Thanks so much to Shelly Owens for her Guest Post this week!
Hi everyone! We’re Team Owens – Dan, Shelly, Madeline, Davis, Hannah, Joseph and Charlotte. In the blog world, some know us as the “Crazy Crew.” And it’s true – we tend to march to the beat of a different drummer.
We’re a homeschooling, multi-racial family of seven. We love our God, we’re passionate about orphan causes and we’re committed to our ministry in Eastern Africa, called SixtyFeet.


But life wasn’t always this way. Five years ago, we were an average American family — just a Daddy, a Mommy, a little girl and a baby boy.
Dan was climbing the corporate ladder while I stayed home with our little ones. We worked hard, played hard and chased hard after the American dream. And dream we did…


We dreamed of world travel, beachfront property and stock portfolios. We dreamed about sending our children to the best private schools in Atlanta, about imported cars and building our dream home.


But over time, and with much prayer, it occurred to us that there might be a little more to life than all this dreaming… In early 2010, Dan and I learned about a facility in the East African country of Uganda, called “M.” This place is a prison for children. Yes, you read that correctly.



Dan first traveled to Uganda and stepped onto the grounds of M in April of 2010. Since that time, he and the rest of the SixtyFeet team have logged hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles in their travels to and from Africa. They’ve discovered six additional M-like facilities in Uganda and more scattered throughout Africa.


Last year, Dan and I forged a special relationship with two young children living in M.
And in December of 2010, we brought Joseph and Hannah home with us to be our son and daughter, forever.
Special thanks to Brett Younker: music, Michael Lines: video, and Griffin Gibson: photography
We hope our story will encourage and inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and to live for more than the American Dream.

Team Owens is just one little family and we know we can’t change the whole world. But by God’s grace, we believe we can change one little corner of it.
If you desire to support SixtyFeet and the imprisoned children of Africa, there’s so much you can do. Visit our site, wear a t-shirt, bake some cupcakessponsor a child or maybe just start a conversation. You can’t do everything, but we can all do something.