A Little of This 'n' That

Bear with my randomness. Thought I'd get you caught up on our comings and goings of late.

Comedian. A few weeks ago we went to see our favorite comedian, Brian Regan, in concert in Rockford.
He did not disappoint. I won't tell you how unbelievably funny he is, because then you'll hear him and won't think he's funny. So, he's just so so and you might wanna casually check out his stuff on youtube just to see what you think. Find his bit about the ER room. Mimi's 6th birthday. I don't think I ever posted about Maryam's 6th birthday party. Hiyam threw quite the party, complete with AMAZING Iraqi food. I mean, delicious times 1000. Here are a few pics from that celebration with some of our friends that have helped Hiyam along the way.Frisbee. Talk about hard work. But overall a fun time this fall.

I'm so bummed this next picture is blurry

because I actually felt totally cute this particular morning; our final tournament morning. I learned some stuff about myself this fall. I can play 3 hours of what they call 'savage' frisbee; non-stop running, no subs. And I did it and was able to push my body beyond what I thought was capable. And that actually was the most fun day of all the Saturdays we played. I held my own and didn't embarrass myself, so that's good. I think the reason there was so much insecurity wrapped up in this was because part of who I am and who I have identified myself to be, is an athlete. And I was scared that that part of me had died. But I learned that I'll always be an athlete. Because that is a part of who I was, who I am and who I will continue to be. As Jack says, "I've got the Correll eye-hand coordination!" Anyway - here's BIG FUN at the final tourney.

Photography. I've got a couple more gigs lined up in the coming weeks and that is SO exciting to me. I'm telling you, the work that is involved really doesn't feel like work because I love it so much.

Gift. A couple of weeks ago, on a Thursday evening, I was at my wits end. The kids had been fighting, oh, all decade, and I was just so weary of the conflict and the bickering. Jack happened to give me a hug after supper, while I was doing dishes, and I started to cry and just quietly said, "I can't do this any more. I'm so tired of their fighting that I just want to go away and not come back for a long, long time." Just even thinking that thought frightened me. I mean, what mother wants to run away from her children?
And then I remembered that most of my mom friends have at one point or another felt similar feelings. Weariness to the core. And so here's where the gift thing comes in.

That was a Thursday night, and out of the blue the next afternoon Jack's sister called and said that since she was going to be watching the kids on Sunday afternoon and evening while we went to the Brian Regan concert, she thought she'd just take the kids up to the Lake Saturday morning through Sunday night. Translation: I got a break from my children. The beauty of that gift is that Becky had no idea my desperate need. She just stepped forward and gave that gift to us because she loves our children. I sobbed.

And then I thought, "Isn't that just like God to give me a beautiful, unsuspected gift when I was at a point of complete exhaustion?"

And so we played frisbee that Saturday, we went out to eat 3 times over the course of the rest of the weekend, we went to a movie, I slept in until 10:30am on Sunday morning and we went to the Brian Regan show.

Needless to say, I was in better spirits and a much better mommy come Monday morning!

So that's that. Enjoy your day today and be on the lookout for the Lord stepping in, giving you just the gift you need.


Kacie said…
oohhhh, jealous of the Brian Regan show! Isaac would die...
Alysa said…
Kace - you guys are Regan fans? Oh mercy. i did.not.know. well, next time we're together we're gonna watc the dvds and howl at the moon. he makes us just DIE laughing. truly, funniest guy we know. or we like to think we know him. Say EIGHT. Say EIGHT.
amywb said…
Alysa, all of us moms have those days/weeks. I love your transparency and that you got such a refreshing break. Sleeping in sounds heavenly!! btw, the photos of Maryam are beautiful. Correction: she is beautiful. You just really captured that beauty!

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