A Daughter’s Essay

More than ten years ago, when my daughter was fifteen, she entered a writing contest. This is an excerpt from her entry:What Ramadan Means to MeThe abandoned soccer field is silent and empty except for a small crowd of children scrutinizing the horizon.  A few eager men and women stand a small distance away clutching binoculars in their gloved hands. A joyful shout arises suddenly from the shivering crowd of children.  “I found it! I found it!” exclaims an excited child and a finger poin … [Read more...]

Helping Others

Life is such a blessing and I want to live mine in such a way that I am always cognizant of how truly blessed I am. For me, that means making sure that helping others is a habitual aspect of my life.As a stay at home mom of two kids under age four, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that I can’t do much in terms of helping others because I have to take care of my children. Of course, that’s true. I can’t go wherever I want whenever I want. My first obligation is being a good mother. I can … [Read more...]

Making Ramadan Special: Jessi’s House

Jessi Frenzel and her kids like to make the house special during Ramadan by decorating it inside and out. Enjoy and have a blessed Ramadan!GrowMama's Ramadan Spirit Contest is open to all submissions.  Email your photos, essays, recipes and more to growmama@gmail.com.Jessi Frenzel is a natural birth consultant.  You can find out more at her website: www.knowbirth.com. … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Experience of Cooking

I strongly dislike cooking. I hate being in my usually grimy kitchen, having to watch the stovetop, getting my hands dirty, the kids tearing down the walls in the background, and then having to clean up late at night. All that effort and usually the results are less than perfect. I often cook a large amount and then we eat leftovers for one or two days, so that I can have a kitchen-free day in between.This Ramadan though, I am going to try to make an intention every day before I roll up my … [Read more...]

Welcome Ramadan!

GrowMamaGrow would like to wish all its readers a blessed Ramadan. May it be full of good deeds, inspiration and change for the entire community.  May our children, along with us, taste its sweetness. Happy Ramadan!Here are a couple of ideas to help your children get a good taste of Ramadan and to help create lasting memories...Ramadan Calendar for KidsLast year I found a calendar idea in a craft book, tweaked it a bit and came up with these simple computer-generated Ramadan c … [Read more...]

Setting SMART Goals for Ramadan

Click here for your goal-setting Ramadan Quran Bookmark.Nothing beats sitting down and writing out your goals in hopes of achieving them. In our preparation for this blessed month, let’s take out 15 minutes today for ourselves, in the quiet of our rooms, to think about what we want to accomplish during this Holy Month and what we want to carry over for the rest of the year. Let’s get introspective, let’s do some soul searching, let’s identify our faults, and let’s move forward with SMART goals … [Read more...]


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