I'm a mom of three wonderful children: my princess Safa, my rascal Hamza and my heart baby Bilal. He was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, and with the grace of God has done great since his repair. I have been married to my husband Zakir for 22 years. I work part time as a family physician, running a medical practice with my hubby, and spend lots of great time at home with my kids.
My husband, my friend and business partner. We consider ourselves citizens of the world, having lived in many different places including Pakistan, Hawaii, Connecticut and our present home in Alabama. Our latest venture together is the medical practice we run. One of the perks of working together is that we eat lunch together three times a week, albeit boxed meals while sitting at a desk. Couldn't be much better than that!
My first born, and probably the easiest of the three, (so far at least), a beautiful child inside and out. Of all her characteristics the one I love and admire the most has to be her sensitivity, compassion and empathy towards others. She is a bright, friendly college sophomore who is both intelligent and fun-loving. Her current interests aside from school include Karate, she is a second degree black belt, and plays the guitar, both acoustic and electric. Although playing the guitar doesn't come naturally to her she does enjoy it, and we are hoping that the determination and tenacity she expresses in other areas of her life will soon rub off onto her guitar playing. She also enjoys debate, and writing poetry.
He was the youngest child for nearly eight years, and it wasn't easy for him to give up that position. But he is a cool big brother who has taught Bilal 'the ropes', such as how to jump off furniture and how to wield a light saber. Hamza is a bright, energetic young man who needs to be constantly challenged to keep him out of trouble. He is a bit of a math wiz, and can often solve math problems in his head quicker than Safa can with a calculator. He is a third degree black belt holder in Heiwado karate and also loves to be outdoors, riding his bike and playing basketball.
The baby of the family, he gets away with a lot just by turning on that cute little smile of his. Today he is the picture of health with his rosy cheeks and bright eyes, but it wasn't always that way. Bilal was born with a broken heart, tetralogy of fallot, to be precise, which is a cluster of four unique heart defects. He underwent open heart surgery at the young age of 8 weeks, and made an amazing recovery. The same fighting spirit that helped him heal so rapidly is reflected in his personality. We are constantly challenged to channel and soften that spirit, without crushing it. It is a part of who he is. This summer he celebrated his tenth birthday.
Our fifteen year old red tabby, who has a temperament to go with it
She was a malnourished ball of fuzz when we adopted her twelve years ago, now she's queen of the castle
Our canine furry friend is a six year old Great Pyrenees, who loves the cold weather, and hates water.
Ms. Lola Cherry Cola is the newest member of the Khan family zoo, a young chinchilla, and Safa's personal pet.
Today Zakir and I are celebrating 18 years of marriage. We have continued to grow closer over the years, despite the inevitable ups and downs that all families tend to have over the years. Looking back at some of the old photos makes it feel like yesterday. But here we are, so many years later, with three wonderful children, a lovely home, a business partnership and so much more to show for it!
And I think it is the first time in eighteen years that Zakir even made me breakfast in bed this morning! A delicious frittata with toast. I can say that so many years later he's finally learning, hah!
Otherwise today it's been a typical day so far; I am at Sunday school with the boys, Safa is at home (hopefully studying) and Zakir is up at the hospital working, since he's on call. We hope to get out this evening and have a nice quiet dinner somewhere.
The end of the school year is drawing close already. Bilal has started saying "I'm nearly in first grade" and "I'm nearly six years old!". Please don't remind me hon, life is going by at too fast a pace already!
It's Tuesday and I'm not working, but I have done so much this morning that I'm almost wondering if it would have been more relaxing to go to work! But with the kids at school I don't have to stop every five minutes and mediate between their fights, so I have got a lot accomplished. I have even got a head start on dinner for tonight! Finally decided to sit down and have a little break.
Last night we went to Bilal's kindergarten program at Paine. Can you guess the theme?
Yes! All the songs were about zoo animals. So much fun! This is Bilal just before the program started.
Mrs. Murray was the music teacher at Paine when Safa and Hamza were little. She's been around for a long time and kids love her.
Bilal's class was in one of the back rows and there were lots of kids in front of him who were taller than him, so we didn't get to see him much. Can you see him in the back?
It was a fun program, especially watching all the five and six year olds try to dance without knocking each other over, hah!
And speaking of the zoo, I will be chaperoning Bilal's class to the zoo in May. Was I crazy to sign up for a zoo trip in summer weather?! At the last field trip to the Pumpkin Patch it was 55 degrees, but felt more like forty. I just hope it's not 100 degrees this time!
As I mentioned in last night's post, Safa was among a total of 100 tenth grade students in Jefferson County who got honored at an event last night. These are a group of students called super scholars. They scored the highest scored in the county based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). For their achievement they were introduced by their principal and recognized by the superintendent of Jefferson County schools, Dr. Hammonds. Safa, and her fellow students were presented with a certificate and a gold pin.
The keynote speakers were a group of medical/dental students who had all graduated from JCIB ten years ago, and all were about to graduate from either medical or dental school.It was a pleasure to listen to these successful young adults who were, only a few years ago, sitting just where the current 10th graders were last night.
After the one hour ceremony we gathered the students together for some photos.
And to end the evening on an even better note, a group of parents took their super scholars out to Yogurt Mountain for frozen yogurt.
Safa and many of her classmates were honored at an event hosted at Birmingham Southern College this evening. It's late now, so I'll share the details later. But here is a group photo of some of her friends who received an award.