Fortunately for me, I have a very strong “team” waiting for me when I finally do make it home from the team I coach. IF I get home before my little guy's bedtime, I usually hear his little feet running to meet me at the door before I see his smiling face. It doesn’t matter how bad the day was, that sight never gets old. On nights that I am at the field late, I usually walk into an exhausted wife that is finishing up the dishes from that night’s dinner that I couldn’t be a part of. Cooking dinner and cleaning up is enough to be very thankful for, but that is just the tip of the iceberg for my biggest fan…my wife, Amy Jo.
Amy has climbed the corporate ladder slowly but surely and is now a very successful director at Colorado State University. She starts her day before mine so she can get her full day’s work in in time to pick our son from daycare at a decent hour. After her 45 minute commute, she picks up a very ornery but loving son from daycare. When she gets home, she cleans the house that our two cats used as a play house that day. Once the house is suitable for her liking, she finds time to work out, takes our son to the park or on a bike ride, feeds him, bathes him, and puts him down for bed - a time that is complete with stories and prayers every night.
Without Amy's support and incredible hard work, I couldn’t do what I get to do every day. I get to live out my dream job every day because of the sacrifices she makes for me and our family. Because of her, I can dive head first into whatever season I am in (football or baseball) and have no worries about what is going on at home. There are definitely times when I would rather be home, but unfortunately with coaching you can’t always be in two places at once. I am very grateful for what Amy does for our family the nine months out of the year when I am coaching spring baseball, summer baseball, and football in the fall. She has always been very supportive and continues to encourage me in everything I attempt to do.
For that Amy, I am your biggest fan. I don’t say it nearly enough, but thank you for everything you do for our family. Thanks to you I can be the best coach possible. I can’t imagine doing this without you in the bleachers cheering your heart out for the Wizards and Bulldogs! I love you Amy Jo…