It’s been ages, I know… but if you are a long-time reader of my sad and oft-neglected blog, then you would know the drill by now. I get inspired and carried by wave after wave of industry, which means the blog gets frequent and oh-so-pretty updates. Then, real life (in my case, madness and mayhem) catches up and smacks me upside the head… which forces me into ‘hibernation’ somewhere.

I sometimes wish I could be the sort of person who could blog come hell or high water, but then I know that that really isn’t me. I am not trying to showcase the good and conceal the bad by doing this. I’m not trying to gloss over my problems or pretend like I’m the exemplary homeschooling wonder mum who’s got her act totally together. Come on over to Islamabad and you will see it’s far from the truth.

It’s just my infuriating sense of formality and reserve that keeps me from sharing the nitty-gritties of my life. A friend of mine astutely observed that while I may be lively and chatty, I keep a large part of myself to myself. True… anyway, I just don’t like dwelling on the down side of things, not on this blog and not in real life. So, if I am gone from this blog for extended periods, you will know that it is because I am probably going through issues. Just make du’aa for me :)

Alhamdulillah, there are plenty of silver linings that keep me going.

Like the seriously marvellous and bestest EVER folks at Jintech who came to my blog’s rescue. My site was in dire need of an overhaul. What problems did it NOT have? Outdated WordPress, malware, security issues… you know the rest. I was ready to throw in the towel because, let’s just be honest here, I just don’t have enough grey matter to do the fix-up job myself. The super (yes, you!) Umm Ameenah and the awesome Hira took the whole insane load off me and alhamdulillah, my site is back again :) I have NEVER had such professional service before — the staff at Jintech are not only efficient, they are friendly and meticulous, ma shaa Allah. So if you need help on your site, you now know where to go.

Homeschooling has undergone a major overhaul this year. Little Peep has kept me busy, but no complaints — he’s a lovable little thing ma shaa Allah. The girls have been troupers too. Marz and Bear happily babysit him and study independently when days get rough. They’ve been crafty creatures — Peep won’t stay still long enough for me to hold a needle so I’ve been quite jealous of their creative pursuits. More on that later, but the pic above was taken by Marz, who has joined me and Bear in our love for photography. She was feeling quite left out and was sad about her pictures turning out blurred, but she persevered and is quite chuffed with the results.

So alhamdulillah, we are learning a lot.

I have a bazillion things to write about, but the little one is fussing and the girls are waiting for their story. In shaa Allah, I’ll get it all down. All in good time :)