Resuscitation of 58 Griffin Street

Our first few months of marriage were spent in an apartment – tidy and lovely but an apartment nonetheless. Before our first six month’s lease was expired, we had identified a houseto move to located in historic downtown Macon, GA. (See Google maps screen capture below.) This house had been constructed in 1870 and was left in mid-renovation. We knew we wanted out of the apartment and this was where we wanted to move to. We bought it and got the renovation started up again. That time we did ALL the work ourselves except for a few things like hanging sheetrock.  It was a purchase that we look back on with great memories and thankfulness for the opportunity to have done that. It prepared us somewhat for what we have been doing the past few weeks here in McDonough.

424 Orange St
424 Orange Street, Macon, GA

These past few weeks have been crazy! It seems a day doesn’t go by that we aren’t finding ourselves at 58 Griffin doing something. Early on we were simply raking acorns in the yard because there were about 500 pounds of them left from the past few years of neglect. Next we moved to trimming limbs hanging too low into the yard. We couldn’t see past the limbs and you couldn’t see in past the limbs….so we trimmed ’em up. Then came the death vines that were clawed into the house….who knew ivy could grow like that?!?!?! We then began the renovations with the help of Mike Fountain Construction. Mike Fountain and Marc Pirtle have done a great job working on this for us. I’d love to tell you about all the text messages, phone calls and voicemails that we have all swapped over the past few weeks during all this construction project but there’s no time for all of those. It’s been an adventure! We’ve been working on making this a place that preserved the history of the house and renovated the beauty of its original construction while also making it a gathering place for McDonough.

 

It’s crazy! We hadn’t planned on finding a new home for our roaster and production of our coffees. After all, we just built a nice roasting building that we could operate from. However, the time seemed right so why should we say “no” or “wait”? We have come to realize that time is the only thing we can’t get back. Why should we wait when all we do is lose the opportunity to make a difference? Why should we wait when we can partner with our kids and make a difference together? In our family, in our community and in the world. If we aren’t careful, we’ll let time slip by and then life is over. We don’t believe that life was designed to be lived like that.

Thanks for all of those of you who have already extended hands to help, said words to encourage, brought prayers to maintain and bought coffee to sustain our business. We appreciate it more than you know!

This seems like much of a rambling and I am sorry it is but it’s just thoughts on my mind.

See you at 58 Griffin Street soon….

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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.

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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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Share your Sunshine!

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.”  – James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Recently, we added a new feature to our website called Testimonials. This is a place where you can go and, as James Barrie said years ago, share the sunshine. If you have some sunshine to share, please click on the box below to submit your comments to be reviewed and added to the website. If you have something you’ve said on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll be trying to look through and grab those items and add them soon as well. However, if you don’t submit your comments here, I’ll ask you if it’s ok to post them on the website. (I’m pretty sure that’s not spelled out specifically in our Privacy Policy but it just seems like the right thing to do.)

[button link=”http://queenbeecoffee.com/customer-testimonials/” type=”big”] Click here to go to the Customer Testimonials page and submit your little bit of sunshine![/button]

Thanks for sharing your sunshine with the rest of us!    -the crew @ Queen Bee

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