Category Archives: Motherhood

Ramadan and a Newborn

Ramadan with a newborn

I’ve been waiting eagerly all year for two very exciting events to take place: Ramadan and the birth of Amani. Little did I know that when both coincided, they would compete for my attention and energy in ways I never imagined. Majority of the Ramadans during my married life, I’ve been either pregnant or nursing. I can count on a single hand the number of times I fasted along with everyone else during the past nine and a half years. Jenin was only a few months, perhaps 2 or 3, when I missed my first ever Eid prayer. I was weary from the uncelebrated effects of new motherhood, sleepless nights and postpartum hormone induced mood swings. I was in no … Continue reading

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Our Newest Blessing

Amani Birth Announcement

Announcing our newest blessing: Amani. On May 7, 2014, our family welcomed our fourth daughter. Born 7:51 pm weighing in at 7 pounds, measuring 19 inches. 10 fingers, 10 toes, and a good strong cry.  Born at home into a family eagerly awaiting her arrival, she has captured our hearts from her first breath.

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A New Chapter

Chalkboard Pregnancy Announcement

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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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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A Test of Mercy – Part 2

Shasta Lake

Part 1. By the time I passed the hot dog to my little cousin and made my way to the back of the boat, the speedboat was no where in sight. I returned inside to nurse Baby Z to sleep. Once she was sound asleep, I headed up to the top deck of the houseboat. Different groups were well into their activities. A few of the girls were playing a game of underwater tight rope. Some of the kids were gathering wood for that night’s camp fire. My dad was on his third or fourth (or was it fifth or sixth) container of bait attempting to catch a fish. Some teens were zoned out on their cell phones; seems inevitable … Continue reading

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A Test of Mercy – Part 1

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Every once in a while, something happens that alters our lives forever.  It shakes us to our core and affects the rest of the way we live out our life.  Rarely do we ask for such an occurrence, but rather unknowingly bring it upon ourselves through divine intervention. I’m not a superstitious person by any means.  Black cats, broken mirrors, and walking under ladders don’t phase me.  On the first day of seventh grade, my horoscope read: August will be a month you will always remember. Strange, since it was already September and nothing noteworthy had gone down the month before.  Still every once in a while, I remember that horoscope and the supposedly memorable August. This past August, August … Continue reading

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On the Flip Side

So uninspired that I didn't even take the time to take a clear picture.

Did you read my last post? I read it over again and it sounds like my life has suddenly become just absolutely perfect. {cue clear skies, brids singing, rainbows, and butterflies} More energy, happier kids, new exciting meals.  Sure all of that has happened, but it’s not a 24/7 deal.  That’s the problem with blogging. You only get the side of the story that I post. So I’m here to post the other side. It’s only fair. Yesterday sucked. Big time.  Maybe it seemed worse than it really was because the previous day was so great. A huge high to an ugly low.  Okay well it wasn’t that ugly, just un-pretty. The day started out at 8 am.  The time … Continue reading

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Working in Time for Mom

"Luve"

What have you done for yourself today? Yes, for yourself.  As a mother, a wife, a daughter.  We are lovingly there for our families every single need and want.  What about our needs and wants? Almost two weeks ago my last post was all about doing everything for everyone all hours of the day.  I wasn’t anywhere on my own To-Do list, not even penciled in.  Last week I decided to do something about it. I went on strike and demanded that everyone do everything for themselves. I started working out.  I had tried to workout last month but after two days I found myself so sore that I was unable to properly care for my family. I was literally dragging my legs … Continue reading

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Blogging and Mommyhood

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Family comes first.  Baby Z decides when to eat, which seems to be all the time. The girls want stories, snacks, playtime, and cuddles. Brushing hair, changing clothes, kissing ouchies, wiping bottoms, washing hands, changing diapers, answering questions, building forts. House duties have me going through the house back and forth picking up and cleaning things that I could have sworn I had taken care of 10 minutes prior. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner don’t make themselves. Well, sometimes dinner does. Laundry for days and days. Wash, dry, fold, repeat. Hubby gets the bit of energy left at the end of the day. Dinner and sometimes a cup of coffee or tea. Conversation laced with yawns revolves around crazy customers and … Continue reading

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My Journey to a Home Birth – Part 2

Patience and support.  Eslam Najjar Photography.

Read part one here. I stood at the front door and kissed my little girls one last time before sending them off to spend the night at my best friend’s house.  They kissed and rubbed my tummy as they too were eager to meet the new arrival of our family.  I watched them walk down the driveway in their fuzzy flannel PJs and matching bootie slippers.  My two babies that had grown ever so quickly before my eyes.  My daughters that would return to me the next morning as big sisters.  I closed the door on that cold night and immediately began to prepare.  Here we go.  Right here. In this very home.  No need to worry about an empty … Continue reading

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