Happy New Year!

Wow! How time flies! Another year has passed and we’re waving goodbye to 2018 and saying hello to 2019, the New Year!

As I’ve said before, I don’t believe in setting New Year’s Resolutions because we should be setting ourselves new goals every day to try and improve ourselves, not just at the New Year. So instead of sharing  my New Year’s Resolution with all of you, I’d like to take a moment and reflect on 2018 and all the brilliant things in it!

2018 was my last year at primary school, and leaving the school, I also said goodbye to my friends! The last day was quite emotional, and I must admit, I was feeling pretty sad myself. On the last day, all the Year 6’s put on a big performance, as kind of a celebration of our time there. Being in Year 6 was – put simply – SUPER FUN, and 2018 may well have been my best year of primary school, and one I will never forget!

But with the departing old things came the arrival of new, amazing things! Leaving primary school meant that it was time for me to join secondary school – probably the best gift bestowed on me from God! I was blessed to have the chance to attend King Edward’s School! I was over the moon when I found out the news, and so was the rest of the family. Wednesday 5th September 2018 was my very first day at KES, and ever since then, for the past 4 months, it has been an amazing experience! I hope it will continue to be as enjoyable for the rest of my life at KES!

So yes, I would say that 2018 has been a very memorable year indeed, and I thank God for all the blessings he showered me with. I pray that in the New Year, God doesn’t just bless me, but every one of us, and I pray that he lets those less fortunate than us have a prosperous 2019. And remember, always try to be a better person than you were yesterday, and set yourself new goals every day, however little they may be!

Have a PAWSOME 2019!

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.

– Brad Paisley 

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…HELLO 2018!

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2017 has passed, and as it steps off the stage, 2018 greets us warmly by the hand! At the start of every year, people set ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, their own personal goals that they wish to achieve in the year. From my humble point of view, I personally think it is more like a trend that everyone is taking part in to be the same as others, and after a few days, they will forget everything! Don’t you think life resolutions should come more regularly than once a year? I believe we should be setting our own personal goals everyday, not waiting a whole year to choose them and working on them for another year to achieve only a few of them! Some of the most popular resolutions are:

  • Go to bed early
  • Spend time with family
  • Reduce TV time
  • Read more books

These are almost never stuck to – and they’re things we should be doing every day! Don’t you think that our resolutions are mostly too self-centred? I feel they are quite selfish as we are mostly thinking about ourselves, and not the other people who have helped us a lot, or who are in need! So, this year, why not break the stereotypical trend and put our faith in God to help us achieve what we want. Whilst we help others and continue what we are already doing, doubling the effort, God always has the best plan for us, and if we do good things, we will surely be rewarded in return!

To start the New Year, I pray to God to put my parents on the top of His list for 2018 so I can continue making them happy as they are my main priority in life. How I will do this is:

  • To keep on being a good son to Mrs Mom and Mr Dad every day so I can be able to make them proud and give them what they deserve in return for their love towards me
  • To continue setting a good example to Fatimah and Ali and help them to do the same

I have full faith in God that He has the best plan for me because no matter how much trials I am put through in life, things always work out perfectly in the end with His countless blessings! He is indeed Al-Wahhab (The Supreme Bestower) as He has continuously gifted us no matter what!

And one thing we can all do to start the year on a good note is to give out to those who give to us, starting at home. Surprise our parents by doing something small around the house! Keep a good attitude and volunteer to help our parents. Don’t think of household tasks as chores where we’re wanting a reward in return, think of them as our responsibility as a member of the family. Of course, always be kind to our siblings too and avoid jealousy, or arguments – after all, siblings are some of God’s greatest gifts! Then reach out to the outside world, like the neighbours, and maybe even local community! From small things, like a smile, to big things, like donating money for a good cause, and all the stuff in between, everything can help and each little thing counts towards a better future! So, come on! If each and every one of us does this, then TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

p/s: …HELLO 2018!

Goodbye, 2017…

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It’s the end of the year, and the time has come to say goodbye to 2017! We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been part of our 2017journey! We deeply appreciate the great amount of support you have given to us and we personally thank each and every one of you who has helped us and shown kindness to us! May God bless all of you and your families!

Above all, we thank God for the countless blessings bestowed on us, not only in this year, but throughout our lives! He truly is Al-Wahhab – The Supreme Bestower – as He has continuously gifted us no matter what! We are also grateful for not only the blessings, but the trials God has put us through as we have gotten through them together as one family, and they have empowered us to be strong.

This year has been PAWSOME! It has been filled with amazing experiences with the family, welcome challenges and eternal blessings and gifts, all thanks to the mercy and kindness of God! There have been many achievements, special occasions and joyous memories shared! It has all enriched us and filled our lives with even more happiness! Like other normal families, we’ve had our ups and downs on the rollercoaster of life, but even though we’ve been tested big-time due to Mrs Mom’s health, we had faith in God and with His blessings, we managed to pull through.

