Friday, August 4, 2017

Next Week!

These three wonderful, and very missed, girls will be back home next weekend! Yeah!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

July is Almost Over!

My July file of pictures is pretty big as we've packed a lot into this month. It almost makes me glad to turn the page on the calendar on Tuesday! Here's a brief summary of the last couple of weeks!

This week Arthur had "Farm Camp" here on the farm with a great group of boys and other leaders! We're missing a few on the picture, but you get the idea!

They got a lot of work done, including putting up part of a fence at the maze. I can't wait for this project to be done! It will look so nice!!

Most people play capture the flag, but up here, we play "Capture the Bones" with old cow bones!!

The guys put up a ton, literally, of hay and stacked it in the shed, all in very hot weather!

Aimee, Ella and I did cabin inspection each morning and then gave a noon report. It's a good thing. I can't imagine how the bunkhouse would look if there wasn't a daily clean up!!

We all headed over to the maze one night so Silas could grill burgers. Mmm! Thanks, Silas!

And the roof for the farm ball game got a long ways done. This will be great for keeping balls from flying over and keeping out of the rain.  I'm told it's tall enough to back a trailer under if we need to store hay from the rain :)

Before farm camp, my wonderful sisters and I gave my mom a surprise 75th birthday party!
I was so glad to have Ella around to help since the girls are at camp. She came along to get things ready and to pour punch. Thanks, Aimee, for sharing her!!

My mom was really surprised! It was their wedding anniversary so my dad used that as an excuse to get her to town. She was really surprised that her brothers and their wives came up, er, down, from Winnipeg.

We also did the maze float for the Roseau Fair Parade. Between the two parades we passed out about 4,000 maze flyers! We feel so blessed to have such wonderful young people to help us when we get desperate!!! You too, Linda!! Roseau County Ford let us drive a brand new 2017 truck in the parade! Probably hoping that Arthur will take a hint when he test drives it ;) Maybe someday!

Well, I know I'm missing things, like how wonderful of time the girls are having at camp! Two weeks left and they'll be home. Yeah!!

Have a wonderful Lord's Day tomorrow!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Last Week, Or So!

A lot of work has been done in the last week. The guys started the week, okay, this would be last week, with building some walls in our dirt basement and had cement delivered to shore up two sides that were starting to collapse. Arthur said it should be good now for another 100 years!

Over at the maze, the guys built a shelter to go over the corn box. I guess this was "practice" because they are going to do the same thing over the Farmball game, only a much higher roof.

Heidi was sitting in the cornbox watching!  Her smile always makes me smile!

Meanwhile, I spent my time working on our maze parade float. Isn't Farmer Bill adorable! The blocks turned out pretty good too. That's Eli under the float!! No, he's not hiding from work like some might think ;) he was painting the wheels a nice yellow color.

We had a 4th of July picnic over at Arthur's parents. Lots of people, lots of food, and lots of fun!

Then we headed to the parade. Here's some of the cousins just waiting for the parade to begin. It was hot!

And here it is! We actually won a parade award so that was fun. People loved the float, and enjoy all the orange shirted workers that pass out maze flyers.  A BIG thank you to them for bearing the heat to walk that far!!

We had to make a quick walk in the maze to see if the corn made it to the "Knee high by 4th of July"! Yup, it did!

Meanwhile, Miriam and Jessica headed off to camp to join Hosanna and Priscilla. I'm not sure I can run the house without her, but so far so good :) Miriam works so hard it might take three of me to do what she does!

Have a wonderful week enjoying the gorgeous weather God is sending our way!!

Monday, June 26, 2017

It's a Girl! & Happy Birthday, Miriam!

Little Grace Maria has some very excited sisters!! This little girl will be so loved!!

And the happy auntie! Miriam is wearing her birthday jewels made by Esther and Anna who have been staying at our house while their mom is in the hospital with the baby. Isn't she adorable!

Aimee and Ella got the idea to throw a birthday party for Miriam so that's what they did at their house yesterday. I am so thankful for Miriam. I don't think there are any girls out there who work as hard as she does with as sweet of an attitude. She radiates Christlikeness, and has a strong desire to know God's Word. Sorry, I couldn't find a husband for your gift ;) If anyone knows where he is, send him this way :) I hope you have a wonderful day, Miriam! 

Ella made sure there were lots of balloons and the kids were happy about that!

Amos and Shiloh at the party. 

And another sweet picture of little Grace.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, June 23, 2017

We're Done!

On Monday we started cutting the maze and by Wednesday morning we were done. Yeah! Sore muscles and all, its nice to have that part done with and it seems "right". I guess we'll have to wait for an aerial to see if it really is! Next on the list is to get the parade float ready among a list of other things.  

We spent Father's Day at my parents house this year. My dad is a great "griller" and he makes the best chicken! I'm so thankful to not only have a great dad but a great father-in-law as well! God is good! While my dad has not always been the man he is today, he was just the man I needed growing up so I'm thankful.

