Hello Friends! It’s been a while, huh?
I owe you an explanation for disappearing for so long, but before that I want to wish all those observing Ramadan a peaceful and fulfilling month. May all of our prayers be accepted, and may we leave the month spiritually and mentally renewed.
In my last post I mentioned that I was going to visit California for my brother’s graduation. Well, my brother graduated with a double major in Economics and Communications (we’re all so proud of you Ammu!), we celebrated Father’s Day with my dad and husband, and I was able to spend my birthday with my family.
We returned home on Tuesday, June 24th. The following evening, Wednesday, June 25th, my father had a mild heart attack. My husband, my son, and I traveled back to California the next day, Thursday, June 26th. Everything since then has been a blur.
Praise be to God, my father is in stable condition now. Things have been rocky, including my father needing dialysis at the moment and an extended hospital stay (thanks, but no thanks Insurance). But through all of this I have nothing but gratitude.
When my father was initially admitted, things were going down really fast. We weren’t being given much hope, and things looked very bleak. My father’s recovery is nothing short of a miracle. And for that I have all of our well-wishers to thank. Family, friends, and strangers all banded together to pray for Papa. In the first 2 weeks of Papa being admitted, we had over 250 visitors come to see him and wish him well. The show of support has been overwhelming, to say the least.
This time has also proven to me that the connections I’ve forged through the course of blogging have been invaluable. Some of the friends I’ve made through blogging were literally the first ones I turned to to share my heartbreak and fears, to be the ones I was able to pour my heart out to. I’ve had a number of bloggers reach out to privately to wish us well and to offer a shoulder to lean on. You guys, I will forever be grateful. Your show of support means so much to me, and I will never ever be able to show and tell you thankful I am. The only thing I can say is that I pray that God rewards you for your goodwill and for being there for a friend. God bless you, and may you be rewarded by the Almighty in this world and the next.
Now that things have calmed down a bit, I would love to get back to blogging regularly. I’ve come to realize over the course of these past few weeks that blogging is very therapeutic for me. It’s a window of time that I use to block out all my problems and be able to focus on something I truly enjoy. Although it’s unlikely that I will be posting as often as I was before, I hope to post occasionally. I also want to apologize to my friends whose blogs I’ve neglected (although I must admit that I have been reading your posts as I hang out at the hospital with my dad 🙂 ). InshAllah, God willing, it won’t be long before things are calmer and I’m back to my old self 🙂
Once again, thank you for all of your support. My blogging buddies, my family, my old friends, my new friends, and all of our well-wishers, thank you. I will never forget the support you gave to me and my family during these hard times.