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i’m on my way!

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Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever…

We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves…

The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children…

Greetings folks! I’m still on high from last night’s event, which was my son’s high school music concert. They usually hold their annual Inter-House Music competition at this time of the year (early Autumn), just a few weeks after the new school year commences. I took my big daughter and my middle daughter with me; my youngest girl just wanted to stay home with her papa as she can get a bit overwhelmed at public functions.

Concerts at my son’s grammar school are usually major events, 1000 tickets sold out in no time over the 2 day performance! We just about managed to get tickets. My son participated once before when he was in his first year, at that time they sang ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. Since this is my son’s final year at his grammar school (Inshallah if he does well in his GCSE exams he will remain there for his A-Levels), he’s decided to take part in the competition once again. It’s a nice way for him to relax and have a bit of fun with his mates before they get all serious preparing for their major exam.

The overall show was really great, as ever. They always put on the best of shows, year after year. My son sang in the boys’ choir for his House, this year they performed a medley of songs by the Scottish group The Proclaimers. I’m familiar with their song ‘500 miles’ but I don’t think I’ve heard any of their other songs properly before. This particular song ‘I’m On My Way’ was the final one they sang and it was so good they received lots of applause and cheers at the end!

Anyway, I just wanted to remember last night and how I felt and the love for my children here in this entry. They are growing up real fast, wasn’t it only yesterday when I was carrying them in my arms? Just like the song, they are well on their way…becoming their own person, developing their own personalities. As a mother, I’m very proud of them all, and I shall continue to support and guide them in whatever path they choose to lead. To be wholesome human beings; with respect and tolerance for others, to strive for excellence in whatever they pursue. Right, enough chattering yeah, hope you’ll enjoy the song my son sang below, I love it! Have a fab weekend! 🙂

when they were babies: my son, my big girl and my middle daughter

when they were babies: my son, my big girl and my middle daughter

my son, a young man now! my daughters at their brother’s show last nite!

I’m on my way, from misery to happiness today…Enjoy the song! 😉

mon lapin

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It is always advisable to enjoy  a few lighthearted moments in life.

Coco Nuit, 2 years old now

Coco Nuit, 2 years old now

My little rabbit, as black as night,

So black you can’t see him in twilight

My little rabbit, as soft as snow,

So soft to the touch, he is aglow

My little rabbit’s eyes, so brown and gentle,

He makes me happy, he is my petal

Mon lapin Coco Nuit, you are my bright light

You are my joy, you are my delight!

(poem by my young daughter)

summer trail

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Hello everyone! I just returned from a lovely walk in the woods with my good friends and their children, I feel rejuvenated! Just what I needed at the moment, a long walk to clear my mind. I feel more like myself again, all that ‘longing’ I felt for my homeland during the recent Eid celebration has disappeared, thank God. I cannot go on moping around can I, this is what my life is like now and I must embrace it with widely open arms. To live whole heartedly in this land that is now my home!

We were fortunate to have found rows and rows of blackberries during our walk, quite early this year to be honest. We normally find them in early autumn, mid-September thereabouts. We all spent some time picking blackberries, hoping to make jams and pies out of them. Looks like we don’t have to go to the farm this year for berries! Our children had a good time as always, the summer holidays here tend to stretch a bit (6 weeks). An outing on a sunny day is an opportunity not to be missed!

I also feel our children today need to get out more, it’s unhealthy to be stuck in front of the modern gadgets/apps! I just love the end of summer, the transition from summer to autumn is a wonderful period. It’s also extra special because it’s my wedding anniversary and my 3rd child’s birthday (yes, on the same day!). So much to look forward to as I spend these last few weeks of summer! I leave you with several images from our summer trail, take care till next time!

the lil ones heading off for their walk

the lil ones heading off for their walk

away they go!

away they go!

blackberries!

blackberries!

loads of them!

loads of them!

my lil one picking blackberries

my lil one picking blackberries

my youngest two busy picking blackberries

my youngest two busy picking blackberries

there's more here!

there’s more here!

my older two doing their bit

my older two doing their bit

that's me! we didn't have any container, so had to collect them in our crisp bag!

that’s me! we didn’t have any containers, so had to collect blackberries in our crisp bag!

on with our walk

on with our walk

children enjoy being out in nature

children enjoy being out in nature

admiring the wild summer flowers

admiring the wild summer flowers

we trailed by the river

we trailed by the river

my anniversary child with her good friend

my anniversary child with her good friend

simply enjoying their childhood!

simply enjoying their childhood!

they simply love the outdoors!

they simply love the outdoors!

last bite of blackberry!

last bite of blackberry!

my girls walking back happily

my girls walking home tired but happy!

our blackberry pie straight from the picking, perfect with vanilla ice-cream!

our blackberry pie straight from the picking, perfect with vanilla ice-cream!

 

spring outing

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We’ve just had a truly smashing weekend, the temperature rose to 21c would you believe! It was the bank holiday weekend here in England, that’s when we get Monday off too, a lovely break indeed, just what we needed. After months of gloomy winter, we were able to go out and about again, such wonderful bliss! This time around we ventured on a steam train that went uphill through a beautiful forest. It was a short trail, but enough to keep us happy. The first stop led us through a short walk into the woods, the next station took us to an adventure tree house and the last one was to a picnic area with a little playground. We thoroughly enjoyed our four hours outdoors today, unforgettable. So much so that I felt the need to blog almost instantly! I am going to allow some of the pictures I took tell you the rest of our story, hope you’ll like them! 😉

the steam train awaits us

come on, let’s queue up

off we go…here comes another train!

my son on the nature trail

the girls leading the way!

on to the next station

are we there yet?

at the adventure tree house

bridge on the tree house

adventure tree house from the outside

there goes the train again!

little girl

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IMG_0663_2There is something about the father-daughter relationship which warms my heart. A man who is tender and loving towards the women folk in his family is high on my list. As in my religion, Islam, it holds in high esteem those parents who nurture daughters. It was the practice of many societies (sadly still prevalent in some today) to discriminate against daughters; the announcement of the birth of a baby girl caused sorrow to many. Islam wiped that practice away, children should not be discriminate based on their gender. My late father didn’t have any sons, but he loved all his three daughters tremendously and showered us with lots of love and warmth. He gave us the best of everything, so much so that we were lost when he left us, now resting peacefully in a better place, InshaAllah.

These days I see my father in my husband; tender and loving towards his three daughters. The relationship he has with his only son is different from his daughters. His daughters are the ones who would automatically wound their arms around him and kiss him abundantly when he returns from work. They are the ones who would fuss over him all the time. Girls are very demonstrative that way. They bring out the best in him. Our youngest daughter, the baby of our family, is no exception. She just cannot be without her papa! She just turned 4 last week. Her birthday coincided with the week she started madrasa, the religious school majority of the British Muslim children attend in the evening. She is now learning the alphabets of the Arabic language, her quick progress amazes me! I felt a bit sad in the beginning when she was away from me, even though it’s only for a couple of hours during weekdays. No more babies in the house!

Anyway, this cheeky little bundle of joy of ours wanted me to write a blog post just about her, particularly after seeing the baby picture of her older sister in my earlier post! So this is especially for her, our little girl, may God bless you and protect you always, may He guide your steps forever. We love you very much, you are like the icing on the cake, a gift from God to add to the joy of having your dear brother and two sweet sisters. I always focus on my blessings, my children are definitely one of them! of Now let’s play that ‘soothing to the ears’ song, I just love this one! 😉