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Random Life From Tough Times to Baby Days

So much has happened since our last Random Life. It feels like a lot has changed, and yet things are still the same. But in a way they aren’t.

We shared with you all the news that Anna Marie likely has cancer. How are we dealing with it? We’re grateful we know Who holds all things in His hands. Yes, while what Anna Marie is facing is possibly very serious, none of us are guaranteed another day. I could be in a car accident tomorrow and ushered into the presence of Jesus. We are very prayerful for Anna Marie and being as supportive as we can with their needs while all the time looking to the Lord for what His will is.

January was filled to the brim with work, ministry, helping Christopher and Anna Marie and Joseph and Elissa, and somehow managing to keep up with our personal lives as well. The Maxwell crew has also had their fair share of colds and other similar “bugs,” including John being hit with pneumonia several weeks ago. We’re thankful most are on the mend.

Enjoy a peek into Random Life.

A Nathan Maxwell family outing shopping for Christmas gifts
One evening before Christmas, Anna planned a special Christmas party for we three sisters. It was such a sweet time of being together after crazy schedules. We enjoyed a walk with hot cocoa, and then back at home, Anna made a great peppermint snack mix, and we wrote cards to people we wanted to bless.
Before Bible club one afternoon, Anna and Mary purchased small-dollar items at Walmart that the children could wrap and then give to their moms. It was such a HUGE hit. The kids were very excited to pick something out and then wrap it!
Someone requested to see the caroling card. I meant to post it with the post on it, but I overlooked it.
Preparing Christmas food
December didn’t afford much time for Christmas shopping, but Anna and I took the Friday before Christmas to go. Then, the next step was wrapping. When Betsy heard I hadn’t gotten any wrapping done, she wanted to help that Sunday afternoon.
Mary and Jesse wrapping gifts
Giving out little Christmas gifts at church
Andrew likes to help Grandpa after church
Twelve Days of Christmas workout with Maxwell siblings, a yearly tradition
The three pregnant sisters-in-law on Christmas Eve night (and they even coordinate!): l-r: Anna Marie, Elissa, and Chelsy
Mary giving a Bible story at club
Sunday afternoon
This tradition of making biscuit pizzas actually goes way back to when Nathan was young. He had a little cookbook of recipes, and this must have been one in there. I think we used to make them on Mother’s Day, and now Christopher’s family does at Christmas time.
There Danny is again fascinated with the coffee maker.
This was a cute sight when I was going somewhere. Anna (who gave Betsy running shoes for Christmas) was out on a jog with Betsy and Christina (both of whom had new running skirts on).
Drew and Benjamin enjoyed a fire station tour with Melanie while the girls had their shopping excursion with Grandpa and Grandma.
Yes, Ellie actually rides on a sled.
Speaking of Ellie, here she’s begging to go to Christopher’s backyard to play.
The group who welcomed the New Year in!
TIme to bake!
An edible fruit arrangement thank you gift for Anna
Playtime with Grandma
Mary and Debi
Ruthie and Liddy cleaning the house with Anna and Mary.
One could confidently say lots of babysitting happened!
Card time
Cleaning and organizing at Elissa’s before baby
What a crew!
Anna Marie with her doula as labor was induced
Candlelight vigil after the Roe v. Wade anniversary.
Mom meeting Caleb
Axton turned one!
Nathan with his little helper
Shopping at IKEA
Gigi with Simon Peter.
Anna went to visit her sweet friend, CathyJo, out of state. CJ lost her mom to cancer last month. They were the family I mentioned in the last Random Life post going through heartache and sadness during the Christmas season. Mrs. D no longer experiences the pain of cancer and is with Jesus! We will see her again in Heaven. But there is still that empty gap in their lives.
Mary with Simon Peter
Ellie likes handouts from the littles.
Shrinkwrapping Managers of Their Homes books
I enjoyed baby photo sessions too!

“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times
or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power”
(Acts 1:7).