However, just because 2017 has ended doesn’t mean it is the end – InshaAllah it will mean the start of another great year!

p/s: Goodbye, 2017

Written by Omar Mukhtar
@thepawsomelion 🦁
On behalf of The Family!
Sunday, 31st December 2017
Birmingham 🇬🇧

A Piece Of Cake: The Box in the Window-Part 6!

How’s it goin’ pawsome peeps! Since it’s the New Year, I’ve decided to treat you with Part 6 of The Box in the Window! Here it is…

“The Box in the Window-Part 6”

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The room was shadowy and was only lit up by the light from the door.

“Have they gone?” asked Elizabeth, panting like a dog.

“I think so.” replied Benjamin.

All of a sudden, the door behind them closed by itself. Maria squealed as it hit the wall with a thundering thump.

“What was that?” quizzed Maria.

“I’m not sure.” said Benjamin, switching on the light. “Probably just the wind!”

The dim light revealed only a mouldy window, a table with old pictures on it and a strange looking box.

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“Hey, isn’t that the same box the djinn was in?” said Elizabeth, pointing at the box.

“Wait a second, you’re right! That is!” said Maria.

“So that’s what closed the door!” said Benjamin.

Then, the box started to quake and vibrate. It made a buzzing sound on the table.

“What’s it doing now?” said Elizabeth.

” It appears to be making a blackhole and that’s not good!” exclaimed Benjamin.

“What? There’s always something fishy going on in this place!” said Maria.

The black hole was red and purple with a round pitch-black hole in the middle. Inside the hole was a long, thin, blue line of smoke that glowed and blinded Elizabeth’s, Maria’s and Benjamin’s eyes.

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“Take cover!” shouted Benjamin as they got sucked into the black hole.

To Be Continued…

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Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016!

 

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My family’s life has been a long rollercoaster ride since 2013! It all started when Mrs Mom got so ill that she had to give up her job. Both me and Mr Dad witnessed how hard it was for her to let go of all the years of her hard work. I can still picture the solemn look on her face when it was her last day. As she was leaving her office, I don’t know how it got out of me but I turned around and said to her, “Don’t worry Mrs Mom! Try and look at it from the brighter side! At least you can spend more time with the family and cook us lots of tastylicious food every day!”

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As we bid farewell to 2013, we were hoping that 2014 would be a better year for all of us. But, it got worse towards the end of 2014 when this time, Mr Dad got extremely ill. Well, we don’t notice it but time flies and we didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to 2014 and we had to welcome 2015 in sorrow.

We kicked off the year of 2015 with a big turn in our life. We had to leave the house we called ‘home’ for more than 10 years! That means that I too had to leave all of my beloved friends and school behind. Just imagine a new house, new neighbourhood, new environment, new school, new friends, new teachers and new everything! But, that’s life! It needs a lot of sacrifices! Like how Mrs Mom sacrificed her job and all those sacrifices Mr Dad made for all of us, the same way, I had to sacrifice my friends and school.

Although 2015 didn’t start very well, things have finally caught up. We might not always know what God has in store for us! One thing for sure is that He always rewards you when you are patient! For my family, the greatest highlight of 2014 would definitely be the new addition to our family which was the arrival of Little Miss Diva! Then, we were blessed once again by the latest addition in our family, the arrival of Baby A in 2015! No matter how big the obstacles we had to face were, God never failed to treat us, just like how He sent Little Miss Diva and Baby A into our lives!

Life is like a wheel, sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down! You can dream big but never put your expectations too high! Sometimes in life, you do need to sacrifice something for the sake of your family! No matter what, as long as we stick together as a family, nothing can ever bring us down! We should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING!

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Today, I am glad that Mrs Mom decided to leave her job because it surely paid off. With her experience and expertise, she has opened up a lot of new doors for me! We definitely make a good team because when we put our heads together, we could definitely rock the world! 😀 I’m also glad that we’ve all supported Mr Dad’s decision of moving to a new place because it has brought us more opportunities and it’s just getting better and better. Last but not least, my sacrificed has also turned out to be fruitful because I am enjoying my new school and it has been pretty remarkable so far packed with excellent achievements! It seems like God has planned everything perfectly for all of us!!

As I’m writing, it’s exactly 10 more minutes till I have to wave goodbye to 2015 and say hello to 2016! Thank you 2015 for all the challenges that have made me grow wiser. I am looking forward to face 2016! Maybe it might be a year filled with brilliant surprises! Who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see… Thank you to all my family and friends that have helped make my life worth living!! Without all of you, I wouldn’t be The Pawsome Lion!!!

p/s: Happy New Year 2016!

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