Thursday, December 17, 2009

Daily Mug Shot :: Newspring

Good Morning Monkey's ~

for a limited time only...I am the Daily Mug Shot!...but only because Nick Charalambous asked me to document the impact that Newspring Church in South Carolina & on the internet has had on my life over the last year. The view of one's self from an extended arm with a , flip camera facing in doesn't really do it justice...unless I'm considering running to the salon for bangs or a the nearest botox injection....

I'm a follower for the "Cause of Chirst" inspired by, and led over the last year by a group of amazing folks on a screen who I've never sat in a room with or ever shared a meal. Yet, their impact and dedication to reaching others & "making Jesus famous" really can not be measured this side of Heaven.

Never underestimate the power of 140 characters through a tweet, twitter ...that's how I landed in the web service as "givelovecoffee" interacting with folks from all other the world in a chatroom alongside a message given on a stage in South Carolina. WHAT...RELLY church online!
You bet'cha and don't knock it...til you see others come to Christ right before your eyes...:90 minutes of a life revealed, led and surrendered to Jesus one at a time "never gets old"

Impersonal, really, I beg your Southern pardon! Screens and keyborads, fingers dance, hearts open and pour out pain, victory and encouragement. The connnections don't end on Sunday...or Tuesday, they "just begin" their/there. The webservice is not for whimps! more conversation takes place, lifes are transformed and we are just beginning to know the impact of the efforts to share the Love of Christ online & off by one anothering.

So gather around the screen this Christmas invite others, turn it up, plug in & connect......and I promise I won't say "I told you so". Newspring

Merry Christmas

Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Can't believe it's been since September since I have posted to the blog....gearing up to bless others with the monkey for the holidays. Over the last several monthes Moon Monkey has become a family business our family farm....holding others, holding dreams & mugs of love! It's amazing what the Lord will do in your life if you just hold on & wait on him to move. The picture above is one of my favorite people Kim behind the Espresso bar of our orginal location on Main Street in Bourbonnais. Life Happens over coffee lean & learn from the edge of every opportunity.

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Recently I discovered that I had lost my wedding ring. I know, that sounds horrible. How can you loose your wedding ring and not know about it? All I can say is I have 4 little kids, am in school full time and work 25 hours a week! I do things like that.I have misplaced my wedding ring many times before. I'll take it off to do dishes or for bedtime and haphazardly lay it somewhere - the dresser, bathroom sink, kitchen windowsill, the computer desk.Times before when I lost it I would just "keep my eye out" for it and it would usually appear within a few hours. When I realized it hadn't appeared in 3 days I began to be concerned. I played over the last time I remembered seeing it...Friday night when I showed it to our baby sitter's mom. Did I put it back on? Set it on the dresser? I really couldn't remember.Finally on Monday night the search turned official. I was determined to find my ring! Beginning casually ... I organized the computer desk. No luck. When I laid my 2 year old down I pulled out her toddler bed and prayed I didn't find it there ... I didn't.I pulled out the flashlight and looked under the stove and fridge ... I wasn't brave enough to venture into what I saw. I pulled apart our furniture ... I even cut a small hole in our couch and chair to pull loose items that were otherwise unreachable. I found game pieces, tinker toys, Runts, and a word search book, but no ring.In desperation I looked through my dirty clothes pile hoping it would fall out ... 6 cents did, but no ring. At the bottom of the pile was the jeans I wore that weekend. My mind full of doubt, I reached into the pocket ... and pulled out ... my ring. Safe all along, just waiting for me to pull it out and return it to its rightful home ... my left ring finger.We're all have lost things in our lives. Old relationships, dreams we have set aside, a courageous choice God asked us to make long ago, a New Years Resolution. How long will it need to be missing before our search turns into all out panic and for once we are willing to lay aside everything else until you can proclaim "The lost has been found?(Guest blog post by Abbie Mantor, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Monday, September 21, 2009

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I have always enjoyed classical literature. There is just something richer about a book written during the print era (before the radio, television, or internet). Back when the written word ruled, authors mastered the art of description and plot development.

As great as these old novels are, I rarely have time to sit down and enjoy a good book. Casual reading falls victim to juggling kid schedules and laundry. While commuting to work last year I discovered the Classic Tales Podcast.

Created by the very talented BJ Harrison, the Classic Tales Podcast brings great short stories from the past to life – in a mobile format. Each Friday a new, unabridged story is available as well as full-length stories for purchase (such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Treasure Island). BJ doesn’t merely read the stories, he performs them. He brilliantly develops each character, bringing out their personalities and emotions.

Now as you are running errands, cleaning your house, or just relaxing you can allow the classics to “awaken your better self,” as BJ puts it. Take a listen and let me know what you think!

(Guest blog post by Abbie Mantor, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

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"believe in this life" taken by Kary Shay spray painted
ground zero on 9/11

celebrating my seven- year itch to my beloved Michael on 09 20 09. giving hope to staying married despite the up's & downs...and giving hope to those without clean water $20 dollars @ a time.

this is significant for me because as I'm struggling to put up fences and boundaries in many areas in my life personally. One of those areas is in the way of "spending". On any given year of our anniversary I would spend $500 plus dollars creating an experience to celebrate our anniversary together by booking overnight stay @ an expensive hotel, lavish dinner etc. While enjoyed. Neither Michael or I have the $$$ to do that this year. We are in counseling struggleing to stay committed to each other in marriage. It's working! We are "mending" fences.

Why would I post such a personal subject on my "company blog" Moon Monkey Coffee Company....because Moon Monkey is one of my favorite things aside from my (2) children he gave me Nicole & Benjamin. The Monkey turns 5 in just a few days...has taken it's toll on our 7 year marriage...but it was a gift from Michael!

So this year, join us in celebrating our 7 year itch!~ committed to staying married...& giving hope to others $20 dollars @ a time on 092009 by donating to "clean water"

What's the bull dog got to do with it? well, with dog-like determination...anything is possible....this bull dog was on the back of a motorcycle on Michael & I's last trip to Nashville so with Dog like determination and DOG spelled backwards..."GOD" we are staying married! & providing living water....for both our marriage $20.00 at a time and giving hope to those without clean water!

