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I'm a Christian, wife, mommy, daughter, identical twin, bossy big sister, friend, Sunday school teacher, shutterbug,a wannabe chef, oh...and a Texan too ___________________________________________________ I am from coffee in the morning, from sitting in the backyard reading my Bible. I am from the small town, a little brick house, with a flag proudly waving out front. I am from picking daisies, and rolling down hills of freshly cut grass. I am from the heart of unconditional love, A Father’s grace and a Son’s sacrifice. I am from the short people and the soft ones. I am from you don’t have to eat beets or beans. I am from twins working together to reach a light switch, cooperating, celebrating. I am from little sisters growing up and singing big. I am from the mountains and the flatlands, the country and the city. I am from cousins and circuses on swing sets. I am from cattle guards, gravel roads and chicken yards. I am from hearing the bell ring and running home for dinner. I am from Chinese jump rope, Pogo balls and four square. I am from school busses, cruising main and Loaf n Jug. I am from big letter jackets smelling of sweet cologne. I am from high school sweethearts, class rings and wedding rings. I am from big bellies, little babies, and soft blankets. From dirty hands, sticky kisses and sidewalk chalk, three little blessings. I am from Sunday school, pizza after church, and an afternoon nap. I am from old friends, missed friends and new friends. I am from shiny gold rocks, purple friendship bracelets and pink hats. I am from phone calls, emails, and dropping by to say hello. I am from never being alone, always having family, always being loved. I am from comfort and protection, cared for and needed. I am from a hard workingman who comes home dirty and cleans up nice. I am from freshly brewed ice tea and burgers on the grill. I am from living a dream, and dreaming for more. I am from little girls with brown hair, and little boys with blond. I am from ribbons, cub scouts, cars, bugs and tutus. I am from hallways lined with fingerpaintings and refrigerators covered with Crayola drawings I am from Sesame Street, Veggie Tales and missing Mr. Rogers. I am from every day miracles, hugs from little arms and hugs from big strong ones. I am from homemade cards and fresh picked dandelions. I am from Faith, believing in my God, and knowing him more each day. I am from remembering 4-19-95 and 9-11-01. Ribbons worn, flags raised and lives lost. I am from protecting the innocent, living strong, fighting for freedom and a soldier’s sacrifice. I am from the smell of rainy mornings, and the sound of stormy nights I am from standing firm, defined values and no compromise of morals. I am from cuddling up with a good book in front of a warm fire. I am from a new box of crayons, and the first day of school. I am from hope and not pain, faith and not fatigue, trust and not dismay. I am from all of you. Where are you from?