How Driving Miss Halie began!

Hang on tight! This fast-paced world is brimming with opportunity!
We race to get where we’re going… and race to get home!
We pile our speeding tickets in a drawer.

But, when cancer rings – everything stops.
To listen.

At my end of the receiver were four young boys who needed their Mom.
At the other end, a devastated friend.

Embracing her life-changing news, this friend became a hero. Grasping faith. Holding onto hope. Optimistic.
We all smiled. We all cried.

Quickly we rallied.
She had a freezer of food
drivers for chemo –
friends to sit with her –
a supportive work staff –
a family of love.

As a busy Mom, I had to think unconventional.

So begins: “Driving Miss Halie”

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Driving: the hero’s daughter…

She’s sweeter than a pan of brownies…
She’s as wholesome as a truest friend…
She’s honest. Pure.
She needed a distraction. I needed her!
So we drive. Together.

It’s our Wednesday ritual.
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We forget about cancer.
We forget about worry.

(I take that back, we worry about the sunroof. Open or closed!)

We roll the windows down. We roll them up.
We play the music loud. We sing even louder!
We dance behind the wheel. We share a pretend microphone.
And. oh. do. we. laugh!!!!

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We cruise to meetings and to the grocery store.
We cruise to church. and she helps me sing.
We bake. Together.
We swing through the bank drive-thru. just to spread love!
We hang out in the car wash. just to see the purple bubbles.
We drive semi. so she can blow the horn. And I can see her react!

Finding the right words, or the best way to help a friend in need – takes one thing.
Our hearts.
When we live and we give from there – we’re truly gifting.

If you love cooking: then take a warm meal.
If visiting is your thing: then stop in.
If your faith is your guide: then pray together.
If you life is already full to the brim: find something that works for you.

Whatever you do…
Just do something.

Then… do a little bit more.
Stretch your comfort zone.
Live deeper.
Take risks.

It’s not just cancer patients who need our help.
Oklahoma tornado victims. New Moms. Retired nurses. Teachers. Ministers. Shift workers. Health care providers. Nursing home residents. New people in our communities. High School graduates. Preschoolers.

It’s the hearts who are hurting. It’s the hurt in us.
We must reach out… and give. We must accept.

With an outstretched hand, you can hold so much!
You hold the opportunity to love deeper than you ever thought imaginable! And… watch your world brim with joy, with love, with gratefulness, with fullness!

Instead of feeling caught in a whirlwind life, you’ll feel the wind at your back – pushing you to live your very best life.

It’s the kind of wind that puts our sails in motion!

So… Open up – and let the sunshine in!

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Mother’s Day… with my 5 Guys. So blessed.

Two tubes of used lip gloss. The permanent ink was worn off. The applicator bent. But, it was wrapped with a bow.

Given from his heart.

It was the annual “teacher’s cleaning their desks” rummage sale – and the boys had packed cash. A lot of cash. They cleaned their piggy banks, and there were inter-loans within the home. They were on a mission.

And I was the lucky recipient!

They set the stage for the perfect Mother’s Day. They’d talked about it for weeks, and it seemed all 5 of my guys were in on it. And to be quite honest, I’d looked forward to it for 365 days! I love that day!!! Don’t you Moms?

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We devote our lives into our kids.
We make their hearts part of ours.
We give and give… and give deeper yet. To the point of collapse.

We marvel when they make choices – the right ones.
And we’re there to guide them through the wrong ones.

My sons are so tightly wound within my heart – its hard to let them go.
To school. To the park. To a sleepover. To camp. To driver’s ed.

But, they are simply a gift. From God. And its up to us to savor every minute with them.

To accept the used lip gloss, brush it on our lips, and put it in our purse.

To wear the homemade crown. To the park? When we pick up our kids from school? To work?

I just know, we must keep the crown. In a very safe spot. Because it says the words Moms love to hear: “World’s Greatest Mom.”

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So many times I’ve wept at my Mother’s grave.
I’ve vowed to miss church on Mother’s Day because I know I’ll just weep there, too.

I stay away from the Hallmark section during May.
Once, I made the mistake, and my tears ran.
But, the lady next to me was holding that tear-stained card, and she understood.
She’s been there. She actually ended up holding me, too.

Moms teach us young ladies how to be the “World’s Greatest Mom.”
She showed patience.
She taught me how to drive a grain truck, and was there when I over filled it.

She showed unconditional love.
She taught me to always take a stand, but picked me up from detention.

She tried to teach us self control.
But, it was ok to sneak rolos from her candy cupboard. She’s said chocolate does wonders.

She made us feel worthy.
She taught me how to apply makeup, but said I’m more beautiful without it.

