Family Reunion

Two weeks ago, (on FIFA ’18 soccer final weekend) I travelled with my kids to visit my mother and her side of the family for the first family reunion in eight years. I hadn’t been to the last one, so this was my first one since my grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary a few decades back. I was excited to go, because I knew that the … Continue reading Family Reunion

Craft Camp

    This summer I decided to start a small camp for kids between the ages of five and eleven, where they’d learn about some interesting aspect of life (gratitude through Ramadan, kindness through the example of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), humility through Hajj, and being constant through prayer) from a story. We’d discuss it together, make a small art project on it, and then … Continue reading Craft Camp

Conscientious Clothes Shopping for Kids

As you know from previous blogposts, I am concerned about the clothes I purchase, not just for myself, but for my kids as well. I have four kids, so this can be quite a challenge. I fear that I may have given you the impression that I am unsympathetic to the plight of the average mom, who finds herself having to clothe her kids on … Continue reading Conscientious Clothes Shopping for Kids

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 determine her needs You doubt yourself You seek help and … Continue reading Be

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 represented at their schools, I find myself constantly challenged to … Continue reading Bookmarks

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 yet meaningful way that would be relevant to the spirit … Continue reading Advent Calendar (Gratitude in Ramadan)

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 aspects of this special month are instilled in children from … Continue reading Ramadan with kids

Simone

Simone and I first met in grade five, when her family moved to Ticino from Geneve. We immediately hit it off, and remained tight friends until she moved to another city after Jr. High School. She studied tourism and worked for Cross Air until its dissolution into Swiss, and then in a Tourist Information Center until she became a mom. Wanting to be completely engaged … Continue reading Simone

Here’s to a More Meaningful Journey

If you follow my blogs, you know that I’m preparing for Ramadan, as I explained here. As part of this preparation, I’ve been re-evaluating many aspects of my life. Here’s the low-down. I’ve gone through my wardrobe (including shoes and accessories), the basement (where I still had boxes I hadn’t unpacked since we moved five months ago), I’ve emptied my desk of beads, sorted out … Continue reading Here’s to a More Meaningful Journey

A heartfelt thought

A country’s rebirth, it’s hopeful, painful, exciting and scary all at once and for Libya it’s been all  this and so much more, intermittently, for a few years already. We started this concept of a Cafe for moms and children with this newness in mind, hoping to provide a service where we found a gap that desperately needed to be filled. But reality is so … Continue reading A heartfelt thought