Random Life From Summer Heat to Cozy Autumn

It’s a gorgeous, autumn Sunday afternoon as I prep this Random Life post. We went from temperatures in the 90s the end of September, to temperatures in the lower 30s at night, cool days, and snow predicted for this coming week. Hello, autumn! Hues of orange, brown, and the occasional vibrant red fill the neighborhood and surrounding countryside.

September and October have been full with work, ministry, and traveling for some. We’re grateful to the Lord for His enabling grace.

What is something you enjoy about autumn? I’d love to hear it!

Taking apart GiGi’s fence for a tree project
That slide needed some serious cleaning.
Bethany teaching Grandpa and Grandma a new game on her birthday night at our house last month
Axton with Grandma. That’s the blessing of being near relatives: spur of the moment the parents can go out for dinner, and we’re happy to watch the little one(s).
These two. I guess it’s like monkey see, monkey do?
Girls prepping fruit (using butter knives :))
We girls did a church event: Mary face painted, Anna twisted balloons, and I took photos for the event.
Christopher and Anna Marie went to St. Louis for the Scriptorium and also enjoyed the zoo.
Reciting at the Scriptorium
Deborah is so adorable!
Calia and Mom have time together each week, and here they’re all suited up for the rain (thanks to borrowing one of the aunt’s raincoats).
I wonder if this is similar to waiting for water to boil?
This is quite a bike line up!
A random Sunday capture
When so many are over, the hall can be a quieter place to gather. Here Anna is with a child from each family!
For one of the days at Bible Club, Anna applied for and was granted the firemen to bring in their truck and talk about it with the kids. The kids were so thrilled!
Mary sharing a Bible story
Garage sale-ing one morning
The cousins love spending time together.
I’m tellin’ you!
Enjoying some time with friends
Reading with Grandma
Time with friends
Some of the families had a picnic at the Riverfront Park, and here Christopher is witnessing to a man.
Deborah’s first time accompanying Nathan on a run
Anna Marie and Gigi
Autumn beauty

“The eyes of all wait upon thee;
and thou givest them their meat in due season.”
Psalm 146:15

Random Life from Ministry to Mountains to Home Life

God has been so gracious to us these past seven weeks since our past Random Life. When the girls came home, we jumped into County Fair ministry the next week, and things continued a whirl with things we had going. Colorado truly was a beautiful break from the normal busyness to be together as a family.

Now with summer at a close, we look forward to what God has in store for our autumn season.

Love,
Sarah

Anna and Mary went early to the fair that Saturday to let the kids have some hands-on practice doing balloons.
A young man reciting the 10 commandments
A sweet treat at the fair on a precious break–the girls had few of those. Neat part was it was nearly given to us from their 4H frequent flyers.
Proclaim Day at the end of the summer Bible Bee study
Taking the test (with one of the aunts in the room as the observer)
Arnold likes shoes
Benji trying out a walker
Sweet times
Water balloons on aunties’ playtime
Dad’s birthday–don’t you love this picture one of the little girls drew? Look at those eyes!
Axton with Grandma time
This adorable family taking a walk together
Ruthie has become a pro at the monkey bars.
Nathan took his kids out for a pre-first-day-of-school breakfast.
Lots of summer birthdays.
In Colorado, I took Mom’s pictures. We battled mosquitos. 🙂
Nothing like working on my book with gorgeous mountain views!
We girls took two hikes together. This one was from the opposite side of the valley, so we got gorgeous views of Lake City both hikes.
Saturday work project
John is discussing possible options for fixing our sticking patio door.
Cleaning vehicles after our trip
Watching Calia and Kyle so Joseph and Elissa could celebrate their anniversary

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3

Random Life, Grateful for God’s LovingKindness

These past 6 weeks have flown by since our last Random Life. It feels hard to quantify all that has transpired. But even through the challenging times, God has been so gracious. We are grateful for His everlasting lovingkindness.

We’re thankful for the addition of new life. Dad and Mom also had a wonderful trip to Alabama where Dad preached for two churches. The ministry is still our heartbeat, and it’s exciting to see the newest project launch: Buying a House Debt-Free, the unabridged audiobook. Watch for more on the horizon. I experienced some delays with making progress on my book but hope to finish the outline soon and be onto writing the first draft.