Other things - Miriam is leaving to join the girls at camp in a couple of weeks so we are busy trying to get a lot of things done. I'm not sure I can handle all the girls being gone and still work on maze stuff, but God doesn't give us more than we can handle, so I guess I'll handle it!! After so many years of having girls helping with the cooking and cleaning and gardening and laundry, etc, I'm not sure I can do it anymore! I told the boys they might have to live on frozen pizzas and they were pretty happy so I guess we'll live!

Meanwhile, we wait for Naomi's baby to be born.
Meanwhile, the hay is growing and so baling hay is just around the corner.
Meanwhile, life goes on.

Have a wonderful day everyone while enjoying God's blessings!

Friday, June 16, 2017

VBS & On the Farm

VBS for 2017 at our church is officially over! It was such a fun week! I know we've had a lot of fabulous workers over the years but I don't think we've ever had this many at one time! Can they ever sing! And then you add a ton of kids, and well, it was great!

I've got a bunch of pictures to share with you including this adorable one of  Esther in her cowgirl outfit. How blessed we feel to have the grandchildren attend, plus all the extended cousins, aunts and uncles!

Arthur was not only the director but did daily "Cowboy Talks" on difficult subjects like, "How do I know there's a God?",  "How do I know God loves me?", " Why do so many bad things happen if God is so loving?" and more. The kids listened really well and hopefully will feel more confident in their walk with God. There were so many other good lessons too and several children got saved and many more made other important decisions on things like praying and reading their Bibles.

A big thank you to Hannah for taking pictures! The kids loved the covered wagon from the maze. Well, it was uncovered part of the week but eventually we got the top on.

Matthew did a lesson on controlling the tongue using Eli as his horse!

Rachel enjoyed telling the story of Samuelito everyday. Of all the VBS lessons, year after year, the kids seems to enjoy the missionary story the best. It could have something to do with how it always stops at an exciting point, making you come back the next day to  hear what happens!

For a few years now, we have done a theme skit each day. This week, Josh and his sister Abby were Snidly and Jane in our skit. They were the bad guys that did got saved in the skit  today at VBS!

I so enjoy watching Isaac and Heidi!

Arthur's old boots made great offering containers!  

Miriam and Hannah,  an occasionally Abby, kept attendance records and wrote down who said what verses for the contest. It's not an easy job!

I just liked this picture of Josh, and that's why I'm putting it in here!

One day this week we had a wind storm with 70 mph gusts. There's were lots of trees down in the area and this tree was very nice in falling between our house and garage! It made for extra work for the guys because there were trees down on the fences all over.

Our water balloon shed over at the maze blew over. We were going to do some work on it this year so I guess we'll jsut have to do a little more than we planned!

I saw this cute calf with her mama last night and had to snap a picture. I love how protective those mama cows are!

And then here, out of order, is the official skit picture.

So, it was a good week. I am so thankful to God for all the blessings he sent our way including holding off rain during breaks, keeping the children safe, providing leaders, etc. A big thank you to those that helped!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Amos' Story

I'm not sure how many of you have read it, but Amos and Rebekah's house building story has been featured on the Maxwells blog at  I thought some of you might enjoy it.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


We have VBS at our church next week and your children are all invited! Also, if you think of it, please pray for a good week, with easy to understand lessons, safety, and decisions that need to be made. Thanks in advance!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Basic Ministry Training

We just spent the last two days having Basic Ministry Training at our church.  We go over all kinds of things having to do with ministries including how to teach lessons, share the gospel, lead songs, deal with children, etc. Our main focus is VBS and the fair ministry.  Here's Abby H. taking notes.

Last night a bunch of the group came over to our place for a small campfire and testimony time around the fire.  What an awesome group of young people!!  I was told they were up late, but I slept through the noise!

We've split up a bunch of the songs at VBS so different people are leading different songs. Here's Jeshua with one of his that he's leading.

Arthur does a great job teaching!

And here's the great group!!! Minus two that we're here when we took the photo. All of these kids have such a heart for God and desire to serve Him. It makes the training so easy!

We gave them time to  say verses to earn points for their teams at VBS since they don't have time during VBS week.

It's been really hot the last couple of days! We had frost two days ago and then yesterday it got up to 88 degrees! We were melting, so its nice that our church basement stays so cool. 

The first assignment is to pass the wordless book teaching. Really, its just a simple way to learn how to share the gospel and once you learn it, you can easily do it with just your Bible.  For those that learn that, we move them on to counselling. That's a bit harder but equally important. Basically, we want them to know what questions to ask, and how to listen, to really make sure the child, teen or adult, understands what you're teaching them. We want to make sure a child doesn't respond to the gospel just to please their leader, or for some other reason without understanding what their really doing.

Again, it was a great couple of days. I am so thankful for these awesome young people and can't wait to see where God leads this group in the future! Those that come to VBS, June 12-16, are in for a real treat as these guys have their lessons down, their skit is hilarious, and they are ready to have fun! Thank you, parents, for doing such a great job training them!!