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Our journey to Taiwan actually began back in February of this year. We had just gotten home from our first season of winter ball in Puerto Rico. I was tired. Traveling and living in an unfamiliar country with 2 young boys, ages 18 months & 3 years; I made a decision I was not moving again in 2 weeks for Spring Training. So, my kids and I stayed home for 8 weeks during Spring Training.
This is when God spoke very clearly to me. During this time I was also doing a study in the Word on the book of Ruth. In the story of Ruth, her husband dies and she was told by her mother-in-law, Naomi, to return to her family and find a new husband. Ruth refused to leave her mother-in-law! God used this story during these very difficult 8 weeks; I was alone at home with my 2 young boys, that my purpose as a wife, and a mother was to keep our family together and follow my husband. He showed me it was challenging either way but we needed to stay together as a family.
6 months later, I see why God spoke very clearly to me about this. After being released from affiliated baseball, we were invited to play in Taiwan, and had 3 days to make this decision. I mean come on, 3 days! We are not talking about moving across the country, but half way around the WORLD. You can imagine the emotions we faced making a decision; first if my husband should go, second if we should take our children. If God had not spoken so profoundly to me 6 months earlier, I would have happily returned to our nice comfortable home. However, if I didn’t follow my husband, I was being disobedient. God didn’t say to follow him only if it’s convenient and comfortable.
So here we are living in Taiwan. I believe God has you exactly where He wants you, so I am embracing the challenges and trying to enjoy the journey. It has been more challenging than I could have imagined. Life is different; it’s slower and faster paced at the same time. Traveling daily by walking with double stroller, taxi, train, or bus to get to the grocery store, the baseball games, the hotel or apartment. We have been living in a small hotel or apartment, with no dishwasher, no oven, no dryer. The food is different, I mean really different. Thankfully there is a Costco, but getting there and back with 2 kids is no small task; remember the stroller, taxi, trains! The people are so nice and love seeing foreigners. I think in some parts of the country we may be the first foreigners Taiwanese people have ever seen. The language is hard but we are trying to learn, and our translator helps us. Along with Google Translate! It’s not easy, but thankfully I am not alone. God has given us strength and perspective, and is using these challenges to build great character.