Making Life a Bliss Complete

Honest and heartfelt stories and lessons about home, family, love, faith, and personal growth.

Author Archive: Mandy Al-Bjaly

I am from Chesterfield, VA, but consider myself a North Carolinian now. I am a mother of three boys and one daughter, all so different, but full of love for each other. I love my family with all of my heart. My husband is my best friend and we love seeing each other grow and succeed. He, my children, and my extended family are the most important things to me other than the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to stay busy, and life is never boring. I have a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Utah University in Interpersonal Communication, with a minor in English Literature. For hobbies, I love to sing, act, play the piano, bake, cook, spend time with friends and family, go shopping, read, write, dance, and even edit other people's grammar. I also find so much joy in sharing my testimony of Christ with others through word and deed, particularly through social media. That is one of the reasons why I started a blog!

Of Race and Words

Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, I Don’t See Color, White Privilege… These are just words, phrases. Yet, they elicit a strong response in most of us, and probably in different ways for different reasons. Assumptions are…
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Granddad’s Organ Miracle

I was going through old papers on my desk today, and I was so happy to come across the story my Granddad told about the Washington, DC Temple Dedication in 1974. I read it, and tears came to my eyes….
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One Roadtrip, Four Ways to Use the Potty

Since we have been at home so much due to the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, I thought it would be an awesome idea for us to take the kids on a little road trip to Troutman, NC to visit Zootastic. We…
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The Dandelion

A little girl bent down to pick a dandelion to give to her mother. “Oh, don’t pick me,” the dandelion said. “I’m just a weed. To honor your mother, you need to pick a beautiful flower, like a rose.” “But…
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A New Hat I Feel Called to Wear

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, every six months, we have a conference led by the leaders of our church. The messages are meant to inspire us to learn and be better followers of Jesus Christ. All…
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The New Normal (For Now)

Early this month, from March 5-8, Jad and I went to Asheville, NC to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was wonderful to go out and do exactly what we wanted and spend lots of time together, mostly stress-free. It was…
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Try Something New – Stretch Yourself

I’m turning 36 this year, and I have had some sort of an awakening recently – there are a lot of things I have never done and don’t know how to do that would be super cool to learn about…
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Goodbye, PB and Apple Jelly!

You know the end of the story based on the title, but let me start at the beginning: Back in October 2017, Jad and I excitedly and proudly opened our e-commerce store, PB and Apple Jelly. We had spent tons…
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Lessons from Watching Elena of Avalor

My daughter’s favorite show is currently Elena of Avalor. I don’t blame her – it’s funny, has some really interesting characters and stories, has catchy songs, and also teaches some really awesome life lessons. All of my boys even like…
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Misjudging

Have you ever misjudged someone? I have. I am thinking about it a lot right now. For much of this school year, I have been so very concerned and upset about one of my kids’ teachers. I have contacted the…
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