Category Archives: Everyday

Maternity Leave

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I need maternity leave from motherhood. I’m tired. I don’t know how much more I can take. Three kids, a husband, a home (which I feel like I have to maintain according to unrealistic Arab standards), homeschooling, two blogs, pregnancy… Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to God. I’m so, so grateful as each thing is a remarkable blessing. But I’m tired. I’m only one person. I know thousands of women have similar responsibilities, if not more. But I’m me living my life, and I just can’t seem to figure out how to do this correctly. Perhaps it’s pregnancy emotions talking. Perhaps I’m sharing too much. I hear “you’re supermom” way more than I deserve to. I do not have it … Continue reading

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A New Chapter

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Life has been good lately. Far, far from perfect, but it’s been good. What more can a mama ask for? The kids still fight, I “forget” to fold my laundry on a regular basis, and nine years later, my husband and I still argue over silly things like fixing the throw pillows on the couch every night.  But my girls are healthy, my house is receiving tons of beautiful makeovers, and the hubs is doing really well at work. Like I said, life is good. Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to God. As for me, well, I’ve had a little project in the works for a few months now. It’s been an exciting one that I’m ready to share with … Continue reading

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No Longer a Baby

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Tonight after J’s bath, we came out of the bathroom and announced to Rami, “guess what?!? We have big, big news!” Being a father of 3 daughters, he had an idea of the series of events that would eventually take place, but he seemed slightly horrified by our “early” announcement. Jenin has her first loose tooth!! (The look of relief in Rami’s face was priceless.) She had been hoping and begging and questioning when her first tooth would fall out. She was so excited that she finally had a loose tooth she actually cried tears of joy! All night she wiggled and wiggled. I told her it would take a few days before it fell out. As her mom, I … Continue reading

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Here I Stand

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It’s been a while. Actually it’s be a really long, long time. So long, I forgot my password to log in to my own blog. Not good. I’ve been away from home for a while. Actually, it was a really long, long time.  The girls and I took a trip to Palestine in an effort for us all to learn Arabic. The only reason this was possible was because I started homeschooling Jenin.  But you wouldn’t really know that because I don’t think I mentioned it here. Because remember, I haven’t blogged in months aka 36 blog years. I returned home the end of November, drained. Exhausted. Missing home desperately. Exhausted, did I say that already?  Once the jet lag … Continue reading

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Parent of a Teen Survival Kit

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My teenage years aren’t too far behind me.  Just about coughadecadecough or so ago.  Those were some tough years.  Grueling.  My poor, poor mama.  Why are we so deaf, dumb, and blind as teens?  Thinking like we have the whole world figured out? Perhaps it was just me.  No need to go into detail, right? My poor, poor Mama.  So grateful those years are far – well not that far – behind. My best friend’s daughter recently turned 13.  ThirTEEN.  In an attempt to prep my BFF for these tumultuous years, I pulled together a few items intended to possibly ease the journey for both mother and teenage daughter. Contents: Journal – To record the good memories and the bad … Continue reading

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Read-A-Thon Characters

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Every year at J’s school, the students participate in a month long read-a-thon.  During the entire month, hours and hours of reading are logged.  Classes compete and students all submerge themselves in piles of books.  At the end of the month, all of the students get to dress as their favorite character from a book.  It’s typically from the book that they completed a book report on during the month.  The younger grade teachers also dress up.  And one crazy fun-loving parent.  Me.  Yup. I tried to persuade Jenin towards a few characters but she held firm in her character choice.  I honestly admire her persistence.  Strong and stubborn, she’ll change they world, yes she will.  She chose Caroline from … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2012

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Another year checked off.  Tucked away into our memories with it’s good experiences and bad.  I recently came across this poem through a friend.  Though it speaks of a single day, I think it’s also fitting for looking back on this year.   Is anybody happier because you passed their way? Does anyone remember that you spoke to them today? The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through, Is there anyone that will utter a kind word about you? Can you say tonight in parting, with the day that’s slipping fast, that you helped a single person of the many that you passed? Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said? Does the one … Continue reading

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Perspective

We go through life with all its ups and downs.  When it’s good, oh man, it is good.  Yet the lows can take us to depths we can’t even imagine resurfacing from.  Sometimes we get so caught up in life with all it’s to-do lists, projects, errands, meetings, distractions, that we lose perspective. While the circumstances of our recent move looms over our hearts, it is not without realizing how blessed we are to have a way out of the darkness.  While we may not have moved entirely by choice, we were lucky to have the means to move.  We were lucky to find a great house. Lucky to have family and friends step up and make a sudden move … Continue reading

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Moving Out and Moving On

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I assure you , these absences are not on purpose.  There’s always something, isn’t there? From one event to another, one task to the next, chore after chore.  Regardless of how on top of things I think I am, I always seem to be waiting to “finish”.  Finish what exactly?  (sigh) Suck it up, Amnah. Since my last post, my family has moved.  We left our {rental} home of five years. Five. Years.  Just like that.  I thought we would live there until the day we bought a home or moved overseas (yeah, don’t ask).  I’m a sentimental person and I form strong attachments to things that hold emotional value.  Our home was no exception.  Enough memories to fill journal … Continue reading

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Back At It

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My dear friends, readers, and family, your response to Jenin’s incident has left me in awe of your compassion.  Thank you for each and every prayer and all your warm words.  Thank you for the personal messages, comments, personal visits, and hugs (especially the hugs).  I am grateful for the experience and the lessons I learned from it.  I pray that God protects your family and loved ones.  I pray that God is there for you in your times of need.  I pray that you remember and appreciate your blessings during good times and not before it’s too late.   I love you guys gals, I really do! So yes, near death experience, yada, yada, yada… Jenin started first grade!! My … Continue reading

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