operation Christmas Child. Most holidays, they go to Wal-Mart and purchase items on sale for the shoeboxes. It makes it much more cost effective than buying full price!
Ellie is very popular with the kids, and the babies especially adore her.
I mentioned we got lots of snow?
Our side drive makes a pretty grand sledding hill.
Calia helping Anna make dinner
Bethany is now the proud owner of glasses!
Driveway chalk love during aunties’ playtime
Axton’s first Sunday at church. Everyone loved him!
Uncle Jesse reading to Calia (Calia fixed her own hair)
Speaking of Axton, he makes a perfect snuggle baby. Here he is with Mom.
February and March bring quite a few birthdays. One Sunday, we celebrate Ruthie and Elizabeth’s.
Looks like a tug of war — girls against dog. Ellie (usually) wins.
Proofing Mom’s book in final form–in a quiet room and with a mocha–a perfect combination.
Gathering the children for aunties’ playtime (thanks, Anna Marie for this capture)!
Y’all, this looks a little precarious. I guess he wanted a better view of a bird or squirrel.
Mary taking Christmas pictures we received and redoing the spread on our refrigerator.
Enjoying time with Chelsy and Axton (and sad to miss Anna who had work)
Anna and Mary enjoyed an energizing run in Kansas City one day.
These two. They love the sunshine, but Ellie has a hard time sharing the spot.
It feels amazing to enjoy warmer temperatures. Yesterday, the kids played out back after lunch with some of the aunts and Uncle Jesse.

“Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:19

Random Life from New Beginnings to God’s Mercies

These past weeks have flown by, and now we’re almost to mid-February! The last Random Life closed out the old year, so I’ll catch you up on the events so far.

  • Lots of colds and flu. Yep. All the Maxwell families had some kind of bug during the month of January, but it just makes one all the more grateful for good health! It was a happy reunion yesterday when everyone gathered back together for Sunday lunch and fellowship!
  • I began brainstorming Finding Change’s sequel. I’m thrilled with the ideas that are forming!
  • We celebrated 2500 blog posts! We loved your enthusiasm and support!
  • Axton John Maxwell made his appearance, and everyone is so happy to have another little one around. He’s in high demand!
  • Samaritan Ministries highlighted Titus2 and our family in their January newsletter. We love their ministry. In fact, John just shared when he called to tell them about the additional expense of Axton’s hospital birth (they had planned on the homebirth), the first question the Samaritan Ministries’ guy asked was if Chelsy and Axton were okay. Again, it shows the heart of that ministry!
  • We’re grateful for the Lord’s provision through work. Yes, it provides busy and sometimes crazy days!

Enjoy a peek into our lives.

Love,
Sarah

Nathan and Bethany
A sweet perk of working at home allows one to grab some fresh air when needed. This sunset Ellie and I enjoyed was stunning!
Friends from church — we had a great time with them on New Year’s
Most of us attended a mutual friend’s wedding. Here’s a photo from the reception.
Benji is my little buddy
Dad taking advantage of a warmer day with a fix-it project.
We’ve had quite the weather swings. From 60 to -5. All in January.
These three (isn’t Benjamin growing up so much?)
A quick errand with nieces
Anna at Bible club–one of the moms braided an extension into Anna’s hair. Really sweet!
Mary teaching Bethany some things about painting.
“Was this your chair?!”
Anna Marie and kiddos surprised Christopher with these snow people.
Christopher and his kids with some cousins.
Celebrating John’s birthday
John and Chelsy invited us over for more birthday celebrating that evening.
These two
Lunch with a friend
Spending sweet time with my sisters on my birthday!
My birthday dinner.
I received some really thoughtful gifts!
Meeting Baby Axton
Axton’s baby sign
Babysitting times have kicked up again.
Mary is a pro at homemade pizza.
Axton made his first appearance at a family event at just 8 days old.
Daddy kiddo time.
How cute is the hands-in-pockets-suspender-thing?
More babysitting
This melts me. One afternoon, at the girls’ Bible club, this little fellow was teaching the little girl to ride a bike. He’d had experience teaching his sister.
Ice sledding on Grandpa’s driveway.
Anna organizing–but Ellie wasn’t so sure when it came to her things.
The other night, GiGi, Jesse, Anna, Mary, and I went out for dinner. The first time for this particular group. We had a great time!
So much happy noise and chatter yesterday when everyone was over!

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

Random Life from Thankful to Christmas

Good morning! I’m way overdue on a Random Life post, so make yourself a good cup of something hot and enjoy a peek into family life. Mid-November brought frigid temperatures early to our area along with gorgeous snow right after Thanksgiving. We packed so much into the last 7 weeks, from work to shipping Finding Change, to babysitting, to lots of special family times.

I’ll share Christmas celebration pictures later!

Signing off until next year! 🙂 Happy New Year!

