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A daughter's perspective

One of Jill Devine Media's interns, Madisen Schlueter, write the following blog about her mom:

Growing up, my mom did it all. Between taking my sister and me to our numerous activities, to helping us with school, she was AND still is always here for us.

For as long as I remember, it was never a question of if she could get us where we needed to be. I never realized this wasn’t necessarily the case for everyone. She motivates us to be the best we can be, and encourages us to challenge ourselves to succeed. I’m extremely grateful for the family I have and am able to rely on. One day, I want to provide the same thing.

The one thing my mom will admit she might not know a lot about is sports. Growing up my sister and I participated in many of the same activities my mom enjoyed while she was growing up, such as dance and learning to play piano. As I got older I realized the one thing I liked more than anything was playing softball. My mom will admit, although we may look and act alike, softball was something she knew nothing about. It was my dad who practiced with me and worked with me, but this did not stop her from learning and helping me stick with it. As I got older and more serious about the sport, she was determined to help me find a more competitive team that I would enjoy as much as my rec team. She drove me to countless tryouts and I eventually found the perfect fit. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn't have been able to continue playing or have been on a team I loved.

Although I don’t get to spend most of my time with my family while I’m at school, I can’t imagine not having them to fall back on. I also know that if it wasn’t for them, my life would look a lot different than it does today. Growing up with such a great support system is something I will never take for granted.

Madisen Schlueter is a junior at Lindenwood University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Graphic Design. On campus, she is involved in Greek life as a member of the Delta Zeta sorority, where she serves as design chair and creates shirts for chapter events. She’s a native of St. Louis, grew up playing softball and loves traveling. When she’s not studying or working, you can find Madisen at Starbucks catching up with friends.

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