Where I’m From?

It’s summer, I am ridiculously behind, and over the top excited because right about now I am on my way home from the Calgary Stampede courtesy of GMC Canada!  Woot!  When I come back it’s going to be all GM this, and horses that, but for now I bring you a post written almost a year ago, a little bit about me, a lot about where I am from .  You know, so you don’t forget me when I’m gone!

I am from Barbie’s by the boxful, and the beloved Barbie Camper. I am from Banana-Seat bikes and mood rings, from Easy Bake Ovens and Twister.


I am from Penny Loafers and Lip Smackers. I am from big hair, denim jackets and polo shirts. I did not love Shoulder Pads, but that is where I am from. I am from Swatch Watches, Neon bracelets and scrunchies.

I am from a home filled with love as well as with lime green carpet and matching appliances. I am from a house with a tree in the front that bloomed pink flowers every year, without fail, on the week of my birthday.


I am from impromptu pool parties with all the neighbours, and treasured weekends at the cottage “up north”. I am from boat rides on the lake, and singing with my sister at the top of my lungs as our boat carved a path in the crystal clear lakes.

I am from Wham, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Madonna, Journey and Michael Jackson.

I am from “Why do your friends always call during dinner”, “Don’t make me pull this car over” and “That boy had better come in here and say Hello”. I am from hearing my Mother swear, once, and nearly dying of shock. There was no cursing in our home. Not by my Mother!

I am from chicken. Yes I said chicken. BBQ Chicken, Chicken Pasta, Baked Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Kabobs…..My Mama can make Chicken in about 700 ways, but not cake. Every cake that left her kitchen tasted great but was the most crooked assed cake you ever saw.

I am from Charlie’s Angels, The Brady Bunch and The Love Boat… watched religiously on Friday nights. I adored the Smurfs and had all their stickers. I loved Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Can’t Buy Me Love and every other 80’s movie with teen angst. They don’t make movies like they used to.

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I am from a house full of love. Where children came first, but marriage was cherished and protected.

I am from slide shows featuring thousands of pictures of me, of us, of family. Slideshows that used to make us groan, and now, I love. A lifetime of memories shining on a four foot screen. Memories that don’t begin to scratch the surface of the incredibly blessed place …that I am from.

You can find the template for this trip down memory lane here. Please let me know if you do, I wouldn’t want to miss it!

*some images borrowed from Google, not available in the 70s or 80s


  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, we definitely grew up at the same time!

  2. Thanks for reviewing our memories…..Love, Mom

  3. Love it! I can fully relate – I remember dancing around the backyard to Wake me Up Before you Go Go with my sister! hah 🙂

    It makes me feel old to say times are so not like they used to be! I am glad I was a child/teen in era I was – I could not imagine growing up now!

  4. Wow, I had my high school reunion last night so I am already down memory lane, but your post took me all the way back!!! Thanks for the memories…you described it perfectly!

    • Stephanie says:

      Love that this took you back too, it was actually a joy to write! Hope you enjoyed your High School Reunion!

  5. Wow, those were the days, loved Duran Duran and of course Michael Jackson and the famous moonwalk.

    • Stephanie says:

      So thrilled that this resonated with you!! Michael Jackson is a bit of a mile marker for so many of us 🙂

  6. Oh, I LOVE this! Yours turned out so well. I’ve used this template as a writing assignment with my middle school kids for several years now, and they love it, too. Such rich things come out of it-

    • Stephanie says:

      What a fabulous exercise for middle school kids. Now you have me wondering what my children would write? I might have to create a little summer writing project for them!

  7. I LOVE where you are from. This brings back so many sweet memories. Really, your Mom didn’t cus? My Mom cussed in english and italian. LOL!!!!
    Safe travels.

    • Stephanie says:

      Honest to pete I only remember her cursing the one time, and looking back on it, I probably drove her to it!! 🙂 She is a much better Mama then I can ever hope to be!

  8. Heidi C. says:

    I am so in agreement with you! An eighties kid all the way :)!

  9. Thqnks for sharing Stephanie. I can remember some lime green carpeting in my past as well.

    • Stephanie says:

      Ahhh but do you remember the lime green appliances too! We had some of those, I bet they would be considered classics now!

  10. Beautiful post.

  11. That’s so lovely and I grew up so far away and yet so much is familiar ground. I sat and watched the Breakfast Club with my daughter only a few weeks ago. I was mostly cringing!

    • Stephanie says:

      Now you have me thinking, I don’t believe my girls have seen The Breakfast club yet!! I must change this. “)

  12. SassySis says:

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane – we are two lucky ladies. Love you!

  13. great post!

  14. Linda Seaton says:

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!! You and I are from the same place – in more ways than one!!

  15. Barbie Squires says:

    An eighties kid all the way 🙂 !

  16. mongupp says:

    hey, I”m from the same era! went to a Wham! concert!

  17. Victoria Ess says:

    Lovely post! I bookmarked that template and intend to fill it out myself!

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