I’m a little late in making a post about Ayyam-i-Ha, but that’s the story of my life anyway. So many things I want to tell you all about.
Ayyam-i-Ha is a Baha’i Holiday that went from Friday to Monday, 4 days (5 on leap years!).
They are days of gift-giving and charity and happiness and each morning I had a small something for Azita and Payman.
I adore buying gifts for people. I would bankrupt us buying presents during birthday’s and holidays if I didn’t exercise someself-control. My entire family is like that. I mean, my sister bought us a kitchenaid mixer one year. That’s huge!
So I love buying presents and Azita loves getting them. Hopefully we’ll work on her love of giving them as she matures, but that could be an entire post of its own; kids, materialism, gratefulness!
Azita got a Barbie that has hair that reattaches and then you cut it– a big winner there, because she is always trying to cut things. Also linkin’ logs, a basketball net that suction cups to the window with a little ball that Ada keeps running away with, and a new curtain– sparkly pink– for her room.
The funniest thing this Ayyam-i-Ha was that me and Payman got each other the same thing. I’ve finally found out that baking, especially gluten-free, is so much more amazing when you make little muffins or tiny cakes using the little ceramic ramekins. They are non-stick with no chemicals, not silicone, use no un-eco-friendly paper muffin cups.
So I’ve been really jamming on my little ramekins and I only had two. I saw in the check out line at Ross little pink ones that say “I love you” inside on sale from Valentine’s Day. So I picked them up for him as I was getting him a belt, too.
He had to return the belt and get a different size, and he picked me up two little pink ramekins as well! I laughed when he came home and gave them to me (I obviously hadn’t given him his set yet). So now I have 6 total. Score for being awesomely in tune with your partner.
LOL. I don’t know if we are awesomely in tune, but we have proven that putting cute things for sale in the check out line works.
Silly me doesn’t have pictures of Azita opening her gifts her anything. I wanted to do more than I did and really make the holiday special for her. A mom friend of mine did all this cool stuff for her kid for Ayyam-i-Ha. We used to go to Baha’i Youth retreats together back in high school. Now she’s my idol with her craftiness.
I’m really feeling that it’s time for me to do more with Azita in the fostering-spirituality area. She’s been bringing out our worst these days. When I lose my temper with her or when she is losing hers because something is making her upset– like her coat being too hard to zipper or the pillow not going in the pillow case– we do talk about taking deep breaths, calming ourselves down, saying a little prayer.
I’m trying to do some more memorizing with her. She knows, with some help, these two:
Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are his servants, and all abide by his bidding!
O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the mighty and the powerful.
and we recite this quote: