Meet Haylee

This girl, this woman in the making? Her name is Haylee. Half my years, I could have a daughter her age if I’d been a teen mom. But this young woman? She inspires me more than most twice my age.

We met three years ago. I didn’t expect to meet such a girl, but we clicked like that. Like we’d known each other forever, like we planned on knowing each other forever.

I passed barns and horses roaming free. I passed that house on the hill, admiring the open fields and tranquility. And then I discovered Haylee. She was part of it all, and it was as if I was meant to meet this girl.

Sometimes quiet, unassuming, not quite sure of her next step.

But bold and free is what I see.

Horses and riding she adores without shame.

Loves her friends and family with abandon.

Exudes energy I barely remember having.

Her faith years beyond mine at that age. A Rock she can call steady. She clings to that, and it’s clear.

No longer afraid to be the woman He called her to be.

Takes chances, follows His call wherever it may lead.

You see, she once said to me “You’re such an incredible woman. I look up to you and hope someday to become a great mom like you are.”

But I say in return, “You’re such an incredible woman. I look up to you and hope someday to become a great woman of character and wild abandon for life, like you.”

Two women. A generation apart. I, a role model for her. She, a role model for me. Just the way it was meant to be.

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:16-18


  1. Dara Apolloni says:

    Amy, Oh how you captured sweet Haylee! Love your writing style, love you and love sweet Haylee!

  2. Gayle Paul- McCracken says:

    I love Haylee! Young people like her inspire me and give me hope for the future of this generation. Her heart is so very open to God and His plans for her are going to be for our eyes to watch, and for our hearts to be amazed and blessed.

  3. Sharon Bare Korns says:

    Haylee is a beautiful and godly young woman! She inspires many and her love for The Lord is evident! Beautiful!

  4. Abby Foster says:

    That girl is my cousin! and, she is amazing like you say, way to grow in the Lord Haylee girl, way to endure and keep going, following where He leads.

  5. Monica Anderson Palmer says:

    Amy-I always love your posts but even more special because I know Haylee! Inspirational she is and what a gift…to be free and live life abandoned to HIS call! I think Michael W. Smith wrote a song and a line in it is “For the sake of the call, Abandon it all!” Quite fitting for this amazing journey each of us are on!

  6. Khristina Oestmann says:

    Amy, I don’t know you, but I feel the same way about this girl! I can’t wait to have her back in my arms, if only for a coffee and a hug before she is sent out again!

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