When I first set the intention to spend 16 Nov with the children in Batam, it was meant to be a personal, near-spiritual trip, and was to be with just my brother & mother. But when the idea of the charity bake sale & donation drive came to light, things changed and took on a life of its own. People weren’t supposed to know it was my birthday because I wanted the focus to be on the kids & their own personal experiences, but I truly am surrounded by amazing people. For the first time in my life, I had a legit birthday surprise which totally blew me (& most of the participants) away.
Verily, for everything that has been taken away from me, Allah has blessed me with much much much more. Alhamdulillah.
More reflections up soon, when I’m back! 🙂