Wide Earth Smallholding

Wide Earth Smallholding

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

Second Time Around

The mantra of Reduce- Reuse- Recycle is gaining popularity in America- but in many places, and with many people, it is simply a way of life.

Check out Second Time Around at Yemeni Journey to see how some people truly take it to heart and live it, rather than just saying it. Then leave a comment below, or at YJ and share ideas on how to make these a reality in your life!


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  1. What a gift it is to teach your children to love writing, Khadijah. I have 4 grandchildren who are being homeschooled. Like you, their parents are creative people who are developing in their children the love of creative expression – and helping them find their voices on paper. God bless you and Nusaybah and Juwairiayah and Maryam. Yes, you CAN write… and I look forward to more of your postings!

    1. Thank you Jan, for your kind words! I love to hear about other homeschooling parents who nurture creativity in their children- it’s so important. I’m sure their grandma has a hand in that as well!

  2. Maa sha Allah. This is beautifully written. Their poetry reflects their intelligence and creativity. You have definitely inspired me in doing that with my children, despite the fact my children are both under 5…I’ll give it a few years. Inshallah.

    1. With my smaller children, I tend to use other forms of art for creativity- edible finger paints, mud, clay, you name it…little ones are creative by nature, and it is so good to let them learn how to express this in a halal way…

  3. Hugs to Maryam for “I can write with clothes all over the floor”! Here’s to priorities set straight.
    ALL the possibilities expressed are delightful. So glad you posted this – so glad I’m reading it as part of starting my day. I may write a little better today …

    1. Of course, Jazz, she couldn’t be talking about a room in MY house, right???? I liked the image of writing with kids on my legs- I’ve done that with babies on my lap for years!

    your children have inherited your writing talents, MASHAALLAH, nusaybah & juwairiayah sound very observing and maryam looks very playful.

  5. AsSalaamu’alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh, So beautiful alhamdulillaah. All of them are such creative and descriptive writers, maashAllaah. I can’t believe this was coming from a 13 year old, 11 year old and 6 year old!? BaarakAllaahu’alaihum I can”feel” Nusaybah’s writing so vibrant and vivid. And Juwayriyyah’s poem is intensely beautiful….By the way, is gossamer a word that 13 year old even heard of, let alone knows how to use? And Maryam is too adorable maashaAllah, so intelligent for such a little girl, baarakAllaahu’alaiha. Tell her she inspired me to write this note while holding my son on my lap (even though I didn’t want to). SMILE. All of these are 1st prize winners in any poetry contest maashaaAllaah. Please, keep writing! I’d love to read more! May Allaah bless all of you to use this talent in a righteous way.
    Your sister,

    1. It’s funny you mentioned Juwairiyah’s use of “gossamer”- she has always been teased by people because she has a very colorful vocabulary, and has had since she was a baby. She actually DOES use words like this (SMILE)!!
      I will tell Maryam what you said, she will be happy, alhamdulillah.
      BarakAllaahufeekee for all of your comments and encouragement, alhamdulillah!

  6. I loved reading that – but I dont think I can write even as well as Maryam – lol! Any ideas for getting the kids to write more? What are your favorite assignments/topics/exercises that you give your children to get them to write?

    1. We do a lot of writing together, mash’Allaah, so it is difficult to choose favorites! I like to give them the option to draw, paint, write, or whatever they feel like when they hear the topic, and it’s neat to see the directions they will take, each one totally different. There are some pretty good writing prompt books, as well as daily prompts for kids and adults. Many of them are useless to us, dealing with things that are of no benefit or impermissible, so there is a lot of sifting through for me to do. Usually, I just come up with something based upon what’s happened that day, or something I’ve read.

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