Two years ago, when Annika was just starting to toddle around and Brad was deployed to Iraq, I volunteered to help my good friend Kelly coach the High School softball team. I was a bit hesitant at first, since I had a little baby, and no husband (and it was always freezing outside), but I am so glad that I did! I loved getting to know the girls on the team, and it was great for me to be outside everyday, to have something to keep me busy, and to feel like a part of the community. Wende was our first baseman, and a co-captain that year, and it is hard for me to believe that now she is graduating! She told me that she wants to be a teacher, and I sure hope she follows through with that. She is a wonderful person and our country needs more teachers (and more people) like her. Softball season is just starting, and Wende tells me that there are quite a few home games this year, so you should make it a point to come out and see the girls play. I think you’ll find me and my three girls cheering from the bench!