On Easter Weekend, April 12 2009, the entire Helwig family gathered to celebrate Bill and June's (bonnie's parents) 60th wedding anniversary on the Huckabee farm and various other places. . . It's actually kinda amazing. My parents have lived on that farm all of their married lives (except for 18 months in the 1950's--had to leave and find work because of the drought) and my dad has lived on the same place all his life. . .81 years. . .and the farm has been in our family since 1901. . .Here are some pics from the family- filled weekend. .
My Parents-- Bill and June Helwig, otherwise know as " Mimi and Pawpaw" .
The Entire Helwig Clan-- can't even remember the last time we were all together.
West Texas Entertainment--shooting guns at metal targets. Jodee in action !
Georgia with Brandon and Erin's kids-- Faith and Ben. . . Easter was a lot more fun with them around!
August and PawPaw
Chad and Heather's little boy Caleb. . .It was a great weekend and we made lots of memories. . .
Having those kinds of roots can have advantages and disadvantages. . Yes, it's great to have a family and place to call home, but sometimes it can be turned into something that it shouldn't . . .One time, when I was struggling about selling our place on Helwig Road (where we lived for 12 years), I talked to Shawn Stoever, a Christian Psychologist and friend about selling my great-grandparent's house to an outsider (someone outside the family). . .and Shawn said "Anything that keeps you from making a wise financial decision is an idol". . ouch! So although I have enjoyed having "roots", I know that this world is not my home. . I am only passing through. . and as Jesus said "Who is my family? Those who do the will of my father. . . ."