Exchanging what’s better for what’s less

We’ve been busy lately packing for our move next month. With three kids and moving right after Ramadan, I need to get things going as early as possible. This past weekend, we packed away all the dishes. We only kept the bare minimum that we need for our family of five. This should force us to keep up with cleaning before the stacks of dirty dishes take over. We have so few dishes now that we can’t fill a single dishwasher load!

Which reminds me… I have a surprise to reveal about our house. It has (gasp!) no dishwasher. I haven’t told many people about this because I know I’ll get a ton of criticism and people saying that it will be too hard for us. It won’t be, inshaAllah. Our plan is that we’ll only keep this many dishes out (everything we’ve packed will go straight into storage), and we’ll be forced to get into the habit of hand washing. We can always pull out more dishes from storage when we have company.

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On balance and being busy

(For those of you following the Cloth Diaper Guide, don’t worry, part three will be done on Monday. The next part of the guide is a big one!)

Once upon a time, there lived a gardener, who had a beautiful garden. Every day, she worked diligently, giving each plant what it needed to grow.

One day, she bought some new seeds to grow. They were a brand new flower, which she had never grown before, and she thought they would look lovely in her garden. She carefully planted them in a corner bed and sprinkled water over them. She had a daily routine, in which she would first aerate the soil, then water the plants, then do the weeding, and so on, until the work in the garden was done for the day — but the new seed addition threw off her schedule slightly. No problem, she thought, she could handle it. As the new seeds were small, they needed to be watered more often, and needed a bit more attention than the other established plants.

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