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

Monday, February 28, 2011

Tobias is 7!!!

Posted by Gabrielle

On February 16th (Yay, I'm finally posting fairly on time! :), Tobias turned 7 years old! Tobias, you have grown up so fast! I remember the day you were born and that I was the first of all your older siblings to hold you. I pray God will raise you up to be a mighty warrior for Him.

Seven candles and a happy birthday boy!

His biggest, and one of his favorite, gifts!

Umm...who's birthday is it? :) 
(and yes, that lovely wrapping was my work of art - Trader Joe's bags to the rescue!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Little Boys learning about Breadmaking

Posted by Gabrielle

(and some in their pajamas, no less!)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, to Gabrielle.... a bit late!

posted by Mama H.

Well, we've managed to do it again. Another birthday long past and not a timely post in sight... until now.

My dear Gabrielle turned 19 on January 17th, and the requisite celebratory spirit was in high gear.


Well, that was easy! We've opted for number candles, rather than submit to a porcupine-peach tart!

Comparing cameras, and a rare photo of Timothy round out this post. It was a sweet evening, with Pepe and Meme to share it with us.
I'm so thankful for my sweet daughter..... may the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you, Gabrielle ("God is my strength") Kara ("dear one"), and may you be used by Him to bring honor to His name. May your rest and confidence be in Christ.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Couple Home-Decorating Projects

Posted by Gabrielle

My apologies for this very belated post. These two projects were actually done back in October and November respectively. I've been falling behind on a number of tasks these past couple months, including blogging, so I'll be catching up!

Mommy's wonderful re-upholstery job!

We have four chairs to this set, and all were in this deplorable condition. This needed to be done years ago! So, last October, Mommy undertook the reupholstering of these four chairs.

Jedidiah was a very able and willing helper - sorting staples...

and unscrewing chair seats.

And the result! These chairs are now very comfy with their new foam and a much more pleasing compliment to the rooms of our house which they now grace. The pictures aren't very good, but the fabric is a thick upholstery fabric with yellow, blue, and green stripes.

Painting the dining room!

Painted in November, just before Thanksgiving, the dining room was actually the second room of our house we painted. Earlier in the year, we painted our half-bath for practice. If you've ever been in one of those, imagine those bright blue gas station restrooms. That's how we painted it. Some members of our family are a little skeptical about it, but others are not so eager to repaint.

In this picture, you can see the walls 'before.' Our house is fairly new, so it was all spray painted in contractor white and contractor gray - very drab and, well, gray. :)

And our dining room 'after.' Isn't it a lovely sight to see?!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Visit with the Uncles

Posted by Gabrielle

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the long silence on the Hellwig Family Blog. I have been rather preoccupied of late and my blog will explain!
Shortly before Christmas, after arriving home from the NCFIC Love the Church Conference, which I will blog about soon, we enjoyed a visit from Tonton Carlo and cousin Emma, whom we had not seen for several years. One of the many treats enjoyed was a trip to a local Chinese buffet; thank you, Tonton Carlo!!!

Tonton Carlo with:




and Tobias!

Emma, Benaiah, Mommy, and Tonton Carlo

The girl cousins ~ Yours truly, Emma, Arianne, and Christianna

Being silly...

Sister and Brother