Father-Daughter Banquet


posted by Stelzl Family in Friends & Fellowship, Timeless Reminders

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” – A.G.

Father daughter relationships are a precious and beautiful gift from the Lord… and yet sadly, something that is almost nonexistent in our world today.

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Fellowship and friendship between fathers and daughters should not be a mindset that we “put on when we wake up in the morning” and “take off” at the end of the day. It’s a lifestyle that God intended – something that should not just survive, but thrive – in every family.

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Yesterday evening the fathers and daughters from our church gathered in our home, to fellowship, bless each other, and be exhorted in the Lord. There were letters and blessings exchanged between each family… and a special time of sharing from Scripture.

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The daughters were challenged to submit themselves graciously under the authority of their fathers, and to remain pure and protected, not “going out to see the daughters of the land” as was discussed in the story of Dinah. We talked about how the “daughters of the land” applies to various forms of relationships, entertainment, and hobbies/activities in our society today, and were encouraged to fear the Lord in wisdom.

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Some of our other family members worked in the kitchen throughout the evening, cooking, serving, and making the event a beautiful, special time.

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The evening was a refreshing and encouraging time… and a sweet reminder that the relationships we enjoy as fathers and daughters is something that we should not take for granted. It is a precious gift from the Lord that requires nurture and care. It takes diligent work on all sides. It requires fathers loving their daughters and  daughters respecting their fathers.

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We were challenged and exhorted, blessed and refreshed… the evening was a special time of fellowship, of bonding, and of growing closer to the Lord and each other. We are grateful for the fathers and daughters around use who have committed to building their relationships in a God-honoring way.

Planting Salad ;-)


posted by Stelzl Family in Farm & Garden

Today was a beautiful warm sunny day… the perfect day to plant 100 heads of lettuce that were being squished to death in their little seed tray! ;-)

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Tiny Tim loves to help water the plants whenever an opportunity arises. He takes great care of the seedlings :-D

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So we made some rows… and planted some heads… and a little over an hour went by.

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All finished! This might be our first year that we get an abundance of fresh lettuce from our garden :-D


“He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.” (Psalm 104:13-14)



posted by Sarah in Measure-Mix-Make

Need something quick and yummy to make for lunch? We had a new recipe that we’ve been wanting to try from Pinterest, so we did build-your-own-nachos today for lunch. How fun is that?


Stelzl Family Build-Your-Own Nachos

Corn Chips (we get them from Costco…and they just happen to be organic :-) )

Queso Sauce (we used a new recipe from Pinterest that we loved!)

Taco Meat (Recipe below)

Salted Tomatoes

Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Sour Cream

Avocado (or guacamole)


Black Beans

And that’s about it… unless of course you have other favorite ingredients to add :-)


Taco Meat

2 pounds Ground Venison (you can substitute ground beef if you prefer)

2 tablespoons Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/2 teaspoon Oregano

1 teaspoon Paprika

1 tablespoon Cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt

2 teaspoons Black Pepper

1-2 tablespoons flour (optional – I never put it in anyway…)

1 cup water

Brown the meat with water and seasonings. Simmer for a while until it’s no longer soupy, and the meat is well cooked.

Note: You can first cook an onion in some olive oil before adding the meat, seasonings, and water – if you want.


Raising Entrepreneurs Vermont!


posted by Stelzl Family in Raising Entrepreneurs

Join us this Summer, for a Raising Entrepreneurs  Conference in Vermont!

What does it take to start and manage a successful business? How can the whole family get involved in business and ministry? How can we equip our sons and daughters to be successful entrepreneurs? …
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 Our Mission:

Uniting and equipping families to successfully transition from homeschool into ministry and career, through:
  • A sense of purpose, and a vision for connecting our work with God’s work
  • A clear understanding of Biblical principles for family life and business
  • Discipleship
  • Avoiding worldly entanglements 
  • Entrepreneurial exploits that preserve our freedom and ability to carry out God’s calling

DatesJune 13th (Friday) from 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM ET, and June 14th (Saturday) from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM ET.

LocationChurch of the Nazarene | 39 Windy Knoll Lane, Leicester VT 05733

For more information, click here!


We hope you will join us in Vermont this June!
- The Stelzl Family
Dave, Tina, Hannah, Sarah, David, Bethany, Jonathan, Josiah, and Timothy
For more information check out our Raising Entrepreneurs blog!

There Are No Ordinary Days


posted by Sarah in Testimonies, Timeless Reminders

No day is ordinary…every day is a gift from God, to be blessed and to be a blessing.


Monday was grocery shopping day, and my sister and I were walking into the store… when a happy elderly man in a wheel chair asked us if we were sisters.

He said, “You girls are as pretty as the sunshine…and if you ever need to know how pretty you are, just look up at the sunshine!”

We walked the rest of the way to the storefront, and then he turned to me and said, “Tell me young lady, do you belong to Jesus?” And when I told him “Yes sir!” he held out his arms because he wanted to give me a big hug. He was like “That makes you my sister! I’ll see you both in heaven, and we’ll have a meal together with Jesus!”

It was the sweetest thing! It was a precious reminder that there are people everywhere watching us, even as we carry out the ordinary every-day tasks in life. It was God’s way of telling me again (through this little happy old man) that He has made me special, and that He loves me today.

And throughout the morning as we shopped for our groceries, I couldn’t help feeling extra joyful… because I serve King Jesus! And because He is in my heart, I know who I am today – and my life is filled with hope and purpose and joy!

Are you making the most of today? Are you rejoicing in who Christ has made you to be – and in Who He is? Are you taking every opportunity you can to greet those around you with the love and joy of Christ? Because you never know when someone might be watching – someone that needs hope, someone that needs encouragement, or someone that loves Jesus and wonders if you do too.