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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

Random Life, From Heat to Home

Yay, it’s time for another random life!

This last month flew by. So much happening. We welcomed Anna and Mary home on the 17th, and we had just a week before County Fair time! Life has been stuffed to its fullest. We enjoyed a lot of family time before I left last Saturday for a ministry trip to the West Coast.

God has abundantly blessed, and we’re grateful for His mercies which are new every morning.

Love,
Sarah

We were a small group on the 4th! This is all it worked out to be. But fewer means more quality time.

What a sweet threesome!

Missing our girls! 🙂 (Notice Calia sneaking in the picture).

This guy had a birthday, and he and Daddy went for breakfast.
They picked up flowers for Mommy. How thoughtful!

Mom and GiGi went to Science City with Melanie and crew and had a delightful time.
Good job on the selfie, Abby.

Arnold sure likes to pick crazy spots to sit.

We got a new roof recently due to hail damage, and Anna Marie and crew baked cookies for the guys.

Speaking of the new roof, I opted to write at GiGi’s house to keep my concentration.
Anna Marie brought me cookie dough! 🙂 Yep. Cookie dough is wonderful.

Anna Marie and cookie bearers!

A “non” aunties’ playtime Grandpa and Grandma did.

A car race going on here.

The “outdoor” kitties are sure enjoying the inside.

Calia loving her produce she helps mommy with.

Sunday morning Bible time with coffee and my buddy.

Look at this incredible card a blog reader made for us!
Totally beautiful. Thank you!

A day road trip to see old-time friends of Anna Marie.

Arnold loves plants. I caught him
batting at Mom’s basil plant which was supposed to be getting sun.

Helping Grandma with Sunday lunch prep.

Abby made this hat for a blog reader’s baby niece
who we’ve been praying for and was in serious condition.

I guess sometimes life seems better
if you can curl up and put the cares out.

Tina taking the aunts’ place (before they got home)
and reading to the “little kids.”

The nieces enjoyed putting things on the aunts’ beds in anticipation
for their arrival home. They were SO excited!

The welcome home parade.

Family times together with a special dinner out.

Followed by frozen custard

Enjoying a Sunday lunch with the girls back!

House work!

Jesse has a mid-August deadline of finishing up the bathrooms, so
he’s been hard at work with a great group of helpers!

The girls have participated in summer Bible bee study.

These two.

Calia met the kittens.

Girls’ lunch out and grocery shopping with GiGi.

This happy group enjoyed a walk, playing in the stream, and SNACKS!

Jesse seriously ate all that corn in FIVE bites.

Here Anna is restocking the balloons before another fair night.

Mary painted so many faces (and special requests too!) :)! More on the fair later.

Hello from the West Coast!

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then
how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace,
wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in
the swelling of Jordan?”
Jeremiah 12:5

Random Life, Summer in Full Swing

Happy July! Wow. I am shocked at how fast June went. I spent a lot of time writing, and it’s been exciting to see the Lord’s blessing upon this first draft!

My sisters are doing well. Thank you so much for praying! As those of you know who are involved in ministry work, there is often great spiritual warfare. Satan does not want to lose! This last week was super intense for them, but God brought them faithfully through! They have return tickets to come home in two weeks, and we’re excited to see how the Lord will continue to use them, and yes, I confess, anxious for their arrival home.

Soooo, without my sweet sisters and their presence, I thought this Random Life might be harder to pull off. But, again, the Lord brought together all kinds of pictures to give you a peek into Maxwell life.

It was an exciting month, with Jesse buying his house debt-free! Seeing my brother become a home-owner and now his mind turning into all-things-house has been great to see. He’s jumping into a quick remodel, and Dad and brothers have lent some help. You know how Anna and Mary are with these projects, so they’ll be happy to assist when they get home!

Dad and Mom have enjoyed early-morning-long walks before it gets too hot. Summer came very quickly here in Kansas, but we’re grateful for ALL seasons!

Okay, enjoy a peek into the last month.

Love,
Sarah

Christopher and Anna Marie and all five kiddos flew to Washington to visit Anna Marie’s family. What an adorable family!

Whew, what a small crew we are without Anna and Mary. We took a Sunday evening walk in Weston, a state park nearby.

Abigail trapped a raccoon who had been taking her chickens!

This munchkin can ride a real bike now! Super cute.

Jesse signing a paper for his house.

Ha, ha. What it takes for me to write! Even Ellie! 🙂

These two.

