Saturday, August 06, 2016

A Tapestry of Where I Come From

I am from my German Russian ancestors who came to America; coming to find new opportunities and newfound freedom. 

I am from the prairies of North Dakota where my dad, uncles and aunts, and grandparents steward the land. I am from the prairie dirt being caked against my face on a hot humid summer day or from the crazy wild prairie wind. I am from the land of wheat, soybeans, and so much more. I am from farmers who place food upon your tables. 

I am from family who stick together even when the going gets tough. I am the little girl dressed in the precious pale yellow dress; the first dress her daddy ever bought for her. I am from Kentucky Fried Chicken and macaroni salad. 

I am from a woman who has lived most of my life with a mental illness. I am her daughter! I am from  knowing the highest highs and lowest lows. I am from a little house on 1st Ave SE where I grew up quickly helping care for my sister when mom was sick and dad was busy on the farm. 

I am from Ashley Public School, the University of Mary and Wartburg Theological Seminary. I am from teachers, professors and advisors who helped me see my gifts. I am from Martin Luther, systematic theology, and the theology of the cross. I am from Zion Lutheran, Camp of the Cross, Dilworth Lutheran, and First Lutheran Church. I am from all those people and places who shaped me in my faith. 

I am from.....  

There are so many people and places that have shaped and continue to shape who I am. And in who I am, I show every piece of where I come from.

 For where I come from is a tapestry of who I am as a beloved child of God. 


  1. Beautiful,Tara. A beautiful tapestry. So lovely to read this...I can just picture your eyes glistening and a smile spreading across your face: thankfulness...happiness, for the good AND the hard.

  2. I loved reading this! Such a rich picture of origins! So, so great 😃

  3. I am particularly drawn to the line, "I am from the prairie dirt being caked against my face on a hot humid summer day or from the crazy wild prairie wind." I think it appeals because it roots you in a specific p!ace, using tactile details (an experience foreign to me). The whole exercise does this. I'm so honored you wrote this after hearing the idea from me. Well done!

    1. Ann, that is one of my fave lines too. And thank You!

  4. Tara, this is beautiful! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Many blessings to you dear one! xo

  5. I love this! Each and every one of us is complex and made up of so much more than others generally know. Thank you for sharing!


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