Thursday, May 24, 2012
Everything is coming together so well and Jordan is very prepared. She'll do a little training in the Bay Sunday, but I won't be able to go down until later. We have a huge crew rallying to meet us on the beach. I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel a little pressure, hoping everything goes perfectly. Thank you to everyone. I have been pretty good in the past about supporting things like this that people do. From now on, it is no questions asked-we'll support everyone!
"I'm a little bit nervous but mostly excited. I'm just nervous because I've never done it before. I think I am prepared. One of the reasons I wanted to do it was to help the kids in Africa. I didn't have a goal but I've earned more money than that actress (Mandi Moore). The hardest part will be jumping off the boat. I don't want anyone to land on me!"
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|Jordan, 18 months|
|Wow, that's me back there. With a baby. Sigh.|
Watching Jordan train is inspirational. She never complains, never balks, never slows, never whines. She sees water as a privilege and a refuge.
When Jordan and her dad first began to set things in motion for this swim, I wanted to really sit back and let it be their thing. And then, Tom hit a tree while snowboarding and while my first thoughts were of course for his well-being, immediately followed this thought: I'd better start swimming.
|Thanks, friends. My idea of the Bay.|
|I look a little more like this now. But a lot less cute.|
Tom's knee has been holding up well in training swims with Jordan and he swears he's going to be by her side. His training has been great as well - the two of them head off on weekends to Folsom Lake and swim for ninety minutes. Then they come home and eat, and Jordan heads off to swim team practice. Did I mention she's never complained? Once? Tom is a man of his word, and he's thrilled to be doing this with his daughter. But heads-up, honey - I get next.
Think great thoughts for my girl on Monday. I know her greatest challenge is going to be getting on that boat that takes them out to Alcatraz - and then jumping off of it into the big, huge ocean. Once she's in, it's cake - she is so well trained, so ready to make the swim, so at home in the water that my worry will end.
She has a lot to swim for - I am humbled by the friends and family that have supported her in her fundraising efforts. She has been witness to a lot of illness, especially cancer, in her life. She could've chosen a charity supporting cancer research, But Nothing But Nets is so tangible, and makes huge sense: $10 buys and distributes one life-saving mosquito net. She's not counting the dollars she raises but the nets those dollars buy. Thank you, each and every one of you who have given her that extra inspiration.
And thank you to the many of you who have supported her with words and with promises to show up and with hugs and cheers. She's made the longest part of the journey in my mind, that's the finish line right there up ahead. Already, I couldn't be more proud.
|Thanks for the great shot, Vintage Photography!|
Friday, April 13, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Why should we over here in America care about other people across the world? Well, they’re humans too and they also have the right to live. A lot of people think they should just take care of themselves. Actually, it is kind of tough for them to because they don’t have as much money in Africa. Also, they don’t have the resources or materials to make mosquito nets. That is why we should help them.
Think about it. If one of your friends got malaria, how would you feel?
written by Jordan