About Marwa Aly

A Sweet Gesture

Last autumn, a kind family from the neighborhood gave us an older television.  It was a big, sturdy clunker, the kind of thing you don't mind putting in a family room with young children and nerf balls. They were even so kind as to haul it over to our home and set it up for us.To return the kindness, I baked some of our traditional Ramadan cookies for them last December. I knew the mother, Natalie, enjoyed cookie exchanges over the holidays. Every Christmas, she baked over 20 dozen cookies a … [Read more...]

Blast from the past: “And So It Begins…”

Here is a "blast from the past" post by one of our GrowMama writers we hope you'll enjoy. It was initially published in 2010 where she shares the story of a special first night of Ramadan. We pray yours are blessed as well!Ramadan is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen a child’s Muslim identity, and to build a closer relationship with Allah SWT and with community. Each year I wonder how to make it special for the family. What can I do for them to taste it’s sweetness?  This year, like man … [Read more...]

Nursing vs. Pumping

Before I ever got pregnant, I always thought that nursing a precious baby was one of the most beautiful things ever. That particular peaceful connection between mother and baby was something I was eager to experience and hold onto for a long time.Then, my son came along. I was induced 3 weeks earlier than my due date (there are some studies that link those two things with my next point) and he didn’t latch on very well. When he did latch, even if it wasn’t the “correct” way, I would keep him … [Read more...]

Fathers and Sons

My life revolves around building blocks and sticky hands, plastic cars and before-bed giggles, snack time sweets and wind-up trains, and days and nights immersed in the mind of a just turned two year old. Since my son was born I have been exploring this role called ‘mother’, trying to seek out my way, stumbling often, frustrated often, but always aware of the huge blessing and huge responsibility that comes wrapped up in the tiny package of my little boy.I want for him all the good that I’v … [Read more...]

My Heart’s Content

I have come to realize that I spend far more time asking my Lord of things than thanking Him. With a supportive, compassionate and understanding spouse and healthy, fed, and safe children, all I ask is that Allah almighty keeps this mother's heart content.-Kariman ElmuradiKariman is a loving mother to three beautiful children. She enjoys discovering California's natural beauty with her family. … [Read more...]

The Price Of Doing Business

For every moment I steal for myself, I pay a price. Today, a call to my mother cost me a soapy bathroom.- Laura BrownLaura Brown is a stay at home mom of two little ones. She happily holds the title of CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of her family. … [Read more...]


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