Bus Saga – Summer begins/School ends

This school year came to an end yesterday.  I am amazed at how God brought me to this job and actually trained me, more likely drove the bus, and allowed me to go along.  Praying for these children has become natural for me, they really are awesome people, and respond to kind words, although most don’t see that.  It rips my heart to know that most of them raise their self.  The only time Adults seem to have something to say is when they have done it wrong.  On all four of my routes, I have a couple who just pull my heart strings!  The schools would say that they are terrible, hard to deal with, headed for a life of crime.  NOT TRUE!  They need someone to listen to them, to esteem them, to be firm yet loving…and they are responsive. 

My “Goth” kids,on my HS route(not because they really are, but because its a shield to keep others out, and to identify each other as family-because they have none) didn’t ride the bus yesterday, but they did come to see me on the bus, and they brought me a donut and just wanted to tell me “have a good summer, and don’t forget to come back in the fall,..try to keep our bus”.  Then they were gone, but smiley..they had done something nice for me, and they knew I would miss them.

MS is a different group of needs, there are a few who just demand your attention all the time, and at different times have found thier seat to be up close to me.  I would rather give them the attention in a postive way, then do it through the correction system.  I didn’t think I was reaching the one young girl, but she got off my bus yesterday, and then ran back, jumped almost in my window… “will you sign my year book?”  I did. She was elated, and left me with a smile “Come back next year, and I will be older” LOL

Elem my five graders were full of tears, as they won’t ride with me next year, they are on a different route for MS and HS.  The young ones hugging and tearing the end of school… IAN- still whining, and yelling as the bus pulled away..”Miss Darla, I am going to miss you and I do need tylenol”!! My sheep whisperer, is now taking care of my bunny, as I didn’t want a bunny.

So I venture into the summer still working part time, and putting my kiddos all back in God’s hands again, praying so much for them to not leave here without HIM.  For HIM to place people around them that will show them HIS love and HIS kindness, and the selfish part of my prayer is that I will run into them this summer, even for a minute.

I am not sure about this theme..and I am not sure I am keeping it, I am just bored with the other one…Love you all..pray pray pray, its an awesome gift from God, and your prayer does count!



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12 responses to “Bus Saga – Summer begins/School ends

  1. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but – next year when you go back? You will be older too! lol Darla – your contact with so many children is so important! i am going to do a post I hope soon that brought that home to me – I am waiting for some info. Be a great ambassador for Jesus! through the summer as well!

  2. You have been a picture of grace in their lives. What a great ministry.

    Keep the theme, I LOVE trees!

    Did you know God’s favorite colors are blue and green? Just look around and you’ll see He spread those two over most of His world. 😉

  3. That was such a warm post princess! I praise God for your ministry and thank Him that He has chosen you to minister to children who need to hear Him and know He is there.

    I love the new layout too! I hope all is well. Love you! XOX

  4. Heartwarming, and you are a special kind of lady to drive bus with all those kiddos let me tell you!
    My sister drove bus for a couple of years and she has much the same story to tell. She loves those kids, and they, as you said respond to her. They became like her own. How can they not when she saw them 2 times a day for 9 months?
    Bless you today Miss Darla.

  5. Jesus loves the children of the world! I believe it with all my heart, and sometimes I think our true job is just to show some of that love..Jesus said LOVE…and he didn’t say just the lovely or the ones who are already are loved…I used to be one of those kids, I see right through them.

  6. tam

    you are not the typical bus driver. you know that dontcha??? kota would LOVE to have you on his bus!!!

    you are beautiful through and through. I am so glad you answered His call on your life. Do you have any idea many people you have reached for Him. How many people you touched with His love that will pass that on? Incredible!

    i love you so dang much!

    and…i am thoroughly in love with this new look!!!

  7. Laurie Lloyd

    Ah Darla,

    You are the bus driver with wings!! Only He knows the impact that your presence has left them with to carry them through the summer and perhaps a lifetime. I hope you run into them over the summer too. Especially Ian, the sheep whisperer. Bless his whining little heart:) Thank you so much for following His calling here. Children are our future and we must love them through. And I love the new look, so soothing and I just love sun rays piercing through the trees like Gods hands reaching through with love. Love your heart sister, soft and tender.

    Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

  8. HW

    What a blessing you are to these children. I wish my kids rode your bus!

    and I love the new theme. 🙂

  9. Heidi

    Oh Darla,
    I love this new look. I so love this post. Can you be my bus driver.
    I need someone praying and caring for my esteem for my likilhood for my life.


    Can you be mine??????

    Love you and miss you!!! Bunches!!!!

    SO will you??

  10. Deborah

    I love you!

  11. Darla, how I wish YOU had been my bus driver when I was in middle school (back in the 19–‘s)…those were some of the most difficult years of my life—ah, but God uses even those times, doesn’t He?

    To the One who makes beauty from junk: Hallelujah!

  12. Girl,

    Only eternity will show just how much impact you had on these kids!! Keep lovin’ on ’em. They won’t forget it!!


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