Saturday, September 12, 2009

Coffee Fundraiser

Hi friends! All of you have supported us and loved us through this journey. We thank God for you so much. God works in mighty ways and He has provided everything we've needed for this adoption to come to fruition. With many of you supporting us financially, God providing more work for Charlie, and with us cutting back majorly on our finances, God has provided more than HALF of the cost of the adoption. Remember in the beginning we only had the application fee and start up fee. Not even 10% of the cost of the entire adoption! :D God is good.

Since we still have to raise about 20% of the total cost, we have signed up with this amazing organization called JUST LOVE COFFEE ROASTERS. We will soon have a webpage where you can buy coffee, shirts, hats, coffee mugs, etc. and the proceeds will go toward our adoption fund set up by JUST LOVE. We have set a goal to raise $4000.00.
The coffee is from Ethiopia (coffees birthplace) among other regions. So you know it's going to be good coffee!! :D The other part of their organization is that they are fair trade certified. Fair trade aims to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability. The idea is to help them move towards economic self-sucfficiency and stability in these developing countries.
The founder of JUST LOVE is Rob Webb and here is his story...

"Rob Webb knows coffee. When Rob was two years old, his father started Webb’s Coffee Service, which blossomed into a full-blown refreshment service supplying businesses in Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas, and is now run by Rob.

Rob Webb knows the adoption process. In the summer of 2008, Rob and his wife Emily were called to adopt from Ethiopia. After much prayer and discussion with their first two children they started their adoption journey in August 2008. During the flurry of paperwork and preparation, Rob & Emily read books not only on adoption in general, but specifically on Ethiopia. Learning that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee caught Rob’s attention, and after reading about the living conditions and wages of the average coffee farmer, he was compelled to take action. What developed through his reading and his trip to Ethiopia to unite with his daughters was a realization that he could combine his expertise and longstanding desire to roast his own coffees with his desire to help others. Just Love Coffee Roasters was born! Roasting Fair Trade Specialty coffees, Just Love uses proceeds to help an Ethiopian orphanage and families adopting not just from Ethiopia, but from anywhere in the world."

When our webpage is up and running we will give you the information. If you love coffee (or can find something for you other than coffee and or a gift for others) and want to support us this is an opportunity for us both. If you enjoy the coffee and support the cause tell others about our webpage and help us spread the word.

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Emmy's first day of Preschool. Such a big girl!
At a her cousins birthday party.

Some of you may have heard that we (The Beals) are moving. Well it's true. We are "planning" on moving October 27th. It's soon...truely a bittersweet time for us. We have been praying for 3 years that God would show us where He wants us to "Land". Well this summer God moved...He opened a few doors for us to move to Bend, OR. Charlie will be able to keep his job which is huge...the adoption will not be affected which was our main concern...we will be able to live a simpler lifestyle...we will be able to save more money...and since we LOVE Oregon and all it has to offer we are excited to raise our children in a place like Bend.

Will you join us in prayer for this major transition in our lives?

We are also praying that God would open doors and open our hearts to possibly adopting an older child as well as a baby. We are considering a child Emmy's same age or a little younger. Will you pray with us as we decipher what God's plan is for our family. We want to help take care of the ophans...we want to provide a family for a child most people pass on...we have enough love for an older child...BUT is this God's perfect plan for our family? Is this Him putting this desire in our hearts or is it Charlie and I just feeling sad/guilty for these sweet children who need a home? God does not need us...He makes things happen. These children will not be without love and without a home. God WILL move. We don't want to get in His way. Pray with us God would direct and guide us in this decision. Thank you prayer warriors!!

We will keep you updated...