Sunday, August 31, 2008

Gustav is coming, and Ramadan

I'm glad to know that Farah and Adeel have made the decision to leave Mobile and join us for a few days. I was feeling rather nervous at the though of them staying down there with potentially high storm surges due to Hurricane Gustav. They don't live in the zone of mandatory evacuation, but why take any risks? We are expecting them to make it to Birmingham any time now. The kids are of course very excited about it, I finally persuaded Hamza to go to bed at almost 10:30pm; he wanted to stay up to meet them.

Tomorrow we start fasting for the month of Ramadan, so that means breakfast at about 4:30am, and nothing to eat or drink until sunset, which is about 7:20pm these days. Safa fasted with us for the entire month last year, and plans to do the same this year. Hamza also wants to try, so he'll be getting up early with us too. Let's see how it goes for him. Bilal, of course, will be eating and drinking all day as usual!

I'm on call this weekend, so have been going to the hospital every day to make rounds. Tomorrow will be no exception. We have another doctor joining our call group by mid-September, so that means our on-call schedule will change to average every fifth weekend for each of us, instead of every fourth. That will take some of the load off all of us.

My brother Tahir is still on schedule to come visit us from Australia in mid-October. This is sooooo exciting, I haven't seen my niece Layla since she was about 18 months old; she's about to turn 5. And I have yet to see her baby sister Aaliyah who is exactly one year and one day older than Bilal. They don't plan to be here for long, but it will be right after Zakir takes his Internal medicine recertification Boards, so we should be able to have some real quality time with them.

I haven't had the camera out as much recently, I really need to take some more photos of the kids, so I can add updated ones to the blog. The updates look so dull without pictures!


Tina:0) said...

From the looks of the weather map, its a good thing that your friends have joined you. I think they just said that there was a tornado warning near Mobile!

Praying that you don't get too much trouble from Gustav & that you are all safe!

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