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.
Ramadan is over, it has a been a month full of blessings, self improvement, and prayer. I have been busy and haven't spent much time online, so it is now time to catch up.
Eid fesitivities started with our Chaand Raat (the night the new moon of Shawal is sighted) celebration on Thursday. Many women and girls from the community got together for some good food, and to continue the tradition of applying henna on the hands. Safa tried her hand at applying some this year, before having someone put some on her hands. It takes a good deal of skill and a steady hand! Once the paste dries and is washed off, it leaves a pretty reddish color. This gradually fades over the next week or two.
The following morning we were all up bright and early. After a deliciously sweet breakfast, we headed into Birmingham for Eid prayers. But it was time for a few family photos before we left.
Eid al Fitr is probably the largest annual gathering of Muslims in the Birmingham area, and the auditorium was packed! Next year it will probably have to be planned in a venue that accommodates more people.
After prayers we were invited to brunch at a friend's place. Sadly, my camera stayed tucked away in my purse, so no photos. But we enjoyed the food and company. And if that wasn't enough, there was another dinner party in the evening, at another friend's house. Wow, talk about delicious food overload! Dinner was late, and we didn't get home until after 11:30pm.
On Saturday we started off by running some errands and staying busy at home. In the afternoon, I dropped Hamza off at the airport, headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Mu Alpha Theta math convention. He will be there until Friday, which precedes the weekend when our summer vacation will officially begin.
Saturday evening was the community Eid party. Yep, another party! Besides meeting many of our local friends, I had a great chat with a medical student, soon to graduate from the same university that Zakir and I graduated from.
Hira is from AKU class of 2015, Farah 1997 and I am from the class of 1993. Wow, we span 22 years!
Today is the finally day we can actually call part of our Eid celebration, since it is day 3. We have family visiting Birmingham from Nashville, so we invited them over for brunch today, although by the time we at it was closer to actual lunch time. More good company and great conversation. And it was also wonderful to have a house full of kids! Look at this little cutie!
With her Mama:
This evening, we are just relaxing and catching up on housework, ready for another work week to start tomorrow. But on the positive side, there is only one week until we head out on our much needed vacation!