June 23, 2015

Its midnight here and I’ve been waiting patiently for Kate and Pea to be ready to go to bed.  Alas, they are not.  Not even close to being sleepy.  They are knee-deep in weaving a rainbow loom bracelet to beat ALL rainbow loom bracelets and if they stop now, they will have to start all over tomorrow. This is the second day of the rainbow loom marathon.  They watch youtube videos about new patterns and work diligently to recreate the… Read more

June 16, 2015

Hi Friends!  I’ve missed you. Truly.  But I’ve not had much to say these last few months since my post about my 40 Days of Prayer.  Everything here was kinda quiet.  The school year was wrapping up, I was working more and trying to plan for summer.  It was BORING. I started ordering Eid clothes and gifts already.  In fact, some have already arrived!  I’m kinda proud of myself for that.  It seems like I’m in the midst of a… Read more

April 7, 2015

How was Lent for you?  Did you participate in the Eid.Pray.Love Muslims 4 Lent Interfaith movement at all?  Remember back on March 5th when I told you about my plan to not really give anything up, but to focus on meaningful prayer and dialogue with God? Well, this is where I tell you how it went. I noticed a marked difference in my conversations with God.  Instead of praying randomly in the car or in the shower whenever I felt… Read more

March 5, 2015

I always wanted the comfort of routine tradition.  Not the tradition that locks you into a power struggle, but the tradition that comes from loving something so much that you do it regularly. I would look at the people in my life growing up and see them having a routine tradition.  I would be invited to sample their lives and when immersed in the activity, I could feel that thing that I really wanted.  But that thing that I was… Read more

February 13, 2015

On Tuesday this week, I was planning for my meeting with Mr. Fox’s school counselor.  Its time to make the schedule for next year.  I was looking up information on what he should take for his field of study.  I looked at the admission guidelines for the Top Colleges in the US.  I also looked at the admission guidelines for his first choice school.  We’d been discussing all of this since last week. And then when I woke up on… Read more

February 1, 2015

Did I tell you about that time when a mom asked me to watch her baby during prayer? When my children were very young, we didn’t go to the mosque.  When Mr. Fox was 3, Khaled began taking him to the Eid prayers, but not to Jummah.  Then, as he got older, they would go to Jummah when Khaled had time to come and pick him up beforehand.  The ladies didn’t really start going to the mosque for Jummah until… Read more

January 19, 2015

Back when I was dating Khaled, traveling to Egypt and the Middle East wasn’t on my radar.  I was super excited that I had already travelled to Europe and wanted to plan on doing it again.  I love traveling to Europe and want to go as often as possible. Then we became engaged, all of a sudden Egypt became somewhere on my menu of travel options.  We went overseas together a few months before we married for the first time…. Read more

December 27, 2014

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November 23, 2014

Sometimes, there is stuff you don’t want to talk about.  Its too private, or too painful, or too powerful.  Sometimes you don’t know what is happening or how to explain yourself.  I didn’t even realize it was happening until a few weeks ago, and since then I’ve been trying to figure out a way not to talk about it. Ever since Naina died, I have been unable to invest any time in attempting to fit into the community here.  I… Read more

November 12, 2014

One of the most wonderful things happened to me on Monday.  I received an email from a lovely young woman named Brittany, who is studying Religion in Queensland, Australia. The assignment we have been given is about religion in Australia, so we have to pick any religion and talk about how rituals are carried out in smaller communities. So I was wondering if by any chance you wouldn’t mind answering some questions for me? I have no idea how Brittany… Read more

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