Thursday, May 22, 2014


For those of you who have been following the journey (see the full story here) we are growing some gnarly beards to help bring our daughter, Aunna Hope Jie, home from China.  I was telling one of the Beard Growers the other day how excited I will be, at some point in her life, to show her these pictures of men who took initiative and did something crazy for her before they even met her (and also all of you who are sponsoring these beards). This has become an amazing collective effort where God continues to amaze us. He truly does resource what He calls.  

The theme of the Beard Grower pictures this month was Boy Band.  Gotta go back to my roots in the 90's.  As you can see from the first couple we have some "real famous" folks on the growing team.  

The Beard-a-Thon ends on July 15th and we would love for you to consider sponsoring one of the beards as there is still time to do that. Our initial goal was to raise $15,000 and at this point we are about half-way there.  

It looks like our paper work is moving fast so we could be traveling to China as early as August.  

We would ask you to be praying with us for a couple things.  
1. For Aunna adoption is going to mean huge changes. She will experience loss from things that are familiar. Even though long term she will be in a forever family there will be some immediate shock. 

Please pray that God will be preparing her small heart for this. 

2. We have been reading a lot about attachment and how when children cry out and no one comes that they learn to stop crying out and stop trusting that anyone will come. Please pray that God will help Aunna re-learn how to cry out to us but, ultimately that she will learn how to cry out to her Heavenly Father who is with her even now and will never leave her or forsake her no matter what she faces.

Aunna Hope Jie.. I can tell she already likes the beards.

Andrew Feil... Bet you didn't know that Drew was a teen heartthrob before being Mission Director

Sam Hart... Nuf said Homie

Cohl Obwald... Double take... yes this is Cohl. This was right after his tryout for the Voice

Dave Obwald, Tony Hernandez, and Pete Hingano... Man that is an awkward boy band pose. Love it those are some sweet beards.

Nate Sharits... Nate this is Album quality stuff

Matt Abajian... This might be more GQ than boy band but Man thats a great beard

Brandon Petrie...Welcome to our newest Beard Grower. Old school Boy Band

Scott Carolan... The filter does it all. That beard casts a serious shadow!

Chip Henderson... Chips says ZZ top is a Boy Band right? HA

David Hawes... Yes that is a purple guitar folks. Well Madera folks I think you should make him play it on a Sunday.

Billy Hawes... Posing with his boy band! Love it bro. Thats a great looking band.

Santa Mike O'Hare... It may only be May but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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