Annie and her sister were on my daughter's softball team when Annie was only 5. I somehow ended up as "assistant coach" that year when all I meant to be was "snack mom". Because I was "coaching," I got to know Annie and her sister a little more than if I had just been on the sidelines. I remember how sweet she and her sisters were. I consider myself blessed to have spent a very small amount of time knowing her while she lived on this earth.

~ joy fender