092009 our 7 year itch!~
Don't miss Sunday's webcampus Service 092009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mug Shot

If I were a little better at science I would become a CSI, just like on TV. My days would include searching out clues and catching criminals! But, alas, I’m but a student of the bible. But what if the bible was my “crime scene” and good interpretation was my goal? Wouldn’t the bible become much more interesting when approached as a great mystery to be solved?

Methodical Bible Study by Dr. Robert Traina portrays the bible as just that – a mystery in need of great detectives (Horatio Caine sunglasses & Hummer optional). A CSI would never approach a crime scene haphazardly, hoping the clues would just jump out at them. Real investigators bring the right tools and carefully scan the scene in a methodical approach – to avoid missing even the smallest piece of evidence.

Studying the bible should be done in the same way.

Dr. Traina lays out a thorough 4-step approach to help avoid missing any of the clues in the bible. The book is written for students of biblical study, but there is much to be learned for all readers.

1.) Observation – As you are reading a book of the bible, or section, make note of every detail you can find – even the obvious. When you are done observing the passage, observe some more. The details you uncover will amaze you! Some key things to look for include: context, relationship between words, literary forms (think back to middle school English), and atmosphere.

2.) Interpretation – This step involves determining the meaning and importance of all the details you collected. Think of it as taking the evidence back to the lab. This step can become a long, drawn-out process (sorry, no short one hour episodes here). It includes discovering the basic meaning of the evidence collected, the reasons those clues were placed in the passage, and what those clues imply about the passage as a whole.

A very important part of interpretation is to put yourself in the shoes of the author. Who were they writing to? Why were they writing? What was going on around them politically, socially, and culturally? Many clues can be taken from the text, but sometimes outside resources will be needed for full understanding. Just make sure to START with the actual text and utilize it as the MAIN source of evidence.

3.)Evaluation and Application – During this phase of study, the reader determines the value of a particular passage, not based on their own opinion, but based on the facts they have gathered. The reader must also ask if the passage is applicable to contemporary life. Some passages were written to a specific audience for specific purposes and are not applicable (consider the dietary laws of the Old Testament), but others are timeless truths to be applied.

4.) Correlation – the final step is really an on-going step. To further the CSI analogy, this is cataloguing all of the cases you have investigated to enhance future cases. Keep a journal or blog of your insights so that as you study other passages you can make connections throughout the bible.

This isn’t an approach to read through the bible in a year and it’s not a process that will ever be completed, but let me know how it’s going. What amazing insights is God revealing to you as you methodically investigate His word?

(Guest blog post by Abbie Mantor, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Daily Mug Shot :: Andy Stanley


Summary: PRINCIPLE OF THE PATH by Andy Stanley is book about the heart of each person’s path and the principle that operates within a life. Here’s the principle: Direction- not intention- determines destination. The gist of the book can be found in this except taken from page 3 of PRINCIPLE OF THE PATH

…”this is a principle because it isn’t a rule you follow. Truth is, the principle of the path follows you. It’s not a law. You can break a law. But the principle of the path has the power to break you. It is not an idea or concept you choose to apply. As we discover, it is being applied to you every moment of everyday.


PRINCIPLE OF THE PATH by Andy Stanley, should not be read if you do not want to challenge the status quo in your life…or perhaps revisit past decisions in your life…that you never intended to make… rather the path make them for you. Principle was challenging @ best to read as a 40 something who never intended many things that now shape my life. However, it is full of outstanding examples, personal observations from Andy’s life & rich with biblical truth along with a study guide. These examples, observations, and biblical truth offer hope for the future and make the case to “pay attention to the path you intend for your life.

Personal reflections in the margin: (I often write in margin of books as I read here are some of them)

Decisions made with reckless abandon in your youth lead to regret & path you never intended to follow.

Prayer: Lord help me to choose the divine direction to leverage choice as an advantage: a path that leads to the life you died for me to have…

This book is a must read regardless of your age and where you find yourself on the path of life!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

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The Summer of C.S. Lewis
Nestled between an interstate move, preparing to start school, and becoming as stay-at-home mom again, I deemed this summer “The Summer of C.S. Lewis.” I dedicated my efforts to read as many works by the twentieth century intellectual giant as possible. I completed one! Yep, one! But it was one more than I had read in the previous 28 summers of my life!
Here are a few of my favorite thoughts from Mere Christianity, the writings based on his radio talks during the war torn 1940s.
“Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness.”
“One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting everyone else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons – marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.”
“If our expenditures on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small.”
“A world of nice, people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world – and might even be more difficult to save.”
The radio talks recorded in Mere Christianity were created to explain to non-Christians in Britain the basic beliefs of Christianity. Lewis’s simple, everyday language and examples bring to life his faith and convictions in Christ. I found myself diving deeper into my own beliefs and was challenged to go beyond mere Christianity into a deeper understanding and practice of my own faith.
What books did you read this summer and how have they impacted you?

Monday, August 17, 2009

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August 17, 2009

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford
As the mother of young children, I have “enjoyed” many episodes of Curious George, the fun-loving monkey whose adventures broaden his world. Moon Monkey Coffee is a lot like George –exploring unchartered territory, meeting new friends, and enjoying life.
With a curiosity like that, who can keep the Monkey from learning? This fall, that is exactly what the Monkey and I will be doing. We, collectively under my name and my Sallie Mae account, have enrolled at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. To earn “our” Masters in Biblical Studies.
In exchange for feeding his curiosity, the Monkey has promised to keep me company (and awake) during my late night study sessions and early morning lectures. Together we’ll conquer the deep theological discussions with new friends. In the end, I will use my degree to become a college professor; the Monkey will probably just use his to impress his favorite Shine.FM female artists!
You can join us here every Monday to hear about our latest adventures and what we’ve learned. You can also follow some of those deep (and not so deep) theological discussions at my personal blog. In the process, maybe you will also catch a little of the Monkey’s curiosity!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Our Greatest Fear —Marianne Williamson

it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other

people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson

[Often said to have been quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela. The source is Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992. —Peter McLaughlin]

Monday, July 13, 2009

Daily Mug Shot Cowboyupgurlz

Sunday, July 12, 2009
It’s Time You Knew...Guest Post by Stephanie Ericsson's


There are these women, see? Women who've sent me direct messages on Twitter or emailed me, or posted to my blog. These women, who saw me floundering, make it a point to support me almost every day. You can do it... each of them says, each in their own way. Some send prayers. Some send money. Some send me their stories. Some even send me 'virtual' flowers! Little by little we learn one another's stories... All of them give me strength that I would not have had without them.

