May 2011

Happy Mother’s Day

“She’s a rainbow and she loves the peaceful life.”
– U2

I had no idea what kind of mother I would make. Raised by my dad, I wasn’t exactly sure what a mother did.

I was just 23 when I gave birth to my amazing daughter. I was still a student. Four days after giving birth I was back in class – with Jasmine by my side. Four
months later, we graduated college together.

My life philosophy came to me when I was pregnant. One night as I was laying in bed, I awoke, sat straight up, and had one thought go through my mind, before I fell straight back to sleep. That thought was: “The circle of life is love.”

Just a baby, Jaz, inspired me to start Baseball For All. For me, Jasmine symbolized all of the other daughters in the world that may want to play baseball one day. And I was going to make sure that was possible.

When Jasmine was nine, the two of us moved to Springfield so I could pursue my PhD and coach college baseball. The move was tough on her and one night she broke down in tears. I gave her a hug and told her it was ok for her to be mad at me. She stopped, looked at me, and explained, “How can I be mad at you; You are only following your dreams.”

Two years later, she became the only kid in America with a mother coaching men’s professional baseball. And through the long days and nights, she waited and watched me live my dream. When she left for overnight camp, she slept with my baseball card under her pillow.

I am still not sure what kind of mother I make. But I hope it’s one that shows that dreams are worth pursuing, that the world is beautiful, and that we should always be true to ourselves and others. And may she always remember that I love her no matter what.

While Jasmine may be my biggest fan, I am definitely hers.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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