After keeping bees for just a few months, I'm in awe on what our creator has provided us in these little creatures. These warm-blooded insects work so hard together -- each with their own task. Any one of them is willing (it seems at times they're almost anxious) to give up their lives for the good of the whole. I can't help but think many other beeks have a similar view. I feel more closely connected with God just having them around. I'm convinced that the rest of you are well connected too (and maybe you don't even know it). Because of this, I ask that you pray for my sweet niece, Rachel. At a young age of 25, she fell ill 8 days ago and now lays in a bed with her heart racing at 120-150 beats per minute (much faster than normal) and a number of small blood clots in her brain. Heart problems and leukemia have been ruled out but the 20 doctors on staff haven't been able to determine what the problem is. They've prepared us saying that even though she's young, her heart has been running like she's been jogging for 24 hours a day for 8 days and it probably won't keep it up for much longer. Just last night she asked my brother (her dad), "Why are you dragging this out?". I'm heartbroken to think that this sweet young woman who is normally a fighter might be giving up. Please say a short prayer for her miraculous recovery! Also pray for her young husband Gavin who, I'm sure, feels overwhelmed with emotions and with the decisions he must make. Just to "sweeten the deal", I'll make an additional prayer to all my beekeeping friends here asking that their hives produce an overabundance of honey and that they overwinter like no year before! Whether you reply or not, I'll have you covered. God bless all of you!