Week 15 of 2021 Alhamdulilah! Sharing a picture daily from our small world as part of Project 365
Saturday, April 10, 2021
More decluttering stories! I found this old pic of ours from 1993 taken in Al Khor Gardens. I felt sad and nostalgic on seeing the pics from a time gone by…
(The next time I came to Al Khor was in 2014 after my marriage!)
(Remembering my dear cousin, May she be granted Jannah and may we all unite again in His eternal blissful gardens. Ameen)
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Daughter is learning about ‘My Family’ in school and I have been thinking about how this topic should be taught with more sensitivity in schools. Not everyone has a textbook definition of family and not every home is filled with love and care. I got irked that gender stereotypes are being reinforced in schools even these days – Dad goes to the office, Mom does the housework. Argh.
This one slide above bought many questions from my daughter about her paternal grandfather (May he be blessed with Jannah)
…and I had the sad sad realization that he too might have had this question one day during his childhood. 💔
Monday, April 12, 2021
It’s Shaban 30, 1442, Alhamdulilah. My baby turns 3 Alhamdulilah! Where is the time flying!?
It’s Ramadan eve and I do feel unprepared and anxious, but the telecast of the Taraweeh prayers from Makkah bring a sense of excitement….
Ya Allah, allow us to utilize and make the best use of this Holy Month.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The girls did a little bit of decoration. Not at all Pinterest or IG worthy but they had so much fun doing it. Alhamdulilah. Fun/Memories over Aesthetics in this house! Lol
Sharing this post from my personal IG profile :
I come with no words of wisdom, neither with pearls of advice.
I am exhausted and bone-tired. With absolutely no physical preparation.
Ramadan 2020 taught me you can still have the best Ramadan even if you haven’t ‘prepared’ much. So I pray for the same..
…a month filled with mercy and answer to duas.
… a month of reflection and spiritual growth.
… a month to be mindful of my words and temper.
…a month to be in solitude with God.
May He bless us with Bharakah in our time and health and consistency in our ibadah.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
It is Day 2 of Ramadan and I know one word that I am going to use over and over this month is – exhausting!
I somehow cannot manage the Ramadan sleep schedule with my daughter’s online class schedule. Add to it all the chores and cooking, I am just exhausted. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t even cook so elaborately as commonly seen in our Malabar households. I just cook one dish for Ifthar and one for dinner. That’s it! Still, I am so exhausted. I think of my mother how she did everything so effortlessly and had so much energy and vigour for her Ibadah. MashaAllah Alhamdulilah. I do not even have 1/4 th of that energy! I am exhausted. Then I feel frustrated that I do not have time for all the reading, learning and ibadah that I planned for myself this month.
…or maybe my exhaustion while serving my family is my Ibadah in this month.
May He bless all the mothers struggling in this month.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Never did we think we would have another Ramadan under the lockdown. I miss the taraweeh. The ifthar meets. The family. The shopping. The Qiyam al Layl in the Masjid. The feeling of togetherness. The feeling of community.
Ya Allah, take this virus away and may we able to return to our normal ways.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Exhaustion has been my common theme of this month and I came across this wonderful post on Instagram. I feel it was such an apt reminder for me.
That is our stories for this week. How has your week been? Due to time constraints, I am not updating Project 365 on Instagram this month. Hopefully I will do it on the blog to keep a log of Ramadan memories. InshAllah
Have a blessed month!