posted by Stelzl Family in Friends & Fellowship

Back in February, Hannah’s friend Tiffany called to tell us that she and her husband were going to be coming down in April for a wedding. They wanted to surprise Hannah with an unexpected visit… and it was going to be the same day that we were coming back into town from a Family Encouragement Weekend Conference (held in Marble, NC)!!


Keeping everything a secret wasn’t too hard for the oldest few in the family… but preparing the guest room and do an extra thorough cleaning on the house before we left for the conference was a little more difficult. Did she suspect that we were up to something??? :-)

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Driving home from the conference on Sunday afternoon, a few of us were quite aware that in just a couple of hours we would be arriving home… and then opening our doors to special guests!

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Not only was the surprise a huge success, but when Hannah came downstairs and walked into the room where Ben and Tiffany were quietly waiting, it took her a few seconds to realize they were standing there :-) … and then everyone screamed, Hannah jumped, and we all started laughing! She was sooooo surprised!

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The following day, we took Ben and Tiffany to Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens – an early birthday celebration with Ben and Tiffany, for Hannah (turning 22 on May 1st!).

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What a sweet and special couple Ben and Tiffany are. They love the Lord and each other, and have been a special blessing to Hannah, and to our entire family :-).

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We so enjoyed the beautiful sunny day at the gardens, and then a restful afternoon with fellowship and time spent together… they left this morning heading back home to OK! Thank you so much Ben and Tiffany for filling our home with joy and excitement… for blessing and encouraging our family… for coming out of your way to make Hannah’s birthday special and to surprise her with your presence for a fun-filled day! We hope you will come visit us again soon!

There are more pictures (and videos!) here.

Jehovah Rapha – the Lord Our Healer


posted by Stelzl Family in Family News, Testimonies

“Today why don’t you love a little deeper, laugh a little louder, hold the ones you love a little tighter. Because tomorrow is never promised.” – Unknown


We don’t know what tomorrow holds… but we know Who holds tomorrow! And God is good, and sovereign over all things! His goodness endures continually. He is faithful and compassionate, gracious and merciful.

We are grateful for so many things this week, but especially for Jonathan, and for God’s goodness to him – and to our family. Monday was a difficult day… a reminder to us of our weakness and God’s incredible strength. We were challenged to drew us closer together to God and each other. We waited, hoped, and trusted. We prayed and cried… and the Lord was there with us, ministering to our hearts and filling our minds with peace. And He was and is Jehovah Rapha – the Lord our Healer! :-)

Click here to read a post and watch a video report on Sarah’s herbal blog.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

(Isaiah 41:10)

Father-Daughter Banquet


posted by Stelzl Family in Friends & Fellowship, Timeless Reminders

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” – A.G.

Father daughter relationships are a precious and beautiful gift from the Lord… and yet sadly, something that is almost nonexistent in our world today.

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Fellowship and friendship between fathers and daughters should not be a mindset that we “put on when we wake up in the morning” and “take off” at the end of the day. It’s a lifestyle that God intended – something that should not just survive, but thrive – in every family.

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Yesterday evening the fathers and daughters from our church gathered in our home, to fellowship, bless each other, and be exhorted in the Lord. There were letters and blessings exchanged between each family… and a special time of sharing from Scripture.

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The daughters were challenged to submit themselves graciously under the authority of their fathers, and to remain pure and protected, not “going out to see the daughters of the land” as was discussed in the story of Dinah. We talked about how the “daughters of the land” applies to various forms of relationships, entertainment, and hobbies/activities in our society today, and were encouraged to fear the Lord in wisdom.

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Some of our other family members worked in the kitchen throughout the evening, cooking, serving, and making the event a beautiful, special time.

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The evening was a refreshing and encouraging time… and a sweet reminder that the relationships we enjoy as fathers and daughters is something that we should not take for granted. It is a precious gift from the Lord that requires nurture and care. It takes diligent work on all sides. It requires fathers loving their daughters and  daughters respecting their fathers.

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We were challenged and exhorted, blessed and refreshed… the evening was a special time of fellowship, of bonding, and of growing closer to the Lord and each other. We are grateful for the fathers and daughters around use who have committed to building their relationships in a God-honoring way.

Planting Salad ;-)


posted by Stelzl Family in Farm & Garden

Today was a beautiful warm sunny day… the perfect day to plant 100 heads of lettuce that were being squished to death in their little seed tray! ;-)

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Tiny Tim loves to help water the plants whenever an opportunity arises. He takes great care of the seedlings :-D

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So we made some rows… and planted some heads… and a little over an hour went by.

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All finished! This might be our first year that we get an abundance of fresh lettuce from our garden :-D


“He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.” (Psalm 104:13-14)



posted by Sarah in Measure-Mix-Make

Need something quick and yummy to make for lunch? We had a new recipe that we’ve been wanting to try from Pinterest, so we did build-your-own-nachos today for lunch. How fun is that?


Stelzl Family Build-Your-Own Nachos

Corn Chips (we get them from Costco…and they just happen to be organic :-) )

Queso Sauce (we used a new recipe from Pinterest that we loved!)

Taco Meat (Recipe below)

Salted Tomatoes

Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Sour Cream

Avocado (or guacamole)


Black Beans

And that’s about it… unless of course you have other favorite ingredients to add :-)


Taco Meat

2 pounds Ground Venison (you can substitute ground beef if you prefer)

2 tablespoons Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/2 teaspoon Oregano

1 teaspoon Paprika

1 tablespoon Cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt

2 teaspoons Black Pepper

1-2 tablespoons flour (optional – I never put it in anyway…)

1 cup water

Brown the meat with water and seasonings. Simmer for a while until it’s no longer soupy, and the meat is well cooked.

Note: You can first cook an onion in some olive oil before adding the meat, seasonings, and water – if you want.