Last year was a big turning point in our baseball adventure. It was filled with a whole lot of firsts for us and most of the time I was just trying to keep up with how fast things were changing. We parted ways with the team Addison had been with since he was drafted in 2008, we were signed by a new team (parted ways with them, too), played independent baseball for the first time and went home earlier in the season than we ever imagined. We drove to Pennsylvania and back and then to Maryland and back. We lived in I don’t even know how many different hotel rooms, hauled things to and from our car more times than I care to remember and in the end received the blessing of a sweet host family who made us feel so welcome in their home. I’m sure most are aware by now that we are experiencing our very first season out of baseball. It has been both fun and challenging adjusting to this new path in our lives. The last fourteen months brought much uncertainty, but with that uncertainty- a renewed reliance on our Savior. We learned to lean on the One who is willing and able to carry us and trust that His plan for us is greater than anything we could dare hope for.
With all of the changes I just didn’t know where this blog, being based on our baseball life, fit in. At the beginning of this year I tried to get rid of it and failed, thankfully, because lately I’ve had it on my heart to write again. I’ve come to realize that baseball will always be a part of our life story, regardless of whether it’s big and loud or just faint background noise. For now, our journey has led us to pour into youth baseball in the Tampa Bay area. Addison has developed some great relationships with leagues and it has been incredible to watch them partner together to grow the love of the game in these kids. I’m learning to embrace and cherish each new adventure that comes our way and I’m eager to see how this one will play out.
Life with baseball is unstable (I think I may have previously mentioned that a time or two). One day I was just sitting at home with my husband, enjoying our completely unplanned free time and suddenly the phone rings and he’s being whisked away back into the wide world of baseball. It was insanely exciting to get that call, and the days following were some of the busiest we’ve ever had. The Philadelphia Philles signed Addison on May 16th and on May 17th he met up with their AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, on an away series in Buffalo, NY. It was a mad dash around the house to get all of his equipment and a few outfits packed up for him to get by with until I can drive up to join him for the rest of the season. Since it all happened so fast, in true baseball wife fashion, I stayed behind to prepare and pack up the rest of our lives…not to mention the clean up I had to do after Hurricane Addison came through our house while he was packing!! I am eager to get back to him and see him play again. We are so grateful to be given this opportunity, and it has been amazing to see how God worked through us and around us during all the change and uncertainty.
I have to say a huge THANK YOU to all who prayed for us, sent us positive thoughts, and gave us endless support and encouragement. We truly appreciate every single one of you.
The offseason and spring training have both come and gone. We were all packed up and ready for the season, but within a matter of hours everything changed. At the end of spring training, Addison was released from his contract. The Yankees have been so good to us since Addison was drafted in 2008 and we will forever be grateful for the opportunities, experiences, and all of the people we have met and come to know in that prestigious organization. But now, we are moving on to the next chapter in our “baseball life”.
We aren’t really sure what the next adventure will bring but we are excited for the possibilities. I do have to say that I know we would not have gotten through this without our faith. We truly feel that God has led us to this moment and that this is His will being carried out in our life. This whole experience has been a test of faith for us both but the one thing we stay focused on is that Jesus will carry us through whatever is to come.
This offseason has flown by faster than any one in the past ever has. Every day I see at least one reminder about how little time is left before spring training starts anew, and every time I see a reminder I have to remind myself where the time has gone. Firstly, the house hunting and buying process took the better part of three whole months. Then (during, really) Addison went out and played for a few weeks in the fall league. It was my best intention to write a whole post on Arizona but as soon as he got home we closed on our house and got busy moving in and working on fixing up our house. So I’ll just give you a short and sweet version now! I only got to visit for 5 days and didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked but it was a great trip. The weather was AH-MAZING! Sunny, cool, and dry every day…except for one night it actually rained! I felt like I was seeing a unicorn…isn’t rain in the desert kind of an unheard of event?! Anyways, coming from Florida where all you see is green flat ground, being in Arizona was a bit like being on another planet. Everything was pretty much brown with mountains in every direction and huuuuge cacti. My inner science nerd was jumping for joy over the sediment layers in all the rocks! We hiked Camelback Mountain, but didn’t quite make it to the top before I had a slight panic attack at the thought of tumbling down the very steep side of the mountain. It didn’t help that crazy people were running by me like we were on a regular flat paved sidewalk. CRAZY, I tell you!!! I did catch a few baseball games while I was there too, of course. Lucky for me, Addison actually played in all three games I was there for! I was so proud of how well he played out there and that he got the opportunity to go and experience such an esteemed league. (Sorry, sappy wife moment.)
Since Ad got home and we moved in we have been in full force home makeover-box unpacking-Lowe’s shopping mode. That is until last week when we got a little bit of a vacation when we attended the Pro Athletes Outreach baseball conference. It was our second year attending and it is truly one of the biggest blessings baseball has brought us both. If you are a pro baseball player or the wife/girlfriend of one, you really need to attend one of these conferences at least once. Actually I would dare you to ONLY go once. It has really turned into something we look forward to every year. It’s an uplifting time that we spend with people who have been through/are going through the same crazy thing (i.e. baseball) as us. The speakers are always amazing and the singers who lead worship are crazy talented. And the very, very best part is that everyone is there seeking to better their relationship with God. My heart is filled with so much joy thinking of this conference and all that it has taught everyone who has ever gone and how many people have been led to Christ because of it!!
Our mini vacation had to come to an end though, and we are already back laboring away on our place. Oh yeah, isn’t Christmas coming up too? Yep, I should probably go and actually start getting ready and decorate or something! I hope you all are having a BLESSED holiday season, and if I don’t get to talk to you beforehand have a very, very Merry Christmas!!!