Archives for 2012

Sowing the Seeds

When my daughter was born, I did what every mom would do.  I made sure she got the best start.  I got rid of all dangerous chemicals from the house including cleaning supplies.  When she started solids, I only fed her organic wholesome foods.  I wanted to build her personality and manners on a good solid Islamic cornerstone, so I took her to Ishaa‘ prayer every night so she could hear the Quran being read.  I also made sure to say all my duaa’s out loud, in hopes that she would start repeating so … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: A Letter to My Unconceived Child

In the Name of Allah, The All-Merciful, The Giver of MercyLord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all (Surah Al ‘Imran, verse 35)GrowBaba spotlights provide a space for Muslim men to share their voice, reflections, and insights with our community.As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh,I don’t know you yet, and I don’t know if I’ll ever know you. Allah alone will determine whether I am to be … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Picks

Do you have extra canned pumpkin puree in your pantry or have the three generic pumpkin options just become, well, kinda...generic? We asked friends how they use up their mashed pumpkin and the response was nothing short of inspiring. Here are some great suggestions if you find yourself stuck in a rut!1. Like the taste of Starbucks Pumpkin Bread? Have a go at it in your very own kitchen.2. Chocolate chips and pumpkins seem to go hand in hand. Here is a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip … [Read more...]

GrowMama Picks for November 2012

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, and inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!1. Want to know what’s making us moms so miserable? Read here to find out the secrets to being happier.2. Shaykh Abdallah Kapodravi gives sound advice in this sermon as to how we can improve Islamic character in our youth.3. Rules to live by! These are definitely tips you want to follow if you need to get your kids away from your iphone, ipad our comput … [Read more...]

What is a Mother to Do?

As a human being, the widespread violence in Gaza is distressing, to say the least.  As a mother, it is utterly heartbreaking. To see picture after picture of young infants and children, dead or gravely injured will shatter any mother's heart. I cannot even begin to imagine the nightmare that child's own mother must be going through.Often, when the Palestinian plight is mentioned, we are told "Keep them in your prayers," yet it never seems like enough.  As I sit here in my own warm, safe home, … [Read more...]

Mornings

Maybe it’s the sweetness of daybreak on a cool summer morning; the smell of brewing coffee; or the melodious sounds of the birds just outside my window- whatever the reason, mornings are my favorite time of the day.  The physical body struggled to make it out of bed.  The mental state was already racing, quickly compiling the list of to-do’s. Then it happened. The spiritual mind stopped me dead in my tracks with the song I kept hearing all through my dreams…‘Where the ghost of childhood hau … [Read more...]

A Natural Woman

I just finished reading an interview with Diane von Furstenberg.  For those of you not familiar with the name, she is most notably recognized for creating the wrap dress which curvy girls all over the world thank her for.  During the interview, she was asked about her motivation to begin designing clothes and her answer really sparked something inside of me.  She said,“...I didn’t always know what I wanted to do but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.”For someone who is at a stage wh … [Read more...]

Book Review: Mornings in Jenin

Last night, I lay awake as the gory images coming out of Gaza filled my mind. Tears pooled in my eyes but would not come out. I kept checking on my children, each warm and asleep in their beds in the safety of our home. I lay down again, and the face of an 18-month-old girl killed by the attacks appeared. Her tiny battered and charred body could have been my son. I attempt to close my eyes again and see a young child shrouded in white as the bereaved father stands over him, eyes closed and face … [Read more...]

Three Marbles

“We are looking for the treasure the fairies left for us!" explains an enthusiastic boy from under a bush while his playmate carefully opens her fist to show me the bright, colorful treasure of marbles they've discovered behind the library. The library won’t open for another hour and since I have time to kill and a three year old to entertain I venture back there, where we run into this little preschool class, enchanted with finding fairy treasures.My three year old was hesitant to join the gro … [Read more...]

Remembrance

I've have always known that I have a terrible memory.  Now, after having two children, I sometimes wish it were better. I wish I can commit to memory how elated they looked when they took that first step, or how high their voice was when they said their first word, or that look of surprise on their face at the first taste of sweet, frosty ice cream.  Nonetheless, I have come to the realization that my weak memory has actually been a blessing for me.It took a long time to reach this part of m … [Read more...]