Monday, April 23, 2012

Your dreams are all in your photos.

mood: excited
craving: chicago <3 

My love speaks through my photos.. They might not make sense to anyone, but when I look at them, I see and feel everything I stand for. 

Love - Compassion - Hope -Faith - Beauty - Imagination - Dreams
-Texan After UAE

Photo taken by me; 2007 in Germany for Emma Apple

final whisper: each petal on these flowers say, I LOVE YOU & I'll never hurt you. I wish it lasted & you never hurt me. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flowers of Love

mood: happy
craving: to walk in a field of flowers with my kids. :) 

salam alykom and hello to all my readers out there. Where is everyone? I miss y'all. Why don't y'all drop me a line or two? It would be great to know how everyone has been. I know I haven't been active these last couple of years. But, God only knows why. Happier days are ahead, I believe. Alhamdulilah (Thank you Allah). God Bless y'all and Enjoy. Love and hugs. <3

My son is such a thoughtful little boy. He's  constantly bringing me flowers. All I hear is, "Mama, Mama! Here's a nice flower for you, because I love you." I can't stop smiling and he  immediately says, "Mama, put them in water fast so they won't die." Every time my heart beats, it beats my son's name. I can't imagine my life with out my two kids. I have everything to be thankful for. Thank you God for blessing me with the best son. He makes my life so much brighter. If he only knew my love for him. Someday (God's willing) he will have kids and know how I, his mother, feels.

final whisper: my prayer for you is to become strong in your deen and to overcome the hardships in this life & pass the tests that Allah gives. Praise Allah always and always say, alhamdulliah in good and bad times. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tell me a secret - part 2

mood: Energetic
craving: Peanut butter and Jelly ice cream.. Ben & Jerry's? : / 

Tell me a secret ...Salam Alikom (Peace be with you)  to all my Muslim readers and Hola to all my non-Muslim readers. It's the first of the week, I can't wait for the weekend. I hope all of y'all had a blessed weekend. To those overseas, one more day and your week y'alls day is over and y'all are closer to the weekend.. Hooray!

Now, on to my post of the day. This should be a lot of fun.

  Welcome, to the second round of "Tell me a secret" Y'all can go see the first one I started. :)

 Here are the rules, here's how it's played:   This is your big chance to anonymously share some secrets you've been keeping to yourself. I think it would be really interesting. They can be small secrets, big secrets, scary secrets, juicy secrets, depressing secrets..

There's no judging, anything and everything is valid.

 Here's how it works:  1) This is open to anyone who wants to participate, from regular follower to casual visitor.

2) Post a secret anonymously, no names please.

 3) I don't plan to censor content or language. However I do reserve the right to remove anything which appears to be posted with the sole intent of offending.

 4) I am doing this because I know we all have secrets to hide, we all need someone to listen, and we all need to know that someone is going through something similar.

5) and remember... one of these secrets, will be mine.  So leave your secret below... for everyone knows, we all have secrets, big or small.

final whisper: “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

little things that make my life a little brighter and easier.

mood: tired
craving: cocktails in uae.. mangoooooo lassie.. Yummy... 

Salam Alykom and Hola to all my readers out there. It's a relaxing Sunday, the weekend couldn't end fast enough for my daughter was spending it with her dad and it left Azooz and I alone. Well, not really alone. I asked one of my dear sisters, Belinda, to stay with us. She's awesome. So, she kept us company the whole weekend and we had a nice visit. Besides missing my daughter, I kept busy really reflecting on our beautiful religion. That always makes me feel so good. I listened to a lot of Quran and since Belinda and I are both reverts to Islam, we talked a lot about it and I had so many thoughts. So, yeah. My weekend was relaxing and peaceful. Thanks, sister for staying the weekend with us... <3 Now, on to my entry. :)

A soft scent of patchouli, vanilla and mandarin creates this glamorous scent. This sensual scent makes woman feel sexy and real. 

When I write, like I said in another older entry, I'm in another world. Before I do write, I spray one of my favorite perfumes on. Today I sprayed Prada Candy on; I got it as a nice gift for my birthday. :) I get into a mind set where no one can affect me and I hear nothing around me, other than Quran or something else like some good music. I know it sounds funny, but from time to time through out me writing the entry, I smell my wrist where I sprayed the perfume and it takes me further into another world and I can write better. Yeah, I'm a perfume guru and any of my friends and family will tell you that. I love it.

Isn't it funny how technology has gotten so advanced? I truly depend on my iPhone for many good resources. I love that I have everything at my fingertips. It's like, anything I need, it's right on my iPhone. Thanks, Steve Jobs. When it's time to pray, my athan goes off and it never lets me down. I used to have a black berry, but as soon as you change from a black berry to a iPhone, you don't wanna ever go back. LOL No way. Not I.