Love,
Sarah

Jesse at the Apologetics conference with friends.
We ladies went to a local Christmas parade with GiGi the weekend Dad and Jesse were gone.
A brisk Sunday afternoon walk in Weston.
A pajama donut run!
Thanksgiving baking with littles
Snow! Some of us were recovering from a stomach virus, but the girls didn’t have it and shoveled the snow. We got about 7″.
The slide was so icy at the bottom the kids shot off and had a blast.
This little guy is adorable! (And yes, we know the child who staged the picture didn’t quite get the spelling correct).
Ellie snuggling
Speaking of Ellie, one evening, while we watched the kids, I let them give Ellie a bath.
Decorating gingerbreads
You never know who you’ll have around for dinner.
These two
Mary shipped out Finding Change to homes across the world!
Celebrating Nathan’s birthday
Drew loves to read with Grandpa
Some days just call for quiet and solitude.
Walk Through Bethlehem
Melanie and the girls enjoyed taking part
Puzzle time when we girls stopped in at GiGi’s
Our friends helped with Titus2 projects. We shrink-wrapped Managers of Their Homes books and Scheduling Kits.
Bearers of impromptu gifts.
Nathan took his family for a night away.
Christopher’s family dropped in one evening. Their children memorized part of the Christmas story which they shared with friends and neighbors throughout the season.
Very cute!
The little girls gifted our friends with things right before Christmas.
We took an evening to go out for dinner and then listen to the 12 Voices of Christmas.
After a cold November, December has been mild. This has been great for running off energy!

“And the fruit of righteousness is sown
in peace of them that make peace.”
James 3:18

Random Life from Color to Cold

It’s the dawning of an exciting week for me, of a dream come true. Since I completed the Moody Series, I still carried a passion for writing kids’ books, and in just two days, I get to unveil my newest story.

This past month has been a beautiful whirlwind. Autumn was especially pretty this year, but an early snow finished it and brought winter. The other morning, it was in the teens, which is cold for this time in Kansas!

Besides “normal” work and life, we enjoyed time outdoors, babysitting littles, Operation Christmas Child shoebox prep, projects, and for Mary, Anna, and me, finishing out my book.

This is a sweet season as we near the holidays. Thanksgiving is right around the corner. May we be grateful for the Lord’s abundant blessings.

Today being Veteran’s Day observed, I’m grateful for those who have served and protected our freedom!

Love,
Sarah

Saturday work projects

Chelsy’s mom and younger siblings visited,
and Chelsy invited all the ladies and littles
over for fresh donuts and fellowship.Some enjoyed outside time including races!Shopping for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxesStocking up on candy (not for shoeboxes)
but for the girls’ Bible club

GiGi reading to lots of the greatsSome great games of Spike Ball (notice how quickly our Kansas weather changes, barefoot here!)Nathan, Melanie, and crew diligently
campaignedMore Saturday projects

You never know what you might see in front of the house.
Here Anna (and Mary) were out running with the kids.
Autumn colorsWorking on the book
Before the weather got too cold,
Dad worked on some painting projects.Mary sharing with the kids about the floodWe watched Christopher and Anna Marie’s kids for their anniversarySome of the Maxwells participated in a pushup challenge in October

We also watched Nathan and Melanie’s children one night.
Here Tina gave her presentation and used Betsy
as an example.

Playing in the leavesRolling up washcloths, putting hair ties
on them, and stuffing in a water bottle for OCC.
Nathan’s office buddy one dayMary made delicious pumpkin donuts for Anna’s birthday breakfast.
The recipe was one Mary found online.Calia and Joseph brought over birthday balloons for AnnaAt family birthdays, there are lots of eager helpers.Abby made Anna the pillowEllie doesn’t lack for attentionYou know the picture of me recently in the navy dress announcing the book launch date?
Y’all, this is a real behind-the-scenes photo of who was BEHIND me!These twoLeaves aboundChelsy helping the girls with OCC stuff

Yes, snow!The lady Anna and Mary minister with for Bible club
hung cold weather gear on the fence
for those who needed them to take.

Love this picture of Melanie and Benji!

They made sledding work! 🙂

Time with Chelsy

Packing OCC boxes.

“But if we hope for that we see not, then
do we with patience wait for it.”
Romans 8:25

Random Life from Green to Changing Colors

What an exciting last 5 weeks it’s been since I shared Random Life! The Lord’s gracious touch was very evident in my life as I hit my copyeditor deadline. Now, the book is back from our copyeditor, and we’re in the final two weeks of getting it ready for the printer. We can’t wait to introduce it next month!

Autumn is really here. Leaves twirling off trees, hillsides changing into hues of yellow, orange, and brown, rainy, cozy days, crisp temperatures–it’s beautiful.

We love seeing God’s faithfulness in every minute of our lives. He wants us to seek Him, in the hard times and in the good times. One thing we’re praising Him for is on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson this past weekend! We’ve prayed for his freedom for the past two years, and we’re all thrilled with the news.

I’d love to hear one thing you’re blessed by today!

