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chicken coops and homemade hairbows. | designhermomma.com

chicken coops and homemade hairbows.

I am from tater tot casserole, red Surburban trucks with lift kits, and wood grain station wagons.

I am from the long, gravel, tree lined driveway and a front yard that takes all Saturday to mow.

I am from tulip fields, a house with a pond, and barns in the backyard.

I am from weekends at the state park beach, blonde hair and blue eyes, from last names that start with De or Van or Vander.

I am from bass tournament weigh-in’s, deer hunting seasons, sled rides pulled by snowmobiles.

From going to church twice on Sundays, and “now I lay me’s” every night.

I am from cabbage patch kids and homemade Christmas stockings. From pig tails and sponge rollers.

I’m from windmill cookies at grandma’s, balkenbrij swimming in dark syrup, and 1000 island dressing.

From the family with a pet pig named Spam, the sisters who wore homemade hair bows are big as their heads, and parents that worked harder than they should have.

chicken coop

I am from a family of four girls, parents who loved each other, everyday ordinary living, and a home on a hill.

I am from a place and time I want my children to know deeply, except for the tater tot casserole part.

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Found this meme over at Adventures in Babywearing last week.

Get your own template here.

If you write one up, would you please share it with me?

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  1. I did one of these a few years ago! Here’s mine.

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  2. God I love that you included photos! Love this.

    Steph

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  3. I love this, I did it today, too. We all are so different, but there’s some levels we all connect on.

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  4. I love assigning “I am from” poems to my students! It’s a great exercise in reflection and a chance to add your personality and experiences into your writing. I love following your blog, Emily!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks Liz! I should tell more stories of Betsy growing up, I’m sure she would love that.

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  5. Kelli (Steenwyk) Huisenga says:

    I’ll never forget those DeJong bows!! Funny thing is now I make bows for my girls…love these, cuz I can SO relate!

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    Emily Reply:

    I think I was traumatized so much as a child from these bows that I just can’t do it to my girls. 🙂

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  6. dude. I use this poem in my English 9 class! We write these and I post them all over the outside of my classroom door.

    Here is mine: http://explodedmoments.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/i-am-from/

    They are very similar because…well.

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  7. Love it! This is exactly the kind of writing prompt I needed today. Thanks for sharing. I would love to see how other people in my family interpreted this assignment.

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  8. nice. your writing is always so honest and insightful. even though this is from a template, I feel you have made it your own.

    i have such a craving for windmill cookies now.

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    Emily Reply:

    thanks Joe. I think you’re the only dude that reads my blog and admits it out in the open.

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  9. I saw this on the AIB blog too! Was fun to do. I love yours! 🙂

    http://shellycoulter.blogspot.com/2011/06/where-im-from.html

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  10. Tator tot casserole is my fav, good thing I don’t know you that well otherwise that’s what I would have brought you to eat after the birth of your children.

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    Emily Reply:

    it’s been a good 20 years since I’ve had it. Maybe your recipe is better? I bet my kids would LOVE it though.

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  11. I LOVE THIS POST. perfect 🙂

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    Emily Reply:

    glad it meets your approval, you are the only sister that has weighed in…

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  12. So I just read this to my mom and I said “Guess Who THIS IS?” and I read it and my mom’s like DeJonge 🙂 Have a good weekend!

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