Yet another year has passed since my birth and I’ve just turned 24 years old last Saturday! What everyone says is true about birthdays coming faster and faster as you get older and older. Oh well, I’ll just sit back and enjoy what each and every year brings my way. So the hubby was out of town but he did send me some very pretty flowers to start my day. Later two extra special ladies took me out to a winery for some wine tasting and dinner at a vegan restaurant in a cute little town called New Hope in Pennsylvania. New Hope is a great walking town with a lot of unique shops and restaurants. We went to the New Hope Winery, which is set up in an old barn and offers tastings for just $7.00. Their wine was great and I ended up bringing a bottle of their Pink Catawba home because I liked it so much! After our wine tasting we headed over to a really awesome vegan restaurant called Sprig & Vine. They have a very small menu packed with seasonal and local foods. We ended up getting several small plates to split between the three of us so we could try an assortment of their goodies. Everything was delicious, especially our chocolate mousse and tiramisu that we had for dessert. I absolutely love finding a place like that which proves that you don’t have to eat any animal products to have a perfectly yummy well rounded meal!
Speaking of eating animal products, as you may or may not know I am a vegetarian who sometimes makes an exception for fish and other seafood. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about it and I am going to consciously try to completely cut it out of my diet. I’m telling you this so all of you can help hold me to this effort! I’m sure I will be fine though because I definitely don’t crave a big hunk of fish meat like I craved (and still do crave) a barbeque pulled pork sandwich. Being a vegetarian in our society isn’t easy. I like eating meat BUT I love our furry friends and I don’t agree with the treatment they are subjected to all because of the outrageously high demand for meat products in our country. But enough of that (I could honestly go on and on…but then you meat eaters wouldn’t like me so much anymore ).
Last night Addison hit his first homerun of the season!! It was an exciting game that was won in walk off fashion. Games like that are why I love baseball and don’t mind going to games basically every single day! Other than that things have been pretty slow here up North, the Trenton Thunder are off on another road trip for four days to Richmond, Virginia. I’m busy planning things to do for when my Dad and his lady Anna come up to visit me in a two days! I am so excited to finally see them after almost two months. That’s all for now from me but if you want to read a really funny story, check out this post on my roomie Camille’s blog. It’s sure to give you a laugh at our expense .
P.S – The apartment we live in is quite possibly haunted. Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them?
Whew! It sure has been a busy week around here. I haven’t been able to open up my computer for at least the past two weeks. My last post came compliments of my phone, thanks to the handy dandy wordpress app! Proving that there really is an app for everything. So just to play a little catch up, I’ll fill you in on what has been going on in our hectic life. Last week I went on MY first road trip of the season. Granted it was only a two game, one night away trip but it was still fun to finally be able to venture out to another ballpark. It was in Reading, PA versus the Reading Phillies. Being only a few hours from Philadelphia, there is quite a big following for this minor league team which makes for some fun baseball. After our short trip we had a pretty nice 4 game series at our home field.
Sunday was the much anticipated (for me anyways) “Bark in the Park”, the one game of the year that you can bring your dog to the ballpark for the game. Lili has only ever been to a spring training game, so I was very excited to finally bring her to a real game to see her daddy play! Turns out the only thing that excited Lili about the game was the shade, cold concrete courtesy of the shade, free french fries from a very generous friend, and stealing a few sips of beer from an unknowing neighbor (whoops!). But here are some pictures from Bark in the Park.
Ready for the game with Lili and Charlie.
The furry roommates at home after the game. Both completely wore out!
Yesterday we had an off day so Addison and I kind of celebrated my birthday, which isn’t really until May 19th. Since it was his only off day for the next 27 days, we had to capitalize on the opportunity! Also, he just left for a 6 game away series meaning he won’t even be here this Saturday for my birthday. Bummer! But we made the best of what we had and we went to Philadelphia for the day to be all nerdy and visit some of the cool historic sites, like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. We also visited the Reading Terminal Market, which was awesome because we love food and there is literally every type of food you could image to choose from. To top it all off we went to the movies to see The Avengers. It was a pretty awesome day!
It’s been such a fun week with Addison, and I’m so happy that I am here this season with him to be able to make special memories like these that will last the rest of our lives!
Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life really is? I’m sure it’s fairly common for people to wonder what purpose is meant for them. But I have found that it is extremely easy to feel as if you’ve lost your identity being the wife/fiance/girlfriend of a professional athlete. Especially if you have given up on chasing your own dreams to be with him while he chases his. I have personally struggled with this. Everything in my life revolves around baseball and the pretty unusual circumstances it entails. Because I want to be with my husband to support him and to be there for him, I quit my job. I could get a part time job (not doing anything I’m truly passionate about, just a JOB), but then it may not allow me to be at his games or be able to see him during the few hours of the day he is actually at home. Both would kind of defeat the purpose of me quitting my job to be here with him in the first place. Not to mention, not many employers are chomping at the bit to hire someone who doesn’t even know how long they can be an employee for (if you don’t know already, we can be moved at any time without any notice). But this is just the tip of the iceberg. What really has made me question my purpose is the fact that as long as there is baseball, I will always be the one standing on the sidelines. I won’t be the “star”. No one will want their picture with me or want my autograph. I’ll always be referred to as Addison’s wife or the wife of some ball player. See how easy it is for me to feel as if I have no real purpose or identity?
With that being said I’m doing my best to ignore those toxic thoughts, because they definitely do not do anything to help me. If I let them, they could hurt me and my marriage. So to help me keep those thoughts at bay, I turn to God and the amazing people that He placed in my life to help me see the light. My husband tells me all the time that he is so happy that I’m with him, able to see him almost everyday, and keep him positive. The chaplain for the baseball team and his sweet wife, although I’ve only known them for a short time, have also been wonderful for keeping my views on my role in this lifestyle in check. Just recently they sent an email to a few other wives on the team and me that made me feel kind of special to be doing what I’m doing. Included in the email was a verse from the bible that I’d like to share with you…“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life…Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:10-12,30… See why their email made me feel so special? Thank you God for these amazing people that I know you have personally placed in my life to get me through EVERYTHING! I now truly know that I do have a purpose in life. Right now it just so happens that my purpose is to sacrifice a “normal” life so that I can be with my husband to love and support him and his major league dream.