Thursday, April 19, 2012

Can't Be Happier

I know I've been lax on my blog writing lately, and I apologize. I also know that when I write it hasn't been as funny as it used to be. Again, sorry. But even now when I have the chance to write and could be humorous, I don't want to. I want to talk about how awesome my life is.

I just got back from Needville a few minutes ago. They've got early release and a day off tomorrow, so today was a day filled with speakers, cheerleading performances, Battle Royale and a choir concert. I am always so happy to be back at that high school. I love that place and the teachers and kids in it. And our Soundsation kids rocked the schools face off. Those who disagree just aren't cool enough to recognize the talent, hard work and dedication it takes to sing, dance, and be epically amazing at the same time. I cannot express how proud of them I am. I never in a million years would have thought that I'd be choreographing dance routines for a high school choir, but it is one of the most fun and rewarding things I've ever done in my life! They sang so well, their dance moves were basically spot on, they were happy and had fun with it... and I just love them all. I'm so glad that I get to keep doing this next year. I'll miss the seniors- Ryan, Christi, Stephanie, Mason and Travis- a TON!

I'm also SO thankful that I have a child who is patient with me and loves singing and dancing as much as I do. Brooklyn comes with me when I assist at the junior high. She comes with me to the middle school for choreography. She comes to JV and dances along. She cries every time she sees her babysitter, Julia, after school because she knows she won't be hanging out with me and the choir. Makes poor Julia feel terrible. I just can't believe how quiet and well behaved she is throughout all of this work that I do. She sits in her stroller, eats her snacks, watches and listens to what's going on, and never makes a peep. She loves it, which is one more reason why I can keep loving it too!

My husband is awesome. Since a month before we started dating when we watched our first movie together (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in July of 2005), he has kept track of every single movie we've watched together. Every. single. one. He writes down what we watched, where and with who, and on what date. He stores all of this information, along with the list of Best Picture winners we've seen/we own, Best Directors, IMDB Top 250 and AFI Top 100, in "Tracey's Big Movie Guide". It's epic. We just passed 950 movies watched together and he's decided to let our Facebook friends decide through a bracket that we put together what our 1,000th movie will be. We figure on getting there around September or October, so the bracket will be a summer project. Another summer project that we're doing is making a Cold War board game. His AP US History students just did it and we've decided to make our own game as well: Cold War Life. Gonna be sweet.

I just got an email from Landon, our first family leader. FF is what we call our church small groups, and ours is the best. We call ourselves "The Fun One" :). We had an Iron Chef competition last weekend where we split up into teams, judges called in our menu and we had 5 1/2 hours to prepare an appetizer with cheese, tapas as an entree, a float to drink and something with chocolate for dessert. I hadn't had that much fun in months. Everything we do as a group is amazing, and Landon and Aja have planned our next few events, including a water party, a beach day and a murder mystery dinner. Even with all our toddlers and infants hanging around, being with these people makes me feel like I'm in college again.

Speaking of college, the AFC 40 year reunion is this weekend. I cannot WAIT to see my old Ag friends!! The newly renovated MSC (Memorial Student Center) is officially open, there's a baseball game, Muster and hopefully an on-campus devo in store for us. I LOVE College Station. I'm giddy just thinking about it all.

The first weekend in May I'll be flying back to Plano again to see my brother be cool. Seriously. He spends most, if not all, of his time being cool. Example: prom song. I don't get to see everything, but I try to coordinate my Dallas-area trips with events he has going on, especially since he's graduating high school in June. So, he's got the Sound Invention (jazz choir) show on Saturday and a Junior/Senior banquet for church the following Monday. PLUS Alyson and Eric are graduating college that same Saturday, so then they'll hightail it back to Dallas so we can hang out too!

I know I'm bragging, because not everyone has it this good, and maybe some of you are reading this saying man, I wish my life was running that smoothly. I wish I could be that happy.

Here's the thing: it does no good boasting about all of this stuff if I don't give credit back to where I know it comes from. If I didn't have a solid relationship with God, if I didn't pray and read my Bible and turn around and praise Him for all I have, I wouldn't have anything. I'd be a grouch, a grumpy, complaining, whining little brat. But I'm not. I'm happy. I don't even have to work at it anymore, it just comes naturally. Life is a lot easier when you just let stuff go.

It's funny- I used to boast in random things, like my ability to put my fist in my mouth, burp entire sentences, or sing all the words to REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"  In fact, I heard that song again on the radio the other day and realized I had forgotten over half of it. I felt terrible. I was so disappointed! Then I realized what a big deal I was making out of nothing, and I started to laugh. WHO CARES if you know all the words to a song or not? Why boast in something that matters to no one? Boast in Jesus.

There are a lot of cynics out there. Lots of Atheists, Agnostics, and others who don't know what to call themselves. Those folks will call me crazy, but the Christians reading this will get it. I'm happy because I'm loved by God and I know it. I have a good life because God has given it to me. And moreover, if my life stopped being good tomorrow, I could still be happy knowing that God hasn't left me, He's just changing some things. He gives and takes away, and He has given graciously to me lately. I can't be happier.


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