This one goes out to my mom because she paid for the domain to be renewed, but also because she’s always encourage me to be great.

Recently, I moved back to my home town, Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and I’ve had a few days to look around and reflect as to the why of it. The obvious why is because I got a job, but, you know, I could have come home at any time, so why now?

I left Provo as a child at 8. I was much smaller then, so everything seemed much bigger. Seeing it all now is . . . definitely eye-opening. Progress and improvement is necessary, but I’d be lying if I said that it’s still all of the same.

Every time I come home there’s always something new. The hotels have changed hands,  more land has been built on. One year text messaging swept the country months before it really got big in the US. Another year, they were getting ready to implement National Insurance. A bridge was built between the twin islands. New things. Progress.

Admittedly, that’s not all of it, but I haven’t been here to really take it all in until now.

An old classmate of mine once looked at my childhood pictures and said, “you’ve come far”. That’s how I feel about the Turks and Caicos I’ve come back to: it’s come much farther than where it was when I left it. Some people say it’s not far enough, but I feel like we’re doing pretty damn well all things considered.

I don’t know where life will take me, or what God’s plan for me is here, but however it goes, I am excited about it. Apart of my heart has always been here, and now I’ve returned to it. Surely that means that I have a part to play in the next step of my home country’s progress?

Or, you know, it was just time to come home.