Saturday, February 03, 2007

I Am...

I am the carrot top baby born by the cherry trees to a former cheerleader mom and a career-ladder-climbing dad
Who watched her big brother morning, noon, and night and had crater-sized dimples when she smiled.

I am the child who played with legos and barbies and was mortally afraid of dragon-flies and jungle gyms,
Who loved spaghetti and cheerios and especially anything of big brother's
Who stored all his toys in my treasure box
Who dreamed of all things far away and make believe, and never thought she would be big enough to wear makeup.

I am the teenager who sought meaning in music
Who wore nothing fashionable or fun, and loved her comfy running clothes and hated the freckles she couldn't get rid of
Who wrecked her knee playing a sport she only pretended to like and then feigned disappointment she couldn't play it anymore,
Who dreamed of saxophones and flutes and knew someday she would play at Carnegie Hall.

I am the woman who crossed oceans to find meaning and spread the Hope
Whose highest priorities are Faith and Family
I am the mother who loves to sing and dance and goes crazy if I have to draw one more picture of a truck
and whose moments of perfect bliss come when child sized arms need a snuggle and baby's breath is warm against my chest
I am the Mom who loves cooking and avoids swingsets because of an irrational fear and who can drown a day's stress in a warm bubble bath with duckies.

I am the woman who always finds the bright side and looks for the best in everyone and is hardest on herself
I am the person who knows beyond doubt that it'll all work out in the end and then somehow it always does
I am the woman who still loves cheerios and spaghetti, but could do without the barbies
Who still longs to have the Scripture written on my heart, only without the time spent learning it
I am the person who dreams of leaving a legacy and influencing change and is grateful for a husband who keeps my feet on the ground
and who hopes to achieve something whose meaning will endure for generations.

Edited 2/3/07: Oops! I got so into writing this I forgot to give an intro! This is my "I Am...", based on a format found at Owl Haven's blog. It's similar to the Where I'm From post I did last month, but different.


owlhaven said...

I just. loved. this!!


owlhaven said...

esp the treasure box and the wrecked knee

Mella said...

This is great! I love the treasure box filled with your brother's toys, and the drowning of stress in a bubble bath (with duckies!)

Who still longs to have the Scripture written on my heart, only without the time spent learning it ~ I relate.

An Ordinary Mom said...

That was beautiful! I am glad I stopped by to read it!

Jenny said...

Really enjoyed this. So many "me, too!" but this was one:
"I am the woman who still loves cheerios and spaghetti, but could do without the barbies"

And "me too" on lots of your reading list. My Generous Orthodoxy is practically color-coated with all my underlinings and interactions.

Leslie said...

Wonderfully written. Just beautiful.

Rising Rainbow said...

What a great way to get to know someone. It's amazing what you can learn in an excercise like this. Thanks for sharing.

Tracey said...

This is such an amazing, beautiful description! I've not read one quite like this before. I'm going to be coming back often.

And for something completely different, come on over to my Party Post. I have exploding bubbles! LOL


Leslie said...

What a wonderful introduction! I loved reading it. I think I might borrow the "format" you linked to some time for my own entry.

Nice to meet you!

BeckyD said...

What a beautiful introduction.

I am a single mom of 3 trying to find sanity in a crazy world.
Trying to find the humor in a life swirling in drama.
I am enjoying a better childhood with my children than the one I had.

Please come by for a visit, it may be a bit roudy, but I'm sure we can find a quiet corner to chat.

Big Mama said...

I loved this. Great writing.

Jen said...

What a wonderful entry. Thank you so much for sharing that!

Susan said...

I have seen two of these today and might have to go try one out myself. It's so beautiful and rhythmic and personal all at once.

Have a great day...I'm here via the blog party.

:-) Susan

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

ohhh - that was beautiful!!! Totally enjoyed it! I loved the first paragraph the best!

MiPa said...

This is beautiful. I am glad to meet you!

Tiff said...

I loved that! nice to meet you!

Shalee said...

What a great intro... I'm pleased to meet the real you.

Brandie said...

I'm hear for the party ... your post is fabulous.
You are a great writer =)