Hi there! I started this post back in May. Seriously. Right before Ramadan started, I sat down to tell you about what was going on. Then I got wrapped up in tending my people. Waking up, feeding everyone, holding all the feelings together, spending time with my people, reaching out to new people, learning, loving and growing. But not talking much. I’ve had a difficult time talking this year. These days I can’t find that quiet space I need to hear my… Read more

On the 4th day of Ramadan, I was the contributing writer on the AltMuslim blog for the series, Ramadan 2017 – 30 Days 30 Writers. Ramadan Prep? What Prep? ‘I Just Wing it.’ I promise I was paying attention. I knew it was coming. The weekly sermons leading up to Ramadan kept reminding us about preparing. How to fast. When to fast. What to do, what not to do. The emotional and spiritual work that we should do. Last Friday… Read more

To celebrate Ramadan, I’ve put The Wudu Cling on SALE. Normally 10.00 each, you can buy them now for 7.50 each or 2 for 15.00 Here are the links. Amazon: The Wudu Cling (Yellow) The Wudu Cling (Blue)  Etsy: The Cling Shop   Read more

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 ago, we went to this shop, we were warmly welcomed, they had an abundance of abaya and hijab and the women were so helpful and… Read more

  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 information to help along the journey. I’m thrilled to be this weekend’s Featured Author on AltMuslim’s Social Media. Please boost the signal so other women… Read more

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 tours has been a new experience for me. When I was in high school, the school counselors weren’t that great. I think I met with… Read more

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 ask us why things are the way they are and we will point back to that specific incident in time as the turning point. For… Read more

“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 Catholic schools; my grandmother was an old school Catholic woman who knew her religion. My father came to religion a little later in life, and… Read more

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

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

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