One of these women, givelovecoffee, a coffee micro-roaster with her own company, Moon Monkey Coffee, sent me this message one day, after she'd had a particularly hard day herself "...time to live our new mantra, 'cowboy up, girls'... with Tylenol everything will be OK." From there, one of us came up with the Twitter toy #cowboyupgurlz and since then, we've been using it to alert all the other women, living in a man's world, picking ourselves up by our bootstraps and trudging forward in spite of all. Later, she wrote,

"No more apologies take captives under your influence & make a difference in spite of your circumstances. #cowboyupgurlz It's a new day! Your tweet was divine—instead of feeling sorry for myself I felt humbled but not powerless...The act of one-anothering in online spaces, gives a connection to not just pixels but people to share in your circumstances, to offer a kind word, a 140 characters of encouragement to be excellent!

All the best today! Leaning in looking up & whispering our names...

I think that's a great definition of #cowboyupgurlz. "The act of one-anothering..." is apt.

Today, I sit in my old apartment, alone...trying to get the loose ends wrapped up. Trouble is—I get confused when I'm overwhelmed and my attention-deficit takes over and leads me by my nose in circles. Added to this is my pain-level today, which is greater than it's been in months. Ugh. I've worn out my son and his friend, Cain—they have worked really hard for the past week, so I sent them off to their respective dwelling spots to recuperate. Now I have to get the rest of the stuff packed and ready for moving. I am praying someone will be able to help. Can only do what I can.

I sat down and had a good cry. Then I checked my email, and there were notes and tweets of encouragement. Suddenly, what just seemed impossible—seems possible. It will be ok. All of it.

So, to all these women, members of the #cowboyupgurlz club, Yahoo...! I'm going to get it done. I'm going to make a difference, in spite of my circumstances—maybe even because of them...

The angels just told me a secret:

Within the difficulties, the suffering, the hopelessness, there is hidden opportunities for redemption, for connection, for love. If I tackle the problems, I'll find miracles hiding there.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

this insight that was tweeted last night from Andrew Sullivan says it all:
There are two things to say about him. He was a musical genius; and he was an abused child. By abuse, I do not mean sexual abuse; I mean he was used brutally and callously for money, and clearly imprisoned by a tyrannical father. He had no real childhood and spent much of his later life struggling to get one. He was spiritually and psychologically raped at a very early age - and never recovered. Watching him change his race, his age, and almost his gender, you saw a tortured soul seeking what the rest of us take for granted: a normal life.

But he had no compass to find one; no real friends to support and advise him; and money and fame imprisoned him in the delusions of narcissism and self-indulgence. Of course, he bears responsibility for his bizarre life. But the damage done to him by his own family and then by all those motivated more by money and power than by faith and love was irreparable in the end. He died a while ago. He remained for so long a walking human shell.

I loved his music. His young voice was almost a miracle, his poise in retrospect eery, his joy, tempered by pain, often unbearably uplifting. He made the greatest music video of all time; and he made some of the greatest records of all time. He was everything our culture worships; and yet he was obviously desperately unhappy, tortured, afraid and alone.

I grieve for him; but I also grieve for the culture that created and destroyed him. That culture is ours' and it is a lethal and brutal one: with fame and celebrity as its core values, with money as its sole motive, it chewed this child up and spat him out.

I hope he has the peace now he never had in his life. And I pray that such genius will not be so abused again

Earlier this week I referenced an article by Ben Arment titled " Modern Day Multitude Makers" Here's an excerpt " The spiritual impace of his ministry goes without saying, but there were social forces at work that gathered the crowds. Multitude -making is a social phenomenon, not a spiritual one. And if we overlook tht truth, we do stupid things in the name of faith" page 76 Multitude Makers.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's daily mug shot is a re post. This picture captures me. As I let my mind it excitement, exhaustion, extreme sweating? What does it say to you? Can you see yourself on her face. I can. I've been running hard, to earn & learn vs leaning in the past two days...will slow down today and build MOR= margin of reflection...taking in nothing new and processing only what I have taken in from the past week. Pray for me this will be a challenge!

In honor of this day of MOR Margin of reflection: here's few day worth of tweets links & the link to stir you up....

From Collide Magazine: Prophetic= to communicate the heart of God...... I don't think it is the job itself that gets boring it's our approach to it.

From givelovecoffee twitter profile:

@Mark Batterson: Many people feel like a failure-simply because they haven't defined success.

@Steven Futrick: Faith is not a drug to sedate you through life you have it's a force to transform you to another realm of reality.

@curtstweets: Character is what emerges from all the little things you were to busy to do yesterday but did anyway Mclaughlin

Monday, June 22, 2009


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Today's daily mug shot is art in a that, I've been pouring and sketching with syrup lately...chocolate, raspberry & milk atop Moon Monkey Coffee you almost can't go wrong with that combination. Headed to the coffee lab today after the Shine.FM studios...putting smiles on more raving fans! Decided not to roast in the midst of tornado's last night!
Reading a new book today: "Just Do Something" a liberating approach to finding God's Will OR
"How to make a decsion without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, wrting in the sky, etc. by Kevin Deyoung. I'm stuck on page 15...combined with quote from Ben Arment yesterday....I'm wrecked, the coffee lab is the perfect place for me.
"Second, our search for the will of God has become an accomplice in the postponement of growing up, a convenient out for the young (or old) Christian floating through life without direction or purpose. Too many of us have passed off our instability, inconsistency, and endless self-exploration as "looking for God's will, as if not making up our minds and meandering through life were marks of spiritual sensitivity.
As a result, we are full of passivity adn empty on follow-through. We're tinkering around with everyone and everything. Instead, when it comes to our future, we should take some responsibility, make a decision, and just do something.

