Blessings big and small

The majority of our family birthdays fall in the first 6 months of the year and usually the May birthdays are celebrated at our home. Mom and Dad come over for Memorial day to put flowers on family members graves and Yusuf and Alicia make their way over from Seattle. But this year the birthday boy wanted to spend time at the lake house as last year they missed any significant time there.

The lake house was built the year before we moved to Saudi.


The past week has been a busy one and I have not been around in blog world much. On Friday our little family arrived in the afternoon and Osama got to work on covering our patio. We live on top of a hill and the sun seems to beat down on the patio all day and this means it gets little use. I love lighting and he surprised me and put up the same lights that he has on his patio. He also ordered a new cover for my lawn swing and Heme put it on.

Friday evening we had breakfast for dinner which included pancakes, sausage and eggs. Fattima and Ben came after work and Osama completed his project. It was total chaos and fun family time.


Ben has mixed in with the family well and takes things as they come!

The next morning we were set to leave at 8 a.m. but an ongoing issue with Heme meant another visit to the Doctor’s office. Two cars of people headed to the lake and we were to follow.  We have spent the past two months in and out of the doctor’s office with him coughing uncontrollably! The diagnosis has been allergies and now it was apparent that he had pneumonia.


Heme at the lake

Heme still wanted to go to the lake and so we got his prescription and made our way there. It is only an hour drive and one that brings back so many memories!

My mother planned a nice meal to celebrate the two birthdays and she ordered a cake from our favorite place. The kids helped out with various projects and we all kept a watchful eye on the babies!

The boys are now afraid of Clementine but Alayna had so much fun petting her and trying to play with her!

 Dinner was served and afterwards cake!


Cake was dipped into until I exercised my Grandmotherly rights and swooped in taking her away! I am sure her Mom and Dad were happy I did!

The boys were introduced to water balloons but were not quite sure what the big fuss was about!

While Yusuf and Alicia spent time with their niece and nephews!

Most people left except for a few of us who spent the night. We left early in the morning and Yusuf and Alicia took over our jobs outside!

Being a Grandmother is amazing so I imagine being a Great Grandma brings even more joy!



One last look before they left and a glance towards Grama!

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62 thoughts on “Blessings big and small

  1. Reading your post you have me smiling all the way to the last line. What a beautiful area… and that view. Then your touching and exciting family gatherings for the birthday celebration and so much fun for everyone. The little ones are too gorgeous! My God, what a wonderful time you have spent.

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  2. Love your post. Whose daughter is Alicia- sorry I missed some of your past posts so I am not up with the news.
    What a beautiful way to spend a holiday. And the weather looked gorgeous- truly summer.
    Hope Heme is better now.

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  3. I love to see you and your family so happy.No one deserves it more than you Sis.Lovely birthday celebrations, happy stress free times long may they last. I hope Heme is feeling better now. 💜💜💜

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  4. Good times! It looks like it was lots of fun. I too love lights on the patio. My remote for mine isn’t working anymore. 😦 He-Man is going to look into the problem for me…soon he says.
    👍😀 I hope his idea of soon matches mine.


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