It’s been just a little over two years since we got our first coffee roaster and, while the day-to-day operations still seem a bit slow to me, when I take the opportunity to look back, I’m utterly amazed at what has all transpired in two short years!
I write to you from the comfort of my own living room tonight and I have decided that Dorothy was really on to something when she said, "There's no place like home." Our travels were truly a wonderful experience for our family, but we are all glad to be sleeping in our own beds tonight.
After Ireland, we made our way to Portugal. We flew into Porto in the late afternoon where we had a brief scare that the car seats and stroller didn't make it. Eventually, we found them on a separate oversized luggage belt after a kind airport staff member, who spoke a bit of English, directed us there. Conversing with the car rental employees was also a bit of a struggle, but once we got our car, Brad was relieved to be driving on the right side of the road again.
...and we're off! ✈️
First stop, Iceland. Then on to Dublin! 🇮🇪
While you're drinking your Guadalupe coffee, please think of us and say a prayer that we make it to Ireland with no major debacles. Thank ye kindly. 🍀
I've spent the last few days preparing for this trip physically and have had really very little time to think about it all until today.
The reason I wanted to really contemplate what I want our family to get out of this trip is that this is likely a once in a lifetime opportunity for us.
Brad has officially quit his corporate job so he has the ability to take unrestricted time off. We are in the midst of selling our home in Florida and have left it in the capable hands of our good friend Raymond, a local realtor, to sell. And, we still haven't purchased a new home in Wisconsin, but have an open invitation to move in with Brad's parents until we can find the right property. Also, we have lived a pretty frugal lifestyle for the last several years so that we'd have the ability to take a risk on owning a family business one day. Well, we are now all in on Guadalupe Roastery!
While all this might seem a bit chaotic, we find it to be the perfect conditions for a European jaunt.
While we do have some media productions to work on in Europe, we mostly hope that this trip will be a peaceful time with our little family to bond and learn together.
So, I was thinking that we are going to see some really beautiful places: Castles, Cathedrals, and major works of art and, in order to understand them better, we must learn about their creator. We will discover who created it, how, and most importantly, why.