Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Some of the women in the room have been friends and supporters for four decades. Early on, when Dad was a college professor, they would often show up with a tie for him, hoping to swap out what he was wearing for the one that they were offering. Without the support of the Georgia Republican Women, Dad would never have been a congressman, much less the speaker of the House -- so, to some degree, they can take some credit for the four years of a balanced budget and the welfare reform that was enacted under his leadership.

Sunday, off to New York for media and fundraising meetings, joining my sister Kathy, who had been campaigning in Arizona.

Monday consisted of an hour and a half of a radio tour (one station after another into the primary states), then off to be on "The View." It's always fun to be on a live show. You never know what is going to happen, and you can feel the excitement, the energy in the air. Unplanned, my sister and I ended up wearing the same color top -- and looked a bit like twins, which the ladies of "The View" commented on at the beginning of the segment. What an experience.

Tuesday: Back to Georgia to meet up with Dad and Callista on their Georgia bus tour in Rome. The crowd was great, spilling out of the airport hanger and around the side of the building.

Last stop Tuesday was back to Carrollton, Ga., and the University of Georgia, where Dad taught college. The crowd spilled out of the room into the lobby. Gov. Nathan Deal joined us, both for picture and to introduce Dad, and I had the honor of introducing the governor.

The most fun part of the night was seeing friends from high school, hugging their necks and being warmly welcomed back to Carrollton.

It's been a long week, but a good week. Seeing old friends, meeting new ones and seeing first-hand how many wonderful people are involved and interested in working hard for the future of our country.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.