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For Christmas I gave a Chase the royal garb of the apiarist (a beekeepers suit) so that he could join me in my honey farming.  At the start of the Spring I loaned him the money to buy his apiary (beehive) as well as some packaged bees with a new queen.  This was the start of some great memories.  Last Saturday we robbed the honey-filled and wax-capped trays from our hives and extracted 87 pounds of honey.  This was actually not that much honey compared to the amount we collected last year; nonetheless, it was fun to come home with two five gallon buckets filled with pure raw natural honey that has not been heated and is made from local pollen.  This is the good stuff!

For our FatherMoment, Chase was excited to take our honey and put it into 1lb bottles so that he could sell it as a way to earn money for a mission that he wants to serve when he is older.  Before we started doing this, however, we started our morning by reading from the Book of Mormon and discussing some of the lessons therein.  This morning’s study was focused on the principle of obtaining your own witness and testimony of truths.  We read about the time when Nephi prayed to know if the words that his father, Lehi, had just told him about his vision were true.  It was interesting to note that Nephi already believed the words of his father.  He was not praying because he doubted, but rather he was praying to gain a stronger testimony and to obtain a better understanding of what he already believed.  Chase and I talked about how he currently believes in the things that Alicia and I teach him, but how this is not enough.  We don’t want him to simply follow our religious beliefs because he believes that they are true based on how we have raised him; rather we want to teach him to know for himself that the things we teach him are true, by the power of the Holy Ghost.  Anyway, our discussion lasted for almost 30 minutes, and it was a great start to our day.

Next we made a quick run to Grandma T-Dogg’s house where our bucket with a valve was located.  She left it for us on her front porch, along with some leftover bottles that we had let her have.  We then made a stop at IHOP for some grub.  Chase ordered hot chocolate with whipped cream and a smiley face pancake.

When we arrived back at our house, we set up an assembly line and filled 37 bottles of honey.  This was not even half of our honey.  Chase was excited to see how much honey we had, and loved calculating how much money he would be able to make by selling the honey.  I am writing this post a few days after the actual event, and I thought that I would just quickly add that he has already sold 65 pounds of his honey.  I am sure that he will have the rest of it sold by the end of the week.  He is selling it for $5/lb which is about $3 below the market price.  Last, I should mention that we are hopeful that we will get a second harvest from our bees and be able to collect another 40 to 50 lbs of honey.