Love is Spelled TIME


posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Team Projects

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that mean the most. A lot of precious moments added up to make a lifetime of meaningful memories…

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Family day trip to the mountains are a favorite … driving the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trails, swimming in rivers, and picnicking.

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Siblings at the ranch … riding horses and four-wheelers with a sweet couple {friends}!



Or how about sibling workout time, in preparation for a week-long family backpacking trip to the Adirondacks? 😀


Hiking and biking the trails at a local park is a lovely way to start off a beautiful warm Summer morning … and we took advantage of many such mornings!


Jonathan has been working on designing a rocket. We’ve taken a few trips to the park to launch it.IMG_5134

When David started working under 1 of the top 5 chefs in our city … naturally the whole family had to go down there on day 1 and celebrate. Just for the record, Provisions makes some amazing sandwiches! :-)


Tonya met us through this blog and inquired about coming to our family’s favorite homeschool conference {held every year in late May/early June}. And that’s how we ended up becoming friends … and she spend a weekend here at our home. :-)


One afternoon some friends invited us to join them for ice-skating {and we were thrilled to finally meet their friends who were in town that day}!


A group of us were able to go volunteer at a Christian camp in KY this Summer. We loved working with the precious little kids that came through, and also just spending time with family and friends.


While mulch gardening has it’s many benefits, including the lack of weeds … there comes a time when we get out there and WEED!

Thankful for an abundant harvest!! :-)


One Monday we took the day off and went to visit with our “Aunt” Thelma … which involved a short drive down to the lake and some kayaking + fellowship.


This Summer Bethany participated in the Bible Bee competition {nation-wide}. 1,000+ verses + much study of the gospel of John. She placed 88th in the United States, and went on to national Bible Bee in San Antonio Texas {this past week}. Congratulations Bethany – we are so proud for you for faithfully and diligently hiding God’s Word in your heart.


Every October we take a day and drive to the mountains to enjoy the colorful Autumn leaves, picnic, and spend time together as a family. AND, we always take family pictures. :-)

Love = time with the ones you care about, making memories. Family togetherness. Team work. <3

1 Year


posted by Stelzl Family in Friends & Fellowship

What a blessing it is to fellowship with dear friends! And how incredible it is when you meet someone that you bond with right away … ones that you can know for just a few months or a year and feel like you’ve known them “forever” … we were so blessed to see our dear friends {the S Family} again at homeschool conference earlier this year. This was where we first met them last year … just 6 months before they came to visit us the week of Christmas!

Homeschool conference marks 1 year since we met this dear, sweet family.

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The conference was a tremendous refreshment and encouragement to us, as always! And we were so excited to have the S family join us for a visit the following week!

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Many hands made light work in the garden …IMG_3617



A fun outing to the REI outdoor store!IMG_3701


Bethany had her high school graduation that same weekend.IMG_3703




Many group games in the family room …IMG_0893




National donut day! Free donuts for everyone, thanks to Krispy Kreme. :-)



We <3 y’all so much!

Mother’s Day


posted by Stelzl Family in Family News

3:00 am is a pretty early start to a Sunday. And that is how our Mother’s Day celebration started. Many hands worked together to pack a delicious lunch for the beach, and load various necessities into the van. What’s a day at the beach without sunscreen, flip-flops, sweet tea, and football? :-)

We drove 4 1/2 hours, to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, and arrived mid-morning at Folly Field Park.

Swim-suits, sunglasses, sunscreen… and the surfboard.

The walk down to the beach consists of long boardwalks, heading through a shady part of woods, and past a marsh area.

There were jellyfish everywhere up and down the beach. These were very interesting looking, not at all like the grayish pinkish one with tentacles that stung me. They were more like big blobs of jelly … and a girl nearby was flipping them over with her foot. :-)


David & Bethany enjoying their shades on a very bright, sunny day. 😉

Late afternoon we grabbed our clothes and changed at the park. Off to a nice seafood restaurant nearby where we had made reservations for a special Mother’s Day dinner with the family.

While we waited for the sun to set we took over pretty much all of Starbucks and enjoyed frappuccinos.