Followed by Ben Arment, "God uses social forces to propel the Gospel ... and multitude making is a social phenomenon not a spiritual one and if we overlook the truth , we do stupid things in the name of faith.

Yikes, I needed that...Note to self: Don't be stupid!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Zig's Hero At the Foot of a giant

I realized then that I had not been standing at the bedside of a fragile girl; I had been standing at the foot of a giant.

As I always do ...I ended the day how I began by reading and face is still wet from this post from I have copied it as a reminder to myself of the impact our lives have on others. At the foot of a giant.

At the Foot of a Giant
I will warn you upfront that this is a very difficult post for me to write. My good friend Amy Jones is at the end of her fight against cancer. Sunday night we went to say goodbye. Life is hard.
Sitting in the waiting room, talking to Amy’s friends and family, brought back so many memories. Just about eight years ago Amy showed up at our company. All 108 petite pounds of Amy filled the room as her smile and laugh lifted everyone around her. She led us in a devotional meeting and shared how she was overcoming several tragedies in her life through God’s grace and love. We all fell in love with Amy that day.
As usual, Dad was sitting in the devotions room on the first row, taking notes. When Amy was done he hugged her and said she needed to be a speaker, and then he called Peter Lowe and got her on the Get Motivated Seminar! Amy’s first speech was on the big stage in front of thousands. We always teased Amy that she was given 22 minutes to talk about time management, and she took 38 minutes to give the talk!

Amy and Zig
Soon Amy became a fixture around our company. Christmas time with Amy is special. She starts shopping the day after Christmas for the next one, and if you are on her list it’s likely you will get not 1, not 2, not 3, but multiple gifts that are perfect for you. Best of all, each gift is a reflection of how much and how often Amy is thinking of you because they are seldom bought at the same time. That’s just Amy. Another thing that is just Amy is that somehow she finds all of the perfect gifts for less money than any single gift you find for her!
As Amy’s speaking career was growing she came on board full time at Ziglar to spearhead a new program called Ziglar VIP. Amy led this charge and overcame many challenges to make Ziglar VIP one of our most successful programs ever. Without Amy this program would not exist, and our company would look much different today. Amy was our secret weapon – “Send Amy,” we would say – you fall in love with Amy when you meet her, and through that love you have a chance to work through the objections and the needs of the client. For Amy life is about relationships, so talking to people about what you believe in is really just about loving them and understanding their needs. Amy keeps things Pure and Simple – I love that about Amy

A couple of years ago we started to reorganize the company and I created for Amy what I thought was the perfect role for her. She would continue to lead the Ziglar VIP charge, but she would be more commission-based. I was excited about my plan – I just knew Amy was about to get rich! When we met with Amy, everybody was excited about the plan – but Amy! With grace and love and after a great deal of prayer, Amy came back to me and said this was not the plan for her. Instead, she moved back into an Independent Contractor role as a speaker for us. And she started her ministry.
Amy and a couple of her friends started a ministry called the Journey of Sisters. The Sisters are a group of women who have overcome incredible tragedies of all types in their lives. Amy became the leader, organizing events at homeless shelters and battered women’s’ shelters. More importantly, Amy became the mentor and coach for the other Sisters. Now there are 14 women in the Journey of Sisters, every one of them touched by Amy.

Last year we were doing a book with Mac Anderson, the founder of Simple Truths and Successories. I mentioned to Mac that I knew this lady named Amy Jones, and she would be perfect to do a book on time management. I set up the call for Amy and Mac, smiling to myself that it was a “done deal,” because when you meet Amy you fall in love with her. That book, titled How to Do Twice as Much in Half the Time, came out six weeks ago. Little did we know how prophetic that title would be.
In March this year Amy was speaking at a Get Motivated Seminar in Lubbock, Texas. She was accidentally knocked down on stage. Several days later, her side hurting and with a fever, she went to the doctor. What she thought was a bad bruise from the fall ended up being a tumor the size of a grapefruit. Ten years to the day that her dad died from kidney cancer, Amy was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive Stage 4 kidney cancer.
As I sat in the waiting room Sunday night reflecting on all of this, Amy continued to fill the room with her love and grace. The doctors had given her an incredible amount of pain killers and stimulants so that she would be able to say goodbye. For well over an hour, Amy spoke God’s love into the lives of the 14 Sisters as they gathered around her bed. She told each one of them the strengths that they possessed and she gave each one of them a charge that was unique to them to carry forward the ministry.

Then it was our turn to see Amy. She told us how much she loved us, and she told Dad what an impact he had on her. We held hands and talked. I teased her, as is my custom, and said “Amy, 12 disciples was good enough for Jesus, but you needed 14!” She smiled. Somehow, on this incredibly hard day, on this incredibly tough journey, Amy filled everyone with hope and love. Nothing about the goodbye was about Amy, Amy made it about everyone else. Her peace was perfect and her words were pure.

One of the most difficult things for me these last few months has been how “unfair” this has been. Amy is good, pure, sweet, even fragile in all of the right ways. She is someone you want to protect, someone you want to take the place for. She reminds you of Christ, who paid the ultimate price for all of us — pure, innocent, and loving. On the way out of her room her mother told me, “After everyone leaves tonight they are going to increase her pain medication so that she will no longer suffer. This will allow her to sleep, and when she wakes up, she will be with Jesus.”

I realized then that I had not been standing at the bedside of a fragile girl; I had been standing at the foot of a giant.

Daily Mug Shot

Today's daily mug shot is art in a that, I've been pouring and sketching with syrup lately...chocolate, raspberry & milk atop Moon Monkey Coffee you almost can't go wrong with that combination. Headed to the coffee lab today after the Shine.FM studios...putting smiles on more raving fans! Decided not to roast in the midst of tornado's last night!
Reading a new book today: "Just Do Something" a liberating approach to finding God's Will OR
"How to make a decsion without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, wrting in the sky, etc. by Kevin Deyoung. I'm stuck on page 15...combined with quote from Ben Arment yesterday....I'm wrecked, the coffee lab is the perfect place for me.
"Second, our search for the will of God has become an accomplice in the postponement of growing up, a convenient out for the young (or old) Christian floating through life without direction or purpose. Too many of us have passed off our instability, inconsistency, and endless self-exploration as "looking for God's will, as if not making up our minds and meandering through life were marks of spiritual sensitivity.
As a result, we are full of passivity adn empty on follow-through. We're tinkering around with everyone and everything. Instead, when it comes to our future, we should take some responsibility, make a decision, and just do something.

