Finally, A Family Outing

Since it’s been almost four months since Isa has been born, alhamdulillah, and we hadn’t yet gone anywhere as a family in that time, we decided to spend some quality family time together at the garden for a few hours.  I’ve been anxious to visit the botanical gardens again to see the completed land art sculpture.  The sculpture called “Diamonds in the Rough,” will stay in the meadow for about a year, insha Allah.

 In addition, my soul really needed to see some greenery as well as take in the colorful flowers.    The garden was quite stunning during spring and I always learn something new with each visit.

In addition to the spring flora, my family and I were blessed to catch a glimpse at some fauna which is usually challenging to catch a photograph of such as a chipmunk and butterflies on flowers.

My husband also got to engage in his photography hobby at the gardens and I would like to give him proper credit for his photographs included in the slideshow. 

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13 responses to “Finally, A Family Outing

  1. Assalaamu Alaikum dear sis

    Oh Subhanallaah so beautiful! Great photographs masha Allaah! Subhanallaah sis I had a different picture of you on my mind!!!! I was completely wrong! I thought you were African American!!!! : )May Allaah bless your family! Barakallaah Feekum! Jazzakumullaah Khayr for sharing!

    • Wa alaikum as salaam Umm Maimoonah,

      Jazakillah khayran for compliments on the photography. Insha Allah, I will pass it along to my husband.

      I guess I thought it was time to share a little more about myself. I am a white American Muslimah, alhamdulillah. Most of the time I am an oddity here especially wearing a niqab.

      I wonder why our brains try to visualize how someone we have never seen looks? It is interesting that all of us do this.
      Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

  2. Subhan’Allah – I also thought you were black until you made a reference on a post the other day to being a multi cultural family (actually, I can’t remember how you phrased it, but that’s how we ‘label’ mixed race families in the UK ,P) and yes, it’s fascinating how our minds work and the (often limiting) stories we create in there!!!

    I spoke to my homeopath for months before seeing her face to face and it was quite a shock to meet her mashaAllah – there is still a sense that I ‘see’ her as I saw her, before I actually did, when we speak on the phone.

    Now you’re showing a little more of yourself, are you going to tell us your conversion story too!? (or have I missed that in the archives??)


    • As salaam alaikum Pixie,

      My husband is black. I consider us multiracial and multicultural. There are also cultural difference in the way we were raised.

      Insha allah, I will try and type it up as I have had several requests for it.

  3. Asalaamu Alaikum

    Have you seen my post about the Royal Botanical Gardens? I finally had a chance to go and kept thinking about you, lol.

  4. As salaamu alaikum, you make me homesick! I haven’t been back to Virginia in years – my family always comes here. The photos were really nice, mashaAllah.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam sister,

      When and if you do come back, I would love to meet up with you and your family, insha Allah. My husband said he wants to visit Canada actually.

  5. As salaamu alaikum,

    I think you would love the outdoors – there are plenty of camping trips being arranged around here but my husband is not the outdoorsy type at all, lol.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam,

      I’m sure the spring and summer weather would be more to my liking as well. I’m surprised your husband isn’t into the outdoors. From the pictures of him playing with the children in the snow, I figured he like being outside.

  6. Assalamualaikum Umm Tafari.
    Finally made time to catch up with you blog. Absolutely love the gorgeous photographs. Such nice shots of nature. Especially love the one with the bee (I’m guessing it’s a bee). And I am truly awed at the stick sculptures . . . looks very much the the huts in Africa . . . only made of sticks. Thank you so much for sharing.

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