My story

The pursuit of downshifting
I had dedicated much of my adult life to building a career in art history and management, but deep down in my heart, I knew that I wanted something more... Perhaps, having grown older and maybe a bit wiser, I desired nothing more than to take better care of my family and myself. It wasn't easy to leave behind a career that I had built for more than a decade, nor the security of a stable income. Like other couples, we had (and still have) financial commitments and concerns.

However, during the Holy month of Ramadan in 2013, when I was 37 years old, something shifted within me. I felt confident that the time had come for me to leave my career behind. With prayers and support from my family, I followed my heart and became a stay at home mum. Not long after tendering my resignation, I found out that I was pregnant! This was a huge surprise, as we had been hoping for a second child for ten years.

Big brother excited by adline✿makes
Amir is super excited to
become a big brother. 

God's divine plan
Our second child was due on 18 June 2014, but in my 30th week of pregnancy, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which is a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication. After a long stay at the hospital, I gave birth to a little angel named Arif Rizqi, via emergency c-section on 30 April 2014. Arif was born prematurely at 33 weeks and weighed just 1.36 kg at birth. After staying at the Neonatal ICU for nearly a month, we were finally able to bring him home on 27 May 2014.

Holding Arif for the first time, when he reached 1.5kg :)

Autism: Hope and devotion
On 12 October 2016, a day after my husband's 40th birthday, Arif was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then, we've embarked on what I like to think of as a journey of hope and devotion. 

Arif's autism diagnosis.

The circumstances surrounding the arrival of my second child and his diagnosis have taught me many valuable lessons, particularly in not taking things for granted. I now have a better appreciation of God’s divine plan and I place my faith in Him. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading my story. I hope you have a great day, take care!

Yours sincerely,
Adline A. Ghani a.k.a. Adline Writes

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