BEE Powered Living

The Saum and Dotson family friendship goes back to the year 2000, after Pete and Laurie defected from the state of Michigan to Groveport, Ohio.  Steve and Jeannie Saum –  a native Groveport, Ohioan and an Air Force Brat and OSU alumnus –   had lived in Groveport for 20 years.  Laurie Dotson and Jeannie Saum met at garden club while attending with mutual friends.   But we really connected as couples one evening a few months later when we introduced husbands and stood in the Kroger grocery store aisle talking for an hour!  One thing led to another, we started attending the same church, and then  the same small group – and before we knew it, we were fast friends. 

We had many things in common that bonded our friendship– high school sweethearts, Christian faith, kids the same age, gardening, serving, DIY projects, camping, hunting and an interest in sustainable living.   We also had diverse interests and skills in a variety of pursuits that helped enrich our friendship and complement one another. Laurie – fine art, graphic arts media, cooking, encouragement, hospitality, prayer warrior; Peter – technology of all kinds, photography, vehicles and engines; organization and leadership; Steve – woodworking, creative thinking and ideas, a giving spirit, humor and prayer warrior; Jeannie – teaching and learning, research, crafts (knitting, sewing, crocheting, pattern making), problem solving, initiative and drive. 

Over the last decade, we have supported one another through job losses, teenager rearing, church break-up, health problems, household and car repairs, the death of parents, and the general struggles of life.  

2010 was the year of the bees – the year that Steve’s long reverie about beekeeping came to reality.  Both families got their first bee hives and started learning together to care for these incredible creatures and reap the benefits of their God-given design.  As we have learned more, we have become very excited about the health benefits from hive resources.  We are making and using health supplements and skin care products from honey and propolis and are amazed at the results.  We have also discovered that these products are used widely all over the world, except in the USA! 

The goal of our blog is to share with others our journey in beekeeping and mini-farming, our awestruck wonder at how the honeybee fits into God’s creation, the amazing benefits that come to us from these creatures, and how we can be good stewards of what God has given us and reap the blessings of God’s creation.  We hope our blog will entertain you, educate you, maybe encourage you to take up beekeeping and interest you in delving into the healthy living benefits from the hive!


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