I can’t believe it’s already March! The holidays flew by, and my boys are keeping me busy. Like every working mom, I’m trying to keep the balance in my life between work and home. My little guys rule my heart, though! Every day I spend with them is such a precious blessing. Baby D is getting bigger and is on the go, crawling around after his big brother, and Ace is more active all the time. He keeps me on my toes, and there’s so much to do living in the country. We love getting on our four-wheelers and heading out as a family. This place is truly becoming my home, and I love it here. It will be a new experience staying through the spring. Casey’s decided to retire from baseball, which means for the first time ever we’re not packing up and heading out to spring training. I’m so very proud of him for his many accomplishments on the field over the years, but even more proud to be his wife and see how much he loves his family.
We were so lucky to be invited to play in a celebrity softball game on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All Star team in Florida this winter. Our opponents were the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team, and they were incredible. You can read more about them here. Their motto is “Life without Limbs is Limitless” and I believe it. It was inspiring to be around these brave young men who have served our country so selflessly! We had so much fun and were blessed to spend time with them and hear their stories. Casey and I were so impressed that we decided to host a game here. The Battle on the Bayou is happening this summer right here in Louisiana, and we’re putting together our celebrity team right now. Tickets are for sale online with proceeds going to benefit Wounded Warriors, just click here.
Mid-February I received an email from my friend Julie Bartel at USA Softball telling me that I was to be given a Power of i award, and they wanted to present it to me the following week at the 5th Annual IOC Conference on Women in Sport. It was a chance to speak about softball coming back into the Olympics to the people who make the decision. I was so very honored to receive the award, and to have a chance to speak about something so close to my heart!! There’s a link to my speech here. It hurts that I haven’t left the sport better than I came into it, that without IOC funding it’s harder for girls around the world to play. I was honored to be part of a rallying point to bring it and opportunities for girls back. One of my heroes, Christine Brennan wrote this article about women’s sports in the Olympics. I have said it so many times before, and I will say it again, sports changed my life, and it can make the lives of little girls everywhere better. Anything I can do to help girls who want to play get involved in sports I’ll do!
I’ve been busy working over the past months on my new line of apparel with Mizuno. It’s the Jennie Finch Field Collection, and we’re already putting together ideas and tweaking things for the second generation of apparel. Having something like this has been a long time dream for me. It’s exciting to see the first pieces in stores! I visited Dick’s in Atlanta last weekend to promote the launch of the line and got to visit with so many wonderful people. Such a gift to be able to see the future of softball in the girls who came to visit with their parents. Truly amazing! Pictures from the event are here. I never quite know what will happen while I’m away from my boys. This time while I was gone Casey surprised me by bringing home a new goat. We named him Billy of course!
There are many, many good things ahead including days spent living the Country Life with my boys, two more stops at Dicks Sporting Goods stores, a magazine cover shoot and an appearance in Texas for the opening of a new facility. Counting my blessings daily, and still dreaming & believing about the future of my sport and women’s sports in general!