I want to count my many blessings and share them with you. It has been a long road but one that has had numerous things to be thankful for, too many to remember, but here are the most memorable. I hope if I can teach my kids one lesson it would be, get back up and keep going, do not stop.
We came in April 2009 to see my son graduate
Yusuf graduated from University
We got our first apartment
Some of the kids attended school, others were not ready
The kids had their first winter and experienced snow
Saleeha started college
Yusuf and Alicia were married a year after we arrived
Many birthdays came and went
Osama graduated, passed the CPA exam and introduced us to Jacki
We purchased a home, Yusuf made us an eating counter
Fattima passed her GED and applied for college
Yusuf got a job, he and Alicia moved away, bought a home and started their new life.
My cousin/sister Gloria! She has stood by me through everything!
It took three years to get all of the little kids enrolled in school, but it finally happened.
Abdullah took the GED and passed and applied for College.
Fattima entered college
We spent many happy holidays with my parents.
My dad was diagnosed with lymphoma, we were here to support he and mom and he is now in remission
Jacki and Osama got married
Mude started sports, track, cross country and he tried wrestling for one year
We attended local events
Saleeha was working on her bachelors degree
We had fun at the lake and helped out
We became who we wanted to be
Mom and dad took us to the Oregon coast
Saleeha studied in Spain
Saleeha graduated from college
The kids made me a porch
Life moved forward with the kids in school
Mom and dad moved from the house on the hill after 40 years
Osama and Jacki bought a house
Sumaya was my first to graduate from high school here in the States and started at University
Fattima graduated from College and got a job
Saleeha changed jobs and is working at the University and taking classes for her masters degree
Abdullah has one more year of college
Osama and Jacki are expecting twin boys
Yusuf is finishing his masters degree
All of the kids are working hard to be their best
Don’t ever give up, keep moving forward even when it seems impossible.