We’re excited to welcome home Anna and Mary this week. It’s been a long time, and they’ve experienced many challenges. God has answered prayer after prayer and used them mightily.

Love,
Sarah

Dad pitted a lot of cherries.
Deborah’s first appearance at church on Father’s Day
Miss Calia and her mommy have done an incredible job with their garden.
A blog reader sent me a game that I could enjoy playing with my nieces and nephews as we miss the aunts.
Dad grinding out a large stump
So neat when the cousins do things together.
Nathan and we girls like to go for runs, and we have missed Anna and Mary this summer. On Independence Day, we went for a long run, and Tina accompanied us on her bike.
Our Independence Day group
When one’s pigtails come out, this is the result.
Bible Bee Summer study which the Nathan and Christopher Maxwells are doing.
An activity afterward
Reading time with Grandma
Fishing time with Daddy
Joshua caught a fish.
Andrew’s birthday dinner with Grandpa and Grandma
Dairy Queen date while Gigi sat with the kids
A friend sent a care package for Ellie (and me :)). It’s been a rough month!
Sweet fellowship with friends for a few hours
Taking Danny home after his birthday dinner
Loved this picture of Anna Marie and all her kiddos coming over. We watched the children so Christopher and Anna Marie could go out for dinner to celebrate their engagement anniversary.
9 years later (see this original engagement post)
Sunday fellowship
Adorable
Mom, Dad, and I compiled ChorePack Kits with the Chores book Saturday
This Sunday group was just too cute not to take a picture.

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise thee.”
Psalm 63:3

Random Life the Joy of New Life to Busy Times

What a whirlwind these almost 7 weeks have been! Quite of few in the family traveled, we welcomed Deborah, kept up with work and ministry, and we said goodbye to Anna and Mary. Yes, the girls are off on another summer of ministry! We’ll have a separate post hopefully later this week asking for prayer.

Summer is here, and we look forward to opportunities to minister, be with the family, work, pursue Titus2 projects, write (hopefully soon for me!), and continue with “normal” life!

Also, Dad’s health is doing great! They’ll probably do an update soon on that.

Love,
Sarah

Mom and Dad shop monthly a big SAMS and Costco run. Mom has a heart to help the sisters-in-law out, so she shops for them too!
We’ve had so much rain this spring, we love to soak in the sunshine when possible!
Some of our Sunday lunches, we’ve had the most unusual combinations of family members present! Here, we watched Christopher and Anna Marie’s kids while they went out to do a ministry project.
Saturday projects.
We had a cool spring and then suddenly summer burst forth.
These two. This is actually Ellie waiting for Arnold to finish.
Mary and Anna had double baby-sitting duty. They watched Joseph and Elissa’s kids, and then when Melanie went into labor, Anna took on their kids.
These aunts are very active and love to include the kids exercising!
Benji and Ellie
I love seeing how the younger families include Gigi in outings.
Sunday afternoon times
A race going on!
These are some expert bug catchers! Their mama is very generous to let them borrow her containers. Her only request? To put them next to the sink so they can be washed!
A random life everyone-in-the-kitchen picture!
Abby’s growing up and is a great help.
Gigi’s birthday!
Uncle Nathan makes awesome smoked meat!
Ruthanne drew this picture. Too cute!
Cleaning Melanie’s house before the girls left.
Abby and Me
Jesse trimming brush
Fellowship with dear friends
Our first tornado siren event of the year, and John, Chelsy, and Axton joined us since they don’t have a storm shelter. A huge tornado went south of us, but thankfully the damage was minimal compared to what it could have been.
“Baby” Elizabeth enjoying holding Axton.
Axton has such big blue eyes!
A Dad and Mom work project (transplanting tomato plants)
Anna Marie doing a fill-in-aunties’-playtime
Last minute plans — we watched Nathan and Melanie’s kids so they could go out to dinner.
A quiet evening out for Melanie!

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought
nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
1 Timothy 6:6-7

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