Where in The World Are The Fassbenders Going?

In case you missed it… we’re moving! There’s been lots of speculation about where we’re going so, even though we don’t have an exact location yet, I’ll fill you in on what we do know.

I’m thrilled to tell you that we are on the hunt for the perfect place for our new homestead, which I lovingly call “Fassbender Farm.”

Don’t worry Wisconsin compadres, it will most definitely be in America’s dairyland!

Why, you ask?

While we’re sad to be leaving the awesome community of Ave Maria, we are so looking forward to our return to Wisconsin! We have twenty nieces and nephews there, 5 godchildren, our parents, grandparents, siblings and memories galore!

Honestly, we just can’t stand to be away from these people…

 

and these people much longer!

 

 

Our children are looking forward to playing in the snow,

 

Having campfires with Nana

 

More snuggles from Papa,

Fearlessly swimming in LAKES,

 

and playing with their cousins.

 

If you remember my first blog post, then you know that I’ve (not so secretly) been longing for a little hobby farm. I have always wanted to be a farmer. When asked as a child what I’d like to be when I grew up, I would easily respond, “A farmer and a mom.” Apart from a short period of time in which I wanted to be Mia Hamm, this was a very consistent response and remains true today.

God has blessed me with motherhood thrice now and, while we’ll likely have more children, it seems about time we add some of these

and maybe one of these

to the family.

So, if you happen to know of a nice little farm for sale in Wisconsin, be sure to let us know. 😉

And yes, we are also going abroad! Before we move back to Wisconsin, we are taking our kids on one heck of a homeschool field trip!

We are making our first stop in Ireland with plans for possible visits to Spain and Poland.

I have never been anywhere in Europe before, so this will be a great experience for me too! We have some media productions brewing in these locations, so stay tuned.

What does this all mean for the roastery?

Good things! Many of our current orders come from Wisconsin and we may be able to provide better service to these customers if we set up a co-op or a new branch of the roastery there. The headquarters will always remain here in Immokalee, FL, giving us good reason to visit frequently. The Pinters will be in charge of operations here. We hope to keep growing in this way and have a real presence in even more locations across the globe.

For all our Guadalupe Coffee drinkers, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers while you sip your morning brew. We promise to do the same for you. Solidarity people, it’s what we’re all about!

Blessings,

Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/farm-girl at heart

Until We Meet Again

I am a bit behind in posting this week, but for good reason.

Brad’s grandmother passed, causing him to make an impromptu trip to Wisconsin for her funeral. She lived a long and good life – she would have been 92 years old next month. She was a simple woman with a heart of gold – a devoted wife and mother of 11 children with 32 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

And, in the spirit of her simple and gentle way, our hearts and minds were nudged during this time to make a big decision.

We have decided that the time has come for us to leave Ave Maria.

It is with terrible sadness and yet, an incredible joy that I write those words.

Even before his grandmother’s death, Brad and I had been talking a lot about the future and what and where God might be calling us to next. Brad had much time to contemplate all of this while away and, in particular, the Gospel reading at the funeral and a radio recording of Fulton J. Sheen on his drive home from the airport caught his attention. The gist of his reflection is this: Jesus calls us to “come” to Him and then he asks us to “go” (and make disciples of all nations).

For us, our move to Ave Maria was very much a “coming.” It was sort of like a 3 year spiritual retreat.

Let me explain.

When we came to Ave Maria, we left all of our family and friends behind. We were totally out of our comfort zone, but what we found here was so nourishing. We developed friendships that were enriching and challenging yet fun and energizing. People here were not afraid to have deep and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about life and our duties and responsibilities in it.

It was exactly what we needed to grow as individuals, as a married couple, and as a family unit. It also became the spark we needed to get going and start Guadalupe Roastery.

Once we finally took the leap and began the roastery, this community’s response was more than we could have asked for. To top it off, there were countless connections made with talented and good-hearted individuals here who greatly helped advance the mission of the roastery that can only be explained as providential.

Ave Maria is where we bought our first house, where we brought home two of our babies, where we’ve made friends that are more like family, where some of those friends became business partners, and it is a community we will always be grateful to have been a part of. I am convinced that there is no place in the world that is quite like this beloved town of ours.

Now for the “going” part.

