Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Full circle

A few years back we took our kids on a little missions trip to Mexico. We went to this orphanage where they have children living in group homes set up with house parents. Steve helped build the church while me and the kids played with the children there. It was a lot of fun for our family and we plan to do a lot more trips with our children in years to come....anyway we received this note today....

"This donation is from the grade school at Casa Vida y Esperanza. The children remember your family from when you visited a few years ago and they voted to give to Gobena Coffee rather than have a gift exchange. The kids gave of their own earned money and the teachers matched their giving. God bless you this Christmas!"

They donated $57! WOW this has come full circle....children that have been orphaned that are at a place where there needs are being met are helping other orphaned children that are still in need of there needs being met. Truly amazing!!! God is good and these children's hearts are truly amazing! I mean think about it...they are in an orphanage as well

Here is a video from our time spent at Casa Vida y Esperanza a few years ago

Friday, December 18, 2009

Carlos and Danny

This is totally AWESOME!!! OK so Carlos was filming something for his album coming out soon and this homeless guy named Danny walks up during and lifts his hands up and starts to sing....really truly amazing......read more here

Smell That?

Smell That? Go get some at www.gobena.org and you can HELP.......

With THIS......

And THIS....


Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to Silas

Silas, Eva wanted to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

We Miss you guys and Silas have a great Birthday little guy!!!!
The Box

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sweet Tea

So I saw this at Pete Wilson blog and thought that it would be great to share with you all.....check it out and let me know what you think....

Me: I see a great point here and feel that in today's society we are WAY to busy and the family suffers because of it...we should all slow down and get back to the relationships. What ever happened to sitting on the front porch drinking sweet tea or Gobena Coffee:) with famiy and friends and actually talking to one another, not twittering but actually talking? So any way back to the article....I might have gotten off on a tangent, but oh well....

"Is it just me or does it seem parents these days put more pressure on kids than ever before?

We push them to walk by age 1.

We desire they excel at a sport by age 9.

We calculate grade point averages and start talking about scholarships by 6th grade.

We want them to not only master the English language but learn a few others before they graduate.

Years ago I heard a message by Andy Stanley where he talked about how these days we’re tempted to raise kids who are experience rich but relationally poor. In other words they’ve attended every camp, played every sport, mastered most of the arts, played three instruments, but they were so busy they never had the opportunity to just sit around the kitchen table.

I’m worried that sometimes in our effort to give our kids what we didn’t have we rob them of one of the most important things we can give them…ourselves."

I read an interesting article the other day entitled “The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting”. They said…

Since the onset of the Great Recession, according to a CBS News poll, a third of parents have cut their kids’ extracurricular activities. They downsized, downshifted and simplified because they had to — and often found, much to their surprise, that they liked it. When a TIME poll last spring asked how the recession had affected people’s relationships with their kids, nearly four times as many people said relationships had gotten better as said they’d gotten worse.

How ironic that we might actually become better parents creating a richer family with less money and fewer opportunities.

One silly afternoon!!

One silly afternoon!!!! And YES she is still in her pj's.....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Refiners fire

Saw this at :


Really worth the read...let me know your thoughts?

"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

[Malachi 3:3]

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study, and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

My little perfomer

Isaac had his Christmas program tonight. He was so excited about it, Grandma and Grandpa came as well as some of his uncles.....I think we are going to have a little actor on our hands. By the way he is in the middle in the gray sweater

Eli was not into the whole program thing as you can tell......

Eva was not thrilled to be there either......did I say no nap today.....
Isaac you did a GREAT Job, you are a natural performer and in his own words"mom I am STAR"!!! You are a STAR TO US!!

My Sister in Love proudly supporting Gobena Coffee
Thanks Jill!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Isaac's class celebrated Thanksgiving last week.....Great times and fun was had by all!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Go Gift pack

Gobena Gift Pack...the gift that keeps on giving!!!

Purchase at www.gobena.org

Gobena on the GO

The travel mugs are in....you can purchase them along with the gift packs and t-shirts at www.gobena.org

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gobena Coffee received a little LOVE from the Christian Alliance board....you can check it out here

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Have gotten some questions on how to upload the Gobena Badge to your site, so hopefully this will help.....

You can save the picture to your desktop and then cut and paste it to your blog

I hope this will work for you....

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gobena Badge

Hey guys those of you that have Gobena Coffee badges on your blogs, would you mind cutting and pasting this one instead and linking it to www.gobena.org
Our Logo has changed and just thought we should update....Thanks so much!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Picture of the actual kids being helped through the feeding program that Gobena is helping with............

