Ramadan Journal: Day 5: Yearning For

by - July 24, 2012

If you are here for the first time, kindly read this post on Journal your Ramadan to understand this series better. Jazakumullah khair.

I'am yearning for some water. Actually a large pitcher of water. I can curb my hunger but thirst can be overwhelming sometimes. 

I'am also yearning for some peace of mind. It's been one of those sulky, depressing days. I messed up an order and feel guilty and sad. I know things happen, but wish this one didn't happen. 

I do not want to sulk here and make you sulk with me. So let's move onto some happy thoughts. I've been looking around for Ramadan related crafts, recipes or anything related to Ramadan really. I made these paper lanterns (shown above) yesterday and I can't tell you how happy I felt when we lit them up right before Iftar. I switched off the lights and pulled the curtains so that I could see them in action. 

It's amazing how a simple paper lantern can bring a lot of joy. Really! Talha was jumping up and down and kept calling his father to have a look. Aisha, well Aisha being Aisha, went for the bowl of watermelons instead of the lanterns. haha! I love how such a foodie she is (just like her mama). The only thing is that it doesn't show on her. She is really thin and tiny. And people actually ask me whether I feed her anything! Can you believe that? Sometimes I just say no and enjoy those exasperated looks. ha! 

Here's the tutorial I followed to make those lanterns. It's so easy, I couldn't believe it. 

I also found this tutorial on making tin lanterns which I'am going to make some day. Insha Allah. 

Then there is this blog with loads of Islamic/Ramadan related crafts for kids. I think the blog isn't updated anymore. 

But what I loved THE MOST was this planner. The name, 'Ramadan Battle Plan 2012' is a bit odd I must say. But I love what's inside. It has reminders of most basic things related to this month - which we tend to forget when busy. Even though we are four-five days into Ramadan, it's still usable. And guess what? It's absolutely free! Just download, print and you are good to go! :)

I've also pinned some henna designs on my Pinterest board. Have I told you I love Pinterest? I love it, love it, love it! I don't worry about the legalities and copyright infringements related to pinning. For me it's a board where I pin all the cool, doable ideas I find. Before Pinterest, I used to bookmark such websites and blogs. But whenever my PC crashed or we upgraded our software, I would loose them all. I couldn't access them when I'am out of town either. So Pinterest has made my life a lot easier. And I never use anyone else's idea on my blog or elsewhere without giving credit. Ever. So I've nothing to worry about. I hope. 

That's all for today. If you have anything to share on today's topic, please leave a comment or link your blogpost/image in the linky below. 

Have a blessed and peaceful day

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  1. This time the Ramadan fast have really been testing due to the heat ...and its true that one can curb the hunger but its the thirst which is so difficult to control...i feel challenged by it everyday since i have started fasting and it seems to drain my usual energy!!On a totally different note though i love your all lit up lantern's its so soothing to look and so pretty as well...it feels nice to be able to visit your blog and share a little bit of this Ramadan journey with you :)

    1. Tell me about it!

      Thank you Hussena. I love hearing your thoughts too :)

  2. I keep karwachauth fast everyyear...and it is quite a pleasant time of the year. and only once/ one day in an year..but still it is the thirst which kills you and not the hunger...so can relate to the thought.thanks for sharing the tute.Its okay to mess up once in a while.dont kill yourself for that.
    Love the way the lantern looks with the light inside.If i may say so...it looks better than how it looked yesterday.
    Your posts are getting better by the day with your thoughtful and little insights.
    Take care and may Allah be with you and your family.

    1. oooh, I love your karwachauth tradtion. But I've only seen it on TV or in movies. Never in real life.

      May Allah bless you and your family too :)

  3. I came to your blog through the Pin Party at Smiling Colors. Very interesting reading...thanks for sharing!


  4. I like your paper lanterns,...came here from Smitha's Pin It party

  5. Beautiful lanterns Neelu!! Thanks for joining the "Pin it Party" :)


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