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Joy, Not Fear, in a Yellow Cessna

Standing Beside His Cessna 182, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

A fews weeks ago, I wrote about Michael and his being apprehensive about flying and how he had overcome that fear. (I encourage you to read that hilarious acount if you haven’t already.) He has continued his flying lessons, has now soloed, and in the typical routine after such a flight had his shirt cut off. I wasn’t there and didn’t think to ask, so I don’t know if the instructor does the cutting or if there are other pilots who join in this celebratory ritual.

His complete change in attitude about flying is amazing to me, and when he told me a few weeks ago that he was buying a plane, I really was astonished, for I clearly recall his extreme fear of flying in years past. But he has skipped from fear to joy and now spends lots of time zipping through the beautiful and clear skies around Lake Havasu. Our RV park is not far from the airport, so he often flies over our space, and once he dipped his wings as we watched.

Watch out for Mike and his yellow 4 place Cessna, for he may soon be scatting over your airspace. “I’ll take you places, Mom,” he said not long ago. “As soon as I am licensed to carry passengers, we will all go somewhere.”

Off to Santa Maria I travel later this week. Hey, wouldn’t it be great if it were in a cute yellow Cessna.


My daily devotional is here. 

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

21 replies on “Joy, Not Fear, in a Yellow Cessna”

Hi, Sandra. Although I haven’t spoken directly with Esther, I have made a call this afternoon and let her know of your inquiry. Keep watching here, and perhaps she will respond.



Hi, I am looking for Esther Rummel formerly with House of Lloyd and Richmont Direct. Does anyone know how to get ahold of her? Thanks so much!


Jen, indeed it is cool.

Jana, at the ladies banquet as Bryn sat on the edge of the platform, she told me she wanted to get down. “Do you know where your mother is?” I asked her. “If you do, you may get down and go talk to her.”

She softly answered me. “I can’t. I have to ask the ladies board first.” I hooted to myself and left her there in her angel outfit and red polka-dotted shoes.

I can truly imagine she keeps those boys in line. 🙂


Sis. Buxton – I couldn’t resist the P.S. After having two boys, our house was rambunctious. THEN….came Bryn. She is so prissy. She lets the boys know they are made of snakes, snails, and puppy dog tails and reminds them she is sugar and spice and everything nice. She is so dramatic when she tells them. We are having fun in the Allard house.


Esther, you’ll have to wait a bit for Michael. He’s off to Montana tomorrow (on a commercial plane) and won’t be back for ten days. I’ll tell him though that you’re waiting for a transport trip.

(Don’t tell anyone, but I can’t imagine trading California for Mississippi!)



There you go, Meng Tech! Find you an instructor and take some lessons. You still have plenty of time. Michael is in his late 40s.

Keep us posted…and we’ll watch for you in our airspace.

Joy and happiness!



Yes, Jana, although my boys are really sweet—in addition to be brave and sometimes reckless—Rebecca, my precious daughter, is the one who brought a tender dimension to home when they were all growing up. She’s pretty brave herself, though.

I’m not sure where they all got such adventurous spirits…but I sure like it.

Love you and yours.



Good morning, Dean. Yes, Michael and his plane are cool and definitely upwardly mobile. Makes me a bit nervous, I admit, but I hear him speaking of safety and caution a lot. I definitely want that attitude to continue.

Jerry is a little cautious about us taking trips with Mike as the pilot. Hard to look at your child as your pilot, I suppose.


Wow ! that is sooo cool ! Tell Mike to fly out here to Mississippi and take us back to California where we belong. Love ya’


First Harley’s, then Cessna’s, will Andrew get a race car or take a rocket to outer space?! You were so right on your previous post – your boys aren’t sissies! LOL Growing up with the Buxton boys certainly gave me a lot of fun memories. They were ALL boy and full of pranks.


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