Where I’m From


I am from chalk drawings on the driveway, from She-Ra masks and picking up pinecones for pennies.

I am from rolling fields of corn and soybeans, from a quiet neighborhood in a small town there the high school mascot is painted on the water tower.

I am from the dogwoods in the forest and the honeysuckle hedges around our backyard.

I am from Sunday roasts at Grandma’s house and family tailgates at Tiger football games; from Cowherd, Eden, Skelton, and Stever.

I am from the smart, reserved, and — yeah — the bossy.  From We aren’t quitters and I’m proud of you.

I am from feltboard Sunday School lessons and youth group mission trips.  From Praise God from whom all blessings flow and meeting Jesus at a camp in the Colorado Rockies.

I’m from the green hills and black dirt of northern Missouri, but with Ozarks roots.  I am from parmesan chicken, twice-baked potatoes, and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

I am from the smell of old books and fresh copy paper in my dad’s law office, and “lugging the logo” of Apple computer when it still had rainbow stripes.

I am from running races at family reunions, playing basketball after Thanksgiving dinner, and avoiding cow pies on walks across my grandparents’ farmland.

I’m from tall navy blue silos and painted ranch gates, lettered with my family names.

I am from photos proudly displayed on the piano, from quilts stitched with care, from stories recounted around the dinner table, and wisdom passed down from my parents’ parents.

Where are you from?




I was inspired to write this post by Alison at Writing, Wishing.  It’s a writing exercise based on a poem by George Ella Lyon.


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44 thoughts on “Where I’m From

    • Thank you, Steph! I enjoyed writing it, once I got it the rhythm of it. (It gave me writer’s block for a long time before that.) I would love to read yours if you wrote one, especially since I’ve gotten to know your mom a little bit through her blog comments! =)

  1. I enjoyed this so much! You have an awesome family. I love the big group photo – what a healthy group you are! Inspiring bunch!:)

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it — and yes, my big family is a bit crazy, we have a two-mile race at our family reunions! It really brings out the competitive side of most of my relatives, even if they haven’t touched their running shoes in months. =)

    • Thank you, Rhonda. If you ever need some writing inspiration, you should check out the link to the poem template. It’s a good challenge to work through it.

  2. I’m from a place where a walk after dinner usually resulted in “popping” in to visit with friends!! (I love the pop-in visits!!)
    I’m also from the felt board Sunday school lessons and youth group mission trips!!!
    Loved this post – so much fun to see a little look back!
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    • Popping in to visit with friends is the best! My husband always laughs at me because I hardly ever knock on friends’ doors before going in. We always gave a light knock as we opened the door and said “Hello!” =)

    • I bet you would write the most beautiful Where I’m From post — complete with photos! I had to let the idea of this post roll around in my head for quite a while before I was able to write it.
      If you come to the Ozarks, you better give me a call!

  3. I love this! I too have the feltboard Sunday School lessons & youth group mission trips running through me.

    I think I’m going to have to snag the prompt & do something similar. Of course, since “where I’m from” spans the country I might have to add extra lines to capture the blend of KS, CA & GA. 🙂
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  4. I love this writing exercise! So lovely – A part of me always envies those who grew up with their grand parents and having family dinners like that. My father’s parents were in Dominican Republic and I never met them, my mother’s parents passed away before I could remember. You’re very fortunate to come where you’re from Sarah and thanks for sharing!! Have a great one -Iva
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    • You’re welcome, Iva, I really appreciate your kind words! I could say the same thing about envying people with families that came from interesting, faraway places like yours does! It took me a long time to appreciate my own family and place I grew up.

  5. What a great post! I experience your past by your words. Small town but rich in life. Love the opening photo!!!! Oh, and I remember honeysuckle plants everywhere I grew up (in the city). I ate them all the time, but now I’d be afraid to give them to my children for fear of adverse reaction. How sad they are missing out!

    • My mom never let us eat the honeysuckle berries either! The ants sure loved them though. I’m sure your kids will find their own adventures that they’ll fondly look back on when they’re adults.

    • Thank you very much, Tara. I try to see the magical, beautiful side of the Ozarks too, although it definitely has its ugly side just like everywhere else. (Well, maybe everywhere has a different kind of ugly… I’m just glad it doesn’t conjure up images of Deliverance and Million Dollar Baby whenever I mention where I live!)

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