If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve been away on a mission trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands (if you’re interested, I blogged all about it while we were there). We got back late Sunday evening, and I have to say, as beautiful as the island was, and wonderful as the people were, it’s good to be home!
I went outside Monday morning to see how the garden had fared while we were away. Plenty of weeds, to be expected, and TONS of green beans, ready to be picked. The bowlful in the picture above is from only one of the four rows we have planted! Then I headed to the chicken coop to say hello to my feathered friends and collect the lovely treasures they leave for me each day.
As I came inside and washed the bounty that I had just gathered from my own backyard, I couldn’t help but think of my friends back on the island. Providenciales, the island we stayed on, is pretty small. They have no natural resources, there is no manufacturing, no farmland, no way to raise livestock…everything has to be shipped in. And everything is expensive. That bowl full of beans and handful of eggs fresh from my own yard is truly a gift.
Let me tell you, I looked at my dinner plate with a whole new appreciation that night!