Birthday cheer and get-well wishesFriday, June 15, 2012
Posted by: Terry McMillen, Amalie/UNOH Top Fueler

I am from a family of eight kids. Between the eight of us having kids and those kids having kids, our family has become quite large. Needless to say keeping anything from my mom is virtually impossible.  Somehow by the grace of God, the eight of us (minus my brother Kurt, who was unable to attend), were able to put a birthday party together which took my mom by huge surprise and it was awesome! 

Last Sunday we had as many people in the family as possible come to my place to celebrate mom’s birthday. She knew we were having a cookout, but didn’t expect the shop to be decorated with balloons and a “Happy Birthday” sign. It was really cool seeing the look on her face when she entered the shop! Like I said it is hard to put one past mom, which made our surprise quite an accomplishment.

The afternoon was pretty fun. We had the gator golf cart in the shop, which I think nothing about. The kids however, thought it was really cool. They took turns driving it around the yard (with an adult on board). I can honestly say I was more nervous riding passenger on the golf cart with my nephew Niko driving than I am getting into my dragster! We also enjoyed some fishing. The fish were biting like crazy, which makes it much more exciting for the kids.

The day ended when we presented my 76-year-old mother, with the gift she has been wanting for a while. We all pitched in and got her an Ipad. Between her Iphone and now her iPad, she may be more technologically inclined than I am.

In the midst of all the happiness with the birthday party, there has also been a little tragedy. One of my friends, Ryan who drives the Wheelie Wagon Wheel Stander, was injured while testing his car on June 3. He sustained severe neck and spinal injuries. Many people have been praying for his full recovery, and every day we are blessed to hear of steps in the right direction that Ryan is taking. We are planning a fundraising event for Ryan and his family on June 24 at Osceola Dragway in Osceola, Ind., where the accident happened. We would love to see as many people as we can out there. For more information you can visit my Facebook page There will be a silent auction, mini car show, 50/50 drawing, and of course drag racing. It is actually the National Dragster Challenge that day at the track.

Wishing all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day and will be back blogging soon!