As much as I love writing prompts, I've been hesitant to participate in writing-based blogging challenges. Then I saw that one of my favorite bloggers, Jenni, was doing a fun (and popular!) Blogtember series this month, and so I decided there was no time like the present. Day 1: Describe where or what you come from. The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.
I come from a mother who values commitment to relationships, family first, faithful living, fashionable attire, hugging, long kitchen talks, coffee dates and dedication to the good.
I come from a father who prioritizes hard work as a virtue, Sunday morning pancakes, singing every single day and making the world a better place.
I come from a grandfather who likes a clean car (preferably Dodge), Johnny Cash, nicknames and spending at least 3/4 of the day outside.
I come from a grandmother who smells like soap and cigarettes, makes damn good Swedish meatballs, can out-talk anyone and knows the meaning of sacrifice.
I come from an incredibly loving family, one that insists on the value of showing up no matter circumstance or inconvenience.
I come from a mix of small towns, where life-long mates are found in sixth or ninth grade, where traditions are kept and cherished, where there's always a helping hand or a smile around the corner.
Because of all that and much more, I know I am incredibly lucky.