A Guest from Georgia

08.21.14

posted by Stelzl Family in Friends & Fellowship

Meet Ruth, a sweet girl from Georgia who met our family at a homeschool conference several years ago! We were blessed to have her visit us, on her way up to New England to attend Bible School.

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Fun times… a walk through the neighborhood, followed by Settlers of Catan, and big dinner preparations with more guests!!

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Teamwork!

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And a fun girls’ shot before she left!

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Shoveling Mulch

08.14.14

posted by Sarah in Farm & Garden, Team Projects

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Today was the perfect day to spread one last load of mulch that’s been on the edge of our yard for a while! Many hands make the work go faster… and it’s much more fun that way!! :-)

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_MG_0436Bethany took a short video here.

And just a quick update on the Mulch Gardening… In the Fall of 2012 after watching Back to Eden, we created our first mulch garden in hopes of letting the ground prepare for planting. And Spring of 2013 we planted our vegetable garden and put in our orchard (which is also a large herb garden now!). We have enjoyed an abundance of fresh vegetables this year (cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, watermelon, potatoes, carrots, blueberries  and blackberries) now that our rocky orange clay soil has been transformed into some wonderful dirt (well, almost! There’s still a layer of mulch but if you dig deep enough you get beautiful dark soil!!).

Visiting Pop-pop & Nana

07.25.14

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Trips & Travels

Earlier this month we had the opportunity to travel to VA, and visit our grandparents!! Pop-pop and Nana own a beautiful house in the Bristol area, and have a boat … which always makes for a great day on the lake, swimming, picnicking, and making memories together.

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Taking a walk after dinner…

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A family game of volleyball!

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Working on a 1000 piece puzzle – when we arrived the border was just started. Nana, Sarah, and Bethany  finished the puzzle on Saturday afternoon. :-)

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An exciting day on the lake…

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Swimming from the boat to “the cliff” … a popular place to jump from.

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The water was high this year, so the cliff was only about 12 feet.

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We enjoyed our time so much! What a blessing to take time away as a family, and be together. And how very grateful we are to have Godly grandparents who love spending time with our family, and who faithfully pray for us and encourage us – in so many ways! We love you Pop-pop and Nana!!

Sarah also posted here.

A Week in Review

07.06.14

posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Trips & Travels

It’s been one incredible, packed-full-to-the-brim kind of week… and all along the way we captured those fun-filled memories with the camera. Gotta love the opportunity to look back and remember those moments with the ones you love!! Time is so short and precious… and what a rewarding blessing it is when we choose to make the most of those times together – whether a short walk through the neighborhood with a heart to heart talk, watermelon on the porch, soaking each other with the hose… or even just pulling weeds or raking mulch together. _MG_9358 We had a sweet girl from AL here, for a couple of day (we discovered that it was less expensive for her to fly here, and then home… than to fly directly home from where she had been with relatives). Joanna was a special highlight of our week – we filled her short visit with fun times (in the picture above we took Joanna to visit a produce/peach stand in SC, where they make delicious strawberry and peach soft serve)!

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Sarah posted about the week here.

Blueberry Picking

06.28.14

posted by Sarah in Family Fun, Farm & Garden

Today was the perfect day for five of us kids to go pick blueberries at a farm in SC. The weather forecast was calling for rain in the afternoon, so we managed to get ourselves out the door and drive over an hour to the “middle of nowhere”, before the rain came. :-)

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It was a lovely gray morning – cool but not rainy… no bugs and no sweat! Fun times together on the farm!

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We picked 7 gallons – some to eat and some to freeze :-)

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Many hands make light work! What special memories we made racing each other to fill those buckets to the brim… laughing and talking and comparing the sizes of our biggest berries.

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We were able to purchased some cantaloupes from the farm stand as well. We love fresh farm produce! It will be such a blessing to have our own fruits in the years to come, as our fruit trees continue to grow and bear more fruit.

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I posted more pictures here.