When the Stelzls Stay with the Staddons …

The Stelzls also have a Jonathan and a David! …Amazing things happen!

Almost as soon as they arrived, the potato planting project came into full swing. Two rows were planted much to Michael’s satisfaction and such diligence was displayed that there was enough time afterward for volleyball.

The next day and the next were again sunny and warm. Work and relaxation were both enjoyed and throughout their three-day stay new games were learned, new business ideas discussed and, thanks to their  oldest son David, a new bike trail was carved through the woods.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!! When there aren't many roads to ride on, you ride in the woods? It was a long bike trail.

O Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1) Another memorable bit of carving was the outstanding "May the Lord's name be glorified in your lives!"wood plaque Michael made for Jonathan and Josiah. On the front he woodburned a detailed forest scene and on  the back was an encouraging note with the date.

Saturday was also the day for playing Follow The Judge To Court and bringing in firewood before the spring rains.

Resurrection cookies and the flowers that the Stelzls brought.Sunday was perhaps best of all. It was Easter. Resurrection cookies were made the evening before and taken out of the Good competition ... and for-fun competition.“tomb” (the unlit oven) early the next morning. At church all  eighteen of us sang together and several shared testimonies. We were also in for a big surprise. Unknown to us there was a reward for those who brought the most guests! The prize was a brilliant yellow bunch of tulips.

Other flowers were also making their appearance. On the way home from church, James thought Grandpa’s magnolia tree would be a good frame for a photo shoot—and he was right. Grandpa and Grandma came to share dinner too and Mrs. Stelzl’s ziti casserole was delicious.

Happy Easter from the Staddons and Stelzls!

And finally … Drumroll please … We have saved the best report for last: the Stelzls’ official Family Website stelzlfamily.com  is now up and running, and waiting for your comments! By getting to know one more one-accord Christ-centered family we hope you will be as encouraged as we’ve been!

What's Easter without triumphant music?!Everyone got a good-bye hug from Tiny TimThree-way good-bye.

Running ...... up the hill ...... for a Standard Staddon Farewell.


  1. Kathryn April 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    Sounds like a very encouraging visit… The Lord seems to provide times like that right when we need them most! Love the picture taken from the blooming tree! Simply gorgeous!

  2. Eden April 10, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    Hello Staddon Family! I found your website from Journey to the Heart’s blog and enjoy reading your site. I finished the Colossians 3 Memorization Challenge and received James’ calendar. I love the hymns and Scripture verses that were chosen to go with the beautiful pictures. It’s a lovely reminder of God’s hand in Creation and the wonderful landscapes He’s made for us to enjoy. Hope you have a blessed weekend!

  3. Eden April 10, 2010 at 4:03 am #

    Oh, and I love the picture of all of you under the magnolia tree! Simply beautiful!

  4. Esther Staddon April 10, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    What fun! Praise the Lord for encouraging friends to work and play with! Beautiful woodburning, Michael! I’m going to go check out the Stelzl’s site!

  5. Sarah W. April 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    The joys when brethren dwell together in unity. It looks like you all had a very encouraging time together. Praise the Lord!

  6. James April 15, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    What fun to read. You’ve got to love the picture of David zipping through the woods! Can’t wait for the next Stelzl visit: mountain biking, football, and…perhaps another game of “Follow the Judge to Court”!

  7. Donald April 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    I remember that this was an easy post to write 🙂 Thank you for all the pictures, James. And Stelzls, we just came from visiting your website–it’s off to an an incredible start! God bless you with many many more marvellous messages, meaningful meetings, and memorable memories.

  8. Crystal April 17, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    Looks and sounds like y’all had a very blessed time together.
    The wood plaque looks beautiful! Michael, do you sell them?

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