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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Things I have Forgotten about a Simple Life

My son and I are here in the Mid-West visiting my family. I forget the little things that count here. People are so friendly and will start a conversation with you right there on the street. The towns are small, the cities are far and few between. The country is filled with large pastures, the pastures in return are filled with cattle, horses, goats, small domestic farms, and large family owned farms. The air is fresh and sweet, the roads small and crowded. So nice to return to my home and family to have a break from the big city!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ahmad and my Family!

Here are a few pictures I have taken over the last 1 1/2 weeks of visiting Missouri.

Grandma's love!

Walking with Grandma!

Listening to the leaves talk.

Playing on the airplane.

Tasting leaves.

Feeling a little better after the fever broke.

A walk with Uncle Caleb!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Experience with my Mennonite Friends as a Muslim

Sunday night I came to stay with my Mennonite friends. Of course, right when entering their threshold, you are embraced with hospitality and kindness. They are like a second family to me, I have known them for 6 years, worked for them for 2 years and lived with them for well over 6 months. They truly show love towards Ahmad and treats him as if he is their own grandchild. 

With my first few days here my friends were mostly curious as to why I converted (reverted) to Islam and such. I explained to them as much as I could without trying to make it look as if I was trying to convert them to Islam. I suppose they have become accustomed to me again, as they basically called me a kufr and I supposedly dress worldly (despite me wearing abayas the majority of the time, I suppose anyone who doesn't dress as they do are considered worldly. These are their words as I asked them to clarify how I dressed "worldly"). When I was asked by my friends how some stricter ladies dress (niqab, and covering of the hands and feet) they replied with, "Well, we for sure do not serve the same God.", I just replied with an "Actually we do and we have much more in common then you may realize". Other than these few and far between awkward moments, our time here has been very pleasant. 

Yesterday, Ahmad went on his first tractor ride and we helped our host move his cattle to another plot. Ahmad loved the cows and any time they stopped "mooing" he would holler to make them moo again. I haven't taken Ahmad into the chicken barn where I use to work since there is so much dust (the chickens are nearly grown, when they are chicks there isn't as much dust) and I didn't want the dust to worsen his congestion/cough.

This family has quite a few children, one of their sons who live near by has a daughter only a few months younger than Ahmad. Any time she would screech, Ahmad would get scared and begin to cry. It was disturbing at first, but now we find it quite entertaining. 

One thing I have loved about being here with my dear Mennonite "family", they have helped me settle back down to the "simple ways". So many of us Muslim women are so wrapped up into fashion, different styles of hijab and abayas, new clothes, etc. so many times we loose sight of reality and never realize our true purpose in life. Imagine all the time we spend in front of the mirror to perfect our new hijab style, watching youtube videos, etc. that could be used for charity, helping our neighbors and our friends, and becoming a stronger ummah and community. I admire my "family's" unity they have with their fellow believers and insha'allah, we as Muslim will someday set aside our differences and be united.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Our Trip and First Day in Missouri!

Yesterday, November 11th, 2012, we traveled to my home state, Missouri. I woke up at 5am to prepare myself and finish packing those last minute items. Then I woke up Ahmad got him dressed, gave him his already made bottle, and then woke up Jasim so he could load our luggage in the car. We arrived at the airport, said our good-byes, and checked ourselves in. 

Alhamdulilah, our first flight was first class! I have to say, it was comfortable and very relaxing! We landed in Washington, D.C. and had to wait 1 hour before our next flight, which gave us enough time to change diapers and buy a souvenir for Ahmad (one of those sock monkeys with a shirt saying "Washington, D.C."). Our second flight was in economy class, the guy sitting beside us was big and bulky, so we felt very crowded. Ahmad was quite the trooper and only began to show resentment towards the last 30 minutes of the flight. I can't blame him, I felt like whining as well. Alhamdulilah, Ahmad never cried fully, he just let me know he was NOT comfortable. 

We finally landed with the pilot announcing "frozen rain" as the weather. My mom, grandma, and grandpa were all there waiting for us. We got our baggage and left. My grandpa took his diesel truck and left home early, while us ladies went out to eat and out shopping. 

We ate out at a store/restaurant called Shaharazaad (I can't remember if that is how it was spelled or not). It was halal so I could eat whatever I wanted and so could my family. :) I then bought a fair share of halal meats and other foods I have grown accustomed to that you can not find locally where my family lives. Because it is so cold here in Missouri we had to find warmer coats for our stay (I tried finding some while I was still in Florida, but I could only find light jackets). I found a cute coat for Ahmad at Khol's and one for myself at Wal-mart. We then headed home to settle in. 

It is so lovely to see my family again. Alhamdulilah that I have been given the opportunity to visit before Ahmad is 1 year of age. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ahmad's 10 Month Update!

I know that I am 5 days late, but I have been busy preparing to leave to my home state and visit my family!

Subhanallah, it is so hard to imagine that Ahmad is only 2 months from being a 1 year old!

Ahmad has now gotten the courage to attempt walking again and takes 5-6 steps several times a day. Insha'allah, when we return home to Florida (December 2nd) Ahmad will be walking very well!

He also has popped out another tooth, the top right one. It isn't noticeable yet, but once it is he will either look like a pirate or a jack-o-lantern.

Ahmad is doing well on formula, he has fattened up more and seems very happy and content, Alhamdulilah. We went to the doctor when he was sick, and he was almost 18 pounds. This was a few weeks ago, so I am sure from all the formula he has been guzzling down he has put on even more weight! Tomorrow is our doctors appointment before we leave this Sunday, so I will know his weight and measurements, insha'allah!

He hasn't learned any new words yet. Insha'allah while we are with my family and friends, he will have more interaction with people and learn more. 

For you sisters out there with babies and children, what did you do when you pray? Ahmad has been finding it funny to try to pull my hijab off while I am in sujood and mess up my prayer rug!

*Update* Yesterday we went to Ahmad's doctor's appointment and he now weighs 18lbs and is 29inches long! The doctor said that if he didn't know better he would think Ahmad was born at 7lbs because of the size he is now.

Eid Al-Adha

Enjoying mama's pancakes!


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