April 1, 2015

Basketball: Year Two (and How We are Choosing to be Happy)

Where to even begin? This basketball season has been a whirlwind, a roller coaster, an up and down, roll-around jolt of emotions. There were good times and there were bad; weeks of negativity followed by weeks of positivity. However, we persevered and made it to the end of Race's sophomore year of basketball (now if only the semester could be over - it's just the point in the semester where you're like....... "bye"). Race seriously amazed me this year with his offensive and defensive improvements. No matter if they lost or things were getting hard, he endured and improved exponentially. He averaged around 15 minutes a game, with 2.2 rebounds and 5.4 points a game and 80% free throw shooting. I LOVE watching him play... Even if it induces me with ulcers. :) His team made improvements as well: their record last year was like 1-27 and this year was 10-19. I'm sure many of you have heard that Race did debate transferring to play basketball at a different school. He definitely thought hard about it when the season got over; there were countless nights of fervent prayer, hours of phone calls to parents, loved ones, mentors, and coaches, as well as long pros and cons lists. There was a combination of things that attributed to his want to transfer. However, in the end, we realized it would be best for him to finish out at SUU because he will be able to get the most out of his education here. Race will get most, if not all, of his Master's degree paid for by the time he is done with his 4-year basketball scholarship. Basketball is important, yes, and always will be to Race, his family, and our relationship. However, we realized that in the long run, it will be better for him, his career, and our family (and finances;)) to make the most out of his education here at SUU. For the next two years, Race and I want to focus on our education, as well as improvements and positivity in regard to basketball. From all of the advice we got throughout this decision making process, President Hinckley said it best: "It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. If we put our trust in Him, if we pray to Him, if we live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers". We were tested the last couple of years, especially the last few weeks, and we will continue to be tested and face hard decisions. We've learned to rely on each other and the Lord and to just put our best foot forward. Throughout all of the negativity I've felt, I've found how important and refreshing it is to be positive about whatever situation you're in. There comes a point where you have to make the decision to be happy, and not let your atmosphere and outside influences affect that happiness. We are going to be happy that we chose to stay in Cedar City, and we are going to be happy about basketball, our education, our friends, and our family. It's time to choose to be happy. 

PS------ I CANNOT FORGET TO MENTION THIS: Race was this year's Top T-bird (highest GPA on the team) and also got awarded to the Big Sky Academic All-Conference Team. So basically I married a hottie athletic genius.

Now here's a thousand or more photos of this year's basketball season.

I know these are sideways. At this point I don't even want to fix it hahahhaa. I suck at this whole blogging thing.

 This year, we began with 2 basketball wives and ended with 4! 
Race got awarded the most confident award by his coaches this year. They talked a lot about his improvements and even through the team's struggles and his individual struggles he pushed through and always played great with game winning plays. So yeah.... boo yeah.

 Family friends/Race's old seminary bro!

^My mom sure loves those up close shots. :)

See ya in the fall, Centrum Arena. Or tomorrow and also for the rest of the summer. It's fine.

Carly aka basketball wife

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