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What is going on in our World? In our communities? In the dang grocery stores? Y'all, I thought the first year of Covid was character challenging, to say the least. First- let me tell you a little story. My background: I am an RN by profession, QBH was a really expensive hobby of mine since, eh lets say 2016, that's when I became a single mom for the last time. I've had chickens and peafowl at least since 2012, and random farm animals for years prior. Off track---so... I've always had chickens, In 2020, I thought was the opportunity for me to really start investing more into my expensive hobby to try to at least pay the feed bill, I was honestly housing so many different types of fowl. People would find random stray chickens and call me and I'd show up with my ninja chicken catching skills and take a few new ones home. *I always practice biosecurity Karen & Richard* LOL. So I started with the Silkies, bought a silo, and looked at it for 18 months. Literally intimidated by what it was going to take to get the thing upright and turned into a coop. My cousin came and one day it just happened, The Silkie Suite. It's really cool. So I focused on breeding them because that's what I could control, they are snobby and high maintenance so it was easy to capitalize there. But I had a hundred random chickens, I needed to break down and focus on a certain number of breeds. So I started collecting pallets, pine boards, anything this single momma on a mission could salvage and procreate suitable housing. My original un-squared back yard chicken coop of 11 foot'ish by 12 foot'ish quickly transformed into over 52 foot - squared chicken coop, 7 separated coops that could house 5-15 birds each at night and allow me to keep breeds separate. And then, the craziness began, and my friend followed suit. We researched genetics, popularity, egg production, egg color, temperament, aggressiveness, ALL the things we researched, spent countless hours thinking, planning, formulating, drinking wine, spending oodles of money that flew the coop lol. Now, we have learned so much.

Point of this lil blog: This week as I sat at my thinking desk on my carport-in the country, where I felt save, a car rode by on the county road 300 yards south of my property, and the occupants opened fire. OPENED FIRE! There were live rounds coming in my direction. I recently have been unemployed from nursing and focusing on obtaining my Masters in Science-Family Nurse Practitioner license, and being present for my children, and improving my hatchery, so I was here. I was grabbing my binoculars and trying to call 911 and monitor where the shots were headed, one kid inside sleeping, one at a school activity. Was I scared? I don't really think fear had room, I was in fight/flight mode, I wanted that vehicle and it's occupants caught and retained. And they were. You can read more here... . This incident along with countless bail-outs, one being in the same spot of this incident and they ran strait to my house, caught them on my security cameras, my dog alerted me and I am always thankful for her, has left me feeling empty and drained. We are under constant attack, from every direction. There is no way to predict or prevent the insurgence of evil coming, except to look to God. God is the only refuge we have. God has promised to protect us from evil,

Psalm 91: My Refuge and My Fortress

91 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

5 You will not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8 You will only look with your eyes

and see the recompense of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—

the Most High, who is my refuge—

10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,

no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways.

12 On their hands they will bear you up,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the wadder;

the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;

I will protect him, because he knows my name.

15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

There is so much evil at work in the world, I read about chicken farms being burned down all over our country. Eggs that are OLD in the grocery store cost $7-10 dollars for 1 dozen!! Please take into consideration how our God works and thrives in the discipleship of his glory. And praise him for my family, myself, my animals for not being harmed in the evil corruption that fell on my home.

Business will continue, only by appointment until further notice. Please respect our time in healing and need for security during this time.

xoxo The Queen Bees

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