Love,
Sarah

Anna helped Anna Marie and girls make burritos for the freezer.

Cooking up tortillas (Costco frozen ones)

One hot Saturday (yes, we’ve literally gone back and forth from
warm front to cool front to warm to cool!),
Anna and Dad did a lot of yard work.
They verti-cut the lawn and then seeded.

The girls did balloons and face painting at a local church event, and I took pictures for the church.

Nathan and Melanie enjoyed a camping trip to Colorado!

Mom cat-sat the cats.

Jesse’s birthday–and so many happy helpers

Look at this group!

A pizza-picnic

Mom and Dad do a monthly shopping run.

Baking!

Mom reading to Calia.

Tina and Arnold

Anna took this crew on a walk.

We watched Nathan and Melanie’s crew one night.

GiGi leaving on a trip.

Anna accompanied Melanie and kids to Science City in downtown KC (Mary’s been busy with illustrations for my book).

A special aunties’ play time walk to a great field.

Jesse unloading after one of Dad and Mom’s shopping trip

Nathan had a business trip, and we had guests,
so this was the crew one night!

So blessed to be able to spend time with my friend!

We took our friends to the Deanna Rose Farmstead
along with Lidsy and Ruthie.

Bottle feeding the goats.

They liked Mary.

Family picture sneak peek! Yes! We actually got it done the end of September. So perfect. Can’t wait to share more.

Betsy and Anna eating ice cream on errands one day.
(Note: Betsy only got in the front seat while they were parked to eat the ice cream.)

Babysitting, and Mom came with Calia to take over

Little Benji loves Ellie

Calia turned three!

Nathan and kiddos campaigning.

Guests for lunch!

Caught in the rain, lol!

Life Chain day, and we made signs at the last-minute.

Anna Marie and Melanie

This had to be my closing photo. I captured this yesterday after family lunch. LOVE IT!

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:23-24

Random Life From Heat to Mountains

I’m so excited to share this Random Life post with you. Life has been full and very blessed.

Jesse’s big project this summer has been the two bathroom remodels, and with help (a big thank you to all the family who did!), they were completed just before the renters needed the house mid-August. I’ll share a separate post about the work project!

It seemed we had a lot of traveling too. The last Random Life I posted from my West Coast trip, and then the day after I got home, Anna went to Canada for a friend’s wedding. The next week, we left for Colorado!

You’ve seen less of me because I’m editing my new book with the copyeditor date approaching! I’m really excited to share more details.

Grab yourself a coffee and enjoy Random Life!

Love,
Sarah

We celebrated Dad’s birthday with just our immediate family. Then, we did a triple birthday party (Dad, Mom, and Mary’s) with all the relatives a bit later. I’ll probably share a post on that if I remember! 🙂 (Trivia here: spot Arnold in the above picture: a place he likes!)

Jesse gave us a house tour that night. I’d been gone
for 10 days and hadn’t seen it for a while even before that. 

Nathan and Melanie’s crew participated in the summer Bible Bee study and
enjoyed attending monthly events, often with GiGi.

Many hours put into Jesse’s house

Anna flew to Canada for a friend’s wedding and was so blessed.

Beautiful sunset over the prairie

Wouldn’t you love to take one of these bunnies home?!

Anna with the bride and her sister

Brothers and Buddies

We girls went on a birthday run with Bethany! This little 8-year-old is a great runner.

Then, she enjoyed a birthday breakfast with her daddy.

These two.

Babies are enjoyed here at the Maxwells

Mary making a favorite treat of Mom’s: pie crust, with butter, sugar, and cinnamon.

Deliciousness right there

Mom’s birthday happened right before we left for Colorado.

Anna Marie & Co brought over shortbread for Mom

Drive to Colorado

Coffee in Colby

This was actually done as a Live Photo, and if you look carefully, you’ll see the best part of it.

Hiking Princeton. The beauty of seeing the sun rise.

Loved our hikes!

Mount of the Holy Cross hike–an adventure for sure! That post will be coming!

Ice cream after their big hike (and French fries)

Anna discovered this in her coffee one morning during Bible time

Back in Kansas, Ellie was well taken care of by Christopher’s family. Here Ruthie’s holding onto her collar while one of the kids hides–then Ellie goes and finds the person. It’s our Find Me game and loved by all.

Lydia’s hiding spot

Enjoying some cuddles before Ellie came back home

I spent a lot of time editing in Colorado. I loved the gorgeous setting!

Speaking of cuddles, these two “kittens” at
Nathan and Melanie’s are so cute.

Catching up on Titus2 orders when we got home!

Grilled pizza Anna made

This doesn’t look good. I think he was considering jumping on the table.

Anna took Calia on a rain walk. Talk about adorable.

Anna, Mary, and me out with Melanie
for ice cream to celebrate her birthday

My editing buddy.

Saturday projects


Smiles all around from these sweet girls.

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in believing, that ye may abound in hope,
through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Romans 15:13