Then off we went to a really pretty lookout to watch the sun set over the boat docks.


Mother’s Day was a pretty incredible adventure. It was a crazy day mixed with heat, wind, sunshine & water. We laughed, took pictures, picnicked on the beach, saw new sights and examined God’s beautiful creation. We celebrated our mom – our special virtuous mom who so beautifully exemplifies Christ in her daily life as she serves her husband and children and the people around her. We made memories together. We spent time together as a family.

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posted by Stelzl Family in Family News, Farm & Garden

It’s been a while, but we’re still around and very very busy! Much has happened since February’s Florida beach trip… here’s a little review in pictures.

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Spring planting … vegetable garden, herb garden, and orchard.


Preparing to move Calendula plants to the ground


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Seedlings in the hoop house … and school work

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Garden buddies :-)



All of the girls attended a dear friend’s wedding down in GA


A sisterly outing {and fresh homemade ice cream from the Waxhaw creamery!} to deliver baked goods for a brother, who was recovering from intensive jaw surgery.IMG_1864

Welcome home David! This was less than 1 week after his jaw surgery.

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Making apple butters … filling orders …

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First event of the year – David and Sarah were vendors with their products {Something Gourmet Bakery and The Country Muffin}.

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All of the girls attended a baby shower for cousin Christine at a little cafe uptown – Luna’s makes healthy unique dishes. We all ordered fun smoothies to try!

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Our little guy drinking Immune Booster Wellness Tea for a sore throat … and the last of calendula plants put into the ground one evening.

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Tiny Tim puts boxes together for a catering job David had one weekend … fresh baked sugar cookies for one of Sarah’s Country Muffin events in town.

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Fresh strawberries coming in from the orchard. Hannah chose frozen strawberry pie for her birthday dessert.

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Hannah and David celebrated their birthdays on May 1st.

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Happy hour at Starbucks – 1/2 off frappuccinos! Sarah and Bethany at the Family Fun Day in downtown Waxhaw, selling Country Muffin products.

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Family trip to the beach – Hilton Head Island – for Mother’s day! Our day started at 3 am, and we arrived home after midnight, Monday morning.

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Fresh chives are one of many plants blooming in the herb garden right now! Sarah & Tiny Tim took a morning bike ride to get some fresh air and spend a little time together. <3

Next up… pictures from our Mother’s Day outing – family day trip to the beach! :-) :-) :-)

Sunshine and Smiles | Orlando FL


posted by Stelzl Family in Family Fun, Trips & Travels

Last day in FL! Following our fun outing to the beach on Friday evening, we drove another 2 1/2 hours to Orland and arrived late at our hotel. Wow… seeing the city after dark is pretty incredible! It’s been 15 years remember? And on that last trip when we were all so much younger we visited the Holy Land in Orlando.

The following morning we completed our trip home. But first… a stop at Wawa!


Wawa is a chain of gas stations that are only in a few states. We don’t have one anywhere near home. And while visiting PA over the years {before our grandfather’s passing in 2011} we discovered that this gas station has amazing coffee. In fact, we like to make it a special point to go there if we know there’s one along our route!

Now it’s a Stelzl family thing. Who will see it first? Who will shout “Wawa!” first when one comes into sight? It’s contagious… our uncle does it too, and a dear friend who often accompanied us to PA during the time that our grandfather was rapidly declining in health.

Wawa! :-)


We even came up with a fun saying, combining a series of gas station names that exist in the PA town my mom grew up in.

Scooty Getty Yum Yum at Wawa {those are all gas stations}!

How fun is that? 😉


So… we got Wawa coffees and then made the long trek home. :-)

What a trip! What a time spent together as family! What a blessing! :-)

We are so grateful for the experience we received at our Singer Island stay. This is something we never would have been able to do without the special offer given to us through Marriott. We are thankful for the time spent visiting with our grandparents, aunt and uncle… for the many fun places we visited and the activities we did. The new scenery, the fun foods, the fellowship and laughter… the pictures to remember it all by.

So very grateful for the gift of family, and the blessing of special memories made together.