Written by Marissa Kloess
Wife to Brandon Kloess
Follow Marissa on Twitter @marissakloess

Brandon hasn’t been called up or been on the 40-man, (Oh, how we pray!) but we had our own exciting adventure when he was picked up in 2009.

Brandon was playing independent ball in Chicago when he got the call that the White Sox wanted to sign him. He instantly said yes and drove over to US. Cellular Stadium where he signed his minor league contract in the player development office of the major league team.

They told him he would be flying out the next morning at 7:00 am to Great Falls, Montana where he would start the season.

Surreal, I know!

The even crazier part… I was on a flight to come see him in Chicago when they were telling him he was flying out the next morning. With the grace of God and the help of our parents, I landed in Chicago with just enough time to get to Brandon’s apartment, help him pack up, sleep for an hour and then turn around and hop on the plane with him to Montana.

The next few days of my vacation I saw my husband a total of maybe ten minutes in between physicals, tests and practice. I found myself with a lot of alone time during those couple days. I went shopping alone, I ate alone and I rode the bus alone. (We had no car, and FYI Montana does not have many taxis!) Little did I know that this would be a running theme in our lives.

I currently live and work in our home base and travel to see Brandon when I can. I have learned so much during this time about myself and about being independent. I have also learned that planning is out of the question and being able to adapt with change is a must. For me, this has proved to be extremely difficult and a constant struggle. I feel so blessed to be on this journey with my husband and wouldn’t change it for anything.


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