I’ve been a fan of Putman Plumbing long before they signed on as a brand new Wedge Sponsor for our Soles of Love in the Garden project. I’m taking it back old school for a minute with a quick walk down memory lane. Marlena and her husband, Pat, the owners of Putman Plumbing went to Middletown High School with my husband Dan and me. Our children went to school together and were band kids! That means that we were band parents together and those years bring back some of my fondest memories.
Fast forward to the present time. We have been customers of Putman Plumbing for many years. In addition to doing excellent work (with a service-personality), their son, Scott, even showed up to work on our pipes one year wearing a pink bowtie. Does your plumber do that? Mine does when they want to raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month! That’s the kind of company (and people) they are! They are also the only plumbers in the area courageous enough to wear white shirts with their booties. Yep! They are one-of-a-kind and that’s why they were the only plumber we wanted working on our major renovation of Meadow Branch Farm.
They are celebrating 28 years of being in the business. A second generation company, (with the potential for a third generation) because there are six grandchildren growing up with the same value system of a strong work ethic and commitment to family and community. Look for their new location at 9 Boileau Drive in Middletown in September! I know it will be a beautiful place to visit because I run into Marlena during my vintage barn jaunts and she is purchasing some very cool things for the offices!
At Putman, clients are treated like friends of the family, and that kindness extends fully into the community-at-large, sponsoring groups such as Bettie Jane’s Cancer Foundation, the Buddy Walk, and Folds of Honor,. It’s an honor for Soles of Love to also be included as a benefactor of their grace and generosity. Speaking of grace……
When I asked Marlena how she would fill the shoes of our children in need, she responded beautifully and then quoted one of my favorite women of faith:
Grace to change a situation. “Look for what is right in life and people instead of what’s wrong. Anybody can find the wrong, but it takes the astute to discern the right, the good, and the worthy”. Patsy Clairmont
Marlena will not be able to attend next Friday night’s gathering but thanks to Putman Plumbing, her “sole” will be.
Speaking of a woman with soul, Melissa Lentz is back again as a sponsor! Entrepreneur, Real Estate Agent, Zumba Maven, all-round cool chick, she is everyone’s girl crush! Seriously, this woman lives by the adage, “Life is too deep for words so instead of describing it…. let’s just live it.”
Her brain child, Mjach Designs was founded in 2003 armed only with a dream, a computer and a lot of support from mentors and friends. They quickly grew into an award-winning, MBE/WBE, marketing, communications, and design firm, specializing in customer service, branding, advertising, and market research.
But what does that have to do with Zumba? Mjach Fitness is the health and wellness division. They are in the business of inspiring, supporting, and helping people to be held to their highest dreams and the life they most want to live. (Add that it’s so kick-ass FUN to Zumba with the Mjach Fitness team and it sounds like a win-win for everyone!)
Like so many of my “Women of Sole” tribe, Melissa and her team ascribe by a “People First” mentality and it is the thread that weaves through the tapestry of her life. Caring deeply about building community and giving back connects the Mjach Companies to so many organizations in Frederick County. It’s an honor for Soles of Love to be considered one of her recipients.
Our children’s shoes are (metaphorically) quickly becoming filled with so many useful tools for a full and successful life. Melissa’s “gift” would certainly equip our young people with an important life skill as well…..
Resilience- Having the ability to understand that life has plenty of setbacks and you can overcome anything you choose to. Remember to not turn mistakes into catastrophes. Instead, look at a more positive picture and realize any failures are a form of feedback and an opportunity to learn. Resilience is the ineffable quality that allows you to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Resilience is a blessing and offers an outlook to enable you to change course and continue on track.
Thank you, Melissa, for your wisdom, friendship, and for being a true-blue friend of Soles.