What Makes You Happy

I recently posed the question to my third grade students, “What makes you happy?” Anticipating answers such as, “my D.S.” or “silly bands”, I was surprised when they each answered something money couldn’t buy. “My family”, “watching the sunset”, “being with friends”, and “when my parents are proud of me”, were among the replies I received. I was impressed. So impressed in fact, that I decided we would write and publish a class book about what makes us happy. It also got me thinking of my own pers … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Dear Mama

Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEAR-SADear Mama,I don’t know where to begin so I’ll start out with two simple words- thank you.Thank yo … [Read more...]

No Line

In a recent vacation with my husband and son, we decided we wanted to “see it all” so we customized our tickets to go through one route, but return from another. Visiting several countries, we used a mix of planes, rental cars, and the old fashion crossing borders by foot.At the border crossing of one particular country, a Middle Eastern country (I’ll leave it at that), I was not too surprised when I noticed that there was a bit of chaos and a lack of order and organization at the immig … [Read more...]

Happy Eid!

Wishing you a happy and blessed Eid!  May Allah accept our fasting, prayers and remembrances during the blessed month of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak and Happy Eid! ~ GrowMama Team … [Read more...]