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.
Another memorable bit of carving was the outstanding 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.
Sunday was perhaps best of all. It was Easter. Resurrection cookies were made the evening before and taken out of the “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.
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!