September 16, 2014

Lessons from Season Two

Well hey friends! Welcome to by first blog post of the offseason! Yes our second season of Minor League Baseball has officially come to an end.  It is definitely a bittersweet time, but we are oh so happy to finally be back in our house.

The last week has been a little chaotic, just like any end of the season should be.  But after 20 hours straight in the car with no sleep from Binghamton, NY, we made it to my parents' lakehouse just in time for a yummy homecooked dinner and much needed sleep.  We squeezed out the last bit of summer on the lake before heading on to Mississippi Sunday night.

Let's just say I don't remember the last time I slept as good as I did Sunday night in our own bed.

Season Two was definitely a season full of lessons learned, new friendships, and plenty of adventure.  Minor League life is pretty unique, but we learned things this season that I think everybody needs to learn at some point.

1.  God is Bigger: I've touched on this so many times this season.  God has really taught me this season that He is bigger than baseball.  No matter what, He has a plan that is perfect in a lifestyle that I can't even start to plan around.  Our identity is in the Lord thanks to His sufficient grace, not in baseball statistics or performances.  It has been a hard lesson to learn when it is so easy to get so wrapped up in the games every day, moves in the organization, and trade rumors.  But at the end of the day, God is in control and that is comforting enough to let me let go to the tight grip I hold on our baseball life.

2.  Be Flexible: I'm pretty sure this was my biggest lesson from our first season, and even though I've gotten a lot better about not making plans it is still a lesson I learn daily.  When your husband calls in the middle of the game to say he has been moved across the country for a promotion, it is supposed to be a happy and exciting time.  Don't ruin it by stressing over how you are going to get you and your stuff 3,000 miles away.  It is going to be last minute and it is going to be borderline insane, but you do what you have to do.  Just be ready for those phone calls.  Be ready to pick up and move in a few hours.  And just be flexible.  This was our first in season move, but I learned so much in the week of moving from California to Virginia.

3.  Simplify: And in case you do have to move 3,000 miles away in a few hours, the less stuff you have to move the better.  I'm talking bare necessities.  This is something I definitely haven't perfected, but I'm getting so much better.  It is amazing the things your realize are excess when you are left to pack apartments into your car by yourself.  It really just takes looking at what you really can't get by without.  I'm not saying it isn't hard, but it makes life so much easier in the long run.

4.  Make Friends: This might be one of the hardest things for us baseball wives.  I mean we are girls and our husbands are all competing for each other's jobs, but other than those obstacles some of my best friends are a result of too many hours spent at the baseball field.  My thinking on this subject is, you can get along with anybody if you try, but not every baseball wife is going to become best friends. The guys have their own friend groups and don't have a problem with it.  It shouldn't be weird for the wives to as well.  You can be nice and friendly without having to be best friends.  Some people just click and others don't and that is completely okay as long as you are nice to others.

5.  Enjoy the Adventure: I think too many people go through Minor League life stressed and negative.  It is a hard lifestyle, harder than a lot of people understand.  But, it is the adventure of a lifetime.  How many people can say they move around to new cities and make friends from all over the world while watching their husband play a game for a living?  It is so easy to slip into the rut of being negative about all the downfalls of Minor League Life, but there are so many things to be thankful for.  And quite honestly, being thankful and positive is just more fun for everyone involved.

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