Bees are smart and social creatures, even though many people are afraid of being attacked or stung by them.
However, for beekeeper Emily Mueller there’s never been any hesitation – she loves the small creatures and has been keeping them ever since her dad bought her a bee hive as a child.
Together with her husband Ryan she runs the family business Mueller Honey Bee Removal.
It didn’t take long for her to become known as ‘The Bee Whisperer.’
When Emily Mueller fell pregnant, she decided to take photos showing the two treasures in her life. She wanted to show her passion for bees, as well as sharing pictures of her growing bump.
Sadly, Emily had experienced several miscarriages, but this time her bump was steadily growing. She contacted photographer Kendrah Damis to take some beautiful pregnancy photos.
Emily encouraged a swarm of bees to gather around her belly.
And the reults are stunning – both beautiful and full of feeling!
The unusual pictures spread quickly across social media, and Emily became an overnight celebrity.
She posed on the grass in her white dress, radiant and happy.
Everything in the pictures looks flawless and completely normal, except for the 20,000 bees swarming over her bump.
Emily made sure that the bees were fed and satisfied before the shoot, so that they’d be less excitable and less likely to sting her.
To draw the bees towards her, Emily held the queen bee in a container in her hand.
She consulted with her doctor before the shoot to make sure that there was no risk to the baby.
When the shoot was complete, Emily and Ryan began to prepare for the little one’s arrival.
But in November this year, Emily announced some devastating news that broke everyone’s hearts. Sadly Emily had suffered yet another miscarriage.
“Jesus decided he needed his own beekeeper and took our precious son, Emersyn Jacob, back up to Heaven with him,” Emily wrote in a Facebook post.
The Thursday before the tragic incident Emily had been busy taking care of her three other children.
Then she felt contractions, but much worse than the ones she’d experienced with her other children. She also noticed that the child was moving much less than she was used to.
“Around 2:30am I woke up and was completely unsettled with the lack of elbows and knees I had been feeling,” Emily says.
Terrified, she woke up Ryan and asked him to help her listen for the baby’s heartbeat.
“We agreed if I didn’t begin to feel a definite kicking, that we would go in the morning to the hospital.”
Many pregnant women tend to feel anxious during pregnancy, it’s nothing unusual. But Emily could not shake off her troubled thoughts.
She went to the hospital, hoping that they would tell her and Ryan that it was a false alarm.
“I truly thought we would be sent home with a smile, telling us to just wait for the arrival of our sweet Emersyn, who was due in 6 days,” Emily says.
Remembers every detail
But as the nurse struggled to find a heartbeat, Emily broke down in tears.
Somehow she already knew the terrible news she was about to receive. The nurse couldn’t find a heartbeat and called the doctor.
“I remember his presence, his walk, the way he grabbed the gel from the nurse’s hand, the ultrasound. Every detail of that moment is forever sketched into my mind and I cannot stop replaying it,” Emily says.
It isn’t known yet what caused the miscarriage.
When Emily gave birth to her little angel there was nothing they could do for him. The little boy was beautiful when he came into the world.
Giving birth to a stillborn is a trauma that isn’t possible to describe in words. Nobody should have to go through it.
But there was a small light in all the darkness.
Thanks to the unique pictures of Emily and the bees, the family didn’t have to grieve alone. Thousands of peope have sent their suppport and well wishes to the family, and their messages help Emily to relieve some of the pain.
She’s now sharing her story to help other families who have been through similar traumas.
None of us get to go through life without pain. But the pain of losing a child is truly unimaginable.
I’m in tears reading Emily’s story. She is incredibly strong to share her experience with the world. Nothing can bring her little angel back, but hopefully her story can help others who are going through a tough time.
Please share her beautiful pictures and story, to pay tribute to little Emersyn who’s now in heaven ❤️
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