Gone Fishin’….

“Thank you for being so transparent,” she said. I responded with “that’s just how we are around here.”

That was part of a conversation I had with a customer recently during her first visit to our coffee shop. As you read that it may seem like a really weird way to run a business or at the very least non-conventional when it comes to business “logic”. Just as I was encouraged when she said that in our conversation, we would be encouraged if you said that isn’t typical now. We don’t want to be typical.

We yearn for a time gone by when folks just dropped in and would sit-a-spell and catch up on the latest news around town… When a short break in your day would come and you knew there would be someone at the “spot” you’d know and you would go just to talk and visit…when you’d need a break and you’d simply hang a sing on the door that says “Gone Fishin’…”. Well, that’s what we’re doing. When we close on Saturday night of this week, we’ll be hanging out a sign that says “Gone fishin’… be back next week!” There are several reasons why we’ll be doing this.

First, we have said from the beginning that we are a family first and we are a business second. In the past FIVE months since we’ve opened, we haven’t changed our minds on that. We still believe in the value of our family (and yours) and we will continue to invest in that belief in spite of the cost of closing our doors for a week. We know this isn’t typical for any business to do this – especially one that is finishing up on the first six months in business. However, we see it differently. We think it makes perfect sense! Anything worth having will cost something. We believe we are investing in one of the most important things, our family. We also think that we’ve been rambling down this exciting journey now for over five months and we want to do a ‘check’ to make sure all is well with our family. School is done and to celebrate we’re going “fishin’…” for a few days. We’re going to be here and there so don’t worry about us, we’ll be back on June 3rd.

As a second point, we’ve been a part of an ongoing study for the past five months that has been about rest and how we were created for rest but yet we don’t rest. There’s no margin in our lives for rest. If you look at the society we live in, there is no time allowed for rest. We have created a world where we are expected to respond to a text no matter the time, answer emails no matter where we are, microwave our food because we don’t have time for water to boil, put on our makeup while we drive (I don’t do that by the way and neither does Alicia), race from work to the ball field and music practice and grab a burger on the way all in an effort to create a better life for us and the kids … but does it? No, it doesn’t. We know that if we are to truly get the rest we were created to experience, we have to create that margin in our lives. This week we are leaving the shop to create our margin. It is our rest. Yes it is physical rest but it is also mental, emotional and spiritual rest. You should find some time to rest too. Find a rest stop for your family.

Thirdly, we’ve got a lot of thinking to do. (Odd I should say it is mental rest and then say we’ve got thinking to do, right?) If you could but put a microphone in our minds, it would be nothing but a barrage of concepts and ideas that never seem to end. Honestly, we’ve got so many ideas we want to consider for Queen Bee Coffee Company and the McDonough community that we have to try to get some of them sorted out and on paper. We have ideas that we think will bring our community together in ways not seen in a while. We believe we can bring generations together so we can share life and wisdom together. We believe we can provide ways for families to come together like we haven’t done in a long time. We believe we can do more than bring great coffee to McDonough. We believe we can bring (and help create) great families to McDonough. Families come to a city because they like the places, the conveniences and opportunities they find there. Families stay in a city because they love what it does for their lives. They stay because they are having a great time in that city. They stay because it enriches their lives and in turn they enrich the community they live in. We believe we can be a small part of making McDonough the place where people don’t want to leave because they love living here.

So in short, we are taking a break before we embark on our second half of our first year. We will close on Saturday night and be closed Memorial Day Week. We will re-open on June 3rd. We are sorry if this is inconvenient for you and we hope you’ll understand.

We’ll be back, we promise.

Sunday – Monday (25th-26th)  –  Closed as normal
 

Tuesday – Saturday (27th-31st)  –  CLOSED – GONE FISHIN’….

 

Sunday – Monday (1st-2nd)  –  Closed as normal
 

Tuesday (June 3rd) – SIX MONTHS @ 58 GRIFFIN STREET – OPEN!!!!

What ya say we do something fun to celebrate our return on the 3rd and to celebrate our first SIX MONTHS at 58 Griffin Street?!?!?!

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It’s so crazy!

I have wanted to sit and tell you about all the incredible things going on in our lives right now with this business. (I’d tell you about all the stuff not about this business if you’d like but that might be too much too soon!) We have so many people come up and offer their hands in support that it has become almost impossible to wrap our minds around it all. Just last night, or rather, yesterday afternoon, we had an “open house” for some family and friends who have helped out with various stages of this venture so far. It was simply our way to say, “Let us serve these special people first before anyone else.” We tried to thank everyone but pretty much just stood there and mumbled and cried for a few minutes and some discernable words were understood but not much else. Honestly, it was mostly understandable but there was a lot of crying going on. We have been so blessed by so many people so far! It has been amazing to see people come into our lives that we never knew before and offer to help in ways that were SO needed. Thank you all!

Today is surreal. It is the day before we open something we have dreamed about for years. We should be scared to death – at least I think we should be – but we aren’t. We should be as nervous as a long-tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs – but we aren’t. It is so crazy! We had an owner of a very successful Henry County business tell us last weekend, “You don’t look nervous or tired enough to be about to open a business.” (or something loosely interpreted like that) Trust us, we ARE tired but we are super excited about what this business can mean for so many people. Thank you for making this a reality. We are so very thankful we get to do this.

So I am posting and Alicia is working on getting ready for tomorrow….. when she finds out, I’ll be in trouble.  Don’t tell her, please. 🙂

My phone just went off again with a “please bring me this too” text.

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15 Days in 15 Minutes

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. Cowboy on the StreetWe’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.

VBS Got God?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.

VBS Tree

 

 

Go ahead and head on over to Flickr and check out our pictures from Honduras! We do have a couple of books printed up with lots of these pictures in them. There are names with faces and stories too. Come see us sometime and let us know you want to see the book and we’ll make sure it’s there for you!

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More than coffee…

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.”

Honduras House PlansThat’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!

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