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March 12, 2011
Welcome to another fun Saturday Playdate! Today we're playing with Liz from Tickled Pink. Liz is another one of those super-sweet bloggers I have had the pleasure of meeting through blogging. She lives about three hours away from me, so hopefully we will meet in person one day.
Tickled Pink is all about Liz's beautiful little girl, Abigail Grace, and their family fun. You can tell through her posts what a wonderful person she really is. If you go visit, you will leave with a smile. It's hard not to see pictures of little Abby and not smile!
When you're done here, please head over to Tickled Pink and give Liz some comment love. Tell her you stopped by from the Playdate.
I'm so excited to be here for a Saturday playdate. Thanks LeeAnn for having me!
Once you have a child, your life changes in many ways. That part is obvious. There is nothing like it ... it's undeniably the most wonderful thing in the world. But it also makes your life speed up, become more busy, and not quite as predictable as it was before baby. In fact, our life is full of unpredictable moments. My husband is a professional baseball player, which creates a different kind of lifestyle for our family. Before Abby (that's our sweet little girl) was born, living the baseball dream was a bit easier. I still worked as a teacher and flew to visit the hubs whenever I could. The travel was fun, the time we spent together was special, and I was there to support him game... after game... after game. How fun it was to travel to different cities, see beautiful ballparks, and go out with friends after a game until wee hours of the morning.
Once we added a baby to the mix, it made things more challenging. It changed the way I felt about baseball. Don't get me wrong, I still love the game. I am still proud of my hubby and continue to support him, but changes needed to be made. Changes that would allow our family to be together more. I decided it was time to take a break from teaching, stay home with Abby, and travel with my husband throughout the entire season. The thought of us being apart for weeks or months at a time tore at my heart. I didn't want that. I needed support from my husband with a new baby and I didn't want him to miss out on her many "firsts." Becoming a stay-at-home Mama was the best decision ever made and thankfully we get to spend more time together this way.
In just a few weeks, we'll be starting another season of baseball. In April our family will relocate to our "season" home. To a rental in the heart of the city, with lots of noise, touristy attractions, baseball fans, and new routines. It's hard to leave our new home here in Florida. Hard to leave our pool. Our yard. Our own beds. Neighborhood parks. Hard to leave friends. Hard to pack up and head out for the next 6 months. I can't even begin to think about packing for an 18 month old. Ugh... It was hard enough to pack for myself for those week long road trips, yet alone clothes and toys for a toddler... for 6 months! But we'll get through it. We'll make our rental feel like our home as much as we can. We'll enjoy our summer with the many wonderful friends we've met through baseball. We'll pray we stay with the team throughout the entire season and not be traded. It's all so unpredictable and yet I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm excited to see where this part of our journey will take us and I'm excited for the adventure that is about to begin. So while it may not be as easy with a toddler, it sure is much more fun!
Our family has put our faith in God, for He is in control. He'll walk with us every step of the way and whatever changes may come, I know He's there. All. The. Time.
Once you have a child, your life changes in many ways and our family is truly blessed. Busy, unpredictable, exhausting ... but always a blessing!
Thanks for joining me this Saturday... if you have a minute, stop on over my blog and say hello! I'd love to have you! :)
Thanks for stopping by for our playdate! I hope you had fun! If you would like to come over for a playdate, let me know in a comment or an email.