I don’t think I have to tell you that I love my job. I love everything about it – the writing, the speaking, the opportunities to do things I’ve only dreamed of doing, and naturally, the flexibility to work my life around those small people I adore deep in my soul.
But beyond that, I’m sometimes given the chance to make wishes come true for other people too. And when those ‘other people’ ARE the people I adore deep in my soul, the angels sing.
Just such an opportunity happened recently…and it was purely by chance. It happened like this:
I think you know I love to do video, right?
About this time last year, a guy right here in St. Louis tweeted to me. It turns out he works for a video production company, had seen some of my videos and wondered if we might have an opportunity to work together.
If you happened to be living in my brain at that time, you would have known I was on the lookout for just such a crew as I wanted to create my own video lifestyle series, but I didn’t want to shoot and edit it myself. I wanted something professional.
Danielle meet Pounds Media. Pounds Media, meet Danielle.
This was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Each month, TJ, Jared and Jordan would come to my home, we’d shoot four videos and they would edit them for the following month. This has been Style In Your Life…. food, fashion, home decor and organization, family, beauty and anything else that fell into the style category for us.
During this time, we grew to know each other fairly well… so, TJ, Jared and Jordan were no strangers to my small people or to my family’s love of the St. Louis Cardinals. ( I say love, but I could also say obsession – this is last year’s Playoff shrine courtesy of both my husband and small people) So, in July, when TJ called to ask if Cooper and Delaney would be available to be in a St. Louis Cardinal’s commercial, I wasn’t sure anyone in my family would be able to contain their excitement.
I was out of town, but Jeff took the day off work as Coop and Delaney joined other local kids and Pounds Media on three different local St. Louis fields to shoot what is now known as the HomeRun Heroes commercial honoring great moments in Cardinals history.
Delaney, traditionally a right-handed batter – learned that day (from her daddy) to bat left just like Ozzie Smith because it was his ‘Go Crazy, Folks, Go Crazy!’ moment that she imitated.
And Cooper represents the most recent amazing moment in Cardinal history: David Freese’s ‘We will see you tomorrow night!’ home run from Game 6 of the 2011 World Series to force a Game 7.
There are actually two commercials running – a 15 second one that is mainly Cooper and a 30 second one that includes both of them. They have been running on TV advertising the playoffs and on the jumbotron at Busch Stadium. (You can see two versions over on Pounds Media as well – the 30 commercial and an even longer one with ALL of the Homerun Heroes!)
Today, my small girl and I head to Game One of the playoffs – fingers crossed it is still running at the stadium because we REALLY want to see it in person. I will be honest – each and every time I have seen it, I get chills.
My small people are in a commercial for a team they adore – for a team their daddy, their grandfather and their great-grandfather have loved with a red-hot passion. And friends…. not only is there something magical about hearing those calls and seeing my kids playing a game they love, but I have to also say, I LOVE that the St. Louis Cardinals included a girl, yes – MY GIRL, in the commercial because there are so many girls who love this sport, this team and grow up playing alongside both boys and other girls.
They so deserve credit for playing just like a girl…
Thank you to my friends at Pounds Media and the St. Louis Cardinals for pushing that Cardinal love deeper into our souls. We are so incredibly grateful.