The holiday season brings a roller coaster of emotions. Good and bad, joyous and somber. The stories that shows you the true impact of hope, survival, and faith are the ones that tugs at you.
Which is why you should read the Des Moines Register on Sunday, and have a Kleenex box next to you. Reid Forgrave’s three-part series about a dream and a journey.
Eric Jacobs woke up after having a dream. Rather than shake it off and drift back off to slumber, his gut instinct told him to act on it. His decision proved to be a premonition of things to come. As some of you may remember, Jacobs, Tom Dunphy, Leslie O’Bannon, Josh Trainor, and pilot John Trewet, perished in a plane crash after takeoff in Indiana in November 2006. Eric, Leslie, and Josh worked for Two Rivers Marketing, with Tom as one of the founders and owners of the local company.
There’s a reason that I’m making a shameless plug for you to read this. The writer, Reid Forgrave, wrote about how I have lived with a speech impediment five years ago today. We ended up becoming friends as he was shadowing me for the story. The second reason is Eric’s wife, Heather. Heather and I have known each other since we were sixth graders at old Jack M. Logan Middle School in Waterloo. She is one of the nicest individuals I know, and there are a lot of individuals who are nice and phenomenal. Heather is also one of the strongest people I’m blessed to know.
The past four years have been a journey for Heather and her kids since Eric’s death. What you will learn from the series starting Sunday morning is how Eric’s wish and a strong faith helps you survive and embrace life to the fullest.
Some recent good news earlier this week has given Heather something to cheer and be blessed about. I won’t let on what it is. I don’t want Reid to be mad at me for spoiling it!