34 | CITISCAPES | JUNE 2019 ackie Rochelle likes everything to go according to plan. A “planner at heart,” she’s so hardcore that her finances are planned in detail by week for the entire year. At age 18, her plan was “flipped upside down” when her grandpa passed away, parents divorced, and the man she thought she’d marry broke up with her. Going to college at the University of Wisconsin was a way to run away from rural Westby, Wisconsin, a town so tiny it didn’t have a single stoplight. With a degree in marketing and analytics, Jackie planned to move to New York City and see the world. But her favorite professor persuaded her to apply for a job at Hormel Foods, just two hours from home. Although it was not part of the plan, she took the job offer anyway, deciding it came for a reason. After training, Jackie thought she’d work at Hormel’s San Francisco office, but instead was placed in the corporate office in Austin, Minnesota. “I was like, ‘Really? It’s only two hours from home.” Her work in a corporate analytics position gave her invaluable experience and she applied for an opening in Cincinnati. Her vice president suggested Bentonville, Arkansas, instead – a place she’d never heard of. Incredulous and frustrated, she felt like nothing was going her way. Moving frequently had meant friends and relationships were hard, but she came to believe that “wherever you are right now is God’s place for you.” In her most frustrating moments, she had to believe there was a purpose. Looking back, she realizes how much she changed, grew and matured during that time. She didn’t get to take the path she wanted, “but God wanted this. And I get it now when I look back.” Part of God’s plan for her was to meet and marry Tyler. Adopted as a baby from South Korea, Tyler grew up in a loving family in Oklahoma. Jackie met him on an online dating site, and they married in October 2017. “When I look at my life, God’s plan amazes me sometimes. I’m just this girl from the small town of Westby, Wisconsin, and I’m now living in Northwest Arkansas, working for a Fortune 500 company, calling on the world’s largest retailer, married to a wonderful man from South Korea. I just look at it and it brings me awe because God’s plan is so much better than anything I could have planned for myself.” She sees God’s plan in two trips she took to Guatemala with Hormel’s “SPAMMY” initiative, a fortified turkey spread to help with childhood malnutrition. “That changed my life. When you visit with families and kids there, it looks like they have absolutely nothing. But they will flat out tell you, ‘I have my family, my health, a roof over my head and I have everything I need.’ They’re so strong in their faith. That was eye-opening to me because I spend so much time worrying about things that do not matter.” Presently, Jackie and Tyler are trusting God’s plan with starting a family. Whether that be biologically or through adoption, Jackie has learned to hold it with an open hand. “It’s one of those things where I have my plan, but I’m trusting Him to allow us to have a baby at the right time.” A self-described optimist and worrier, Jackie says, “I instantly find myself worrying, but my faith brings me back down to trust. I know there are going to be hard times in the future, but I know that He’s been with me every step of the way and He’s never going to leave me.” Her faith gives her hope “that He has a plan for me and it’s good. I just need to trust.” I N T E R S E C T I O N | BY N A N C Y P E E V Y Transplants & Natives TRANSPLANT FROM WESTBY, WISCONSIN: Jackie Rochelle Jackie and Tyler’s engagement photo in May 2017. Jackie with children fed by Hormel’s SPAMMY initiative in Tabacal, Guatemala, in April 2013. J