A Day at the Park

There are days when the human spirit cannot be confined to walls and gadgetry. It yearns to experience nature in all its beauty. "Let us first be as simple and well as nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world," (Thoreau, Walden).  "Indeed We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it..." (Surah al Kahf, verse 7)"And what … [Read more...]

From Recycling Bins to Reciprocation

My neighbor Amy stopped by to kindly let us know that we had possession of her recycling bin last night. It was a routine knock on the door, with the usual salutations and greetings. She was in her running shoes and looked like she had come back from a jog. We had never officially met, but Rehab (may Allah have mercy on her soul) had told me about her after our first campaign to get to know our neighbors. Together, we had packaged little cookie boxes and divided up the neighborhood between each … [Read more...]

Dandelion Parenting

Many years ago when I was in college,  I was pregnant.  It was in a child psychology class that I came to the realization of how big the task ahead of me really was.  I was having a baby... A BABY!  Was I really ready?  As if reading my mind my professor asked us, "Why do we have children?"  The question caught me off guard.  He went on, "Why do we, as humans, have babies?"  No one could say anything at first.  Someone responded, "to reproduce, out of instinct," another said "to have a family."  … [Read more...]

Growmama Picks June ’11

Growmama Picks is a collection of fun, interesting, or inspiring links that we share with you at the end of every month. Enjoy!1. A love jar is a sweet idea.2. Explore Surah Al-Kahf in depth in the latest MAS Tarbiya Lighthouse episode.3. We all have to do it sometimes: tips on grocery shopping with kids.4. This post on domestic abuse is a valuable resource.5. There is a subtle pattern in the way we talk to girls. This article suggests alternatives.6. We recently … [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...]

Sadness, Depression, and Prophet Musa (as)

I was sitting at home a while ago, the third day into the Snowmageddon of 2010, the third day of not really talking to anyone but my two little ones, with the husband traveling and trips to my parents’ home eliminated because of the grand storm. I tend to get a bit sad, depressed when I'm alone like that, but alhamdulillah I was holding up fairly well during those days. A few nights later, I was trying to memorize some lines from Surat al Qasas, and read over the story of Prophet Moses (as) when … [Read more...]


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