Miss Calia loves to “wash” dishes.

When Christopher and Anna Marie were in Washington, they visited a place which holds a lot of memories for them exactly 8 years prior–when they started their courtship!

Jesse working on his house

After one of their long walks.

Loving my writing!

Stopping in with a Father’s Day gift.

This Benji is total cuteness!

Dad keeps our grass mowed! Those yellow leaves have to do with the fact we’ve had an extremely hot June with little rain.

Look where Mr. Arnold decided to go as I was doing laundry. He’s a curious guy.

Nathan took a mini-trip with his girls.

Ellie met the kittens! Pickles (the gray + white one) didn’t like Ellie at all and hissed at her. Tiger, on the other hand, thought she was okay.

Ellie’s kinda used to the bat-at-her-thing from Arnold! 🙂

Cleaning out Jesse’s car on a Saturday.

Joshua’s favorite place in Washington is at the Pike Place Market.

More house stuff.

Taking photos one Friday evening for a local church event.

Miss Elizabeth is really growing up!

Melanie with her two little guys

Dad and Mom stopping in to see Jesse’s progress.

Ellie still takes to being a lap dog.

Making tortillas with my nieces.

Mom with Kyle.

Trying to fill in while Anna and Mary are gone.

Mom was a creative grandma for Aunties’ playtime. She had each of the children write down their favorite game and put it in a basket. Then, they drew a paper and would play whatever game it was.

“The eyes of all wait upon thee;
and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand,
and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.”
Psalm 146:15-16

Random Life Kicked Up

Another month is history, and wow, so much happened! Here is your peek at random life. The joys and the funnies and the real deal.

Love,
Sarah

Mary working on a sewing project before her trip.

Christopher and Anna Marie invited us over for a “thank-you-for-helping-after-Elizabeth-was-born” special dinner. Here Anna, Jesse, and Mary are enjoying watching the kids ride their trikes around the deck, and of course, the kids enjoyed an audience.

Anna took the girls out shopping. Love this selfie!

Dad working

Dinner with John and Chelsy

The children like to pile up and come down the slide together, and then kicking the ball off the slide makes it even more exciting.

Volleyball on a warm spring evening with siblings and friends

This is the kind of delicious dinner Anna sometimes makes for us.

Update: Several have asked about the recipe for the above dish. I have good news! I found the information. It’s called Chicken Potpie Galette from the Taste of Home April / May 2018 issue. You could likely find it on their website.

Mom is faithful to do a special yearly picnic with the kiddos having to do with a book she began reading to them when Abby was little.

The girls picked up sticks in Grandpa’s yard!

Shopping day for my sisters in preparation for their trip, and of course, what’s a shopping trip without coffee? I wasn’t able to make it due to my book project.

New pink polos.

Decorating the birthday cake.

Abby turned 10 and had a special breakfast with her daddy.

Making yogurt.

Since I don’t have a way to post Live photos (taken with an iPhone), I took a clip of this. We were smiling for the photo, and Arnold decided to jump for the streamer Mom held in the middle of our picture.

Planting flowers.

Repairing GiGi’s fence.

Special Aunt + Niece time out.

We four spent great times together before the girls left (above pictured before a game of Spikeball). Jesse and I miss them!

Calia and Anna are quite the buddies, and here they are peeking on baby birds.

Arnold and Ellie.

Celebrating GiGi’s birthday. Those cupcakes Mary made were amazing!

Miss Calia was really into helping GiGi with her gifts and cards.

Bible time on the porch.

Some of the kids watching a driveway get put in. What is it about big machinery and little kiddos?

This is seriously Arnold’s favorite spot right now.

Kyle is growing up!

 

Working outside, and this particular Saturday was TOASTY!

A great game of Dutch Blitz with Chelsy, who loves it. I love it too, but somehow I’m not very good on my own team.

A playtime with Aunt Mary the day before she left.

At Memorial Day, we expanded to a second table, as we can no longer seat everyone around our big one. It worked!

Making her brother a birthday card!

This was an EARLY morning smoothie.

Helping Dad change out the washer.

Jesse setting up his hammock to sleep outside one night.

Ellie and I one beautiful evening recently.

There you have it. Random life at the Maxwells.

“I will bless the LORD at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Psalm 34:1

Random Life: Spring and Sunshine!

We’re very blessed here in Kansas! I’m thankful for the Lord’s abundant mercies and His provision.

