Jeanine has the biggest heart of anyone I know. She recently started a walking club of sorts for family and friends on Facebook. The group is called "Walking to Afghanistan for Ben". Ben is our nephew who is currently serving as a Marine in Afghanistan. To show him our support, Jeanine is collecting donated miles from group members until we have collectively walked enough miles to reach Afghanistan. The goal? Well, as Jeanine puts it: "As a show of support, I am trying to organize a group of people who are willing to donate their daily mileage (walking or running) so that we can get to Afghanistan to give him a great big hug. Think of it this way- A mile a day while Ben's away." How awesome is that?
Jeanine has big dreams on the horizon. I mean BIG. It's exciting to talk with her and hear her ideas of the kind of legacy she wants to create and leave in the world. It makes me feel honored and inspired to know her. She is such a charismatic person and can energize you just by speaking with her. Nothing seems insurmountable or unattainable. Her optimism is contagious. I dare you to try to ignore it.
Although she is this vivacious, talented, and wonderful woman, there is something that is looming around the corner... her husband's foot surgery. As Jeanine describes it: "As a woman who has not lifted a finger cleaning the house, doing dishes, laundry- just about everything for the past 9 months.....I am being pulled out of my fairy tale land next Wednesday when Terry has surgery and will not be able to walk for 8 weeks. What a good man! What a horrible Wednesday it will be! By the way- if anyone knows anyone willing to do all of these things for free- you're hired!" Best wishes to Terry and Jeanine next week (and for the next eight weeks)!