I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I was so
thankful to slow down a little bit and enjoy the time
with our family. I had one of my Olympic teammates,
Shelly Stokes-VanHouwelingen visit with her
family for a couple days over the holiday break.
Back in October, my trip to Cuba was amazing and
eye opening at the same time. I worked with softball
players who have no cleats and hit balls that are taped
because they don’t have enough balls to replace the
ones that are no longer good to use. The people there
are so kind and live so simply. It’s a different pace and
was kind of refreshing to see and experience.
I could feel the sense of community with the people.
I was so thankful for the chance to meet some wonderful
people, as well as talk with a coach who was a former
player for Cuba’s National Team. We actually competed
against eachother in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games!
After Cuba I had a couple clinics in Pennsylvania and
Then, Tommy and I spent a week in Paris and London
just before Thanksgiving. We are celebrating 20
years of marriage on 1/3/2019, so we took this
trip to enjoy time alone together and visit two
countries we have never been to before. I fell
in love with both Paris and London.
One of the highlights was hiring a photographer
and having photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower
at sunrise. The sky was absolutely gorgeous that
morning and I just kept thanking God for His blessings.
I came back from my trip refreshed and just feeling
Drew finished up his first season of tackle football
and soccer season is also over for Luke. Now it’s just
time to focus on school until Christmas is here. With so
much devastation, loss, and sickness all around, it is
a reminder to me to truly enjoy each day with the people
you are with. Every single day is a gift.
My schedule is starting to fill up for 2019 and I’m looking
forward to speaking, putting on more softball clinics, and
traveling overseas again with ACIS. But for now, I want
to finish up 2018 focusing on my family.