Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27- Another Blog Break

March 27, 2011 was the date my paternal grandmother passed away. March 27, 2012 my maternal grandmother took her last breath. My children and I are the only common relatives between both granmas, I don't believe in coincidences and this date has an importance I yet not know. What I do know is both of these women shaped me into the person I am and I miss my grandmothers. I miss sharing my life with them, I miss having them here. I have wanted to move to Maryland for a long time to be closer to them, however, now that I have finally moved here, they are no longer here. My maternal grandmother was the real deal, she was beautiful, patient, generous, honest, consistent, and she loved the Lord. She woke up in prayer and she went to bed in prayer, one of the prayers she taught me and would say with me is "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, but if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." I pray that God has taken her soul and raised it up with those that God loves the most, for my Grandmother loved God the most.

She had a beautiful going home ceremony in her Episcopal Church, the same church I went to Bible School at, the same church she was married in, the same church that my mother attended when she was a child.

The post about my Paternal Grandmother can be found here: A Lesson in Death

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Math Alive! at the Smithsonian

We had another planned fieldtrip with the Sankofa Group, this time led by a blogger at: Chocolate Covered Boy Joy. We also did the Brain Awareness field trip with Sankofa. I really enjoy the vibe of the group so far and spending time with them reminds me of my father, Baba Jamibu. My father passed away almost 12 years ago. He lived and worked at BET in Washington DC and the surrounding Maryland areas. He had a deep love for African people and was concern about the problems afflicting our community. He wrote many poems, I am attempting to add them to a blog: Baba Jamibu. So these two times that I ventured out with Sankofa, I can't help thinking "I wish Baba Jamibu were here". 

Humble Dad was working in a Federal Building this week, so we dropped him off with some time to spare before Math Alive! opens at 10am. So what did we do with the 2 hours to spare: visit King, Roosevelt, & Lincoln of course!

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gardening & Grilling

Read more about the Garden Challenge here.
We are joining Successful Muslim Homeschool Gardening Challenge! Don't these peas from Successful Muslim Homeschool garden look beautiful? I encourage you to join us in our gardening fun!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

An Unexpected Guest

Some of you may remember a post from last year about the death of my Grandma, she was my dad's mom. I miss her very much because she was also like a mom to me, a constant loved one whom I could confide in. I have not seen my own mother in over 3 years and I talk to her very little, she hurt me. However, one thing I always remember is life is too short to hold on to any lasting grudges. Forgiveness is for you, not the other person, so I try to let go of the negative feelings and let God in. My other Grandmother, my mother's mom was put in Hospice this week and my mom flew in from Seattle. And I accepted her with open arms, we went for ice cream, and looked through an Antique store, we also grilled for her. Who would of known one of our first guests would be mom?

My Grandmother's (Mom's mom) Home. I spent alot of time in this house. She was my favorite grandmother growing up.
Then my other Grandma (Dad's mom) and I grew closer as I became older.  However, this grandmother was always a
woman of integrity, she was consistent and stable, and very generous. She was my first introduction to a practicing
Christian, she read her Bible daily, listened to sermons while she cooked,  she sang Jesus Loves Me and helped me to say my prayers at night, she was respected and loved at her church, she treated others the way she wanted to treated following the Ten Commandments to the best of her ability. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Brain Awareness

We took learning about brains to a whole new level with actually touching and holding a real brain. Some of you may remember our brain work featured here:  B is for Brain .This introduction that I provided them was great and had my children fully prepared for this day. Brain Awareness week was located at Forest Glen Naval Base in Washington DC. The Museum that they are building was not open to public yet, so we were in a small auditorium where they had about 6 booths. There was a booth with a human fetus that was split down the middle and this is when Big A informed me that she definitely does not want to be a medical doctor. Another girl in our Sankofa group told the scientist "I don't think it is right for you to have this" Out of the mouths of babes, I agree that scientist should be sensitive and cautious about what they do in the name of science. However, I enjoyed this booth because the scientist did impress on the children how important it is to watch what you put into your body. The fetus was to show an example of what alcohol or any other substance does to an unborn baby. She said that anyone who is having sex unprotected should not be drinking alcohol because the alcohol will still be in the mother's system and can harm the development of the baby's brain and nervous system. She also warned against the doctors who say that 1 glass of wine during pregnancy is ok. As a Muslim, most of us do not consume alcohol period, not in vanilla extract, cough syrup, or in mouth wash. Even the so-called harmless alcohol can affect child (adult health) development and it would be very wise to avoid it.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Children Bake Muffins Thursdays

We are baking Muffins on Thursday as part of ending our processed food lifestyle, and beginning a whole fresh food lifestyle. I am also working to get more organized in our homeschool which means taking the plunge into menu planning. I wanted my Beloveds to be involved in this new cooking/baking schedule so I originally planned "Muffin Baked Wednesdays". However, due to Jummah on Friday we needed something we could eat quick on Friday and leftover muffins from Wednesdays were dry. Therefore I switched the day to Thursday with leftover Muffins on Friday and that is how "Children Bake Muffins Thursdays" began.

I love Blueberries and our Beloveds love Blueberry muffins, so of course they were our first try. I must say myself they were more than a try, they were a success. They were delicious! My recipe website of choice is allrecipes.com. We used this Blueberry muffin recipe, leaving out the extra sugar coating. In fact with all recipes that we've made we left out the extra sugar, we just don't need extra sugar to begin a day of studying. We doubled the recipe and ended up eating all 16 in one day, they were just that gooooood.

Lil A adding the ingredients.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3.14 Pi Day

Pizza Pie

One thing that has been very beneficial about moving to Maryland is how much there is to do for homeschoolers. From classes at the Community College, to the Museums, the Gardens and Zoos, Libraries and Amusement Parks. My Beloveds learned all about Pi at the Maryland Science Center. The activities included learning about the Pizza Pie, to a Pie eating contest that both Big A and Z Man both participated in. We brought home the yummy apple pies from Dangerously Delicious Pies. They also helped build the pi equation up the stairs.

ABC of the Quran

ABC of the Quran was a labor of love that I started, lost, restarted and have finally completed the first phase.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Organizing Our New Home "School"

I really loved seeing this picture circulate Facebook because it was how our new bookshelf looked. I very often feel like the only one: the only homeschooler, the only African-American, the only Muslim, the only one who likes Butter Pecan  Häagen-Dazs . I am sure that I am not the only one in any of those categories, although, it always seems that way whatever group I am in. So when I see something or find someone that lets me know that I AM NOT ALONE, I get super excited, and this was one of those times.

Maryland Crab

One thing I love about Maryland is the crab. Crab and Old Bay Seasoning is a staple among Marylanders they even have a potato chip that uses that flavor. The Chesapeake Bay is part of the heritage of Maryland that includes watermen whom get up early every morning to pursue the age old profession. C is for Crab.  

Dinner for my birthday!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Roller Skating at Noon

Only Homeschoolers have the enjoyment of doing things that other children have to wait to the evenings or weekends to do. Roller Skating with other homeschoolers in the middle of the day is a rockin' life and it's great exercise also. They even allow mothers (fathers) push their little ones in a stroller in sneakers. 

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