Many thanks for the prayers!!! They are a boon and a blessing. I have and am praying about the AOC–several friends and a partial DMin are from that wonderful community. Oh, the beard waxes and wanes (never removed, only shortened) and has waxed much since that photo… (alas, so has my “middle”)
You are an inspiration to many of us who are in the midst of the dreadful meltdown. May God bless you in your sacrifice as well.