Suzie the Chevy Blazer

I wanted to share a special story about Suzie the Chevy Blazer today.

A gal named Charity (whom we had never previously met) responded to our shout out for an old truck a couple of weeks before we began shooting our pilot

I emailed back and forth with her a couple of times, and then forwarded her email address to our producer so they could work out all the details. I didn’t really think about what a 1972 Blazer looked like…I was just grateful that Charity and her hubby were open to the idea of letting us use theirs for the week!


The night before we began filming I went to bed anxious. I tossed and turned all night, and I had some really vivid dreams during the times I was actually able to fall asleep. One of which was about my Grandpa Richard.


He and my Grandma Evelyn adopted my Dad in the mid-1950’s…

(My Dad- circa 1956)

(My Grandma Evelyn, my Dad, and my Grandpa Richard- circa 1974)

…and after over 50 years of marriage, my sweet Grandma passed away on Valentines Day in 1999. I visited my Grandpa for the last time last November.

In my dream that night in Suwanee, my Grandpa kept telling me everything was going to be okay. I don’t think I even said one word out loud to him the whole time…I just remember being there with both of them, and him telling me I was going to do fine. There was no mention of a pilot or anything like that…it was just them, and me, and comforting words.


When I “came to” to the sound of Kev’s cell phone alarm that morning, I immediately began telling him about my dream. He didn’t sleep very soundly either, and as you can imagine, we both felt pretty weird and shaky, and we were both pretty anxious about what was going to happen once we walked out our hotel room door.

But then I sat in Suzie…

…and memories of riding around with my Grandpa Richard in his old Chevy Blazer started to put my worried mind at ease.

His Blazer was light green…like this one…

…and don’t you know I had to fight back tears when Charity told me that Suzie the newly-painted silver Blazer, was originally painted light green too.

PS- Special thanks to Shaunna for snapping this photo of my Mister sitting in Suzie…

We might just have to start savin’ our pennies up for a green one just like her one day!


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  1. Kim says

    What a lovely story! I have had experiences like that too. Your Grandpa loves you, your readers love you, and we all know that you and Kev are a successful couple and will become even more successful. Don’t worry, what good does it do? Can’t wait to see you guys on HGTV, Don’t forget us here in BlogLand! GREAT vintage Blazer!

  2. Terry says

    Don’t you just love it when God reveals His love for His children in very personal and tangible ways?! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Josee says

    Awesome story, Layla! I firmly believe that our loved ones who have passed on can still “reach out” to us just as your grandparents did. That was no “coincidence”! My green Chevy Blazer story is in the form of a baby conceived after we were told we couldn’t and given a due date of the day my father passed. We named him Michel, after my dad and he has his steely blue eyes and charming smile. Love lives on and transcends death!
    Many blessings to you both on all your endeavors!

  4. Cheryl F says

    Your story gave me goosebumps and I have no doubt your Grandpa was visiting you. Sylvia Browne has an excellent book called “Book of Dreams” about things just like this. I highly recommend it, lots of food for thought if nothing else. Contiunued best wishes, but you don’t need them, you’re going to wildly successful!!

  5. SuzieQ says

    Thanks so much for sharing! Love your sweet story and the sweet ride you snagged for the pilot! I can’t wait for my new favorite show to air on HGTV!!!!!
    PS: oh and…I don’t hate the Blazer’s name either!!

  6. Barbara says

    Love the post, love the pics, and love Suzy! I don’t remember these trucks and I grew up in farm/truck country!

  7. says

    That’s a very wonderful and touching story Layla. I firmly believe your Grandpa was there in your dream easing your mind. And I believe that he helped Charity find you and Kev and loan Susie out as well. Another way to say, “This is your path. The right one, and all is as it should be”. Congrats on being able to find the peace that he was sending your way.

  8. says

    Ahhh…Grampa knows best guys:) You my friend have a true guardian angel. Can’t get over how much you look like you Dad:)

  9. Heather says

    That is so sweet. I had to read it out loud to my husband. Thanks for sharing that.

  10. Kim N. says

    Thank you so much Layla for sharing this story. Totally brought tears to my eyes. I love how God brings things together and knew how all of this would touch your heart. Love this blog so praying your pilot will air!

  11. Jessica F in Wisconsin says

    I’ve been reading for a while, but felt I had to comment when I saw the truck in the pictures! My husband has a 1973 Chevy Blazer, passed down from his grandpa who bought it new. We’ve almost had to sell it a few times but luckily it still is ours. It’s a darker green than the one your grandpa had, more like avocado. His grandpa is still hanging in there, and I am happy that we will have this to remember him by someday. 😀

  12. Roxanna Morgan says

    Isn’t it amazing when we are restless or weary we are comforted by those who may not know us but are there for us when we are in need. May you always dream and remember your are blessed when those dreams come true.

  13. Melanie says

    precious! love lil grandpas! God is so good! All the prayers your fans and loved ones said for you and Kevin, had Grandpa “right there” within your heart bringing the dream to uold the start of your and Kevins dreams! love it!