Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Umrah

Upon our return from Umrah, I hav a list of things to be put on paper just to remind myself on the experience that Papa n I faced throughout our journey. I actually hav 9 points altogether but since I’d put off this entry for more than 2 months, I can only recall on 5 points. My bad. We met lotsa people from different background with different behavior. We encountered lotsa eye-opening experiences. Totally a new perspective to us.

1) The importance of sincerity
U see, like some other places, there are lots of beggars in Mekah to the extend that u cant differentiate between beggars whom really in need of help and those from a syndicate group. The latter may irritate u somehow. But, we need to remember that whenever we hav the niat of donating or doing any good deeds, it must come with sincerity, from the heart. We shudnt be bother about the ‘what ifs’. Let’s just pray that our good deeds will give a significant impact to those who receives it.

2) The importance of Arabic
I felt so helpless and small everytime I was approached by Muslims from other region in Arabic lingo. Their effort to start a conversation is really something, but shame on me as I just don’t understand what they are talking about. That is just a part of it. Wouldn’t it give a significant impact when u r able to converse in Arabic, read in Arabic and understand it? The most importantly, u’ll be able to understand the content Al-Quran. Isn’t wonderful when u can read Al-Quran just like u read a novel?

3) The importance of spiritual preparation
I was extremely busy and stressfull towards the departure. So many preparations need to be done but I can just complete the physical preparation. Not so much of readings and studies were being done prior to that. Just need to make sure that I mustn’t practice this when I’m about to go for Hajj one day.

4) The importance of knowledge
During our ziarah to historical spots, we felt so ignorant of the Sirah. So many things that we didn’t know about Rasulullah SAW, his efforts, his strength, his challenges, his family etc. Again, I felt so small n Sirah was only a part of Islam. What about the tauheed, fiqh, aqidah n so on? I’m far away from being a gud Muslim. So many things that I need to do to improve myself.

5) The miracle of Zam Zam and Dates
What worried me most was my health condition while I was there. I hav this mindset that if u go for Umrah or Hajj, u’ll be easily caught with flu, cough or fever. Hot weather n too many people are the main reason. I know that I cant be sick or else I’ll upset my journey. The weather reached almost 45 deg C! Plus, I had the history of being warded and a long rest when I was caught into bad cough n flu during my 2nd pregnancy, so what more now? N owh, plus that both Papa n I were not so healthy prior to our journey. N I also worried with my gastricitis. So I planned to tag along my energy bars. N I was very concerned with our ‘things to bring’ checklist. Gosh, I totally misjudged everything. :(

B4 we left, Papa had a chat with his colleagues whom just got back from Umrah. To my surprise, Alhamdulillah she was fine i.e. no terrible cough or flu. What she did was, her routine is to bring empty bottle to Masjidil Haram or Masjid Nabawi n filled with Zam Zam. Day in day out, she just drank Zam Zam. Alhamdullilah, with Allah’s will. N we practiced that as well. Alhamdulillah. We drank bottles of Zam Zam daily. N eventhough we sometimes skipped our meals (which is really the things that I mustn’t do), munching dates really made us full and boost up our energy. Alhamdulillah, my tummy well-behaved.

I'm truly grateful for this opportunity :) Alhamdulillah

It always feels good to be back in Papa's arms :)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A runner up, she is

N so, I attended Iman’s school’s Contest Day. She won 2nd place in a coloring contest. Not bad at all, for a 1st timer. We are very proud of her, I must say. Papa joined during the prize giving ceremony. Thanx Papa for squeezing in despite ur tight schedule!!!

Congrats sayang!!!

A day before, I had a chat about it with her so that she is somehow prepared. Prepared in the sense that she’s not shy with our presence or to act normal in a bigger crowd. Basically, I just want her to be herself. She talked bout what to wear, to have 2 pony tails, to go to bed early n wake up early n blablabla… Both of us were tremendously excited. 

Some shots of her with her frens.

She has this tendency of not talking to her friends whenever we are around. She just feels awkward, I guess. N this morning, she showed the same gesture n so I told her that I never feel shy whenever I meet my frens n she showed some agreement n broke the boundaries. Alhamdulillah. 

Top left: Iman with her classmates; Arman, Ana & Darwisy
Top right: They spelled her name wrongly. Its Humayra not Humaya, ok.
Bottom: The Prize Giving :)

I guess we'll be attending more of this in future. I sooo hope that we will have the same momentum for all of the events in future. InsyaAllah, we will keep up the momentum, the excitement, the supports to all of our kids. This is just the beginning. :)

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Random Updates

I’m turning 34 weeks. I’d packed our confinement bag, a bag that fits all clothes for the 6 of us. Surprisingly yes. But without the booties, mittens n caps. Yikes, I’d overlooked that. N that minus the diapers, breastfeeding gadgets, toiletries, ointment, confinement accessories, cute pillows, blankets etc. gosh, that’s a long way to go, I supposed. Gagagaga…

The name for the baby is almost settled. :)
But, I’m somewhat blank about what to expect. How my labor’s gonna be. How the kids gonna cope with the new edition. How our life will turn into with 4 kids, albeit, I know its gonna be exceptionally thunderous. Hahaha!!! Cant wait for that. I just luv the noise. ;p

I’m 40% close to completing my wishlist. I’d baked n sort the old clothes. I’m yet to bake choc chip cookies with Iman n yet to sort the working clothes. N that contributes the 40% of my wishlist achievement. Papa agreed to do some re-arrangement to our home, hanging the frames, in particular. I’ll be mending Papa’s offices’ wear, n I’ll consider that as a start to my sewing activities. Haha… Come on, gimme a pat, at least.

We had our family gath few weeks ago. A potluck at my sister’s. N I brought an undescribable delicious rainbow cake made by Mak Cik Idah. Man, I can still imagine the taste of the cake. We kinda celebrated all of our birthdays n anniversaries in 1 event, just to be fair to everybody. We had bbq chicken, lamb, fish n other food as well. The kids were wide awake eventhough they’d already passed their bedtime. Well, except for Iman as she didn’t take a nap during daytime. N we talked n eat n talked n eat n talked n eat. Bliss.

I want more of this

At this juncture, I think I’m as heavy as a bag of sand. Extremely heavy. My legs tremble whenever I stand up for too long. I need to take some pause everytime I was on sth. My friends can hear my shortness of breathe. N I’m sooo not into shopping now or any other long trip. Just spent my weekends at home, not in the mood to even go to Kuantan for family outings. I was lucky that Papa had to go for a short outstation on weekdays, so, he wouldn’t drag me to any outings as he wants to rest as well. Win-win… :p

Urm, what else. We received an invitation for a kindergarten contest. Iman was chosen to participate in the coloring contest with her other 3 classmates. I was head over heals when her teacher handed out the invitation. N I’ll be taking half-day for that event. Super-duper excited. Weee… I hope she will not feel shy with my attendance. Oh, I’m so proud of her. 

I think she is pretty. I really do :)

N owh, I’d added color to my life on 1st July 2012. InsyaAllah, I’ll be changing my path. I’d received some feedbacks, positive n negative n I don’t think I need to explain further to anybody. InsyaAllah, this is not an overnite decision. InsyaAllah, as long as I hav the right person to support me, I’ll make it thru. All I need to do is to strive and istiqamah. Amin. :)


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