Thursday, March 11, 2010

What is your dream?

My sister Susie has been working on a website for our family's golf course.  Sharing a small fraction of the family history.  She has shared that our homestead was first settled in 1754. Many great granddads ago!  It operated as a farm for generations of our family.  Then in 1927 our grandfather had a dream.  He designed and constructed a golf course.  My dad has spent his entire life working that course.  He shared with us recently that he has spent 65 years mowing greens.  Can you imagine, 65 years of mowing!   Dad has a beloved tractor, one that was the work horse for many, many years.  Unfortunately, the tractor met some hard times and dad had been unable to use it.  Last fall, the men of the family started getting together to rebuild this tractor.  The day of our surprise 25th, Was a happy day! 
Dad on his tractor!
The way life should be!
All the men involved in rebuilding the tractor.
Dad is a humble man, a worker, a DIYer.
Not one for many words when there is job to do.
You can not imagine the overwhelming emotions
each and every one of us felt, 
when he displayed his excitement with having his tractor back!
Imagine my delight when he gave me a tractor seat from
 an old iron tractor that once worked the farm.
I had been teasing my parents and my sisters that I was
 going to take the grill from that tractor or this one.
Or these parts
I have a dream. 
The problem: my parents and my sisters won't let me
 get to these parts to create my dream, hmmmm...
The solution:  Discover their dream and negotiate.
Wonder if it would work?

You've all met Miss Susie.  Every one calls her
Aunt Susie or Auntie.
I know her dream.  I think you know it too.
I want to drive this truck.  I don't dare!  They may
just find me in the lake if Miss Susie found out.
Miss Susie painted in a nice Farm Style Script,
a few flames added.Very fitting for Miss Susie
and her driving. No power steering!
Not sure, I may have to sign in blood that I promise
NEVER to drive it. That might seal the deal.

Miss Tammy
Her dream is to own a jeep. 
 My dad would not allow it when she was younger. 
Her hubby is not so keen on the idea today.
She has had this dream for many years.
When we were younger, Dad had a Willeys Jeep.
Shhh...don't tell her. 
 Every work day when they think I'm looking
for goodies for myself.  I've been stalking parts and pieces
trying to find remnants of that jeep that dad once owned to create
a jeep for Miss Tammy.  Negotiations!

Miss Debbie
Miss Debbie and her husband Joe, had a major life event that hit their family about a year ago. They have dedicated their life to educating themselves and any and all who will listen about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Miss Debbie has so much passion on this subject.  It has moved me to make changes in my life and how I feed my body.  I am thrilled that they both have recently started blogging about their journey. 
Miss Debbie can be found at Rawsome Nana.  I know, don't you just love that name. Joe can be found at Walking along with Natural Joe

 Welcome these two new blogs.  They are in this for life and the life of their precious family! No Negotiation!

I've shared a few of my dreams and a few ways I may be able to make them come true. What about you?  What is your dream today?  I'd love to hear it.



  1. Today my dream is TO WIN THE LOTTERY!!! I always have that dream on Thursday before I check my have a 42 Willeys jeep that my father-in-law bought new!!! It has seen better days but we still drive it all over ...if we ever part it out I will let you know....

  2. Laurie, once again your beautiful spirit touches many.Dad would be thrilled beyond words to see your blog.The pictures are priceless,the words impacting.Your wonderful sense of humor and gentle heart are making a difference in all our lives.SO very very proud to call you my SISTER !! I can almost hear gramp,say "Brother just give her the whole tractor."

  3. What an inspiring post! I can't wait to see what you do with that seat! My dream is to visit the east coast... I wanna see the amish!

  4. What am I dreaming about today? That's a good question and one that I need to ponder more because sometimes I think I get so caught up in what just needs to get done that I don't think about my goals; large or small. I know I dream of being a wonderful mother and that my children will always be thankful that I am their mom. I do have a small dream of learning how to sew. Good question...

    I loved you photos and hearing about your family.

  5. Beautiful post, Laurie! I love the part about your dad expressing his excitement over the tractor. He must have been so happy! It's great that so many people contributed to making it a reality.