aSalaam uAlaikum and Good Afternoon My Fabulous Fashionistas!
It has been WAY too long since I have seen you all. I have missed our little chats together, and am happy to say that I am back and will insh'Allah be posting much more often than I have this past month.
Insh'Allah Ramadaan was wonderful for all of you! My hubster, daughter and I spent almost every iftar at my mother-in-law's house surrounded by wonderful family, lively conversation, and yummy food alhamdulillah. Our Eid was amazing as well mash'Allah, and we threw a lovely and quite successful Eid party on the 12th which insh'Allah I will be posting about next time (just as soon as I organize all of the pictures). I had a blast decorating and organizing, and the kids had a blast tearing down the decorations and dis-organizing LOL. But alhamdulillah everyone enjoyed themselves and I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with some special sisters.
This past month has been absolutely crazy for my family. My poor husband had an accident at work right before Ramadaan started and broke his kneecap which has put him out of work and driven him absolutely crazy because he is confined to the house. Alhamdulillah it's been a wonderful opportunity for him to spend lots of quality time with our daughter and me, we have had some great conversations, watched some good movies, and gotten on eachother's nerves more often than we usually can when he is working all hours of the day. My daughter has also been in and out of a pediatric cardiologist's office for multiple tests to determine the cause of her heart murmer, and today we were told she has what is referred to as a Mitral Regurgitation (which you can read more about here). The seriousness of this condition can vary from mild to severe. Alhamdulillah because she is a vibrant, happy, energetic two year old, the doctor is not too concerned, but we will be keeping an eye on it, and will return to the doctor periodically for further ultrasounds, EKG's, and various other testing.
Because of all of the stress from these situations (and one other that we will be chatting about in the near future) it has been hard for me to maintain the happy, positive outlook that I usually have in life. My imaan has not been as strong as it has been in the past, I've become lazy with praying, and didn't push myself during Ramadaan as I usually do to make extra prayers, read Qur'an and otherwise study Islam. It's hard for me to admit feeling this way, but I am determined to turn myself around. Today, while driving home from the doctor's appointment, I looked into the rearview mirror of the car and noticed my two year old daughter singing along word-for-word to one of the popular songs on the radio. I realized that if I played Qur'an for her instead of the radio she would memorizing THAT which is a million times more beneficial than some pop song. It is my responsibility to set an example for my daughter of how a good Muslimah should act, whether in good times or bad, and one day I will answer for my actions in doing this for her or not.
And in a totally unrelated sidenote, I would like to apologize for urging you sisters to defend me, and defend Islam in general, against the commenter in my last post by the name of Jay. One of my dear sisters quickly informed me that he is a serial commenter, debate-starter, and cynic of Islam on almost every single Muslim blog there is. I will not take his comments to heart, as we all come to a point with people like him that we must accept that Allah subhanahuwata'la will guide whom He wills. Insh'Allah we will all continue to be guided.
Be back soon with a much more interesting and fashionable post my stylish sisters, but I had to check in and let you know I had not forgotten you all.
Ma'Salaama and I Missed You!!
The (do bad things REALLY come in threes? ACK!) Mujahada in Prada