Today is the first day of Ramadan - the kids and I will fast from 4:46 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Adam will probably have something to eat and drink before his tennis lesson at 4 this afternoon, Nadia too if she feels she needs it, but the rest will break their fast in the Mosque this evening. Today they were allowed to sleep in, but most days when we get up to eat a small breakfast at 4:30, we will stay up, do school for the day, and probably nap in the afternoon. Ramadan in the summer is certainly hard, but that gnawing feeling inside that will come later in the day, reminds us of those that have that feeling everyday of every month, and hopefully makes us more mindful of those that aren't as blessed as we are and share with them our worldly goods.
If you are interested in locating the exact times of Fajr (when the sky first begins to lighten) and Maghrib (when the sun sets below the horizon - these are the fasting times) - you can find your exact times at IslamicFinder.org
While catching up on my emails this morning, I came acrossed a wonderful post - Leaner is Better I encourage everyone who is trying to lose weight and become fitter, to read this post. It's short, to the point, and makes a ton of sense.