Followed by Ben Arment, "God uses social forces to propel the Gospel ... and multitude making is a social phenomenon not a spiritual one and if we overlook the truth , we do stupid things in the name of faith.

Yikes, I needed that...Note to self: Don't be stupid!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Coffee and Milk Daily Mug Shot

Coffee and Milk
Originally uploaded by Chaval Brasil
Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~
Love the red in this mug shot...also the milk right on the about timing! Reflecting over a press of Sumatra this morning and recovering from reflections taken in from just two articles featured in May/June Issue of Collide Magazine. Speaking of Milk "Holy Cow" here are just a few quotes as I was reading back to front....

"God uses Social forces to propel the Gospel" & ..."Multitude making is a social phenomenon, not a spiritual one. And if we overlook that truth, we do stupid things in teh name of faith" Ben Arment

"Unless your consider that we treat one another with the same level of irrational assessment. In the Christian community, there's an awful lot of judging unfinished people as if they were the final product" Mark Steele

heavy ponder in the coffee lab I roast. So glad for me coffee is an art & is the platform in my life. I will add more margin today...give me eyes to see everyone as ART a work in progress!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey's daily mug shot is in honor of my first born, is his 16th Birthday! This picture is from the weekend...we celebrated with a concert @ Soldier Field. Feeling a little misty-eyed, can't believe he's that boy! my greatest challenge, next to following the Lord and one of my greatest joys in this life cowboy hat and all!

Reflecting over a week of amazing are just few from Twitter.
@charityideas "The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change is service to fellow human beings "Lee Ioccocca

@Perry Noble Praying I always lead from conviction & not convenience.
@David Foster Your choice to advance the good or defend the status quo one is cowardice one is couregeous.

Make today a Masterpiece, lean in, build margin and connect with those in your phyiscal space.

From Seth Godin's blog today You matter
When you love the work you do and the people you do it with, you matter.

When you are so gracious and generous and aware that you think of other people before yourself, you matter.

When you leave the world a better place than you found it, you matter.

When you continue to raise the bar on what you do and how you do it, you matter.

When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.

When you touch the people in your life through your actions (and your words), you matter.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Daily Mug Shot Vison

Today's daily mug shot is the perfect blend of Moon Monkey Coffee Company's Vision. Extraordinary coffee & music. Been one-anothering alot this week with the art of giving extraordinary coffee without any expectation of return! ....Brand Evangelism! I can barely keep pace with opportunities birthed over extraordinary cups of Moon Monkey Coffee...The tool of connection, the art of I said in a previous post see June 9th it's not about the's amazing! It's about connecting the dots, stepping in to and not just poking @ a vision! The follwing is a must read from Michael Hyatt blog from yesterday on vision. I highly recomment it. Here's the tweet with the link from one of my mentors ....@JohnCMaxwell quoted Michael Hyatt on the importance of vision over strategy. Michael originally wrote about it here:

Will be in Indy blending with Moon Monkey Coffee. First stop new radio station, followed by a visit to a new raving fan @evanmcbroom from Fish Hook Communications @

Life Lesson #897 yesterday: a very valuable life lesson, that I already knew.... that can be summed up in this tweet from @exectweets "People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou (via @ScreamingEagle1)

Daily Mug Shot

Today's Daily Mug shot...won't happen very I don't like picutres of myself! But this picture represents my "state of mind" a pivitol moment in time! Nicole C Mullen giving me props after encourging the audience @ the Gospel Music Association Artist panel this past April in Nashville. Her message to me & others "be found faithful" right/write where you are....big & small....not just with your money, but with your relationships & the vision for life!
Be found faithful today in all things connect, add value to others, inspire lead from the edge of every opportunity!
Headed to the coffee latter today for a little aroma therapy for some of my new raving fans from Aspen Group. Gotta go somewhere quiet & wonderful my head is full of stuff to sort through after a full day of visionary planning with the team. Leaning in and looking up!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's daily mug shot...not anyone I know personally, & I must confess forgot where I saw the picture yesterday in my "social working" efforts online...the picture captured my attention....looks to me like she
"GOT WET" somewhere... Visions are alot like that... My vision for Moon Monkey Coffee Compay...somedays I feel how she looks....but I agree with this tweet from @holycowcreative You don't carry out a vision by poking at it, you have to take the risk of stepping out onto it and embracing it fully. Or what I call "GET WET" jump in both feet, embrace it..."what's the hook?" make sure you are "called" to do it!
Another post yesterday that got my attention... @messycanvas Do you ever feel afraid to disappear? I struggle with this...(see my last post)....also relates to the picture above..."looks like she's saying "000000hhh" one of these Ah Ha moments in life. so I'm working through it.
What does any of this have to do with coffee? Nothing and everything! Coffee is "just" the connection tool I use to blend the passions in my life. What are they? OREO's= Ordinary relationships Extraordinary Obedience...One Anothering on line and off through social "social work" also includes my first love...RADIO.... When you blend the two passions, coffee & radio & you begin to allow God to unpack'em right in front of you...well you have a vision! Larger then life somedays that leaves me WET, exhausted, and frustrated trying to convince those around me that leading others, by one anothering and investing in them is a "social work " formula for God to do amazing things! Be careful what you pray found faithful right/write were you are & hold on! it's a wild ride! For those of you who are wondering why I'm unpacking this vision on my company website...Simple! It's the fabric of who I am. I can't separte the "who" from the "do" hurts.... it's a vision, a passion, it's "whose" I am
Make today a masterpiece over an extraordinary cup of coffee! connect, inspire them, lead from the edge of each opportunity! & "Stop just poking at it!"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's mug shot is Toby Mac giving the glory to the Lord in the midst of affirmation from others. As Moon Monkey becomes a brand that others recognize in the artist, speaker, teacher, leader realm...I pray I don't chase the affirmation. I know the Lord has amazing days ahead for Moon Monkey Coffee Company as we seek to give him the glory! Coffee is "just" yes," just" the tool of connection...what @tonysteward coined "brand evangilism" this weekend! Moon Monkey Coffee - excellent brand evangelism — Tony Steward:. Blog
Love that phrase & he is right's about proactive connection. Or what Nick from Newspring calls "one anothering" wanna know more about Newspring So this weekend through it all an Aspen Open House, a cupping,... followed by some reflection this it is:

the marriage of these two pharses...Moon Monkey's brand strategy is:
Brand Evangelism by one-anothering online & off. Perfect! thanks Nick & Tony!

