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
It’s been long since I have been here last time. This period of the year is always very intense and this month especially full of things because of some new volunteers and important changes in school, because of our baby and other things going on and needing my full attention, alhamdulillah.
I realize more and more that my role as a leader in so many different areas asks for constant personal improvement and development. The responsibility that comes with all these leadership-roles sometimes nearly overwhelms me and I understand more and more how much I need to grow and to learn myself in order of being capable to hold these roles and to respond to what they require and to what God has entrusted me with, inchallah.
At the moment I am reading a very inspiring book called “Managing the nonprofit organization” (by Peter F.Drucker) – a book I received from Christian Hlade, the founder of the famous austrian travel company Weltweitwandern, who is a role model of a leader himself.
By reading it I learn so much about myself but also about how to guide and how to encourage other people to give their best.
Questions like “what do you want to be remembered for?” or “how can you improve yourself and where can you really make a difference?” push me to work harder on my self, to go further and to aim for higher things.
This sometimes is very exhausting, challenging and needs a lot of energy, but it also gives a deep feeling of satisfaction and sense and it just fits so well with my religion and on what we as Muslims should focus on, alhamdulillah.
What are you working on? What are your personal aspirations?
Wishing you well, sense and joy in all what you do! Masalama.
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.
We went for holidays to northern Italy where we spent beautiful days in miraculous surroundings with my parents. A wonderful gift they offered us. A real treat being pampered in their love and care. Autumn on a lake near the Swiss Alps. Bliss after such a long time away from them. Alhamdulillah!
Now we’re back. Full of nice memories, filled with good food and ready to resume daily life with all its gifts and challenges.
Liebe Mama und Papa, Oma und Opa: Wir danken euch und behalten die Erinnerungen an die schönen Tage in unseren Herzen! Bis zum nächsten Wiedersehen, inchaallah.
Blessed day of Arafa to all Muslims and may Allah accept the hajj of all the pilgrims in Makkah.
Salam aleikoum and peace with the worlds!
pictures from and with our little friend Amine.
everything is in motion here, just our internet connection is so slow these days, mahsallah, that I cannot really write or answer any mails… my apologies to all of you who wait for a response.
and happy blessed days of dhul-hijja!
having a lot to do, alhamdulillah, not much time to be on this space here,
but thinking of you out there and sending you greetings of peace and a lovely gift from the heavens…
What do one need to be happy?
Not much, I believe, subhanallah.
Sometimes it is as simple as:
a short break and blue sky,
a sweet berry picked, some pebbles thrown,
a lovely word, a good book, a cup of tea,
children’s laughter, naked feet in the grass,
enjoying the first goods of harvesting …
and plum cake. Bliss!
Autumn, we love you, Alhamdulillah!
We had rain and snow the whole week, and sometimes no electricity. Grey days, lots of clouds and a harsh cold are coming into that valley. Subhanallah. It seems as if a hard winter begins early this year.
I love this time of the year, I love these rare grey days when it is wet outside but cosy inside. It makes me feel very very thankful for having a warm place called home, alhamdulillah.
And I love the moment when we heat on the first fire in the morning.
Then I know it is time to put on two or more layers of woollens, I know it’s time to finish some old knitting and this is also my favourite time to grab a good book and a warm cup of tea in the early mornings and to make myself comfortable in front of the chimney.
Normally I read a lot of non-fiction books about pedagogy, religion and green living and it has been a long time since I last read light fiction, but these days I am really into an old favourite of my youth: dreaming, remembering, and enjoying Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables”.
And over the last days I was also really fascinated by reading two very interesting biographies:
About the green soul of Wolf-Dieter Storl: “Ich bin ein Teil des Waldes“ and
about the deaf actress Emmanuelle Laborit: „The Cry of the Gull“ („Der Schrei der Möwe“). Both are absolutely inspiring books.
Thanks God fort he gift of reading!
What is on your bookshelf these early winter days? What are your actual favourite books?
Wishing you a blessed Friday and a warm cosy weekend, friends!