Waiting anxiously as we drove onto the ferry. As soon as the car came to a stop, my two other sisters and I, would race up the stairs for the outside point on the ferry. All bundled up with the sea breeze blowing our hair, we would be there for the entire ferry ride with the anticipation of our destination: The Hodgson Family!
Being the oldest of a family of five (two sisters, and two brothers), I always longed to have an older sister to look up to. Rachael Hodgson in my world was my older sister. She also is the oldest of a family of five and we share a kindred spirit. When our family would go visit the Hodgson across the Puget Sound, our time there would be spent her braiding our hair, painting our nails, and most importantly getting the newest fashionable hand-me-downs from the Hodgson Girls. She always made us feel like we were her little sisters.
When home in Spokane, my sisters would still put into practice all she taught us or at least we tried to. Many times we would be playing with our Barbies and think that the Barbie doll was designed after Rachael’s stunning beauty and only hoped we would be able to grow up to be somewhat like Rachael!
Our visits centered around Rachael’s sporting events, her graduation from high school and soon her wedding. No matter what special event she was about to embark on, she always made each one of girls feel like we had an important role to play in her life. Deep inside, I wanted to do the same someday! Make others’ feel like they have important role to play in life.
As I started to embark on my special events in life, Rachael was there always with full support believing in me knowing I had a special role to play in other’s life.
My senior year of High School, I felt like I was walking in her footsteps through my athletics and special events. Again Rachael was there in full support sending me her beautifully hand crafted cards of encouragement simply to be me. During my first couple of months in Seattle after graduating college, she was confident I would succeed in both my career and water skiing when others may have thought I was a little crazy with my wild ideas.
During my time in Seattle, I was able to share my love for water skiing to her and her adorable little girl Olivia (at that time she was about almost a year old). They came to the lake and were able to watch from the boat! I was beyond excited! It was more than just water skiing it was an opportunity to show Rachael how she believed in my dreams has helped to be who I am today.
Rachael Hodgson has empowered many people through her life through small inspiration acts of believing and seeing others to their full potential.
She is still an inspiration as she is now fighting colon cancer. She continues to shine with her confidence and positive, radiating smile through this difficult time teaching all of us the value of life.
Now it is my turn to return the favor and make a difference in Rachael’s life! Help me return the gift of life ensuring Rachael knows her times of inspiration influences has impacted in our lives forever.
Here is where you can make the difference and read more about her journey https://www.gofundme.com/rhodgson