Gobena Coffee

Friday, November 13, 2009

Get your Gobena Coffee Gift bags at www.gobena.org

Thursday, November 12, 2009

T-Shirts are in!!!!

T-shirts are in....we are very excited!!! Come on over and get one at www.gobena.org

We will also have a gift pack coming soon that will include a handy dandy Gobena Tote made of burlap and a T-shirt a 1 lb bag of coffee along with a mug and a DVD about Gobena.....all for $39.99

As always all profits are helping orphaned children and children that are in desperate situations......

Current project in Ziway Ethiopia include a feeding program a school project and group homes for orphaned children....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank YOU

Thank You to all the veterans out there...My grandpa was one of them. He was in WW11 and stormed the beaches of Normandy, every year I would call him and thank him for what he did to keep us safe and for the freedom that we have today. He passed away almost 2 years ago so this video is my way of saying thanks to him.... In this video he is holding Isaac and showing him his American Flag that he was so proud of......

I Love you grandpa!!!! You where truly the BEST!!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Gobena has a new logo, check it out and let me now what you think? Also we will have t-shirts and mugs for sale soon......

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gobena Coffee/Feeding Program

Gobena Coffee is helping support a feeding program in Ziway Ethiopia. I just received these pictures today and they brought tears to my eyes. Wanted to share this with you all because of YOU our Gobena Coffee supporters things like this can be done!! Thank you!!!!!

Kids Promo Video

Gobena Coffee Kids Promo

Kids Gobena Promo video from Danae Lehman on Vimeo.

100% profits go to helped children that are orphaned or who find themselves in desperate situations, 100%


Monday, November 2, 2009

Heart warming!!

We received this picture by email today and It just warms my heart....To see this little girl Tess that was adopted from Ethiopia a year ago, so excited to sell Gobena Coffee to help out other children still orphaned in Ethiopia today!!!

Truly warms my heart!!!!

thank you Tess!

:) Tess helping sell coffee!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Derartu Tulu

Derartu Tulu a 37 year old runner from Ethiopia won the NYC marathon today!!!!

Just an FYI

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Donkey rescue x2

Donkey rescue 09.....our trip to Ethiopia to check out gobena coffee projects. Excuse the butt crack thank you:)

Donkey Rescue from Danae Lehman on Vimeo.

Amazing time!!! I miss Ethiopia

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Your thoughts

You might remember this post a few weeks back...well my friend Carlos posted this today...check it out and let me know your thoughts....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Halloween

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Eva and Yonas

Check out these cuties!!!!! They were planing house!! To cute!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Donkey rescue

Donkey Rescue of 2009......our trip to Ethiopia...excuse the butt crack....Thanks:)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A few quotes from Perry Noble, senior pastor of Newsprings Church in South Carolina.........

Let me say it again…when someone else succeeds…CELEBRATE; after all, we play for the same COACH, we’re on the same team!

Because…if we don’t learn to celebrate success we may cease to see it because God knows our motives are not about “HE” or “we” but rather all about “me!”

One more thing…leaders…pride is DANGEROUS…and MUST be CONSTANTLY fought against by us BEGGING JESUS to give us a humble heart AND NEVER FORGETTING WHERE HE FOUND US AND HOW FAR HE HAS BROUGHT US!!! (I Corinthians 6:9-11 is a great reminder for me personally.) ONLY JESUS knows whether or not we have a heart that is both humble and fully His.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Nov. 8th

Is your church involved in orphan Sunday? Get involved and care for the orphaned. One way you can is by buying Gobena Coffee for your church...100% profits go to help orphans, 100%!!!

November 8th Orphan Sunday

Orphan Sunday from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.


Check It!!!!!

Adoption from Catalyst on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


A glimps into the fun that was had at the Whittakers.....and boy can Heather Coupon..I got to see first hand the couponing in action.....

Little missy with attitude!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Your thoughts

I would like to start a discussion here....I have been thinking about being in the world and not of the world a lot lately and trying to figure out what that means. I feel like a lot of today's churches are BIG into numbers and keeping people entertained.......kind of a rock concert feel, with lights, smoke the whole nine yards....now this is not necessarily bad, the lights, smoke and such but for some reason we feel that if our church is not rockin out or hip then who will want to come.

Question: If Jesus started a church in your community who would have the most people attend, your church or Jesus's?

Your thoughts.........

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Gobena Coffee is serving at Passion 2010...Click on the picture to see who all is going to be there....its going to rock your face off!!

Come join us for Passion 2010 to worship our God and enjoy a great cup of coffee!!!! We can't wait to see you there!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Day in the life of......

A Day in the life of Losiah Whittaker and Eva Lehman..........

To Cute!!!!