We have begun to make our preparations. We will be selling many of our things in a rummage sale and we will be listing our house for sale. We don’t expect to be leaving for at least another couple of months, though, as there are still so many loose ends we need to tie up here before we leave.

So, where are we going?

We don’t exactly know yet.

For those of you who don’t know us real well, that may come as a bit of a shock. To those of you who do, you understand that it’s just how us Fassbenders roll 🙂

We have some ideas, but are not committing to anything just yet.

We feel that nudging to go and we believe that, if we just start moving in that direction, God will show us what is next.

Who knows, we may just end up back here again one day. We do know for certain that this will always be the headquarters for Guadalupe Roastery and that we will likely be frequent visitors on account of that.

We are grateful to have the Pinters who will be able to run operations here while we are away and we are thankful for the love, support, and friendship we have experienced in Ave Maria.

With that being said, please don’t give up on us now, Ave Maria! Now is the time we need you more than ever.

Moving means that Brad will be quitting his corporate job and we will be working extra hard at developing Guadalupe Roastery.

Don’t get us wrong, we will still be running Guadalupe Roastery along with the Pinters and hopefully our moving will make our distribution even wider.

There are tons of new and exciting things to come. We invite you, and everyone else, to join in solidarity with us each morning over a steaming mug of Guadalupe coffee.

We hope to be able to give you more details in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/emotional

A Guadalupe Roastery Story – Part 3 – Great Partnerships

Just when my natural skepticism started to kick in, God, like He so often does, gave us the right people at just the right time.

We were introduced to Tom and Paula through mutual friends in Ave Maria, FL.

As we got to know them more, we developed a friendship. Tom is the owner of a successful memorial business and, during the time that Brad was publishing Waterside Neighbors magazine in Naples, FL, Tom was advertising his business and his exclusive garden art pieces in it. Brad and Tom began talking about Guadalupe Roastery and Tom became really interested in what we were doing. Tom was looking for an investment, but more than that, he wanted to get involved because he loved the idea behind the company. A partnership with Tom and Paula was the logical next step – it was exactly what we needed.

Tom has invaluable knowledge and wisdom when it comes to operating a business. Brad and Tom work well together and have a deep respect for one another and a mutual trust. Paula, who has become a good friend of mine, is bilingual, very sociable, well organized, and is unmatched when it comes to planning events. Her and I work well together also and have an enjoyable time doing it! We can bond over the joys and struggles of motherhood and over being married to entrepreneurs with big ideas.

Tom’s place of business had a large enough space to section off for Guadalupe Roastery to set up shop and so we bought the big daddy roaster and started to move in.

Meanwhile, Andrew graduated from Ave Maria University with his Masters in Theology and we offered him the full-time role of Chief Business Developer for the roastery.

Andrew helped get us connected with awesome non-profits like: Mary’s Meals, Fight the New Drug, and the JPII Project.

We welcomed sweet baby Josephine to our family and found the need to consume a whole lot more of our delicious product.

Then, Paul and Bing Rush (friends of ours who run a mission called Guadalupe Gardens in Nicaragua), introduced us to Rolyn and Lorena Garcia. Rolyn and Lorena are coffee farmers and great people to be in partnership with. We believe in what they’re trying to do on their coffee farm and we love their heart for their hired workers and their local community.

Tom and Brad made their first trip to Rolyn and Lorena’s coffee farm this past October.

They brought along Travis Ratcliff and his amazing crew who produced a beautiful video detailing our partnership.

When Brad and Tom returned, they were both so fired up about their trip and all they had witnessed and experienced.

When I saw the video Travis produced, I got fired up too. Any bit of skepticism I had left faded away. Not only did I now totally understand the vision Brad had for this company all these years, but I FELT it. It may have taken me a while, but I was finally 100% on board.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, it’s a must see:

We’re incredibly thankful for our relationships and friendships with Tom, Paula, Andrew, Rolyn, and Lorena. It is so reassuring to no longer feel like we’re in this thing on our own and to have good and reliable people on our side.

So, where do we go from here?

Check back next week to find out what’s been brewing in our world! And, if you like what we’re about, join us in drinking some of the best coffee the world has to offer!

Taresa

wife/mother/blogger/grateful

A Guadalupe Roastery Story – Part 2 – Down to Business