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.
We hosted Hamza's graduation party at home on May 27th. A slightly smaller event than we had hosted when Safa graduated 2 years ago, but we were able to accommodate all of our great friends who joined us for the celebration.
The delicious food (not tacos), was delivered and kept warm in this cool food truck, that stayed parked in our driveway for a couple of hours:
Our caterers are actually brothers, who between them, run an amazing Asian fusion restaurant called Shiki, and drive a taco truck around town.
As with many predominantly Pakistani gatherings (except smaller ones), our guest tend to self segregate into genders. But hey, if that works for our guests, it's fine for us!
Some of the lovely ladies:
And the real guests, the kids!
I enjoyed the sweetest interaction between these two little ones. It looked as if they were having quite the conversation.
Maybe they'll be best friends when they get a little older!
The Thai food was delicious; our awesome caterers did an awesome job.
But, as always, the dessert table, for me, was one of the highlights of the meal. Oh why, oh why do I love sweets so much?
With another end of school event behind us, we start looking forward to Camp War Eagle, Hamza's college orientation camp for Auburn University.