Remembering Bluest Skies

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“Out of the bluest skies, lightning strikes.” – Chitra Divakaruni

Love the above quote because it feels so true.

I’ve been taking more photos of clients which means less clients of my daughters. It seems weird to type my daughters. For this month of April, I have just a few photos of the two of them from my fancy camera- but it’s okay. Ill feel more photo-ey one day and will make up for it.

It’s been a tiring week in that I caught a stomach bug so was sick for a couple days. When teaching if one is sick, you can call in a substitute, rummage through some files and make up some lesson plans, hope and pray that your students behave, and then thankfully stumble back to bed to recover.

When you’re a mother and you get sick, it’s a totally different story, much trickier. Luckily I was at my mothers so that was a big help in that I was able to rest and recover. Toddlers who are normally tiring to take care off, can seem impossibly exhausting to take care off when you’re sick. Add a baby that needs nursing and you realize that you truly need rest, so am so grateful for parents. My cousin’s wife Mariam just lost her mother, uncle, and aunt in a tragic car accident, so please keep her in your prayers. For those of us who still have our mothers, it’s just a matter of time and I hope we continue to appreciate them.

I was talking to my cousin Amena today and we were reminiscing over our childhood, the memories that were so good you can almost still taste them. Of how when we were children, we couldn’t wait to be adults, and now that we’re adults, I wish I could just rewind for one day, and live just one day in which I got to sleep in until noon, wake up, and have a lazy swim in Nana’s pool with Amena and Asna, then lie on the sunkissed clay bricks to dry off. Pure bliss.

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Nana’s pool

As an adult, life seems so busy – caretaking for toddler Z and baby A, so full of chores, errands, and more. I had a wonderful childhood, and just hope that Z and A get to also have such a fun childhood too.

Looking at my iPhone pics makes me think they will! Grateful for:
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the power of bandaids!

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friendly neighborhood cats

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they come to Z when she calls them!

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long lashes paired with a missing coat button

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baby A’s first spring. She was mesmerized by the blossoms

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Toddler-Cat-Silhouettes

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Slides that one is reluctant to initally go down!

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Grandmothers to pray with

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Vacuumed Carpets and forlorn shoes

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Petals!

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Face smooshes with toddler kisses!
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Love when branches are weighed down by heavy blooms.

Praying for all those who are hurting, whether it’s the Boston Bombings, the Pakistan/Iran/China Earthquakes, and so many more places. It seems like the news we hear today keeps getting worse and worse. The lightning will continue to strike, to surprise us when life is going so well, so hoping and praying we have more blue skies.

“Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” (Quran 94:6)

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About Doodling Through Life

I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

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