The above picture is the cry of my heart...this morning...after I read a brief tweet from @perrynoble it caught the attention of my mentor

Tweet posted below:
@givelovecoffee Note 2 self: Are you chasing affirmation? it may appear as an opportunity. check origin...may just b a distraction to keep U from HIS plan.
so as I take my eyes off myself & Moon Monkey Coffee Company Here's a selection of passages taken from the message:
The Way He wants you to live: 1 Thes 5:11-28
12-13And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!
13-15Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other's nerves you don't snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
16-18Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
19-22Don't suppress the Spirit, and don't stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don't be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what's good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.
23-24May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he'll do it!
25-27Friends, keep up your prayers for us. Greet all the followers of Jesus there with a holy embrace. And make sure this letter gets read to all the brothers and sisters. Don't leave anyone out.
28The amazing grace of Jesus Christ be with you!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's Daily Mug shot has two & David from Remedy Drive! you can hear him on David tracked Moon Monkey down recently @ Gospel Music Awards in Nashville Tenn. David is a raving fan of Moon Monkey Coffee Company...David & the guys are on tour this summer and are passionate about the cause of Christ!
If you would like to follow, who the monkey is teaching to "never" have a bad cup of coffee on the road again...follow us on twitter.
We are passinate about loving on artists, and world changers for the Cause of Christ!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Afters December Radio backstage Agape

Today's Mug Shot is two world changers in music...having fondue backstage @ Agape Fest 2009. You can hear December Radio & The Afters on It's my favorite thing to do is Love on those in ministry!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~ today's mug shot is from Anne Jackson otherwise known as flowerdust I got kissed today in blog post: #compassionindia She & others are part of the #Compassionindia bloggers trip to India. Her post today is touching! Anne Jackson is a world changer for the Cause of Christ!
Back on the home front here @ the Moon Monkey Coffee Labs we are gearing down from our trip to Gospel Music Week in Nashville Tenn. Nice to hand-deliver Moon Monkey Coffee to some of our raving fans in the music industry...Toby Mac, David from Remedy Drive and many behind the stage! I have a real love for artists, authors & others that inspire & lead us on the front lines of leadership to be excellent. This week we are gearing up 'pour and press' extraordinary coffee @ Agape Fest in Greenville Il. for day two of the festival. check our twitter updates #backstage on Saturday as Monkey Monkey turns loose (2) recent grads of to pour & press backstage to many of the Dove nominated artists. I love growing others through opportunities & watching them exceed my expectations!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's Daily Mug Shot is Andy Stanley Pastor, communicator Author, & founder of North Point Ministries inc. Andy's books and wisdom within the pages has become one the world changers in my life. I'am one of those folks his wisdom has shaped. Decided that along with posting fun stuff about Moon Monkey Coffee Company each day I would add a paragraph or two from a the current book on the end table of my life. Principles of the Path is the one occupying my mind and end table right now. Here's the principle I wish I would of stumbled on like the black monte carlo that stumbled on Louie Giglio & Andy as they were headed for the swamp.
Direction-not intention-determines our destination pg.14
warning: do not read this book if you do not wish to be challenged about the path your life's decisions have led you down.
Headed for the coffee lab this morning to package extraordinary Moon Monkey Coffee for some of my most famous raving Moon Monkey fans, Jon Forman of Switchfoot, Toby Mac. Headed to Nashville in the morning for Gospel Music Awards week. One of my favorite experiences of the year...almost becoming second to Catalyst in Atlanta.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's daily Mug shot is the "moon monkey mug" on the carpet inside the coffee lab yesterday...yes, that's me barefoot! in honor of amazing efforts of folks @ learn more about their day an awareness of going barefoot! I went to the following places barefoot
moon monkey coffee lab, Mc Donald's, delivered coffee to raving fan, car lot to look @ the most amazing 1967 cherry red mustag...couldn't help it! What a beauty, sure looked funny barefoot. church planning meeting for coffee ministry training conference!
Shipping 15 pounds of fresh rosted extraordinary Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe to so blessed to have raving fans in Nashville.....headed to Nashville on Sunday to mingle among the world changers in the Christian Music Industry with pack'in as much freash roasted moon monkey coffee my suitcase will carry along with hot pots, french press, and other coffee gear! Wish me well!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's daily mug shot is a picture I found yesterday on flickr while researching invisiblepeople and the despair and real existence of tent cities in 2009. Seems we've been here before...the mug shot is a picture from a 30- something year old mother who just sold her tent to buy food for the children during the great depression. Yes, unless we prepare and plan and even when we do as page 16 type reads Stability is an illusion.
Leaders need to be unstable in their thinking patterns and in the way they do things today may not be the same way things NEED to be done 5 years from now. Blogging about a book and review among peers is a perfect example. Thanks for the project John! I fit that personal definition...unstable....probablly why....I like it! By unstable I mean always looking for the next big thing to put in my tool box to add to the vintage tools that work every vintage tools I mean "plain Ol' authentic relationship building" with a twist if you will. The twist comes from being unstable. As Godin, points out on page 17, "The market is now a lot less impressed with average stuff for average people, and the market is a lot less impressed with loud and flashy and expensive advertising."
Partisans~ I'm a partisan are you? What idea or concept has come across your thoughts lately that made you a partisan? Did you act on it? How were you received? Did your reception or lack their of throw you off course? For me here's the rub...I want to make a difference, I want to make a difference...daily....I challenge you to make a difference right/write where you can be a leader in the position you are in write/now. Don't wait for the title, the corner office, or the pat on the back! just lead! "leading from the bottom page 19!
Finally~ pg 18 BE REMARKABLE NOT BORING! New Rule: "If you want to grow, you need to find customers who are willing to join you or believe in you or donate to you or support you....
What do you do for a living? I'm a coffee roaster & also a donor development leader for a christian radio station in Chicago What do you make? relationships internal /external that impact the bottom line and organization. BUT I also make a ruckus! Do you?
What have you done in you daily life the last 30 days to set yourself apart, lead, and make a ruckus? I introduced twitter into our media mix as a way to communicate with artists & our listeners.
go barefoot today

