July 19, 2012

The BIG Picture

As Salaamu Aalaykum!

I feel like this whole moon bit is the shayateen last desperate attempt at chaos (look at me! look at me! PLEASE, PLEASE OH PLEASE look at me!). There will always be some who will get sucked in to it and cause division but at the end of the day the shayateen get locked up (or at least the big ones according to some) and Ramadan eventually begins. So I'm cools. :) You starting a day earlier or later than me doesn't take away from my Ramadan experience and hopefully it doesn't take away from yours.


May this Ramadan be our best one yet! AMEEN.

July 13, 2012


As Salaamu Aalaykum,

Isn't it interesting that children don't see other siblings with the labels "adopted, fostered or biological?" If they live with each other day in and day out, they fight and play to each other they are simply siblings. Its the adults who feel the need to categorize the relationship.

I don't think my toddler sees his sister as his 'biological sister' or loves her BECAUSE she is his biological sibling but simply as HIS sister. The one who steals his toys and occasionally his food but his sister and playmate all the same. #Iwanttofoster&adopt

July 8, 2012

Dear Morning Sickness...I welcome you.

As Salaamu Aalaykum.

Morning sickness has been my constant companion, all day, every day for a little over 2 months now. On the one hand I can barely get anything done but on the other hand I've previously had a miscarriage so I prefer morning sickness to that. :) Alhamdulillah.

btw midwife suspected twins but so far only one baby and one heartbeat. Alhamdulillah.

I've never had morning sickness this bad and I've lost about 12lbs due to it. I only threw up once because I try EVERYTHING not to but subhanaAllah I'm still losing weight.

May Allah swt grant me complete shifaa from all that is ailing me, may the pregnancy be a healthy one and may the baby or babies be born healthy and to term. If they have any deficiencies may it be healed. AMEEN. I ask the same for all the pregnant women of the world. AMEEN.

Wa Salaam,

July 1, 2012

Massachusetts House of Representatives and Judge Rotenberg Center YOU SUCK!

As Salaamu Aalaykum,

I received this in my email and I'm FURIOUS! I'm in tears. I signed the petition weeks if not months ago to STOP THIS TORTURE of children and disabled children at that. I mean the defenseless of the defenseless. Look at Rachel, just SEEING the device that activates the shock treatment was enough to make her whine and try to get away. POOR BABIES.

This is hard for me to say, but on Wednesday, the leadership of the Massachusetts House of Representatives chose not to support a bill that would ban the use of electric shocks on disabled people in the state. Massachusetts is the only state in the country where this still takes place. 
I started my petition after I saw this abuse firsthand as a teacher's aide at the Judge Rotenberg Center. I had no idea that you and more than 250,000 others would join me, and together demand Massachusetts lawmakers stop the abuse of my former students -- thank you.
Even though this bill didn't pass, I'm incredibly proud of the attention we've brought to the abuse taking place at the JRC. Here are some of the things that we've accomplished:
  • The United Nations has announced that they are now investigating the JRC's use of electric shocks to see if they meet the international guidelines for torture.
  • Anderson Cooper exposed that the JRC has been misleading the public about having FDA approval for its electric shock machines, and the campaign has been covered by media from CNN to Fox News.
  • More than 30 human rights and disability organizations came out in support of our efforts. 
It was always going to be a hard fight -- the JRC spent millions of dollars on lawyers, lobbyists and public relations professionals to influence these lawmakers. But thanks to your support, the world knows what goes on in Canton, Massachusetts, and the JRC won’t be able to escape scrutiny like before.