Farewell - Auf Wiedersehen - Goodbye

How Lucky We Are to Have Someone that Makes Saying Goodbye So Hard

"Today we bid our Springfield/Kingsotwne Playgroup Captain Miss Jen Gerlach farewell from the team and from the NoVa area. She and her family are headed to PAX River MD to their new duty station. Thank you for all you have done for our village of moms and babes. It has been an absolute pleasure having you on our team - best wishes on your new adventures. Friends for life!"

~Shannon Link, Franchise owner

“Jen Gerlach will forever be at the top of the amazing moms that first come to mind when thinking of our life-changing Fit4Mom village in NoVa. When I initially began the Stroller Strides workouts, I was shy and questioning if I could physically even complete the exercises. Then Jen gave me a supportive cheer and high-five after a particularly challenging exercise and made an effort to chat with me after the class. Those chats have now evolved into playdates and a lifelong friendship. Jen will forever hold a special place in my heart for showing me what amazing Mamas there are that make up Our Village!”

-Stephanie Hoff Curl, Springfield Village Stroller Strides Mama

“Jen ahs been a great support, especially for someone like me who is a new instructor. She’s always enthusiastic and willing to help, whether it’s to entertain the kiddos or reach out to a new mama that’s passing by. Playgroups were always well-planned and geared for all ages. She will be greatly missed!”

-Katie Taves, Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre Instructor

“Where do I even begin?! Jen, you are going to be missed by everyone in our community. Your willingness to help every mom in our village is going to be hard to replace. You have become such a friend and we will miss you, John, and Clara. We wish you well on your next adventure!”

-Sarah Recker, Springfield Village Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre Mama

“Jen was one of many mamas I met on my first day at Stroller Strides. I’ll never forget how kind and welcoming she was. At a time where I felt very alone, she made the feeling go away in just the few minutes I was able to talk to her. She has a kind soul, can talk to everyone and can make anyone feel welcomed! She also implemented that welcoming feeling when she was our Playgroup Captain by having creative crafts and treats that included all the littles - yes, even those babies! Thank you Jen for helping our community in making all the moms feel welcomed. I know I am going to miss seeing you, John, and Clara every week!”

-Brittnay Watson, Springfield Village Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre Mama

A Message from Jen to Our Village

“When I had my first class with Fit4Mom, I had no idea that a village was what I was missing. I had bee to other groups and met other moms, but nothing was clicking. Either I felt judged, out of place, or our kiddos didn’t get along. But then I had my first class and that was it. My husband even mentioned seeing a difference in my demeanor when I joined. I instantly found support, friendship, and felt like I could connect and be myself. The workouts keep me feeling strong, get us out of the house, and I’m constantly connecting with a new mom. We have a move coming up and it’s going to be a tough one for us all…we have made some amazing friends. Luckliy, we won’t be too far so we can get some visits in here and there. I will never forget this amazing village of momma’s and I am so thankful for you all! Off to another adventure, see you lovelies later! Keep in touch! XO”

~Jen Gerlach, Playgroup Captain in Springfield and Kingstowne

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