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Update on the book

Today we are heading over to watch the boys and Alayna. We will be making our way home this evening. I have been working hard on my book and have made progress! Have a great Friday!

2006 Riyadh

He felt that this inquiry was laughable and almost an insult, but he was certain that this simple minded man did not know what he had requested.  He would never consider a poor man, a shop owner 15 years her senior, but if circumstances were favorable it would be much different. He stared at me and puffed his chest taunting me with words that stung my senses. My opinion was already well known and this conversation had been replayed numerous times as proposals came in for both girls. Each time I reminded him that it was up to them and first they would finish school and find their own way in life.  The same response was given as I sat silently listening to a list of complaints and accusations. Did I want her to be a willful, stubborn female, alone and childless. She was 16 and of marrying age and ultimately it was up to him, he was the head of this household.  He was a God fearing man and claimed he would never force her, it was not allowed in the religion, but it was clear that if the “right” man came along he would surely push until we were either doomed to relent or possibly flee. He continued his rant questioning my motives and a potential plan that lay beneath the surface. Was I dooming her to be an empty person who cared about this worldly life and its trappings. Once again I reminded him that she was a free person and had rights given to her and guaranteed by the almighty. He pulled his thobe over a ragged tshirt and grabbed a miswak (a stick used as a toothbrush) brushing teeth with a rugged motion. He stared at me one last time and warned me not to poison his daughter’s mind with thoughts of independence and disobedience.

2017

Her short brown hair was now styled as she saw fit and a bright red scarf lay over her chest and shoulder. She walked past the mirror checking lipstick, adjusting the thin top that had been layered under a silky shirt. Her life was now her own and had become a mix of work and education. A semester in Spain had not only bolstered confidence but also helped to reinforce her third language and a sense of independence. It was time for his arrival and although they had spoken at length he was still an unknown. Her brothers stood peering out the window then casually walked away making room for the rest of us. We paced anxiously, hoping to get a glimpse of this man, he was an enigma, a mystery and it almost seemed as if he did not exist. Somehow he was a compliment to her feisty ways, calm in the storm of all that moved us, but more importantly he was in fact, of her choosing. She shooed us from the window and walked nervously out the door and into the arms of what would be forever.

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  1. What a joyous last sentence Lynn.

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    March 30, 2018
  2. You have a way of telling stories that leaves one wanting more. Well written and yes the forever exist in this world.

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    March 30, 2018
  3. Life-enhancing. x

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    March 30, 2018
  4. Choice. And her own life. Yes.

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    March 30, 2018
  5. Wonderful writing Lynn! I’m so glad you stood up for your daughter’s rights! Your grandchildren are just so adorable!! xoxoxoxo

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    March 30, 2018
  6. Like Peter, I love that last sentence! So powerful! I’m so glad she got to choose her own forever! ❤️

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    March 30, 2018
  7. Oh, how lovely. Ahhhh. What a wonderful ending. ❤

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    March 30, 2018
  8. Good to read your words again. It’s been too long.

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    March 30, 2018
  9. Love that last sentence 💜💜💜💜

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    March 30, 2018
  10. Such a great ending. Thank heaven your daughter had you around!

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    March 30, 2018
  11. And congrats on the book progress!

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    March 30, 2018
  12. I agree Lynn, our children must chose their own paths. That was beautifully written, I’m really looking forward to your book. (One sold already)
    Leslie

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    March 30, 2018
  13. Wow, what a wonderful ending!

    Great news that the book is progressing. I’m looking forward to Publishing day.

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    March 30, 2018
  14. Good news! Great shots of the kids lynz! ❤

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    March 30, 2018
  15. Thank God, you kept spreading the “poison”! How amazing her life progressed!

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    March 30, 2018
  16. When it could have gone another way, she was allowed to choose. So glad things turned out as they did! XOXO

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    March 30, 2018
  17. oh such a beautiful ending/beginning!! ❤

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    March 30, 2018
  18. ‘Of her choosing’ and the way it should be.

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    March 30, 2018
  19. I get goosebumps when I think of the ripple effect of your influence on your children. Life-changing and world-changing ripples. ❤

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    March 30, 2018
  20. Well thank goodness for that ! So pleased your daughter was able to choose her man.
    Enjoy the weekend Lynn. 🙂 x

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    March 31, 2018
  21. If not for you, you had to leave for them

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    March 31, 2018
  22. This is excellent, Lynn, and the ending is stunning!

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    March 31, 2018
  23. I love this!! Thank you so much for standing up for her!! You are so strong! You saved your children from a lifetime of misery!! A truly wonderful ending for that story!

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    March 31, 2018
  24. And that last sentence is the gift that should be any young woman or man’s by right.

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    March 31, 2018
  25. Lynn, this is absolutely wonderful. It is definitely some of your best writing (and you have a lot of great writing!).

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    March 31, 2018
  26. What a lovely passage, I can only keep repeating that you are one to be reckoned with!! I love the mama bear in you, I hope your proud of the mother you are, you have beautiful, smart and happy children, something we all pray for. Standing up against him must of been a relentless job, I am sure e knew that where the kids were concerned, he would never win!! Wishing you the most Happy Easter with your family xxxxxxxKat

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    March 31, 2018
  27. What a wonderful ending for your daughter…because you were strong enough to give your children a life of their choosing. (K)

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    March 31, 2018
  28. Wonderful and well told story. Congratulations to you for standing up for your daughter and paving the way for her finding her ” happily after ” man.

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    March 31, 2018
  29. balindsey2015 #

    Wonderfully told, Lyn. I wonder how some cannot see that to choose for oneself is the only way it should ever be.

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    March 31, 2018
  30. Thank God you and those children, especially the girls, are out of his control.

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    April 2, 2018
  31. You have a way with words and did well with your children. You’re a star model Mother

    Thank you so much for leaving your link #SeniorSalon. Please share and invite your Silver Bloggers to also participate and remember to read the other posts left and share as well. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you again.

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    April 3, 2018
  32. Nice.here is my reading list.plz check it and follow my blog.thankshttps://amnaaslamblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/2018-reading-list/

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    April 9, 2018
  33. When you’re ready, let me know. I’d be happy to host you on my writer’s blog (https://worddreams.wordpress.com).

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    April 10, 2018
  34. They are adorable.

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    April 17, 2018

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