HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY?
We are Hero's and overcomers. My family consists on me my twin 3 year old sons and our 2 dogs. Its not the idea situation not having a father in the home but we make it work with lots of support from family, extended family, and close friends. I wouldn't call us the stereotypical made for TV single family home; we don't struggle, no public assistance , no food stamps, no drama. I would consider us a typical single parent home, mom works, and hustles to make sure boys are taken care of. I was raised in a family with married parents and all members of my family were married before they started families. I was in a long term relationship and when the boys were born their dad walked out.
The boys had a very rocky start, they were born 4 months early and were not expected to survive the NICU. Once the survived the NICU they weren't expected to walk or see or have typical learning ability. We were given the worse prognosis but they boys have wowed everyone with their progress. Micah does have brain damage and Asim doesn't. Asim would be considered typical functioning. Micah was prescribe an wheel chair and other equipment at 9 months and I am proud to say he never used any of it. Micah started talking at 12 months and he would say I want to walk so I worked with him, brushing his skin to activate nerves for hours daily, doing leg exercises, massaging and Physical therapy. His brother Asim was the perfect example and Micah took steps at 2 and a half years old without assistance. Now you cant stop him. I would say we are a family of Hero's for our self's and for other kids who have rough starts.
DOES FAITH PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR FAMILY? IF YES OR NO, PLEASE EXPLAIN.
We believe in God but we are not religious. When the boys were younger they would go to church with their grandmother and the church always prayed over the boys so maybe that made a difference in their outcome. I'm not sure. The boys pray at meals in Arabic because they are in Islamic daycare but I was raised Christian and my family is Christian. I think its important that the boys learn about all religions.
ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THAT YOUR FAMILY FACES THAT YOU FEEL ARE DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAMILIES?
Since Micah does have the brain injury that he sustained on the NICU there have been some challenges his walking, which he overcame and his vision was affected which does cause some learning delays. Being a single mom with a special needs kids is challenging in itself. There are lots of doctors appointments, therapy appointments, specialists appointments which gets complicated because I work full time. Also the balance between Asim who is normal functioning and "why does Micah get so much attention". So there is a challenge with making sure both feel love equally.
WHAT BRINGS GREAT JOY TO YOUR FAMILY?
We play A LOT! The boys enjoy going to the park and running around outside. We travel, the boys like taking rides to TN to visit family.
WHAT IS A WORD, QUOTE, PASSAGE, VERSE OR SAYING THAT DESCRIBES YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
A Work in Progress