This week's Beard Of The Week guy is the one and only Lee Bertram! If you don't know him, you should be very sad because you are missing out. He's just plain fun. For example, every month when we collect our updated beard pictures he always proves himself to be a food & drink model. We are surprised every time and yet, I always know when Lee texts his picture to DJ because all I hear is my husband's belly laughter from across the house. And every month, I run in the room excited to see what crazy theme Lee has come up with next. See for yourself.... he's pretty awesome, right?
How can you not just laugh when seeing these?! They are too, too funny.
One a more serious note, DJ has known Lee for eleven years. Lee is the Retreats Director at Frontier Camp in Grapeland, TX. When DJ started working there as a summer counselor in college, they hit it off and became good friends. After we got married, DJ and I would often drive to Grapeland to work weekend retreats at camp. Over time, I got to know Lee and his wife, Rebekah, and immediately loved them myself! This couple is amazing. If you want to learn about biblical manhood and womanhood, observe a beautiful marriage, or learn about raising your children in the ways of the Lord, this is your go-to couple. We often talk about Lee and Bekah, both in how fun they are, and also how wise and God-fearing. Lee is hardworking, loves God and his family and is totally a man's man.... he's can do and fix anything. And, he's loud and fun and laughs a lot. You can't stay in a bad mood when you are around Lee. And Bekah is a Proverbs 31 woman; she has the gentle and quiet spirit described in 1 Peter 3 and I could sit and glean wisdom from her for days on end. They have four beautiful children, Tommy, Hope, James and John. DJ and I have continued to be blown away by the Bertram's and only wish we lived nearby and could do life more closely with them. They love the Lord and it is evidenced in every part of their lives.
Lee worked hard to get all his ten sponsors in right away, but he didn't stop there. On top of that, he took initiative in collecting donations on our behalf... he created his own little piggy bank out of a napkin dispenser, popped our picture in it, and set it out at the General Store at camp so that people could give towards our adoption fund if they so felt led. We were so humbled and grateful when we heard about that... thanks so much, Lee!
As you can see, Lee is pretty rad. We are so thankful to have him on our team, sharing in our excitement, and helping to bring baby Hofmann home. We couldn't do it without our Beard Growers and are happy that Lee is a part of this journey with us. We thank the Lord for you, Lee!
Stay bearded, folks.