So… for me and my guys.

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He’ll be driving soon. I’m ready.

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I’ll hold his hand as long as he lets me. Right now he loves it, but I know that will change.

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I’ll play baseball, basketball, and football. I usually catch balls with my face.

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We’ll check for loose teeth. Because he’s still my baby.

I wear the pink lip gloss – just a light coat.
I’ll take them for ice cream – on special occassions.
We’ll teach them to be independent – and the growing pains independence brings.
But together, we will grow.

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And I will love their father with my whole heart. He’s really easy to love! And, Father’s Day is just around the corner!

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Dirt…. dirty… we need more AXE!

“Why did Grandpa have to die?”
“How many seconds in a year?”
“How many Super Bowls have the Falcons won?”
“How deep are the roots of a 20 foot tall tree?”
“What is Europe like?”
“Why isn’t she nice to me?”
“Mom, he makes me feel awkward. I don’t know how to talk to him.”

In a 20 minute window – they fired all of these questions! BIG picture observations. In a fast-paced world, it’s tough to create the right place for kids. Somewhere they can really talk. So you can get to what’s on a kids’ mind, or what concerns them.

Creating an environment without pressure. A place they are not rushed. Or distracted. Where they feel open to talk, but not cornered.

Engaging brains… and creating space for the tough conversations. We do it on the farm.

They are so busy, they forget we’re working on their hearts. Not just the job ahead of us.

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No video games. No phone interruptions. Just us. And a little dirt.

You only need one thing: a rake. or a hoe.

The best conversations happen in the pumpkin patch. In the tractor. In the garden. Driving semi. Or cleaning closets.

It’s asking, “hey, you’re terribly crabby. What’s up?”

“I miss Dad,” one of the little Guys say.

I agree. It’s springs work on the farm – long days, short nights. “So do I, but you don’t have to pounce on your brother. It won’t get Dad home any sooner.” suddenly, he gets it.

The real dirt on raising kids: its not easy. But. With the right fertilizer and favorable conditions, the crop will surpass all of your greatest yield dreams!

Get rid of the weeds. the bad influences
Water often. spend time together
Watch for identifiable diseases.you know the dangers
Keep your eye out for pesty rodents. usually, you can smell them
Cultivate your soil. your future
Plant good seeds. watch them grow

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18 wheels… and a dozen reasons I shouldn’t drive TRUCK!

It wasn’t Needles Highway… but it felt like it! A daunting drop off on either side… my green semi and I. Like dangling a hippopotamus on a tightrope!

With 18 WIDE wheels, one lone trail, and a crazy driving history… I was scared.

White knuckles, I grabbed the oversized steering wheel. How fitting: I’m wearing “I fell in love with a John Deere boy” on my t-shirt. I adjusted the air-ride seat. Guess I’m fit to drive a rig.

“Don’t drive in the track… ride the ridge. If you don’t, you’ll wreck the truck,” my farmer instructed.

This grass-lined road and my rig was like pulling a firehose through a straw!

This grass-lined road and my rig was like pulling a firehose through a straw!

Ride the ridge? I don’t even know where my tires are! I know they’re under the semi – but exactly where? My mind was picturing… somewhere within a 3 foot area – but my tires needed to fit unto a small 18 inch ridge. this is not good. it’s bad.

My driving record flashed! Taking a corner too tight and hanging my rig in mid-air. only 16 wheels touching earth. 18 were supposed to.

What about the traffic jam I caused? And… the fence I wrapped around the plow? How do I get myself in these predicaments? glancing at my t-shirt… I remember.

It’s spring planting. Hectic. Time-crunched. Adrenaline-driven. Stretched-to-the-limits. So the world can eat.
My farmer needs me, and I want to help.

Balancing on the narrowing ridge I shifted into low. Two-miles. I can do this. How long can two miles really take? (Just ask a beginning runner.) The drive felt like 200 miles.

I carefully… ever-so-slowly… took the rig down the needle. Like a cooked spaghetti noodle in a confining cardboard box, I tried to maintain my rigid, determined spirit.

The most intense driving of my life. I was sweating. Profusely. I was cursing. Everything.

“I’d rather drive 500 miles in a white-out blizzard, than drive that road with this rig again,” I yelled! I pulled the parking break. Leaving that nasty green machine in the dust.

At least for the day.

Like the lone rider, this big rig and I take a road that seems to have no end!

Like the lone rider, this big rig and I take a road that seems to have no end!

But tomorrow, I’ll try it again.
I’ll jump behind the wheel, smile wide, and give it another spin!
All… because I fell in love with a farm boy!

threading this big daddy through the fields where your food is grown....

threading this big daddy through the fields where your food is grown….

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