bounty(full)

Many months ago (a year? more?) when Sarah first starting saying our dinnertime blessing she would thank God for “the little family who eats”. She’s long forgotten that but Brent and I still hold on to the phrase, pulling it out now and then during mealtimes. Afterall, it describes us very well. We love to eat. A lot. Together. Snacks, meals, treats, the whole kit and caboodle.

Much of my daily joy comes from sharing food with my family and the people around me that I love. (neighbors, that’s you.) But the bounty that we have also comes with deep regret. I often think about the people, worlds away, who have picked the food that I eat – realizing that they themselves may never have enough. I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that we live in a place where I can grow food, not out of neccessity but for fun. While there are people whose land has long dried up and fails to produce for the very ones who need it most.

I know I have a responsiblity to them. I just don’t know what it is.

I do know that it starts with an honest, thoughtful appreciation for what we have.

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Bounty is an understatement.

jenn macJune 24, 2009 - 10:15 pm

So very true…love Sarah’s swimsuit! Too cute!

LorenaJune 24, 2009 - 10:38 pm

My daughter has been asking to plant our own vegetables. You have inspired me to try and grow my own, any tips? I’m a sucker for pictures with kids and their daddy’s, very cute.

nickiJune 25, 2009 - 5:25 am

so true Erin!
Your garden looks awesome. I am so jealous!
I only have my cilantro and basil 🙂

Janelle AndersonJune 25, 2009 - 5:34 am

Oh Erin, your words are so true and I too often think of this too… Just how fortunate we are for WHERE we were born into this world. My heart and prayers go out to all who are hungry, to all that struggle for simple things we take for granted. Thanks for this post. Beautiful little girl…got Lucas’ attention too! 🙂 Love you guys.

DianaJune 25, 2009 - 6:48 am

That is so true. I planted my first garden this year, but it’s mostly just for fun. It’s not sustaining me through the winter. I just want to be able to pluck fresh tomatoes or basil from the garden when the mood strikes. Your post makes me think that I should step back and at least acknowledge my fortune in being able to do things “for fun” that are necessary for others. We are really fortunate to live in such a bountiful country. I hope not to forget that. Thanks for reminding me.

On a different note, how stinkin’ cute is your little Sarah in that swimsuit? Just a doll. :o)

Tina RJune 25, 2009 - 8:06 am

We are very blessed. It is something that I try to share with my children often: that God has blessed us greatly and we should always be thankful. Look at Sarah..she is looking so tall in these photos!

StacyJune 25, 2009 - 8:40 am

Not something you think about everyday…thanks for the reminder. Your garden is looking good. And Sarah is looking big…they grow up too fast! And that grin with the waterhose…priceless.

KelleyJune 25, 2009 - 9:54 am

Beautiful garden! Have you heard of Grow Alabama? We signed up for it this summer as a trial run. http://www.growalabama.com/ The vegetables are sooo good and fresh and the farm fresh eggs are out of this world. With your backyard garden this summer, you probably aren’t in the market for more vegetables but just wanted to share the thought with you.

JenniferJune 25, 2009 - 2:46 pm

Man your garden really took off!! I planted mine first and it’s just starting to really go. My first zucchini (and 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th…) came while I was on vacation last week. Not much else is ready except the lettuce, which has been keeping the bunny happy for a couple of months now.

j.j.June 25, 2009 - 7:59 pm

i can’t wait for our garden to start producing! a few more weeks i say!

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