Be

Contractions tearing through your body Your womb is about to explode Your temples dripping in cold sweat Your time is here Be In this moment, be here. Feel the pain Ushering a new life into this world… Your mind will forget the pain. Your heart will fill with love. Your miraculous baby shrills You can’t…

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Bookmarks

As I mentioned in my guest-post linked here, I am often looking for ways to get my kids engaged in their spiritual lives, by means of collaborative crafts, active communication, mutual cooperation, sharing, and respect. As they often work on artistic expressions of the various celebrations that occur throughout the year among the various communities…

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Advent Calendar (Gratitude in Ramadan)

Background Inspiration and Purpose As promised, I am going to share with you how I made our Ramadan calendar this year. The inspiration came from three main sources: 1) my childhood Christmas advent calendar; 2) Pinterest ideas on gratitude jars, Ramadan calendars, and prayer booklets; 3) my desire to mark this month in a tangible…

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Crafts this Ramadan

We’re one third of the month through. Here’s some of the progress so far. I promised I would post pictures of any crafts we made this month, so here they are: bookmarks, an advent calendar of gratitude.       Below is a link to a guest blog post I wrote for another blogger this…

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Ramadan with kids

Kids are not expected to fast during Ramadan, neither are the elderly, and other weaker or vulnerable people. But they are nevertheless excited about the month, as parents change their routine somewhat to accommodate meals, prayer, and extra charitable acts. Positive behavior is encouraged and all sorts of negative behaviors are discouraged. All the moral…

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Salma’s Ramadan

Back home in Libya normally kids don’t go to school during Ramadan, that makes it a lot easier to be able to enjoy the month all together as a family, because we can stay up later and go back to sleep after fajr. But here (and in some Muslim countries now) kids go to school,…

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Sara

  Sara (not her actual name) is one of the most consummate optimists I’ve ever known, I deeply admire her gumption, and I am certain that you will too! This is her story: We met for the first time after the Revolution, at the Caterpillar Café. I think it went well, Alhamdulillah (thank God), I…

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Ramadan: it’s personal

I’ve posted about how to prepare for Ramadan in general. I included tried and tested advice that I’ve accumulated through experience, research, and consultations (in Preparing for Ramadan). This time, I’m going to go deeper into what I really want to do in my own Ramadan. It’s more personal, but you might relate to some…

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War never leaves you

It was two years and a bit ago. I broke a bone and was waiting in the emergency room at the hospital to have it x-rayed. Coalition forces were entering Mosul to rid it of Daesh troops. Like in Afghanistan, and in Baghdad, there were embedded journalists following the soldiers, into people’s homes. People in…

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Schoolyard

Moms with their dogs, preschoolers with their treasures, Babies sleeping, Grandmas patiently waiting… No conversation. Competition everywhere: Muted, loud, ongoing… I forfeit the race. No real interest: Apples and oranges. Wise people don’t bother; It’s all behind them, probably thankful their daughters don’t have to enlist. This is good. This is fine. Everything will be…

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