Peace with you all!
recently I am totally taken by all the different duties around here, mashallah, and with our slow internet connection it actually is extra hard to find time to respond to mails or to blog here. I beg your pardon and hope to find soon more time and space to come back here more often and also to write private mails, inchallah. Until then I wish you blessings, light and love. xxx
…hope you had a nice end of Ramadan, a blessed Id
and may the peace of this month accompany you throughout the year!
Salam aleikoum and peace be upon you.
Happy Ramadan moubarak to all out there!
Half of this holy month is already over and I am still on baby-vacation, neither fasting nor praying due to breastfeeding baby and the forty-days-after-birth-time (Nafás).
The sacred atmosphere of this beautiful month is not really reaching me at the moment, mashaallah, because it is true: if you do not fast you cannot really feel the beauty of Ramadan.
It slightly helps me to make Tasbeeh (praising Allah) and Dua` (invocation), to remember Allah, to read prophetic stories and to prepare and participate at the Iftar (meal to break the fast) with other family members who do fast – all of this makes me feel at least a bit the spiritual vibes of Ramadan and increases my Iman (faith), inchaallah,
but most of the time I am still in a baby-blur, trying to adjust to my new role as a mother of four, dealing with hormonal and mood-changes, with after-birth-issues, trying to slowly find a new routine and getting back to normal work and duties, inchaallah.
I am very thankful for the help of my parents and girl-friends who so gently support me in managing the daily-craziness of a big family, alhamdulillah.
Until soon so, – May Allah bless this month for you as a time full of spirituality, love and peace. May He accept your fast, increase your Iman and shower the whole world with His mercy. Xxx
Some random pictures of our last year’s various summer activities.
Today is summer solstice, the longest day of the year, subhanallah.
I am still pregnant, awaiting baby and thinking with every contraction that this could be a good day to give birth, inchallah- yes, maybe I am a little impatient…
the holidays are here now, alhamdulillah, there’s not much I have to do and not much I really want to do at the moment – and it feels like blurry times, in between something really important.
Wishing you a nice beginning of summer with an easy living and a happy mind!
The weather got very warm now and the air smells like summer, the nature is in full bloom, the sacred month of Shaâban is here (last month before Ramadan) and we are heading this weekend into three months (!!!) of holidays, inchallah.
Now, alhamdulillah, that most of the important work is done, that things are prepared and time is nearly due, I feel able to centre myself. Baby feels already like a member of our family and has already his place in our hearts, alhamdulillah, being talked and touched to through the skin of my belly. And day by day there is more and more excitement about meeting and caring for him, inchallah, but also many questions arising:
When will baby come, tomorrow or in three weeks ? Am I ready to free this little being to the worlds? How will the birth be? What surprises does this hidden secret inside of me hold for us? How will baby look like? How will he be and how will he change our life ?
Allah alone knows the answers and only He knows what will happen, how things will turn out.
I try to relax and to fully trust in His quadr‘ (divine destiny).
And I wish you a blessed month of Shaâban, a lovely early summer, good preparations for Ramadan and jumuah moubarak! Salam aleikoum friends.
(do you see the little spots on my dress? Sorry for that, but I really do not see the front and below my belly anymore and sometimes things just drop in an uncontrolled way on and under this big womb, mashaallah).
Fresh air floats into the open window, the smell of green grass fills my nose, I am sorting and clearing out long forgotten spaces, the kids bring in flowers; we clean dusty corners and wipe away cob-webs. The birds sing in the garden and the winter clothes are ranged: the house gets beautified just like nature beautifies itself outside, alhamdulillah:
that’s spring, I guess. Subhanallah.
If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom
like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Banner inspired by: Elise
Winter came quickly this year, with a heavy thunderstorm, temperatures below minus ten (we still have no fluent water at home) and a lot of snow (in Morocco a 20cm is a lot of snow already).
This is early and not usual for our area as we have only a few days like these mostly in january and february.
But alhamduillah, the wood for the chimney was piled in front of the door and the woolen and warm clothes ready for snow – so this welcoming winter weekend was a cold but joyful one, subhanallah, a constant shift from inside to out, from fire to ice, from activity to rest, and back, all day long. This is the rhythm of winter, I guess, a joyful dance between contrasts and a lot of gratitude for the little things that provide comfort. Alhamdulillah.
Happy December, friends !
Late autumn and winter: a time to return inside, to gather at home, to cuddle and to snuggle.
I love this time of the year, when the skies are ice-blue, the air crispy cold and when home becomes a real castle against the harshness of the season, subhanallah.
For me this is always the time to get out special books for read-aloud in front of the chimney, it is the time for hot drinks, dimmed light and candles. And it is also the time for redecorating spaces and making everything a bit more cosy and comfortable.
While reading our favourite books, I love indulging in childhood memories and to wander into my special girly land of dreams. I love to share these stories with my children and to wave such beautiful tales about our own life.
Our most beloved winter reads are mainly old classics that have snowy themes, like many of Swedish author’s Astrid Lindgren books, such as “Guck mal Madita, es schneit”, the books from Elsa Beskow, from Lena Anderson and other stories with magical drawings about heal worlds full of harmony.
In the early mornings, before working on my laptop an when having the precious chance to have some me-time, I always and still love learning more about child-education but also about how to heal with the herbs we’ve recently collected and about gardening in general. I enjoy dreaming about what to plant in spring and how to develop our farming skills, inchaallah.
My actual favourite books are:
Wolf-Dieter Storl “Der Kosmos im Garten” and “Kräuterkunde”
Rebeca Wild „Genügend gute Eltern“
Christian Signol „Marie des Brébis“ (wonderful biography of a simple shepherdess),
Lena Anderson/Christina Björk „Linnéas Jahrbuch“
What are your preferred winter-reads?
we’re going right into winter, early this year:
with first snow, a deep deep cold, cut-off electricity, frozen pipes and all the harshness of the cold season.
But thanks God for hot water, fire in the chimney, warm clothes and some sweets with tea – the simple blessings of a cosy wintry home, alhamdulillah.
wishing you warmth and the bliss of finding comfort in the everyday! love.