I am from home-with-an-open door and someone always there. Overnight guests, family friends and neighbors always welcomed to the table.
I am from book-reading, notebook-filling, diary and poetry-writing.
I’m from family reunions, dozens of aunts and uncles and too many cousins to count. Visits to grandparents on the farm and to the yellow house in the small town in the southwestern corner of the state.
From hardworking handyman father and homemade-cooking mother. From younger brother and 16 month-older-sister.
I’m from loudness and laughter, prayer before meals and family birthday celebrations.
I’m from Michael W. Smith cassette tapes, footprints in the sand poems, music concerts, spring break trips and “Our God is an Awesome God.”
I’m from small towns followed by life in the city. From warm sloppy joes, green bean casserole, hot dishes and mashed potatoes.
I’m from Sunday services and youth group Wednesdays. From Bible camp in the summer, youth retreats in the winter, and God-seeking moments in the midst of it all.
I’m from sinful ugliness, hurtful words, tears and tough times. From a broken heart and a sad smile and would someone please take the pain away?
I’m from grace and forgiveness, from commitment despite hardship and messiness.
I'm from a long line of Jesus lovers and Bible believers and truth seekers. I'm from hope in the Everlasting God who brings beatuty from ashes and makes all things new.
Awhile back I read an I'm From blog post and decided to take a crack at it myself. If you're interested in writing your own I'm From, you can use the following template to get started (if you write your own, please leave a comment and link so I can read it!):
Inspired by “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon
I am from ________________________ (an everyday item in your home)
from ________________ and _______________ (products or everyday items in your home)
I am from the ___________________________ (description of your home)
_________________________________ (a detail about your home – a smell, taste, or feel)
I am from the____________________ (plant, flower, natural item)
The __________________________ (plant or tree near your home)
whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
I’m from _______________ and ________________ (a family tradition and family trait)
from ______________and ______________________ (family members)
I’m from _________________and _________________ (family habits)
and from_____________________. (family habit)
I’m from _______________ and _______________ (things you were told as a child)
and ____________________________________ (a song or saying you learned as a child)
I’m from_________________________ (a family tradition)
I’m from ____________ (place of birth) and ___________ (family ancestry, nationality or
_______________and _________________ (family foods)
From ___________________________________ (a story about a family member)
___________________________ (detail about the story or person)
_____________________________ (description of family momentos, pictures or treasures.)
_________________________ (location of momentos – under my bed, on the wall, in my
______________________________________________ (more description if needed)