I’m going to let the pictures mostly tell the story with a little explanation below each.

Happy Monday!

Love,
Sarah

Our Resurrection Sunday group!

Benji loves Ellie, and Ellie loves the children too. She likes to keep tabs on leftover food raining down from the highchairs! Here she’s enjoying some scraps.

Anna and Mary were blessed with an opportunity to do face painting and balloons for a church event. Here Mary did a volunteer’s face before everything began!


Yes, we had temperatures in the teens! Dad and Mom love working together on projects, so on free dump day, they took scrap wood to the dump.

Shopping the after Easter sales for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.

Sorry I forgot to put an Arnold + Ellie picture in last random post.

This cat seriously gets himself into the most unique places. Don’t worry. I made sure he could climb out, and he did.

Beautiful sunny, cool days!

And of course, the little nieces adore Ellie.

Yep! I mentioned we had snow three Sundays in a row, and this is proof.

Nathan and Melanie took a weekend away to go to our local homeschool conference. My sisters delight in watching the kiddos, so it was a perfect combo.

Daddy time so Mommy could concentrate on the conference.

Guess who they saw?!!! Christopher and Anna Marie (who went for a morning) and Melanie’s sister.

Back at home, the aunts’ creativity reigns here. Flashlight find n’ seek for the kids’ snack.

Some Ellie training.

A marching band through our basement. Yep! Ear protection was almost needed. Quite the enthusiastic bunch!

Enjoying baby goats!

Fellowship with an out-of-state friend.

Special aunt + niece time at my fave coffee shop.

Christopher’s family celebrating Anna Marie’s birthday.

Nathan and his kiddos out for a treat.

Jesse doing yard work.

Dinner at Joseph and Elissa’s.

Jesse and Kyle

This cute dog of mine! 🙂

A kids’ song about the walls of Jericho going on right here.

Tina is a little pro at dog training. She even has Arnold watching!

Nathan’s awesome to include his kids on work projects.

Sewing project with some company!

One of my top favorite snacks at the moment: vanilla yogurt topped with granola and fun chocolate pieces.

Nathan and Anna took a run the other day (Mary and I were unfortunately busy), and look what greeted them at the end. So perfect.

 

You can tell how our temperatures really jumped from cool to warm (notice Ellie’s tongue). We’re soaking in the amazing sunshine!

And now, these delightful evenings to enjoy family parties outside.

Calia showing Anna her plants which she helped Mommy (Elissa) to start.

Benji is like a cuddly teddy bear. Very, very cute.

Sooooooo, I’d love to hear what your favorite thing about spring is?!

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith
virtue; and to virtue knowledge”
(2 Peter 1:5)

 

Random Life, Spring back to Winter

As I look out the window at the white-covered landscape, I have to remind myself it’s actually Resurrection Sunday. Wow, from spring back to winter. The snow is a beautiful symbol of what Jesus did for us. His blood swept away our sins. Think about that. Our sins, which are red, are washed white as snow.

So here’s random life this past month. I love to see God working in our lives on a daily basis. It’s easy to see the big things, but do we look for the small items? For example, I sat down to review tax returns for several businesses I do bookkeeping for. It seemed overwhelming at first, but I prayed, and the Lord gave such grace and helped me. How often do we miss opportunities to thank the Lord for His goodness because we don’t ask for His help?

Love,
Sarah

A friend came over to talk one afternoon and enjoy mochas.

You never know who might be here for a meal.

Working

Lately, when we’ve had guests, we’ve expanded into the basement for seating.

Anna and Mary had quite the little group.

Dog training time.

Nathan and two of his girls for a day out.

Mary and Calia baking pizza.

A family field trip

An evening at John and Chelsy’s. Chelsy has done an amazing job at making their home so welcoming!

Cousins with matching glasses.

A whole bunch of cuteness packed into this little guy.

Holding babies during Sunday lunch.

Girls’ day out! Shopping for fabric here.

Taking a walk at the gorgeous Shawnee Mission Park near the end of our time.

These amazing sisters of mine took the little kids out to do puddle splashing.

I think he has some freckles, um, dirt freckles that is.

A picnic with friends.

Followed by a walk.

Mary with Elizabeth.

Game time with two nieces.

These adorable little guys are just waiting for a home. Yes, these are Anna’s creations lately.

Finishing with our snow walk on Resurrection Sunday!

Jesse clearing off the driveway before our family dinner

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Isaiah 1:18