Today is

The last day for my teenage boys taking their end of secondary school exams. The BEM as its known here in Algeria.
It’s pretty intensive 2 1/2 days back to back exams. Two subjects in the morning and two in the afternoon. Results will be out sometime before Ramadan…
Did you really think we had a date? This is dz after all! Fortunately for us we can see the school from our window, so we will see tell tale activity when the results are in!
All being well I will have three kids out of compulsory education, though they plan on doing the BAC. None the less it’s quite a milestone. And a bit of a shock! Where has the time gone? My babies grown up. I want to mark the event. Do something fun. But I haven’t figured out what yet. We are tied down with by our shop!
I have stragglers still at school. Ds8 and dd10, they finish thursday insha’allah as does ds4 at the mosque nursery. I’d love to surprise them with a trip to the beach or something similar. It’s time to celebrate. The school year is done. And Ramadan is just around the corner. I think some time for unwinding is called for!

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This is my

corner of the world.

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My morning walk with my 4 year old boy.

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all the way up and round the corner and then down here at the bottom is the masjid.

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Thats it down there straight ahead! Its a nice little walk, clears out the cobwebs in a morning, and I may even interact with an adult on my way!

But what i really love is hearing the children shouting from all the way up there on the  bottom picture. ‘Dua al sabah’ or ‘surat al fatiha’ or simply ‘A-sal-em-u-a-lai-kum-wa-rah-ma-tu-la-hi-wa-ba-ra-ka-tu’ all broken into segments and shouted at the top of their lungs as each new student arrives. It’s really special masha’allah.

We are very lucky masha’allah, with the nursery sessions, with a group of dedicated sisters who work so hard, to get Islam into the children before the hit the school system. Also learning the alphabet and writing and some very basic maths. They are set up really well for going into year one. We are truly blessed alhamdulileh.

Ramadan is upon us

masha’allah!

We have done a hurried clean up, not our usual thorough clean so that we have lees housework to do in tjhis blessed month. Allah ghaleb! new babies and big houses are not condusive to have everything clean!

More improtant then cleaning though are Ramadan goals, they are going to be very simple for me this year and Khobz Khemir is not in there!

My main ambition will be to read half of the quran in Arabic and that means breaking it down into daily sections.

My second ambition is to start the sunnah prayers and that will be hopefully be something that stays after ramadan insha’allah.

 These are my two major goals, given that I have a 2 month old baby plus a toddler it would be foolish to give myself I huge task and fail miserably on everything!

I have yet to make a star chart for ds9,dd7 and ds5 so they can keep pregress of how many days they have fasted and to keep track of their prayers and good deeds etc. Insha’allah I will do that this evening or tomorrow.

The most difficult part may be staying calm………………………………………………….for a whole month………………………………………………………………………………..enough said!

Ramadan Mubarak to you all, May Allah bless us all and cleanse our sins this month and may we enter jennah from bab al Rayyan. Ameen.

isn’t it funny

how time slows down when you are waiting for something, and goes by at super speed when you have passed that day/hour/moment………..I have found myself in an nostalgic mood these days. I could blame it on hormones. But its probably just life and its phases. Counting the time and the years, realising that there are 7 years between each of my three girls and that that by the time baby reaches the age of dd7, dd14 will be 21 Insha’allah. How frightening was that realisation!? And then of course human emotions being what they are panic sets in………..its funny that I don’t really think so much of the time I was younger, I don’t really have a sentimental attatchment to the years gone by. But I am feeling sentimental for this period of my life, of being a mother with young children, of being so important to them, of that special closeness between a mother and her young children. And i feel fear that it is slipping away…………….Maybe I need therapy, My name is Claire, I am a babyaholic!  Maybe its the thought of turning 40 next year insha’allah!

Whatever the reason for these feelings, it serves as a daunting reminder that we won’t be here forever. And that the next life is waiting, and each year seems to pass so much faster than the last. And of course that all that will be waiting for us then will be our deeds. And everything else will be forgotten and irrelevant to us and everyone else.

So with these thoughts, I am wanting to focus my own thoughts to increasing those good deeds and purifying intentions for the things we do everyday that can also count to those good deeds. And to focus on fullfilling the responsibilities that we will be questioned about. So my first stop in getting back to basics is to get back to my quran, to improve my arabic recitation, to start memorising again. Baby steps first an ayat a week and increase from there. And of course with ramadan fast approaching it is the perfect time masha’allah!

It has been

beautiful weather this last week, while the kids are on their spring holidays, masha’allah. Unfortunately we havent been able to go out and enjoy the gorgeous weather due to bad reprts for my 2 big boys! Instead they are passing their time catching upon studies and helping me in my gradual spring clearout.

 Alhamdulileh I am releived to have done the two biggest jobs with their help and just have one more room to sort insha’allah, before I can take it easy and maybe even have some fun!

 One of the joys of being in somewhere in like Algeria, at this time of year is the huge bunch of ‘silq hai’ that was freshly picked form some meadow. Alive(wild) spinach, I love the use of language. It sounds as vibrant as the colour of the leaves masha’allah, and some bunches quickly became a lovely lunch. Also on the menu have been my first attempt at profiteroles, not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be masha’allah. Another sweet has been lemon merigue pie, something I have never eaten until pregnant with this baby, but something I have been enjoying……masha’allah.

Wishing you all a happy rest of  holidays and a refreshing spring insha’allah!

last couple of weeks…

…in pictures!

 It has been quite a hectic couple of weeks..hence no posts! In a brief summary….I have salved a craving…..being brought treasure from the sahara….relearned to relax with a bit of crochet…..had a few english classes….had a chocoalte covered baby……prised unwilling school goers from their beds on cold mornings…..prepared favourite coffee treats for dh…..and made a batch of peanut butter, which probably won’t last more then a few days!

 I have also been sewing, but am still tweaking as I’m a bit disappointedas to how it turned out……some really bad measuring!!!

Oh yeah and I went for a scan….so depending on the dr’s interpretation of modern technology……we have been given a boy or girl verdict!

Happy days folks!!!!

summer days

today was nice……..so far……its only 18.15 so still time for it to turn nasty, motherhood is full of surprises 😆

Today baby had his first d ip inthe small roof pool, he loved it masha’allah and his doting brothers and sisters loved him being in the pool.

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Today I was shatara as they say n algeria and baked a marble cake before Iwent up to the roof so we came out of the pool at asr and after noon tea was ready alhamdulileh.

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 I am reading through a book called c a t =cat by Mona Mcnee, Insha’allah we will try it out and see if it suits us. Its a phonetic teaching manuel I’m in the process of making some letter cards and insha’allah we will start tomorrow……