Keeping them Safe

My heart is heavy. It is a boulder of concrete sinking into the ocean, never to rise to the surface. I AM TERRIFIED.   You know when your children are small, and they have learned to walk and they want their independence, but then you take them into a crowded store and they walk around [Read More…]

Surviving the Now

Last week, one of my people had a severe panic attack right before my eyes. It had never happened before, but knowing the symptoms, I knew what to do to help.   I told them to breathe.   In through the nose, then out through the mouth.   Calm, deep breaths.   Then, tell me [Read More…]

Custom Settings

Mom, I have the weirdest parents of all my friends.   Me: Why?   You guys are not like anyone else’s parents.   Me: Is that bad?   Well, no.   Me: Help me understand.   Some parents are super strict. You can’t breathe, you can’t relax, and you never have any fun. Then, there [Read More…]

Election Self Care

There are two weeks left until the election. 2 weeks It will be wracked with heightened emotions and gut wrenching feelings. If the democrat wins, it is a monumental occasion, not only have democrats maintained the White House, but for the first time, girls all over the United States will see that they truly can [Read More…]

Rules of Engagement

Good Morning! It is Monday morning and I got to sleep in today because it’s a teacher’s work day. That means, no one to wake up, no lunches to make and no busses to catch. I just finished a sweet novel I’ve been reading the last 2 weeks and I thought I’d check in on [Read More…]

From Egypt to the Midwest

If you are a long time reader, you will know that I write sporadically. It just happens when something hits me the right (or wrong) way. Sometimes it happens when my life is particularly Islamically heavy in nature, like during Ramadan. Tuesday was a normal, every other day in my home. Crazy busy, chores, work, [Read More…]

Politics and Us

Hello! I feel like we are meeting for the first time. So, in the interest of getting to know you I’d love to hear all about you. I’ll start. Me: Kristina From Ohio. Midwest thru and through. Age: 40s Relationship: Married 18 years Children: Mr. Fox, Pea and Kate. If you want to know more, [Read More…]

What Do You Give?

Do you volunteer? Do you send in snacks? Do you buy from the school fundraiser? Do you offer help? I’m not talking about giving money to panhandlers, but truly giving of yourself. Your time. Sometimes your money. I’ve noticed that the concept of giving is different for people of different economic status, different religions, and [Read More…]

You, Be Safe

These days, my mind and heart are conflicted. I’m learning and growing as a white woman, who has been raised in a small-ish midwestern town, in a predominantly white environment. I never considered myself racist, but to be honest, I wasn’t cognizant of my privilege until I married Khaled. Even though he is fair, white [Read More…]

Compromise is the Key

As Ramadan approached this year, I was asked back to be a contributor to Interfaith Ramadan.  I was given several topics to address, but this was the question that I chose: Raising children in an interfaith household – compromises, difficulties, advantages etc I sat down to write my submission, but this was the piece that [Read More…]