Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21 NLT
In keeping with my last post about setting up our nest of family life in Costa Rica, I wanted to share some pictures of the “treasure” that I have tucked away there. We are going out as a family of 5 to serve by hosting short term mission teams and helping with the children at the Home of Life. I can’t tell you the excitement that rises in me when I think about those sweet brown eyes, and the laughter of team members at their cabins as I walk up the path to greet them. From this end of the plane ticket, however, I find myself being the practical wife and mama, strategizing how to stuff our suitcases with just the right essentials to enable us to hit the ground running (physically and emotionally) upon our arrival. I’ve seen “bed in a bag” sets at the store, but how to pack “home in a suitcase?”
The Lord, in His kindness, gave us a head start. Last summer we took down 4 large tote’s worth of sheets, socks, skivvies, books, and other basics to store at the Home for our upcoming launch this August. Given our family’s fondness for tasty sustenance and my heart for hospitality, outfitting the kitchen has been getting the lion’s share of my attention. Good food at an inviting table is home in a nutshell to me.
Costa Rica’s tile floors have a knack for shattering glass and pottery, so this plastic tableware above is a gift of grace for our bouncy crew, with a pattern pretty enough to make the endless dish washing more interesting.
Of all the bags we packed, this one was my favorite. Tropical kitchens have sparkling critter potential. Grocery stores there sell many items in small individually wrapped packages for protection against the humidity. These canisters are going to be my go-to for making the most of our cabinet space while keeping our food all safe and cozy.
What’s the significance of all this plastic? Cinnamon rolls and homemade bread coming out of the oven, beckoning in the neighbors. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks shared over school lessons and silly stories. Peaceful organization and future grocery hauls. A bit of worldly treasure marking the spot on the map where the Lord has planted our hearts. Home.