I Can Drive a Tractor

I grew up on the farm. I can drive a tractor, combine, cotton picker, and a backhoe.   I’ve chopped weeds in cotton fields, flagged airplanes for fertilizing rice, and stomped cotton in a trailer.  I loved growing up on the farm. 

Breath on Paper is taking the next two weeks to share 30 Things About Me…. things that you may or may not know about us.  We are uniquely and wonderfully made by a God who loves variety.  You will get a glimpse of our personalities in this peek behind the curtains of Breath. Enjoy!
Are there any on the list that you can relate to?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Cindy – 30 Things About Me

  1. Mr. Willingham and I have been married 38 years this summer. We have 2 married children and we are Honey and Poppy to four grandchildren.
  2. When our kids went off to college, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I went back to school at Mississippi State University and obtained a degree in landscape architecture.  (Charles actually had 3 in college at the same time.)
  3. We moved to Birmingham from Mississippi just over ten years ago.
  4. I’m the oldest of three girls. We have always been friends. I live in Birmingham, Debbie lives out from Tupelo, and Bobbie lives in Daytona. (Can you guess who is the favorite sister in the summer time?)
  5. We grew up on the farm. I can drive a tractor, combine, cotton picker, and a backhoe.  I’ve chopped weeds in cotton fields, flagged airplanes for fertilizing rice, and stomped cotton in a trailer. I loved growing up on the farm. 
  6. My dad taught me to drive his army jeep when I was six years old. Too small to shift the gears, he taught me to put it in gear, turn the key on, and it would start going until I turned it off ,allowing it to come to a stop. 
  7. We had a milk cow my entire childhood. I remember feeling sorry for my cousins because they had to drink ‘store-bough’t milk. (They were city kids.)
  8. From 3rd to 8th grade, we lived in northeast Texas. We had cattle and 35 horses.  For fun we would go jackrabbit hunting at night in that army jeep. (see #6.)
  9. I will always put the shopping cart back in the receptacle. You never know who’s watching.
  10. I am the worst at keeping my closets clean.  Out of sight, out of mind.  You can hide a multitude of sin in a closet in no time and the house looks clean! 
  11. I have been a florist with my own shop.  I’ve worked as an insurance clerk in a hospital, junior engineer in a blue-jean factory, and when I went back to school I was the housemother for one of the fraternities at Mississippi State University. (That’s when I got my real education!)
  12. My most important job has been being a mom.
  13. I have also been an apiarist. At one time I had 45 beehives. I measured my honey in 5-gallon buckets; my mentor/friend had 1,000 hives and measured his in 55-gallon drums. (We sold honey to the US Army)
  14. Quality time is my love language. Don’t give me a gift; spend time with me. 
  15. I don’t have a preference of where we go out to eat. It’s not about the food, it’s about whom I share it with. 
  16. Growing up, I didn’t like to read on my own. So I always bought the Cliff Notes in school. (That did not do me well.)
  17. I learn better listening than reading, and if I want to remember it, I need to write it. (To this day, I take notes.) 
  18. If I were retired, I’d spend hours on end studying the Greek and Hebrew to better understand the Bible. (I’m kind of a nerd there!) 
  19. My dad was forever throwing out a saying that fit the situation. “Keep your nose clean, even if it takes both sleeves.” Or “I’m busier than a one-armed paper hanger on a windy day.”  To this day I remember many of them. 
  20. I believe that time is the most valuable thing we have. I believe it is important how I spend it!
  21. Three years ago I received a report of breast cancer. God chose to heal me through chemo.
  22. One of my favorite things to do is to lead women’s small groups. 
  23. In the last year I’ve begun greeting at church on Sundays. I was made for this. 
  24. My favorite church service is the 8:00am. We can go to church, come home, take a Sunday nap, and still be up by noon. 
  25. I’ve always scored highest with the spiritual gift of encouragement. It comes natural for me. I am an encourager. 
  26. I still think that handwritten thank-you notes are important. (Even though I’m behind right now!) 
  27. My first attempt at writing was our annual Christmas letter, included with the family photo … until the year my friend told me, “I received your Christmas epistle!” The next year I didn’t send a letter with the photo. 
  28. I have no training in writing.  I buy into the theory that 10,000 hours of practice will make you an expert! (in anything) So I write! 
  29. I still can’t believe I get to do Breath on Paper. I’m in awe that you faithfully read what we write. 
  30. My email signature is Deuteronomy 14:2:  Out of all the people on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen YOU to be His treasured possession.

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    Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is ten years new to Birmingham, Alabama.  Her sweet husband of 38 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ To read Cindy’s BoP Bio click here.



3 thoughts on “I Can Drive a Tractor

  1. Love this, Cindy! So cool to see that you were an apiarist at one time.

    And I’m very relieved that you were healed of breast cancer. My mom had that diagnosis in 1997 and we lost her mom (my grandmother) to the horrors of cancer in 1982.

    I love learning so much about everyone in the BoP small group through these 30 things posts. Definitely helps to break the ice for someone (like me) who just came on board.

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  2. That was so amazing! I just wish you were back at Grants Mill,cuz i never get to see you anymore.
    Loved the history of your childhood. 💓


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