Unexpected Honey cards started a long time ago, in a lot of different ways and continues to be a work of heart.
I have had the privilege of studying Social Work, the opportunity to serve as a Birth Doula, two years in a Theological Master's program and seven years in young adult ministry serving those who are poor. My heart has been softened to the plights and tremendous celebrations of people in all walks of life. In 2013 I was craving an outlet to put these thoughts to paper for a wider audience. I began printing the content I had imagined providing to folks, which began 'On A Hopeful Note.'
What this experience has produced is an innate desire to have a hand in creating a balm for the spirit of those on a journey; Vocational calling, adventure, an experience of grace, mourning or gratitude. Now a stay at home mom, I have re-branded with a hope to continue ministry a bit closer to home. Truthfully the process has been a sweet and unexpected one.
Cards can be purchased through my Etsy shop.
Honeybees depend not only on physical contact with the colony, but also require its social companionship and support.
-The Queen Must Die: And Other Affairs of Bees and Men, William Longgood
Since this fledgling business began, it has been a prayerful project. It has been my hope as well as my privilege to name and offer love and light for the moments and experiences that rend, shape and meld our hearts as people.
And, it continues to be a ministry--a chance to reflect upon, seek the movement of God and call myself to sit with the challenge it is to be led in the midst of the immense pain and tremendous joy that come our way.
“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.”
Unexpected Honey is as much a gift to my own spirit as I hope for it to be for others. I love the opportunity to do what I do. It is sustaining for me, and I am compelled to make it sustainng to the planet as well.
As it happens, bees provide the perfect metaphor for other-centeredness required for sustainability. Their work is strictly for the benefit of the colony. And the fruit of this labor is sweet.
The honey bee has long been valued for the immense good that it does. Literally, all of its movements have a purpose and impact on the world for good. The healing properties of their work have been long celebrated. It's common knowledge now, that pollinators of every kind have been effected by pesticides and urban sprawl.
For this reason, 10% of the proceeds of Unexpected Honey will be donated to support pollinator restoration. This includes supporting bee education, sponsoring honey bee hives as well as promoting and planting habitat for these important creatures.