Day 139 - Memories of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Several Februaries ago I took a week-end trip with a group of gardening ladies to Bay St. Louis and stayed at Lagniappe Church, who teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild this beautiful little town after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Our job for the week-end was to landscape 20+ new homes that had been built by Habitat and to "spruce up" the facility that Lagniappe used to house, feed, and organize the thousands of volunteers who came to help rebuild this area. From the herb planter above,
to the perennial/annual beds
to the planters filled with ferns, ivy, and Muehlenbeckia axillaries (Creeping Wire Vine), the job was a joy to accomplish. The stories we heard from the residents in Bay St. Louis would break your heart. Their perseverance and determination would strengthen your heart. I left things there to grow; the people of Bay St. Louis planted a seed of community and resilience to grow in me.