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mug Shot

Today's Mug Shot is from Tom's shoes...sorry for the long post. but I was moved by this story. Always amases me how "simple ideas" can change the world and a life one pair of shoes @ a time.
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about.
Our Story
In 2006 an American traveler, Blake Mycoskie, befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes sold with a pair given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by caring TOMS customers.
Since our beginning, TOMS has given over 140,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the One for One model. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.
Our ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allow TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of our One for One movement. Join us.
Why shoes?
Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.
Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren't possible barefoot.
Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.
Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.
There is one simple solution...SHOES.
Four of the planet's six billion people live in conditions inconceivable to many. Lets take a step towards a better tomorrow.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Happy Easter Monday~ Today's mug shot...isn't he sweet. thinking of & the drilling of wells that is going on world's away and the joy it places on faces! Life is for celebrating!
If this is your first visit to the givelovecoffee blog welcome, we'll be blogging about Seth Godin's book tribes. The link below will give you some backgrond information and details. Looking forward to learning and leading from all who are part of the project over extraordinary cups of coffee.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's Mug Shot is another from a boy welcomes the founder & guest @ his school. You can't have extraordinary coffee without clean water. Moon Monkey Coffee Company is committed to give love coffee through extraordinary efforts of everyday ordinary folks making a difference write/right where they are! Thanks Travis for new blog design! Love it! He has risen.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~
Today's Mug shot is joy on the face of an ethiopian by celebrating charity waters efforts on site today~ You can't have extraordinary coffee without water! Blessing and congrats to Charity Water from the Monkey. True picture of

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~ this mornings mug shot is Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson. I will always begin each post on this blog with a "mug shot" it's a play on words of course...I love to play with words.... so for Mug Shots you'll see leaders, artists, mugs & also the mugs with extraordinary coffee.
I would encourage you to read his blog post for today over a extraordinary cup of coffee.
Michael summarizes what he has learned by blogging over the last 5 years or so... I can relate to his first one...
"Blogging helps me clarify my own thinking. This is probably the primary benefit of blogging for me. Sometimes I am not sure what I think about a topic until I have written on it. Writing helps me untangle my thoughts. My next favorite is all the amazing folks I have met on twitter. a trible of folks I've come to lean on with a 140 characters for inspiration, & reflection. Follow me on twitter givelovecoffee.
Life is for celebrating. This ain't no ordinary love! stayed tuned to this blogspot I will be reviewing books for Thomas Nelson & posting and looking forward to your feedback here.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Today's mugshot is a pen & ink drawing from my then 14 year old son Ryan. I have been lost in cyber space connecting with marketplace leaders, artists, and everyday ordinary folks passionate about life & coffee. Artists, musican's, authors, leaders, all changing the view of the world in a 140 characters. So thankful of this medium to connect. In the days and weeks to come by blog will have posts from books I'm reading from publisher Thomas Nelson. First up, my mentor, Andy Stanley and his book Principle of the Path! More then ever I'm commited to encourging leaders and artists as they impact and add value to others in their everyday ordinary life. Visit often, follow me on twitter. givelovecoffee/ This ain't no ordinary love...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning~ Moon Monkey Junkies~ Alfred inspired me today~Be inspired by his story below...and go out MAD=make a difference right where you are today! be reative if you have to be wait
he is The world's only analog blogger? He "blogs" daily in Liberia, Africa without power or a computer. 10,000 readers a day! Alfred Sirleaf is a blogger. Not just any blogger - no sir, Alfred is an analog blogger. He runs the "Daily News," a news hut in the middle of Monrovia, the capital of a Liberia, a country on the west coast of Africa. The lack of electricity doesn’t even faze him:
Alfred serves as a reminder to the rest of us, that simple is often better, just because it works. The lack of electricity never throws him off. The lack of funding means he’s creative in ways that he recruits people from around the city and country to report news to him. He uses his cell phone as the major point of connection between him and the 10,000 (he says) that read his blackboard daily.
Not all Liberians who read his news are literate, so he makes use of symbols. Whether it’s a UN or military helmet, a poster of a soccer player or a bottle of colored water to denote gas prices, he is determined to get the message out in any way that he can.
Link A 2005 article on NYT on Alfred Sirleaf - via Onelargeprawn

Monday, March 23, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey's mug shot is one of my favorite authors & online mentors! Pastor, teacher, leader of North Point Church, in Georgia, Andy Stanley. Amazing leadership guidance! I have enjoyed finding those passionate about coffee on twitter. made many many new friends and contacts that do live over extraordinary coffee. find me on twitter...givelovecoffee. Life is for celebrating!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies! This is like me with no coffee in my life...I surrender all! Can't remeber where I found this pic on the web but it deserves to be today's mug shot. Life is for celebrating. enjoy the weekend & those in your physical space. Headed to the coffee lab to clean up after our roasting circus yesterday in the offical Moon Monkey "demin" lab coat. Feeling creative this morning...right after my next cup of extraordinary coffee.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

good morning moon monkey junkies~
It's the monkey's mug, and his mug...
It's wanna get fresh friday, the day or night...based on my opportunities of the day where I head into coffee lab with the now offical "demin lab coat" to roast up a storm of extra ordinary coffee. Looking forward to roasting a extraordinary batch for the Idea Den in Nashville Tenn. they host artists spinned on folks like Jon Foreman, a moon monkey junkie! Can't wait til the Idea Den pour fiction family a cup of moon monkey in Nashville...won't they be excited me to! Happy "wanna get fresh friday...time to head out to the coffee lab to roast
signiture smokey chimp expresso, Costa Rican Tarrazu, Guatemala Antigua, Fair Trade Sumantra, and my personal favorite....Fair Trade Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. Life is for celebrating...give love

