With 2012 behind us and a new year ahead, we are reminded that much was accomplished – not in ourselves – but through Christ! It is important to look back at the work of God’s hand, the answered prayers, the opened and closed doors, the things we never could have done in our own strength that He brought about – lest we forget the goodness of God!
We started a very restrictive 4-month family Candida diet, eating no gluten, dairy, refined sugar, etc.
Free mulch was provided in answer to prayer, for a family yard project!
We began preparation for the new orchard!
Dave and David traveled to Indianapolis to speak the students at Verity on business topics.
We celebrated Josiah and Timothy’s birthdays.
We attended a local conference at the JAARS center, where Jim Logan spoke on Spiritual Warfare.
We celebrated Dave’s birthday.
One year since our grandfather (Tina’s dad) passed away.
We started the preparations for our spring planting, and prepared the blueberry orchard for additional bushes.
Dave traveled to Arkansas to do a Raising Entrepreneurs Conference at Fort Rock Family Camp.
We planted our orchard!
Hannah and David shared a birthday.
We planted our garden!
We hosted our first local Raising Entrepreneurs Conference!
We watched our garden prosper.
We attended the Nashville ATI Homeschool Conference.
We completed our family Candida diet!!!
We reaped the first of our garden harvest.
Peach picking with friends.
Took advantage of incredible deals.
Made peach jam for the first time (beside freezer jam)
Celebrated Tina’s birthday
Held our 2nd local (a total of 4) Raising Entrepreneurs conference at JAARS with a record number of people in attendance!
Celebrated Sarah’s highschool graduation.
Tina, Hannah, and Sarah attended the Indianapolis ATI homeschool Conference.
Attended the Virginia FEW (Family Encouragement Weekend) Conference as a family!
A family that attended our July Raising Entrepreneurs Conference sent us a copy of the DVD “Back to Eden” which several members of our family watched – this was the beginning of our yard transformation!
Sarah, David, Bethany, and Jonathan competed in the local Bible Bee competition, after studying and memorizing Scripture for 3 months.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine published our family hospitality article.
We traveled to WV and VA to visit the Staddon and Wilkes Families over Labor Day week! Watched “Back to Eden” again with the Staddons and got even more excited about applying God’s principles at home.
We surprised Tina with her own crossbow (Dave had just gotten one) as hunting season began. We started hunting (as a family) for the first time ever.
The girls visited The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte – which resulted in many more trips as a family and with friends!
Celebrated Bethany’s 15th birthday
We celebrated Jonathan’s 13th birthday, and had a “coming of age” (entrance to manhood) party!
God provided LOTS of free mulch from tree companies, and we began to transform our orchard, gardens, and build natural areas for spring 2013!
Sarah and Bethany celebrated national boss day with Dave (they work in his company).
Otto Koning came to visit, and we took him to experience a JAARS day, among other activities.
We made pumpkin butter for the first time – which resulted in our very own recipe, and a huge success!
The Sugar Nook bakers were given the opportunity to bake for their first 2 weddings – both in November!
We remembered the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 as voting day drew near, and began to pray fervently along with thousands of other believers – for our country America.
Hannah and Sarah voted for the first time!
We took our family fall trip to the NC mountains for the day, and took photos/spent time together.
The Sugar Nook baked pies for their first 2 weddings.
Dave, Sarah, David, Bethany, Jonathan and Josiah set off for a 3 day backpacking trip in the Smoky Mountains of TN.
Planned and hosted our first Business Leader’s Conference at our home, which was a huge success!
Hosted our Traditional Couples’ Christmas Party
Celebrated 9 years of our company, Stelzl Visionary Learning Concepts!!!
Celebrated Christmas with the Staddon family from WV.
We shot and harvested (with the help of the Staddons) our 6th and final deer of hunting season!
Visited the Wilkes Family at Honey Brook Farm, leading up to the new year!
Celebrated Sarah’s 19th birthday.
2012 is another chapter closed, and we have so much to be grateful for (including many other things not mentioned here)! God has been faithful to heal, provide, prosper, open doors, and even close doors! He is a good God – He does all things well!
“We do not know what tomorrow holds, but we KNOW who holds tomorrow!”
If you are ever in the Charlotte area, please let us know! We would love to have you visit :-).