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

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Posted by Gabrielle

~the Hellwig family-November 2010~

Happy New Year from the Hellwig Family!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010

Posted by Gabrielle

Here are some pictures from Christmas! For the most part, I'll let the pictures speak about the wonderful family day we enjoyed!
The tree with all the presents underneath waiting to be opened

Daddy's sport watch from Timothy

Mommy's long-admired heart pincushions from yours truly

(picture by Arianne)
I received a book from Christianna that I've been wanting for some time but couldn't justify buying new for myself - Joyfully at Home, by Jasmine Baucham. Although I have quite a reading stack waiting to be finished, I've already started it! :)

Timothy's Walking with God from Elliot

Arianne's snowman oven mitt for her hope chest from Christianna

A couple of Christianna's new books from Daddy and Mommy

Elliot's long-desired Last of the Mohicans from yours truly

Jedidiah's ceramic painted bear ornament from yours truly

Tobias' cowboy hat from Christianna

Benaiah enjoying his new airplane from Daddy and Mommy (and wearing his 'worker man' hat from Timothy)

And, the Hellwig family, grandparents and an aunt and uncle gathered around the table for Christmas dinner!

A Conversation with Benaiah

Posted by Gabrielle

Benaiah and I had an interesting conversation this morning while I was finishing a crocheted baby hat. It's a baby girl hat with pink and white stripes and a matching flower accent. I'll be posting more about it on my blog once I get pictures as I'm working on perfecting the pattern so I can make them to sell.

Benaiah: *peeking curiously at my work* "Is that for Zadok?" (his very-loved stuffed lamb)
Me: "No, it's pink. Besides, I already made one for Zadok." (A bad first try in blue, brown, and white that came out too small)
Benaiah: *pausing for a moment* "Yes, you have it in your tray. Will you get it for me?"
Me: "Yes, I'll get it for you later."
Benaiah: *after a moment of contemplation* "Will you put a flower on it?"

I had to explain to a very distracted three-year-old why we do not put flowers on boy's hats (and on boy lamb's hats :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Three-Year-Old's Logic

Posted by Gabrielle

While at our church's "Love the Church" Conference a few weeks ago (which I still need to post about), we learned a new song called "I Love the Church". Since then, we have been singing it at church and around the home.

Here is the first verse and refrain:

I love the church, the flock bought with Christ's blood - 
Sheep gone astray He found and brought to God.
Guarded and fed by shepherds He provides,
We follow Christ, secure and satisfied.

May Christ be praised: "Preeminent! Adored!"
I love the church because I love her Lord!

Last night, a member of our family overheard Benaiah singing:

I love the church because I love the church!

He needs an elementary logic class! :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our Mortal Flesh

posted by Lisa

I've been reminded recently of this hymn, often sung
at this time of year and neglected the other 11 months.
How often my mortal flesh needs to keep silence,
to be still, and even in the midst of whirlwind,
to listen, ponder the Word, consider my latter end,
and bless the God Who descended from the realms of
endless day to give me endless joy in His presence.
He has given us Himself. The enormity of this is
staggering. There are no words left to tell,
but His Word. If men do not hear His Word,
there is nothing else.

Pray with me, that men may hear the Word,
and with fear and trembling stand before Him,
full of His unearthly joy, entering into eternal rest.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
        and with fear and trembling stand;
        ponder nothing earthly-minded, 
        for with blessing in his hand, 
        Christ our God to earth descendeth, 
        our full homage to demand. 
        King of kings, yet born of Mary, 
        as of old on earth he stood, 
        Lord of lords, in human vesture, 
        in the body and the blood; 
        he will give to all the faithful 
        his own self for heavenly food. 
        Rank on rank the host of heaven 
        spreads its vanguard on the way, 
        as the Light of light descendeth 
        from the realms of endless day, 
        that the powers of hell may vanish 
        as the darkness clears away. 
        At his feet the six-winged seraph, 
        cherubim, with sleepless eye, 
        veil their faces to the presence, 
        as with ceaseless voice they cry: 
        Alleluia, Alleluia, 
                Alleluia, Lord Most High!

May you cry also to Him, "Alleluia, Lord Most High!"

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Tidings

Posted by Gabrielle

I have so many things to be thankful for this Christmas season. May the season indeed be one bearing tidings of comfort and joy for you as we celebrate God's incredible love for us.

~A lighted tree, light in the darkness~

~Presents already piling up under the tree~

~The greatest Gift ever, God's Son~

~Sweet treats for friends and neighbors~

~The 'Smoky Mountain Christmas' cd album~

~Flowers-a birthday present today for Mommy~

~Ripe Pears-a surprise Christmas gift in the mail today from a friend~

~Tiger, who napped in his car seat while we made Mommy's birthday dinner~

~The greatest act of love, the birth of Jesus Christ~

May you have a blessed advent season!

Monday, December 6, 2010

NCFIC Love the Church Conference

Posted by Gabrielle

On Thursday morning, the Hellwig family will be leaving on a pleasant, four-hour drive to Asheville for the NCFIC Love the Church Conference during the rest of the week. We are looking forward to this incredible learning opportunity and the chance to meet so many new people. I will be back to blogging next week with lots of pictures and stories from the trip.

Blessings till then,

We Have Snow!

Posted by Gabrielle

Or at least we had snow! On Saturday evening, the snow began to fall gently, and in a couple hours, we had about a half-inch or so of snowfall. I hear this is very unusual for North Carolina in December. Of course, I had to take some pictures of the younger children outside!

This is when the snow first began to fall, taken in the backyard next door.

The boys actually built a cute little snowman, but he didn't manage to stick around for long. :)

Benaiah enjoying the snow.

As of today, Monday morning, it's pretty much all melted except for some of the areas that don't get much sun.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tobias, Benaiah, and Baby Tiger

Posted by Gabrielle

Lately, we've begun babysitting a neighbor's baby. He's the cutest little four-month-old and his name is Tiger. His parents are Chinese and named him Tiger because he was born in the year of the tiger. :) Benaiah, who prays many evenings for a baby sister, is thoroughly charmed with baby Tiger, and he and Tobias often ask to hold him. As a mark of being "Hellwig-ated", Tiger even has a number of nicknames! Here are a few pictures!

 Tobias and Tiger
 Benaiah and Tiger. Little Prince is a little worried.
 Ah, that's better!
 Tobias, Benaiah, and Tiger
 Something's funny!
Tiger never fails to garner an adoring audience as he plays.
 Little Papoose napping.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A couple belated birthdays

Posted by Gabrielle

...very belated birthdays! In October, we celebrated Arianne's 16th birthday with Pepe, Meme, and Oma, and Christianna's 14th birthday with Pepe and Meme. Happy Birthday, dear sisters!

16 candles!!!

Probably Arianne's favorite present from Oma - chocolates!!! :)

14 candles!!!

Cleaning the candle wax off the tart