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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Only A Few Days From A Year Old!

Subhannallah, I can not believe almost a year has passed since giving birth to my little Ahmad! My heart swells when I think of all the changes and development he has had since birth. He was so tiny when he was born, the size of my index finger was the size of his wrists, and now he seems to be half my size! He is walking 100%, he doesn't need anything to hold onto to get up to walk, he has the most charming personality for a baby, and he is growing up too fast! Here are some pictures of this month:

Playing with other Iraqi's.

He was walking but tripped when I took the photo! LOL

Watching soccer with baba.

The Jabir family

This boy needs a hair cut!


L O V E ! !

Flying high!

"Hiding" under the bed.

Sleeping. :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A New Home-Made Abaya!

Here is one of the many pieces of clothing I have sewed. Insha'allah you will enjoy! :)

I found the buttons so interesting! They had the Islamic star in the middle!

Fabric was giving to me as a gift from my Mennonite friends, including the buttons.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ahmad's 11th month Update!

One more month to go and Ahmad will be 1 year of age! Alhamdulilah he has grown and developed into such a strong baby! I can hardly believe how quickly this year has gone, it seems as if it was just yesterday I wrote the Memories of 2011 post. The morning after writing it, I had Ahmad! 

I am sure you all know we took a trip to Missouri to visit my family. There Ahmad contracted an ear infection, snotty nose, cough/congestion, and a fever. When we went to visit our Mennonite friends for a week, he was able to ride a tractor and 4-wheeler when Paul (Lito) would check the cattle and  move them to another panel. Ahmad is just about eating everything, he is also very good with self feeding (with his hands). We had an early brithday for him at my families house, it wasn't a real party, just some family came over and we ate cake and ice cream. Nothing big and no gifts were given.

Ahmad did very well with traveling to and from Missouri, but I will admit the trip back to Florida was much better then the trip to Missouri. The flights were shorter and the layover was longer. The second flight Ahmad slept the whole entire time which made it very nice for me. :)

Ahmad is now walking, not 100%, but walks 6-7 feet at a time. He now has 3 official teeth and 3 more have cut through. He has learned how to say "Jedda" which is Grandma in Arabic, but when saying Jedda it comes out as "Dedda". I don't know if he is intending to say these things or not but sometimes it sounds like he says "okay", "wow", and "done".  

Saturday, December 1, 2012

My Childhood Friend!

Today I was given the privilege to visit my childhood, teenager, and adulthood friend! 

Visiting her came along with a flood of memories I had not thought of for several years. We have traveled together to Minnesota to plant trees (Anna's family have a tree planting company), went to garden shows together at Bakersville, and worked at her family farm in the heat of the summer and the coldest days of winter. Here are some pictures we were able to capture today.


My friends drive way, yes there is a house down there eventually.

Having fun in the pine needles!

Admiring the scenery.

Ahmad warmed up to Anna so quickly!

Exploring the cave where the spring is (where Anna's family gets their water).

Where the spring is.

Playing on soft carpet of moss. 

Tree lovers!

Friends forever! (Yes Ahmad finally slept after all the exciting events of the day).

Ahmad's Second Birthday!

Our Anniversary!