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

Friday, March 27, 2009

Making Marzipan

Posted by Gabrielle

Daddy really likes marzipan so yesterday morning I made him a batch for his birthday tomorrow. I thought some of our readers might find it interesting how I did it. And thank you to Elliot, my intern photographer, for taking these pictures! ;)

I cut the stick of almond paste into slices so it would be easier to work with and rolled out a small ball,
... using small cookie cutters to make the shapes.
This time I decided to make it chocolate-covered marzipan; I've never done that before. I used a double boiler(metal bowl over a pot of boiling water) to melt about a cup of chocolate chips.
After experimenting with the tongs I decided the best way to get them thoroughly coated in chocolate was to dive in and do it with my fingers. This was the first one.
After dipping them I laid them out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and put it in the freezer. They hardened to look like those little gourmet chocolates and I packaged them up.
And this is what my fingers looked like when I was done!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our Adorable Little Boy!

Posted by Gabrielle

Elliot got these really cute pictures of Benaiah this morning, so I thought I would share them!

"Aahh...now that camera looks like something interesting that I would like to have".
"But, OK, I'll give one of my adorable grins"!
"that Elliot is just so funny I can't resist it"!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Talk on Hospitality

Posted by Gabrielle

Last Sunday our church had it's quarterly meeting and Mr. Sides gave a wonderful talk on hospitality and what hospitality should look like in the church. Here are some of my thoughts on the talk:

Romans 12: 9-13
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another;
11 in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13 communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.

This is specifically talking about showing hospitality to the saints. Christians are only forbidden to show hospitality to false teachers and people, who, having been through church discipline are still unrepentant. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves and, in doing so, hospitality is definitely not optional.

1 Peter 4:8-10
8 above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins: 9 using hospitality one to another without murmuring: 10 according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;

We can't really understand what love is until we look at the manifestations of it. Practicing hospitality gives us an opportunity to "cover a multitude of sins." Since we are spending time with these people we learn to serve them without grumbling and overlook their faults; instead, spending time with them strengthening them in the faith. We shouldn't judge others based on their hospitality. We have all been given different gifts but that is no excuse for not practicing hospitality. We have all been granted an abundance with which to be hospitable.

Hebrews 13:1-2
1Let love of the brethren continue.
2Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

How do we let the love of the brethren continue? Show hospitality. When practicing hospitality we are practicing an act of grace, not an industry. We should not be doing it for the benefits and material goods that we might receive. When someone offers us hospitality we can, in return, be good guests by contributing to our host and hostess. We should all the more practice hospitality because, we, at the end of all time hope to be guests at the marriage supper of The Lamb.

Points of Application:
-We should not use the commands to judge our brethren according to their level of hospitality.
-Rather than trying to impress a family through our hospitality, we should seek to minister to them.
-Hospitality is a form of controlled evangelism. If the people in our home are not believers they see how we live our daily life for Christ.
-Hospitality is a way entire families can contribute to the needs of the saints.
-We cannot completely attain the virtue of hospitality-we keep practicing it until the end of our days on earth.
-Hospitality is not measured by attainment but by personal maturity. Therefore, do not judge your neighbor's level of hospitality.
-By studying guests and by studying people who are good hosts and hostesses we can be learning how to better practice hospitality.
-Thinking that we are not so good at hospitality as 'Mrs. So-and-So', or we just don't have the gift of hospitality that 'Mr. So-and-So' has is no excuse to refrain from practicing hospitality.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Made-For-Trade Day

Posted by Gabrielle

This Saturday morning was our first made-for-trade of the year. A family at our church hosts this event where everyone brings things homemade, homebaked or homegrown and points are assigned to everything. Then we go and shop for things with those points. As we haven't done it since last summer, today's was very fun. You can see more pictures and videos of what we actually do at the made-for-trade blog.

I actually had a chance to take a few pictures, so here they are!
Arianne found herself a baby, cute Caleb!
Arianne and Christianna choosing what to get from the crafts table.
Timothy took care of Benaiah most of the time so we ladies could shop. There were rides for the little children.
Well, it doesn't quite look like Benaiah enjoyed it at first.
But Jedidiah enjoyed his rides and popcorn!
Benaiah had fun playing with the animals and getting very muddy.
Cute boy!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Friday Afternoon- Our First Tree Felling in NC

Posted by Gabrielle

Two observations about this post:
Yes, we used to fell trees all the time in NH when we had lots of trees but this is our first one here, and, this post is one of the rare few that are not all about Benaiah!
This was after the first winch broke leaving the tree mostly cut through. Because it was a windy day we all left the house-just in case. And that included waking up three little boys who had just gone to nap!
This was about as close as I could get, but this was Timothy tightening the bigger winch.
Timmmbeeerrrr! The grand moment.
Surveying the fallen tree and...
the stump.
This was also Benaiah's first time seeing us fell a tree. He wasn't so sure about it at first.
Christianna's wonderful assortment of chips.
Of course Elliot had to do something funny- he found himself a set of antlers!
Jedidiah's big smile, or maybe it was the big bite he took out of his slice of watermelon!
Tobias found a piece bigger than his head.
The fallen tree.
That's a nice picture. This was as many as we could possibly fit on that stump, otherwise I would have been in the picture.
The sort of work that makes men!

Also, the Hellwig blogger's most sincere apologies for neglecting to post the results of the poll back in February. In case you are wondering, the results were: 10 positive votes! We were surprised that we had that many readers! We're glad you like our new theme. Are there other things you would like to see us post about? Do you have any comments or suggestions on how we could improve our blog or entertain our readers? Drop us a comment; we'd love to hear from you!