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.
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...
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!