We are a homeschooling family of 9 from North Carolina, with children ranging from 6 to 23 years of age. We love showing hospitality, encouraging other families toward a vision for discipleship and entrepreneurialism. In 2011 we started Raising Entrepreneurs, a program designed to help families raise Godly entrepreneurs, build successful businesses, and avoid many of the downfalls in the public education system.
Dave (Dad) started his own company, Stelzl Visionary Learning Concepts in 2003. He is a professional speaker, working mostly with technology companies – doing workshops on selling, business strategy sessions, marketing, developing a value proposition and executive coaching. He has published 3 books and is working on a fourth. 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 their various home businesses.
Tina (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 mothers, 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, weathering trials and suffering, and homeschooling. She really enjoys traveling, especially if it leads to the doorstep of friends, motivational conferences, or opportunities to disciple and encourage others.
Hannah (22) has a real heart for ministering to young ladies and encouraging them in their walks with the Lord. She has worked on and off with young women throughout the United States in mentoring relationships, helping them heal from past mistakes and encouraging them to surrender their lives to the Lord. Check out her ministry blog and counseling site here. Hannah also does some graphic designing for her dad and sister’s companies. She loves to ride horses, photograph, write for her blog, play piano and guitar, sing sacred choral music, fellowship with other believers, and read great books! She assists with the education of several younger ones, and helps care for the home.
Sarah (21) owns and runs The Country Muffin, making and selling natural and organic skin care and wellness products. Her love for doing things “the better way” results in much study on the topics of natural medicine, aromatherapy, and herbalism. She plays a big part in caring for the home and showing hospitality – meal planning and preparations, grocery shopping, and preparing to serve guests. Sarah also enjoys working as office manager for her dad’s company, teaching school to her younger brothers, traveling, photographing, baking, working in the garden, being with little ones… and all things outdoor! She has a heart for the lost, and is passionate about discipling and encouraging others in the Lord.
David (19) is our first born son and Dad’s right hand man. He is a tremendous blessing, serving, leading, and taking on many responsibilities. He owns and runs his own bakery and catering company, Something Gourmet. 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 in the wood shop, to sell to physical therapists in the area. He also enjoys backpacking, camping, mountain biking, woodworking, constructing things, cooking, (especially breakfasts, gourmet desserts, and Italian food) creating new recipes, and playing the piano. David has a real heart for God and enjoys being a part of our discipleship and hospitality ministry.
Bethany (17) is our dog lover and cowgirl. She 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 also very talented and artistic when it comes to drawing, painting, and other crafts. Her specialty is making beautiful hand-quilled cards for special occasions. She enjoys horses, outdoor recreation and reading. Bethany also does small office jobs for her dad, 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.
Jonathan (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, camping, 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.
Josiah (11) 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, camping, 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.
Timothy (6) 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 the whole pregnancy that he 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 Jack, Buddy and Shiloh (our three 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.