...............The Hellwig Family

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Too busy living to post about it!

by Mama H.

Forgive the silence.... but as the title states, we are indeed too busy living, to write about life in the family.

Birthdays have come and gone, and lots of growing up has occurred, by adults as well as by children.

So many events, that are indeed traceable by photo or narration, have been experienced, but the most significant are the ones that receive no fanfare, no shutters clicking, no breathless explanation of conversations or happenings.  They are the quiet, under-cover currents of understanding, revelation, and workings-out of wisdom, tears and wrestlings, lonely walks marveling at the birds' calls, sprouting flowers in the garden, and the "Ah-ha!" moments in following arguments in a book.

God is not silent in all these things.  In fact, His megaphone of pain, quietness, loneliness, misunderstanding, and suffering of many kinds is a welcome gift to answer the delirious busyness and distraction that we all face and are tempted to face at any moment.  These draw our attention back to where they will bring us the greatest profit: to His face, His Word, to His presence.

So, God is at work in the Hellwig family.  Many good things, many we would call bad, painful, sorrowful, even heartbreaking.  But, He, in His mysterious way, turns things on their heads and brings good.  No presumptions, here, but we know Whom we have believed, and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we've committed to Him against that day....that day, when all will be made right again.

It is in the struggle that we grow.  We labor that we might give birth to blessing.  May we not be afraid of the hard work.

In short, we Hellwigs are in the struggle, but hanging together as much as we can and as much as He wills for us for now.

Timothy is back from FL, visiting us for a month, and we are so happy to spend time with him.  What a sweetheart.
Christianna continues singing, teaching violin, and planning for future studies.

We get to see Arianne and Brian sometimes...and when we do, Benaiah is quick to pounce on them!

Benaiah is still up to his usual creativity...

                                     Porg, 3 ways...paper/cardboard, Perler bead and origami

The rest of us continue along...no pictures, but the quiet work of God, transforming us all.

Deer in our yard

Oliver and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this fall.  In the words of some not-so-great poet at some point in time:
"Ah, how swiftly doth fly the years, 'tis but an instant hence since we bade each our "I do's" The swollen buds doth burst with life and God worketh as He may choose"

(As I said, not-so-great poetry...it abounds around here.) 

But God's blessings most certainly do abound...every day!  So grateful for all He is!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Most Beautiful Bride Ever

But then, I may harbor a small bias.

I don't have any pictures yet, but I must say, the light in their faces and the happiness in their eyes was more than pictures could express...

I fear it would require an epic poem to describe these two, and I shall not attempt such a thing here!

Our prayers to both Arianne and Brian as they glorify God and display the Gospel in their marriage!

Love these two!

A Black Belt

What a happy time when milestones are reached!

We rejoice with Elliot over achieving a black belt in Tae Kwon Do in December.

He worked hard for 3 years, diligently completing each level, and overcoming the obstacles that came at him, trusting God to allow him to complete what he began.  The Lord is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him and trust Him.


                              Great work, Elliot!  We are so proud of you!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, December 12, 2016

How Quickly Fly the Years

Cliche? Yes.  But true, nonetheless.  Time does make itself wings, and it seems that, the older I get, the faster time flees... an acceleration of years, as it were, though 20 years ago feels quite like last week.  And then, just like that, they're grown, these precious children.


And in just a few days....   

Ready to launch...
   God is good!

Preparing for a Very Big Day....

The countdown begins....
6 days....
and my daughter becomes a Mrs......
Brian and Arianne

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Annual Photos

post by Mama H.

What is the end of the year without the annual family pictures?  ("More relaxing!" chime in more than one family member, no doubt!)

The very last picture taken, under protest and amid many sighs and complaints, was the one that made the cut!
A very special one indeed, as our last family photo before Arianne marries her best friend Brian, on December 18th.

Amid all the preparations, it is good to remember the kindnesses of God in having brought us this far.  He will never desert us, or forsake us.  His mercies flow in every morning, noon and night, and His perfection make us hope and long for the day when all wrongs will be made right, when all the tears will be wiped away, and He is acknowledged by all as King of kings and Lord of lords.

We're not too sure we'll be posting again this year, with a wedding in 2 weeks.... but, then again, one never knows!

Friday, November 4, 2016

A Glorious Mess

post by Mama H.

A few of many of Benaiah's paper projects!

The old saying "where there's smoke, there's progress" holds true here, only I might amend the saying to "Where there's paper scraps, there's Benaiah.... working on some more paper models!"

  And this is just a small portion of the work area!
More  paper... and the blocks to build a forest.
Allied tanks, a jeep, and a bulldozer for earthworks.

A very happy creator....

Some of the bulwarks  ....

This tank operator seems to be asleep on the job!

And then, we mustn't forget his ships:

The Green Hawk

and the Great Osprey,
complete with....
Great Osprey

.... 'tween decks ....

4 levels....
ladders  from deck to deck

 and the Smoke Pipe:

Smoke Pipe with ladder...

and a car carrier option....

Zadok's house :
Home Sweet Home

Zzzzz  zzzzz zzzzzadok!

Sweet dreams, Zadok!

Snowfoot's home, complete with bed, piano, tv, and laptops!
There's also a sink, shower and a tea kettle!  Very safe with a deadbolt-door!

A submarine

The Sayna, with a tricky trap door, and a motley crew
 We have a very busy young man. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pi Day 2016

While not as dramatic last year's Pi-day, this year's was not to be missed!

Thank you, Christianna, for a beautiful Pi, er.. pie!

(Pi is ever beautiful, one of God's amazing numbers!)

And, here in our home, we believe whipped cream is one of God's amazing gifts, too!  Yum!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Few Books for 2016

Every January, I choose an array of new books to read in the coming year.  Sometimes, I get through all of them, plus a couple dozen others.  Other years, I read only one or two from my list, plus several dozen others.  Last year, I only read one of the books on my list, but I went through so many others.  Many of these I outlined and took notes from, and several I have even used to apply to my life, to effect change.  A few were to provoke thought.  Some, were simply a good story.  There's a place for each of those.  Not every book has to be practically applicable in order to benefit.

Of course, the Book of books remains my top read every year.  And every year, it precipitates the greatest change!  Zephaniah, Matthew, Colossians, Ezekiel.... all leading me upward, to Him Who inhabits its pages.

My list for this year?

A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

Onward by Russell Moore

Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Lit!  by Tony Reinke

Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan

Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Paradise Lost by John Milton

The Pilgrims Regress by C. S. Lewis

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Through Many Dangers, The Story of John Newton  by Brian Edwards

A bit of this, and some of that.  I'm sure I'll be throwing in a book on the philosophy of teaching, and perhaps some historical fiction, plenty of  history and  more biography. And I still need to finish A Tale of Two Cities, which I started but didn't finish, along with a few others that suffered the same fate.

What are you reading in 2016?  What did you read in 2015?  What did you like, love, hate?  And why? What would you recommend?  What made you think?  Laugh?  Weep?
I'd love to hear from you.