Saturday, February 10, 2007

Our week in Pennsylvania is winding down . . .

Today is our last day here in Pennsylvania visiting my sister and her family. It has been a wonderful visit. Mira doesn't want to talk about leaving early tomorrow morning. Maggie even had a bad dream last night telling Mira not to leave - don't go.

It breaks my heart to have Maggie and Mira separate - but it has been a wonderful bonding experience for both of them; something I know Mira will never forget and something I hope Maggie will remember, even though she's only 3.

I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Maggie's Mom (my youngest sister) and her husband, Jeff. He is one of the kindest and funniest people I've ever met in my life. My sister and brother-in-law have a beautiful home and of course family, meaning Maggie.

I had a chance to meet some of my sister's friends, and I feel comforted knowing that she has a solid network of women to rely upon and talk to when she feels frazzled. You know, someone to share your accomplishments with as well as someone to listen to when things aren't going so well.

We have shopped, eaten, and frozen our way through the past week. It has been absolutely bitterly cold, but enjoyable nonetheless. Mira loved the snow. At first she wanted to play in it, but later realized that it was just too cold and instead just walked around in the snow watching it sparkle in the sunlight.

I told Maggie that where we live we don't have snow, so Mira loves to look at it. It's always warm, sunny (Alhamdulillah), and sandy where we live. I wish I could tell you the way Maggie describes where we live, but just imagine a 3 year-old with her developing language pronounce "Egypt." It is adorable to listen to her talk.

We will leave early tomorrow morning, Sunday, for Washington, DC to see Hassan. There may be some relief on the horizon for Hassan in terms of work relief - but we will have to wait and see.

Tomorrow is also my birthday -- no mention of age here -- as I've stopped counting.

Alhamdullilah for everything.

Ma'salaam,

~Marian

7 comments:

jimmy said...

Marian
alhamdllah I,m first comment
Happy birthday to you

Marian said...

Thanks for your Happy Birthday Wish. Another year, Alhamdulillah.

Layla said...

Marian - I am so glad you had a wonderful time. It is to bad that we couldn't meet up. It was just to cold! Plus Zane has a cold so it is hard to get out. But hey, there is always Alex this summer! :D

Oh Happy Birthday!!!! :) Actually after you reach a certain age (my mom said 40 for her) you start subtracting a year. ;) Is Hassan planning anything for you?

Love and hugs!

Marian said...

Layla - Sorry to hear about Zane. Hope he's feeling better soon. Yes, it is bitterly cold. Thanks for the Bday wish. I will start subtracting which would take me to my mid-ahem well, you know. I don't know if anything is planned but my sister and bil had a birthday cake for me tonight from a local PA bakery - gotta love the PA bakeries - must be the water! Love, and prayers.

Karen said...

HAppy Birthday to You!!!!! (Sorry, I just got back from Angie's... her surgery, she is doing well, I will let you know more when I see you!) I have 4 wheel drive, so if it snows.. I will still go to you when we can get up with each other... I have your birthday prezzie with me * :) ... you will like it, trust me... xox I am glad you had a great visit with family... call me... Karen

Marian said...

Karen, I just sent you an email. I promise to call you tomorrow (Tuesday?). I'm so messed up with days of the week right now. Been fighting a stomach bug here. Back from Lainie's. Love, Marian

Marian said...

i love you