Wide Earth Smallholding

Wide Earth Smallholding

And Allaah has made for you the earth a wide expanse.(Qur'aan- 71:19)

I Can Write…

In her wonderful book, Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing Karen Benke asks, “What if you could write with anything today? What if you could wedge between the fingers of your left or right hand, a memory? Your infinite imagination? The power of creativity?”

I asked my children this question, and here’s a bit of what they came up with.


I can write with a whip of happiness.

I can write with a swirl of beautiful scent.

I can write with a wash of inspiration.

I can write with a tint of objection.

I can write with a flying of cool wind.

I can write with a storm of anger.

I. Can. Write.

-Nusaybah, age 11


I can write with sunflowers dancing in my eyes.

I can write with the ivory pages of life spread across the skies.

I can write with blushing crimson roses dancing in my head.

I can write with golden, glorious sunshine inspiring my thoughts.

I can write with the dew sprinkled gossamer of quiet voices long forgotten.

I can write with flowery memories of happiness gone by.

-Juwairiayah, age 13


I can write with sun glowing golden on my back.

I can write with daisies filled with joy in my hand.

I can write with bouncy balls bouncing in my head.

I can write with garden leaves all fresh and green.

I can write with clothes all over the floor.

I can write with kids sitting on my legs

I can write with rain falling from the sky.

I can write with yellow dandelions’ first morning bloom.

I can write with bright green tree below the sky.

I can write with a twinkling star bright in the sky.


-Maryam, age 6


How about you? Share with us what you can write with…

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  1. Wow, looking good! Those dogs are a bit worrisome though. I hope the owners aren’t terrorists like their pets. Jeez. Have you met any other neighbors and how do they feel about that? Fingers crossed that gets handled before you move in with your little ones. Snow might be melted enough for me to plant over the weekend! I too am grateful for the moisture – it could be manifesting in different form though, as far as I’m concerned. Not quite so white. LOL.

    1. I know it. They scare the kids too. We are going to try to connect the bits of fence that are on either side of the house to the house itself, so they can’t get in the backyard. They aren’t mean, but they are really, really friendly and rambunctious and wild. We haven’t met the neighbors yet. With all this mess over the bombings we will have to be very pro-active in that, making sure we make solid connections with them. They are used to Muslims though, and we are right next to the school and the masjid and many of the houses nearby are Muslims, so that is comforting. I saw you were getting snow! The rain here is cooooooold, but it could be worse (like white LOL)

  2. You mean grape VINE? (SMILE)

    Yes, the rain is such a blessing. Maashaa Allah, all those beautiful plants and potential nourishment and apothecary! I feel healthier just looking at it all, maashaa Allah.

    In the past four years, I have forgotten what it is like to have a garden. When I consider what constitutes “drought” there, I guess we must be super sub sub sub drought here. Somehow, three date palms and a few henna bushes don’t fill the green gap. Al hamdul’Illah, at least we have green dates on the tree.

    May Allah bless your efforts and grow your garden in abdundance – ameen!

    1. Oh VINE!! Well, you see, it doesn’t LOOK like a vine right now, it looks like a stick with some green things on it LOL!
      Northern Yemen was beautiful, mash’Allaah, green and lush and moist, but when we were in the South it was like you say. Dry dry dry and sunny almost all the time. Tough on my little Wisconsin girl self, mash’Allaah! I missed the green as well, and was so happy about whatever would sprout up!

  3. As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatulah,

    It looks great, masha’allah!

    I have started some seedlings including lettuce, tomatoes, onion and cucumber. This is our first venture into gardening, and we are very excited by the growth sprouting forth so far.

    Since we do not have much outdoor space, we will be repotting into bigger pots when the time is right.

    It really is all very exciting…

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah
      YES! mash’Allaah, I am always always so happy and grateful and amazed when the little seeds we plant turn into plants that give so much beauty to our lives, alhamdulillah.
      Someday take some pictures and share with me, insh’Allaah.

        1. Well, you could write a guest blog post, send them to me, and I can publish them, or put them up elsewhere and post a link to them, insh’Allaah. Technical things are so not my forte, mash’Allaah.

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