Archives for 2010

Acorns and Autumn

 Something trivial and maybe insignificant, but I was on a trip with a friend to a farm a while ago. She bought a couple of gourds and squashes, and I asked her what she was going to cook with them. She replied , "No, they're for decoration."For an instant, I was confused. My mind instantly associated the gourd decor with Halloween.But Alhamdulillah, I had a window of understanding opened, and a bit of stereotyping removed.I went to another farm a couple of weeks later, and on … [Read more...]

Happy Eid!

Wishing you and your families a blessed Eid Al Adha. … [Read more...]

It’s Arafah Day!

Monday, November 15th is the blessed Day of Arafah, where millions of hajjis are standing on the great Mount Arafat supplicating to Allah for forgiveness and acceptance.  Even though we may not be with them this year, we can still join in the great blessings of this day by fasting, increasing our remembrance of Allah and sharing joy and good will with our community.  May you have a blessed Day of Arafa and a wonderful Eid.As Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) said, “Fasting the day of Arafah erases the si … [Read more...]

The Appointed Days Are Here

Dear mothers and sisters,Ramadan was a fleeting visitor that vanished as suddenly as it appeared, leaving us with sweet memories and mountains of reward or regrets. The month left us heart-broken, each for our own reasons. Some of us missed out on the great month, failing to invest in its nights and days. Others savored every moment, growing closer to Allah and increasing their worship. In those few special days, we lived with Allah, the Generous, the Giving; only He knew our sorrow when the … [Read more...]

In The Nick of Time…

To all the pilgrims headed and heading to Hajj this season, May Allah accept your Hajj!  Hajj Mabrour!- GrowMama Team--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In the nick of time, he grabbed my arm.Earlier this past Ramadan, I had the opportunity alhamdulillah to perform ‘Umrah, and despite what seems so routine for the millions of Makkah-going Muslims, every visit to that blessed place holds a unique treasure from The Most … [Read more...]

Random Act of Kindness

The weather was cool. The day was perfect for walking, and we had already walked three miles. My twin girls were getting a bit impatient, but that was understandable. We had walked to the library that morning, and then headed for a park I had seen on the map. But as much as we walked, we never came to it, and we had already asked two people about it and they had never heard of it.So, knowing my two-years-old’s hearts were set on going to a park, I decided to walk to the far away park; a … [Read more...]

Achtung Baby

  In getting the house prepped for a baby I became mindful of dangers around the house.  I could see how outlets were the perfect size for tiny fingers and therefore covered them.  I understood that bottle caps could be unscrewed (generally by the gums) and the poisonous cleaning product contained, ingested; so I moved them to high cupboards and shelves.  However there were things I wasn’t ready for, and have come to realize that danger lies around the most benign corn … [Read more...]

Force of Nature

I am in love with this quote, which I found in a dear friend's signature:"This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."-George Bernard ShawIn the incessant balancing act of motherhood, between validating the … [Read more...]

Room 201

Press the red button; wait impatiently for the robotic voice; hear the piercing buzzing noise allowing you in; watch the large wooden doors bang open disturbingly loud; walk down the glossy hall; pass the grim-faced nurses; turn left; there, beyond the glass sliding doors, lay our once 6’1, 200 pound, larger than life Baba- with his booming voice, contagious laugh, and decades of smile lines carved deeply into his beloved face- reduced to a skeleton barely taller than I am and weighing only 100 p … [Read more...]

Lending Libraries

 When I was twelve years old, we moved from a village in the country into a house in town. We lived right on the main street, which was called, surprise, surprise, Main Street! I was very happy to finally have a room of my own, and I was going to be allowed to walk to school. What bliss for a young girl! But the best thing of all was that the public library was just a few blocks from our house, and I could walk there whenever I wanted. I loved that library. It was the place I went when I was sad … [Read more...]