We are excited to officially announce that Queen Bee Coffee Company has purchased a new, 85 year old, piece of property to bring our roasting operation closer to the public we love. The old Plum Tree Antiques (58 Griffin Street) is now the home of Queen Bee Coffee Company. We are excited to make this investment in McDonough.
Please stay tuned for more details and for updates on the renovations….
We finally got our images all…ok, almost all of them…uploaded. (We did trash a few that just weren’t worth the megabytes.)We know there are many of you that would love to see what happened in Honduras this past June so here’s a link. We’d love to tell you about the sweat, the tears (good ones mostly), the laughing and the memories made. However, if we sat with you to tell you about them all, it would take days to talk through all the memories shared while there in La Campa. Ultimately, I want to make a video and document much of this in a short quickly viewed format. However, that takes time and focus. Seemingly, I seem to have neither of those as of late.
Please look at our Flickr account and enjoy the pictures – there are about 1400 of them give or take. You can take 15 seconds, 15 minutes or 15 days. Really, you can take any amount in between if you want. It’s all up to you.
Have fun and enjoy our pictures. Please don’t make fun of my farmer’s tan nor any other mildly incriminating pictures.
Each and every day we go through routines in life – in family, in work and in fact… in almost every single area of our life.
Some of these routines are daily, weekly, monthly or some even longer interval routines. It is these routines where we often find ourselves years later wondering what happened and how we got to where we find ourselves at that point. This really shouldn’t surprise us when we have continued to do what we have always done and somehow expected something different to come of it. It really shouldn’t be a shock at all.
Why is it we do that? The same things day after day, week after week, year after year. Fear of change? Fear of failure? Fear of higher demands? Fear of greater rewards? “Yes” to all of the above.
Just the other day I was feeling so overwhelmed as I was working late in the evening in the Roastery. I felt like there was SO much to do and so LITTLE time to get it all done. Life. Family. Work. Everything just seemed so much at that moment in time. There was coffee to bag. Coffee bags to label. Stuff to pack to take to this place. Stuff to pack to take to that place. Then I just had to stop for a moment and think. It was in that short pause that I was reminded.
It was almost as though God said, “Wait! Remember why you are doing this! It’s not the coffee. It’s so much more.”
That’s what this picture is about. (I know the picture is in the posting twice but I want you to be able to click on it and see the drawing. Go ahead and do it.)
It is so much more than coffee. It’s about making a difference. It’s about making a difference in my kids as they grow up. It’s about them knowing they can find and do something they love in life. It’s about making a difference in the community. It’s about connecting people and building relationships in McDonough. It’s about making a difference in Honduras. It’s about building houses for missionaries and bringing water to the thirsty. It’s about making a difference in some child’s face as we can bring laughter and happiness and hope to them that maybe they’ve never seen before. It’s about taking my family there to do it all together. That’s what all this is about.
It’s not about the coffee…but it is somehow.
Coffee – that’s just the tool we have been blessed to be able to use to do what we do. Thank you for being a part of it!
El Corazon. The Heart. That is what we call our Honduran coffee. It’s where we got our start. The coffee of the Lenca Indians is what gave Queen Bee Coffee its first heartbeat. This summer, we have the opportunity to physically invest in these people- not by purchasing their coffee, but by serving their community. We couldn’t be more excited. Our family will spend two weeks in several villages of Honduras with Frontline Missions and Abundant Life Coffee Group. While this is not a “coffee trip,” we will have the privilege of working with the families that grow our coffee and creating personal relationships with them. Our trip will consist of sharing the gospel through VBS, beginning construction on a home base for Frontline Missions and full time missionary, Greg Hines, and providing medical assistance in various clinics in the area. We covet your prayers as we travel and spend time on mission. It is our desire to be a company that has a vision beyond our personal gain or even our community. We want to make a difference there, yes, but feel a responsibility to go further. We want our children to be first hand witnesses to the poverty in most coffee growing regions and feel a compassion that grows into a desire to bring change. We want for them -and you- to realize that every pound we roast, label, package, and sell is a tiny step in bringing that change. We want to give you a face, not just the name of a country. That’s why we are going. Our prayer is that our hearts, lives, and company will be profoundly influenced by what we witness and that we can convey this to you, our friends, community, and customers.
As our trip approaches, we will be gathering items to take to the Lencas. We will be collecting various medical supplies such as band aids, antibiotic creams, peroxide, hygiene items, old eye-glasses, splints, etc. We would love to fill an entire suitcase with these items. If you would like to be a part of this, please bring them to The Courthouse Square Market on any Saturday in the next few weeks. We’d love to thank you in person and add you to our contact list. That way, we can bombard you with the stories and pictures once we get home! (You can also add your email in the “Keep Up to Date” section on the right and you will be automatically updated with any Queen Bee post.) The Market is opened every Thursday and Friday from 7:30-5:30 as well- we just won’t be there to greet you. You can deposit your items in the box on the counter and we’ll get them Saturday. Thank you so much.
It seems to me that I have seen You Only Live Once, aka YOLO, on shirts, signs, bags, advertising paraphernalia and everything else you can imagine. It is almost as though the only hot topic item is this idea of YOLO. YOLO has shown up professional athelete’s clothing and even in middle school and high school sports’ clothing. I completely understand the concept they are promoting – we do only live once so let’s make the most of it. Play hard. Dive for that ball. Don’t leave anything on the field. Be bold and try new things. Be the guy (or girl) who tries something new. Be different. Go against the grain.
The inherent idea of this is almost like carpe diem – sieze the day. This concept can be a great idea. I definitely think this is a good thing. We should be different. We should be going against the grain but not in the light that YOLO implies. It seems to imply that you should “go for it” because the chance may never come again and you miss it – whatever “it” happens to be – maybe an exciting adventure, maybe a new path or even a different career in life. Although I can track with this, I think it misses the mark.
This past Sunday, our church finished up a series titled LIFE – God cares as much about your journey as He does your destination. Something that really resonated with me during the series is this idea of “what does my journey mean for the future?”. For example, what does our journey mean for our children or our grandchildren? What is the legacy that my wife and I are creating that we will leave behind? It’s not if we are creating a legacy but what is it specifically? Are we making a difference in our children or are we making a difference somewhere beyond our comfort zones?
When we thought through this idea, we found that I was working at a job that is a great career and provides for my family but is doing nothing for making a real difference in creating a legacy. I had a co-worker retire after more than 40 years with the company with no significant legacy. I mean this in no negative light towards him or his efforts because he accomplished many great things while he worked for the company. It just really made me think – when I walk away, what have I really done with my time? Then we began to ask ourselves if there was something we could do to create a legacy both for our children and also Out There somewhere in the world beyond what we know. So Queen Bee Coffee Company is part of the answer for us.
As you read this, I want you to think about how you are living your life. The slogan says You Only Live Once but I say that means you should “live for tomorrow” because you only live once. If we live for tomorrow, we are making a difference in the future – in our future, our kid’s future, our family’s future and quite possibly the world’s future. When you look around and see YOLO, remember that it is true. You won’t get a second chance to make a first impression on the world you will one day leave behind. You won’t get a second chance to create a legacy. We were given this life but once and but once do we have to do it.