It has been almost a year after my last post. Gosh, that is awhile.
At that point in my life, I was readjusting my schedule since Auni was born. I decided i needed to cut out the unneccessary frills from my already too hectic life, so I can concentrate on things that matter most to me. Since I had taken an early maternity leave beginning April 2011, October marks the start of my crazy make-up time with my work. And my emotional roller coaster ride in my love-hate relationship with my PhD research.
Once I had gotten my Internal Evaluation out of the way and confirmed the sufficiency of my data, we returned to Malaysia. We were living with my aunt by that time, as I have passed my 42 months mark with my sponsors, so we did not get any family allowance after that. It was such a relief to be back just to be back on your feet again, and in a blink of an eye, 4 months have passed.
At the moment I am working towards the finishing line, while facing even greater challenges than I have known throughout the journey. Beloved hubby is working several thousand miles away and will only be back in December, and its just me & the kiddies at home. I have never missed anyone so much my entire life, and I feel a pang of sadness whenever our kids achieve a milestone that I know he’ll be proud of.
May Allah have mercy, and gives me strength to carry on my quest for a PhD. Ameen.