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” 

― Pablo Neruda

I need to start using my Nikon.. <3 

The person who always keeps in touch with me and has never strayed from me since my divorce is Essel. She makes my world so much brighter. She lives in Australia and never seizes to amazes me. She's cute, funny and always has a positive outlook on this life. I've known her for many years and I can't imagine not having this sister in my life.. Esellina, you have made my world a lot brighter and I ask Allah to bless you and your husband with nothing but good. Stay Yellow my sister. LOL I love you.

Rita is more like my sister. She's my childhood friend (Jessica's sister) and we go way back. Last week, Jessica (her sister) came in from Austin with her husband and son. We met up with Dad Pena (their dad) and he treated us to a great Mexican restaurant. He looks sooo good and I was soo happy to see him after so many years. I can't wait to see him again. <3 Time sure does go by fast. I'm happy he got to meet my son. Amber didn't meet him, because she was off at Fiesta Texas with Jessica's son having a blast. Rita, you have no idea how much love I have for you & your family. You have been there for me, even in the darkest hours of my life. Our lives have been the same. You living in Jordan and me in United Arab Emirates. You know just what I'm talking about when I remember the days of Ramadan in the Middle east.. No one else would get me. :) But, you would. I love you.

Jessica... Well, ya'll know about her..My forever... about jessica <3

I'm listening to this as I make my entry. It's Quran and after the Sheikh recites the Quran verse, the translator comes and says the verse in English. It looses a lot of it's meaning, for really no foreign language can be translated. But, it makes me cry. The Quran (the book of God) is the most AMAZING book in the world. 

This is a iphone application. The Islamic compass. It goes off on the prayer times and also tells you which way to pray. It's awesome. :) Download it. Well, worth it. 

La ilaha illa Allah
“None has the right to be worshipped except Allah.”

When we have gatherings at my home, the sisters always want me to make this. It's a Arabic dessert and it's called, kanafa. It's our fav. 

My daughter made these for us the other day. They were delish.. <3 

Let me introduce you to our cat, Shadow. She is such a great cat. As you can tell, she jumped way up there to check out the scenery. LOL

My morning nescafe. I love it. gets me going. :) 

My son acting like he's praying.. From Allah Akbar (God is the greatest) to Alhamdulilah.(Thank you God)
May Allah make him stead fast in the deen and give him good in this life always ameen.. My heart beats faster with joy when he prays beside me. I love catching him pray.. Cute. Kids are little sponges. 

bowing down to our creator. Such a beautiful site to see. Allah Akbar! 

Isn't it funny how the little things in life make us smile? Well, these are just some... things that make my world a little brighter.. :) I hope y'all liked them. 

final whisper: If what you see by the eye doesn't please you, then close your eyes and see from the heart. Because the heart can see beauty and love more than the eyes can ever wonder.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

If we would truly believe

mood: lethargic
craving: chocolate from UAE.. Patchi.... <3

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

final whisper: mabrook, Om Aboodie! she's gorgeous

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

She's my FOREVER...

mood: :) :) :)
craving: to spend friday with my two special childhood besties... I can't wait... :) :) hurrrryyyyy up friday... :p

Salam alykom and Hello, my dolls. I pray everyone is in the best of health and faith. Just waiting for the weekend to come; I'll be spending it with the two most amazing women alive- My best friends from my childhood. So, if any of y'all out there have some special friends in your life, call them up and go out with them this weekend. It's always so nice to catch up and talk about the old times. On to my entry. :) Cheers...

My BBF (best friend forever) and I are texting back and forth tonight. I'm listening to pandora sitting on my dad's big porch, just reflecting.. Jessica Elizalde and I are chatting about how when we were little what we used to do and I was cracking up. She goes, "Remember when we used to stand in front of your Journey poster and pretend we were at a big concert?"(we were 8yrs old) and I was laughing.. Alll night we were just txting and laughing about old times. Jessica, here's to 35 yrs of friendship and sisterhood.. I LOVE YOU.. Through thick and thin... You're my FOREVER.

final whisper:
 When darkness falls upon your heart and soul. 

I'll be the light that shines for you. 

When you forget how beautiful you are 
I'll be there to remind you. 
When you can't find your way, 
I'll find my way to you. 
When troubles come around, 
I will come to you. 

I'll be your shoulder when you need someone to lean on. 

Be your shelter. 
When you need someone to see you through. 
I'll be there to carry you. 
I'll be there. 
I'll be the rock that will be strong for you. 
The one that will hold on to you. 
When you feel that rain falling down. 
When there's nobody else around. 
I'll be. 

P.S. sore throat remedy; caffeine free tea and honey. :) 

Monday, April 2, 2012


mood: content
craving: to hug my dad.. 

This is the most amazing, kindest man in the world. He is my

 WORLD. My dad.

final whisper: I believe a light that shines on you, will shine on you forever.

Because life is beautiful.


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