Tiny Tim’s Baptism


posted by Stelzl Family in Family News, Testimonies

“Then they that gladly received His Word were baptized…” (Acts 2:41)

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water…” (Matthew 3:16)

Our church held a baptismal service at a local pool this week! Several years ago many in our family chose to be re-baptized (having grown up in a church with infant baptism, and the sprinkling of water vs. baptism by immersion). It was a personal choice to publicly re-testify our salvation commitment, being now old enough to fully understand that commitment and verbally share our testimony with others.

So this week our church arranged to have another baptism for 2 young ladies in our church, as well as our not-so-little Tiny Tim who recently committed his life to the Lord.



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There was a special time of sharing testimonies and praying.

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After the baptism we spent some time at the JAARS park which is just next to the pool area.

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This is the Lord‘s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23)

Many Hands Make Light Work


posted by Sarah in Farm & Garden, Team Projects

Tonight is date night for our parents – the perfect evening for some of us kids to go to a farm in the neighborhood and get a load of horse manure for our garden! We look forward to putting more plants in this Fall, and are so grateful for the abundant harvest we’ve received through our mulch gardening efforts!




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Many hands make light work! Great job team!! And thank you Mr. Baldwin for allowing us to come by your farm this evening. We are so enjoying the transformation that has already taken place in our garden! :-)

Preparing the Garden


posted by Stelzl Family in Farm & Garden


It’s almost time to get our Fall garden going! We’ve been working on removing all the plants that are finished producing. Praise the Lord for an abundant harvest this year!! We still have quite a few fresh tomatoes and carrots coming in – which we are fully enjoying. :-)

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Someone found a lovely spider on the cucumber frame. ;-)


Ripping out green beans

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We’ve enjoyed several fresh melons from our garden… and more to come {this one in the picture will be ready soon}. :-)

_MG_0714We’re working on an exciting building project this weekend! There will be an update with pictures on that soon!! :-)

Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” (Psalm 104:24)

A Guest from Georgia


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.


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









And a fun girls’ shot before she left!



Shoveling Mulch


posted by Sarah in Farm & Garden, Team Projects


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!!).