Welcome to our family blog!

We are a family of 9 from North Carolina, with a passion for discipleship, hospitality, and entrepreneurialism. We love encouraging others to live their lives more fully for Christ.


_MG_2651Dave (Dad) started his own company, Stelzl Visionary Learning Concepts in 2003. He is a professional speaker and sales trainer {mainly for technology companies}. He has published 3 books and designed a number of online training courses. Dave has a passion for challenging young men toward entrepreneurial pursuits and longs to help equip them to build their own businesses. He also loves encouraging fathers to be intimately involved in their children’s education and training, and to help them grasp a vision for leading their families. Dave loves backpacking, woodworking, mountain biking, spending time with his children, and helping them develop and grow their own businesses.


IMG_0282Tina (Mom,) is a stay at home mom, and works diligently to keep everything organized and running smoothly. She has a passion for natural healthcare, and loves helping people treat various health issues using natural methods. She also loves to encourage home-school mom, by sharing with them how to get their school programs running efficiently. Tina currently spends most of her days teaching the children, showing hospitality, and caring for her family. When given the opportunity, she loves to speak on topics of healthcare and homeschooling. She really enjoys traveling, especially if it leads to the doorstep of friends, motivational conferences, or opportunities to disciple and encourage others.


_MG_0100Hannah (22) has a passion for ministering to young ladies through discipleship counseling. She has worked closely with a number of young women and their families, helping them heal from past mistakes and encouraging them to surrender their lives to the Lord. Hannah runs a ministry blog here, and actively encourages people of all ages. When she’s not writing or counseling, she enjoys riding horses, photographing, playing piano or guitar, singing with her sisters, fellowshipping with other believers, and reading great books! Hannah also assists with the education of several younger ones,  and helps care for the home.

_MG_9168 (1)Sarah (21) owns and runs The Country Muffin – writing, speaking, and creating all-natural health-enhancing products. Her passion for helping people with persistent and unresponsive health issues results in much study of natural medicine, aromatherapy, and herbalism. She plays a big part in caring for the home and showing hospitality. Sarah also enjoys working as office manager for her dad’s company, teaching school to her younger brothers, traveling,  baking, working in the garden, being with little ones… and all things outdoors! She has a heart for the lost, and is passionate about discipling and encouraging others.


IMG_5324David (20) is Dad’s right hand man. He is a tremendous blessing – serving, leading, and taking on many household repairs and responsibilities. He owns and runs his own bakery and catering company, Something Gourmet. He prepares food at a local cafe, under one of the top 5 chefs in the Charlotte, and is pursuing further opportunities to serve people in the setting of food.  David loves to help out with home repair and work projects –  whether remodeling, repairing, or maintaining. He cares for the lawn, keeps bees, and builds incline boards for local physical therapists. He also enjoys backpacking, biking, woodworking, running, cooking gourmet foods, and playing the piano.


_MG_0202Bethany (18) recently started her own dog-training business – the result of careful research, time, and effort put into training our 2 German Shepherd puppies. She is very talented and artistic – whether drawing, painting, quilling cards, or other creative crafts. She enjoys horses, outdoor recreation and reading. Bethany also helps out in the office, and is currently in the process of being trained by Sarah to take on some of the larger jobs. She longs to see people come to Christ and has a heart for encouraging young ladies in their relationships with God and their family. She spent this last Summer faithfully committing God’s Word to memory – studying the book of John in great detail, and memorizing over 1000 Scripture verses. She placed 88th in the nation and went on to nationals in San Antonio TX.


_MG_9253Jonathan (15) is our handy-man. He’s always busily inventing something new and interesting, which includes fixing all the things that break/fall apart, and are “un-repairable”. He is currently studying several books on digital electronics, and has experimented with such projects as making batteries from lemons :-). He’s working on building apps, while simultaneously plugging away through Algebra. Jonathan enjoys being in the workshop with his dad and brothers – building this and that for the family, including furniture. He has quite the growing tool collection, and loves to build creative things with his younger brothers. He also enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, reading, playing games, riding horses… and anything outdoors. He has a bike-refurbishing business where he purchases cheap used bikes through sources such as Craig’s List, and makes the necessary repairs to resell them.


_MG_9236Josiah (12) is a sweet blessing from the LORD. Underneath his rather quiet shell he’s amazingly smart, talkative, and fun to be around! (For the record he’s the very best of chess players in the family.) He loves the book of Revelations, and will easily get into deep conversation on meaningful topics. He helps around the house with projects such as spreading mulch throughout the yard, planting things in the garden, and training dogs along-side Bethany (who is a dog trainer for several clients). Josiah enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, playing games, and spending time with his brothers – especially if it involves inventing something, building something, or doing something new and creative. He loves stopping by his dad’s office to read a section of “The Way Things Work” book and later reporting what he learned at the dinner table.


_MG_0797Timothy (7) is our miracle child. According to the doctor, he should not be with us. After 5 miscarriages, he is a special blessing of the LORD to us. He was born on Josiah’s birthday, (Josiah prayed throughout the whole pregnancy that Timothy would be born on his birthday).  He is happy, fun loving, energetic, and full of entertaining faces :-). He is noted by all as outgoing, bold, and very talkative – making everyone laugh, smile, and have a grand time! Timothy loves to play outside on his bike and spend time with the guys. He adores Buddy and Shiloh (our dogs) and likes to tag along with others doing “real work” –  yard and outdoor projects with the guys, assisting Daddy in the wood shop, and helping Sarah plant things in the garden. He is a delight to be with.