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Psalms from the Hive

 by Jeannie Saum

7:30 am and we’re on the road, By 9:00, unpacking the truck

Unload, set up, and pray for good luck!

Two customers before we were done, A sign of good things to come?IMG_1851

The whirlwind hit promptly at one, and didn’t let up until it was done.

No sitting or resting or lunch!

We talked and shared and met  new folks, interested in blessings from bee and hive.

We sold lots of products and spread the word

We dedicate these blessings to God!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

 

IMG_1850Today, we are recovering from our first business adventure, a whirlwind two days at the Lithopolis HoneyFest.  We are absolutely exhausted, but thrilled with our experience and success.  We are blessed!  We debuted our Hive and Honey BEEpothecary line of health and skin care products, and spent two propolis speechdays meeting new people and sharing the amazing benefits of honeybee hive resources.  Our products sold very well and we are thrilled with the response we got from customers.  We had two people come back the second day to report success and pain relief from using our products for just one day!

Our grown children were a great help to us – filling in when we needed a break, bringing us food, and drinks, loaning us a phone when we had cell coverage issues and just being generally supporting and encouraging.  Our friends came out to support and encourage us, too.  And we got to see lots of old friends and aquaintances and reconnect.  And the perfect ending to the weekend was what we believe was a God-inspired meeting of a delightful young couple who blessed us with their faith, openness, encouragement, and their prayers.  We have a feeling that blessings will come from this encounter and have plans to see them again.

We still need to unpack, but today we start thinking about next steps!  What do we do next?  How soon can we be ready to do another event?  What products do we need to make more off? What sold well or didn’t sell well?  How hard do we want to work?!customers

We have also been able to get our online store up and running.  It can be located through a link on the Our Products page of this blog.  Check out our all natural skin care and health products made with amazing honeybee resources!

We are truly blessed!  We aspire to share the blessing God has given to us in our natural world and the honeybee!

Psalms 84

 How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar,  Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

 

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Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Measure out those hive treasures,

Propolis, honey, wax.

Heat it, stir it, pour it in a jar

Try it, use it

Amazing results!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea

 

propolis in the hive

Propolis

As we have  become more involved in our beekeeping , we learned about all the ways we could benefit from the treasures of the hive – honey, propolis, pollen, royal jelly, and beeswax.   We started  making and using health and skin care products containing hive products for our own use and were amazed at the results.  We began sharing our knowledge and excitement with friends and family, and soon they were asking to try our creations.

As people have used our honey, beeswax, and propolis items, they’ve been sharing their personal anecdotes of success with us.  Their satisfaction led to requests for more and more products.  At this point, we realized that we had a valuable, beneficial, and in-demand collection of products.  After much discussion and prayer, the Saums and Dotsons have decided to take our production

A big batch of lemon balm in olive oil

A big batch of lemon balm in olive oil

of “value-added” hive products to the next level by forming an LLC, and marketing our products as Hive and Honey BEEpothecary.

We are working on producing a line of dietary supplements containing propolis, honey and pollen; and skin care products made of beeswax, honey, propolis, other natural ingredients and healing herbs, – many of which we grow ourselves.  We are creating these items with no added chemicals.

Soon, we will be launching our line of products and selling them at local farmer’s markets and Bee/Honey Fairs and on the web.

Stay tuned for more  information about the products we will offer!

Proverbs 31

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.