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 are paying attention to world events, you are worried about the Coptic Christians being bombed in Egypt, the Syrians being slaughtered in Aleppo, the anniversary… 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 because Big Sis wears hijab full time and we were going to Indiana. I dropped her off at her destination early in the morning, got… 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 the corner and you can’t see them?   You remember that feeling of panic?   THAT’S ME, ALL DAY – EVERY DAY. From the time… 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 what’s going on.   Once I heard the short bursts of explanation. The fragmented thoughts spilling out, I knew this wasn’t something we could fix… 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 are some parents that just don’t care.   Me:…   You guys are like those custom privacy settings on Facebook. Some things are locked down,… 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 reach for the highest office in the land. It will be a win. A win for the US, a win for people of all races,… 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 how everything was doing here on my new home site. Today, I had a comment! After I responded, I thought maybe I should let everyone… 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, cooking, cleaning, homework, afterschool activities, meetings and the like. You know. Just barely room to breathe. I sat down to eat dinner with my girls… 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, look at the Cast of Characters. Religion: Christian-ish, its complicated. Work: I’m a jeweler and entrepreneur. I’m passionate about making life prettier and easier. Politics:… 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 different cultural backgrounds. When I joined the Muslim community, I noticed that people didn’t volunteer much. I would hear people say that if they weren’t… Read more

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