Tuesday, September 28, 2004


Back In Iraq

Well, he made it. Dh called this afternoon, got back to where he is supposed to be. Thank God he made it. sometimes the trip getting there is worse than actually being there. Travel through the country is so dangerous right now. While he was home, had a bunch of busy bodies come over, wanting details on how they could get the job. 2 of them are getting ready to leave in the next couple of days. Both are married to Iraqi ladies, one wife is staying here, the other is going to her family in Iraq. Inshallah, they will be ok. I miss dh. And, I don't miss him. Is that weird? I guess I got used to him being gone from the first time he left and so know I don't feel as upset as I did the first time he left. Crazy, I know. But, I can't help the way I feel. Kids are doing ok so far. I think being in school helps, keeps them busy. Inshallah, the time will pass and he will be home permanently.

Thursday, September 16, 2004


He's home

Sorry, had to redo this, accidently erased it, with a little help from the 13 months old! lol Like I said, he got home on the 8th. Been crazy around here to say the least. Thanks for all the comments, sorry if they are gone now! Kids are truly happy. He gained some weight, which surprised me. Mashallah, he looks great. Says Iraq is really messed up right now, more than what you see on the news. More details later.

Sunday, September 05, 2004


6 days to go!!

Well, 6 more days till dh gets home, Inshallah. The kids and I are counting the days. Now, if we can just get him to stay home once he gets here, that will be even better. He keeps talking about going back. We will definitely have to see about that. I don't know that I would handle that very well at this point. Allahu Alim. We will see. Hakima is ready to let him have if he wants to go back. I told her, have at it. Tear him up. Maybe a guilt trip from a child is just what he needs. I guess my house will be full of people. Of course, that is why his return date is not being announced around town. I know, I am publishing this on the web, but no one in my area knows about my blog so Inshallah, it will be ok. I just want him to be able to relax before the hordes of people show up, not because they missed him, but because they want to know about Iraq. I will have to be very patient and bite my tongue a bit, I am sure! lol Oh, well. I will just be happy to have him home.

Friday, September 03, 2004


The Mommy Test

Well, I seem to be on a motherhood kick. Just seems my friends are sending me some cute stuff these days that I feel the need to post. One thing is for sure, anyone with children must, I mean must have a sense of humor.
The Mommy Test
I was out walking with my then 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I asked her not to do that. "Why?" "Because it's been laying outside and it is dirty and probably has germs." At this point, she looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?" "Uh," I was thinking quickly, "...all moms knows this stuff. Um, it's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information."OH...I get it!" she beamed.
"So if you flunk, you have to be the Daddy."

Wednesday, September 01, 2004


1st, 2nd and 3rd Baby

For all mothers out there. My friend sent this to me and anyone who has more than one child knows that it is so true. Hope you get a chuckle out of it as I did.

Your Clothes:
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

Preparing for the Birth:1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.2nd baby: You don't bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing.3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

The Layette:1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean &discard only the ones with the darkest stains.3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?

Worries:1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.

Pacifier:1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.

Activities:1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

Going Out:1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

Swallowing Coins (a favorite):1st child: when first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child: when second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for coin to pass.3rd child: when third child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!!

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