National Muslim Women Day; Hijab

Lately my daughter has been asking to go shopping for hijabs. Its on her mind. Every time we’ve left to go on a trip for college searches or science Olympiad, she asks, “Is that the city with the cool hijab store?” She’s remembering the shop in Bridgeview. Al Omari Islamic Fashions. Pea remembers 5 years [Read More…]

This Weekend’s Featured author on AltMuslim

  When I started writing this blog, it was with the hopes that it would be a touchstone for people like me, searching for a source of support in this wonderful, exciting, challenging and often lonely journey of being in an interfaith relationship with a Muslim spouse. A source of comfort and a place for [Read More…]

I’m not ready. College, People and Life.

I’ve been thinking that I should be writing. I should be talking to you, telling you what’s been happening…but the words wouldn’t come. My life hasn’t been that interesting lately. I guess. I’ve been working on getting Mr. Fox ready to go to college. That is the biggest thing in my life. Going on college [Read More…]

Proof of God; Defining Moments

It seems to me that the 2016 election will be one of those defining moments in history, much like Pearl Harbor, or 9/11 or Rabaa. There will be the time before…and the aftermath. The United States will be forever changed. The world as we know it will be forever changed. Our children and grandchildren will [Read More…]

My Journey with The Story of God

“You said you prayed about it. I know your husband and children are Muslim, but what religion are you?” She asked. “Its complicated,” I said, “I’m on a journey and I don’t quite know where it will lead.” My mother grew up in a Catholic family. She and her 5 brothers and sisters went to [Read More…]

Comfort Food for Stressful Days

Mom? Can you make Baba’s Red Sauce? The month of December is a stressful time of the year for most people. If you are shopping for Christmas, you are worried about having gifts for all of your loved ones, how much money you are spending and if your packages will arrive on time. If you [Read More…]

Eyes Open, Heart Guarded

If you open your eyes and are observant, you can often see more than what’s in front of your face. Last month, I took Big Sis to Fort Wayne for the day. She had her stuff to do, so I took work with me. I was pretty nervous to drive there to spend the day [Read More…]

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…]