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Toby Mac on his portable sounds tour! Check out Robby Holmes stream on Flickr it's amazing...course I'm a sucker for black & white. Up this morning @ O' dark :30 must of been the corned beef....I will have to drink extra, extraordinary Moon Monkey Coffee Today. Created a new spro in the coffee lab over the weekend....Love it, Love it , Love it! If you'd like a few sample shoot me an e-mail
p.s. Tobymac is a huge moon monkey junkie fan...can't wait to see him in his hometown of Nashville next month to hand-deliver fresh beans

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~ Headed to the coffee lab this morning to roast up a several batches of extraordinary coffee for a cafe. And also to hand select some green beans for a friend who would like to learn how to roast coffee in a pop corn popper! beware, this is how the passion starts! Can I get a witness! enjoy the day with the one's in your physical space and be a blessing. Love this quote from Mary anne Radmacher

" Live with Intention Walk to the edge listen hard play with abandon. laugh.

choose with no regret.continue to learn. appreciate your friends.

do what you love. live as if this is all there is.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Happy Friday Moon Monkey Junkies~ My mugshot of the day is Mark Hall from Casting Crowns doing a little R&R with the little one's. Casting Crowns can be heard on (WONU 89.7FM) Chicago. click the link below for the voice of truth. Today is "Wanna get Fresh Friday" will be roasting in the coffee lab signiture smokey chimp espresso, Costa Rican Tarrazu, FTO Sumantra, Brazil Yellow Bourbon & Kenya AA. Shipping the fine leadership folks from unleashed, New Spring Church, S.C. Life is for celebrating. Have been lingering in the wisdom from Seth Godin and Tribes...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Afternoon Moon Monkey Junkies~
Moving through the book Tribes by Seth Godin and trying to apply the knowledge to Moon Monkey Coffee Company. Here's a blogpost that is a summary of the leadership wisdom between the pages. Tony Morgan's review of "Tribes" by Seth Godin Moon Monkey Tribe
Found an artisian on who will be creating a sterling sliver ring with the signiture FTO smokey chimp espresso. It continues to be my first love in my press pot and portafilter, and coffee cup. Life is for celebrating. Working on a fair trade coffee break event...all the places to do good what would u change?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

It's the monkey's mug, and his mug...our new window clings for coffee shops and church cafes that proudly pour our extraordinary coffee to their raving fans. Reading Seth Godin's Tribes over an extraordinary cup of FTO Sumantra this afternoon. Love this from page 18 of the book " If you want to grow, you need to find customers who are willing to join you or believe in you or dontate to you or support you. And Guess What? The only customers will to do that are looking for something new. The growth comes from the change and light and noise." Let's make some noise!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~
Whooo recovering from watching the 2009 US Barista Championships from Portland Oregon from the comfort of my living room and the convenience of ustreamtv. Winner of the 2009 US Barista Championships, Michael Phillips from Intelligensia, Chicago! Nice! After 5 hours of watching, blogging, writing, brainstorming. I headed out to my personal coffee lab, a.k.a. the roaster, to create a new blend of extraordinary FTO espresso blend Ethiopian Harrar & Sumantra. Love it. Tried to test my social network skills by tweeting and offered first (5) tweets a few pound to try. No tweets. No name just yet. I will have to rely on my Moon Monkey Junkies to grind, press and tamp it into the cup and tell me the blend is a keeper. Life is for celebrating.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~
recovering from a cold...whhhooo, hoooo, on the upswing. Roasting from Ethiopia today, Harrar and Yirga next. smells soooo good. Already had a press pot. I need to make this a party when I roast...that's the plan a small (3) seat , stool espresso bar, invitation only, with the wall a window facing out to the ..... view of the country. can't wait. How do you view your world through a mirror or a picture window to the world. Life is for celebrating. Enjoy your weekend. Loving those in your physical space!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Art is such a big part of my life...the art of givelovecoffee. The art of a loved one...this is a mug shot self portrait of my oldest, son, Ryan. & micro roaster in training...he pours amazing art by his hand and as you can see draws beautifully also~ The art of my children surrounds me everywhere & I enjoy it usually over and extraordinary cup of Moon Monkey Coffee. Here's to another "gift"...a new day! Life is for celebrating givelovecoffee.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Since it's March 2nd. Thought I'd find some art in a green mug :) Headed to the roaster this morning to blend and handpack extraordinary coffee from my Friday roasting session. Signiture Smokey Chimp Espresso, Dirty Chimp, Costa Rican Tarrazu, FTO Sumantra Mandheling. & NIcaragua SHG Diego Chavarria Shipping samples to (2) churches that heard about Moon Monkey Coffee Company on www.Shine.FM Life is for celebrating! Givelovecoffee

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Evening Moon Monkey Junkies~
Doing a little research for our signiture blend of espresso Smokey Chimp Espresso~ A person can get lost in the art of coffee from seed to much to learn and appreciate. Working on the Pour over Nasville event @ Hotel Indigo. Hoping our studio team @ www.Shine.FM and Moon Monkey Coffee Company will be celebrating the win of a Dove Award. give love coffee. Life is for celebrating

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mug Shot

Good Afternoon Moon Monkey Junkies~
Isn't this pretty from Heidi~ Way to go~ working on lots of things behind the scenes "pour over Nashville" @ Hotel Indigo. Talking with Church Cafe's in the listenting area and beyond about pulling signiture smokey chimp espresso behind their bars.
"Wanna Get Fresh Friday" last night...roasted FTO Honduras Raos, FTO Sumantra Gayo Mountain, FTO Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rican Tarrazu...will blend'em in few days...the lovely beans are resting today~ givelovecoffee Life is for celebrating

Friday, February 27, 2009

Daily Mug Shot

Good Morning Moon Monkey Junkies~ researching direct trade vs. fair trade options for Moon Monkey Coffee Company. ~ I could spend all day just reading & researching the trade. Headed to roaster to roast Costa Rican Tarrazu, FTO Honduras Roas, SignitureSmokey Chimp Espresso, Ethiopian Harrar, FTO Ethiopian Yirgacheffe & Love is...blend. "Wanna Get Fresh" Friday...may the beans crack in wonderfulness! Givelovecoffee