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 know a couple families whose kids recently called it the best place ever, so we…

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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 sweet, peaceful, and exciting – just what we needed.   But when we got back…

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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 of time and effort on it, and really loved what we came up with. We…

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A Simple List

Not long ago, I was starting to feel really bad about not accomplishing enough of the things I know are really important. Now, I do a lot in a given day (I won’t bore you with the details), but even so, there had been some things I just couldn’t fit in that kept coming up…

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A Full Plate

I think I am a “too much on my plate” kind of person. Is that crazy to say? I have been thinking about it, and even though people I care about tell me I do too much and need to slow down, I just can’t imagine myself ever doing that. I love to be busy,…

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I’m talkin’ in my sleep about YOU

There are some very special people in my life who I love with my whole soul. One such person is my beloved Nana, Lois Jordan. Today, she turns 77 years young, and I want to express my appreciation and love for her today. When I was growing up, one of my very favorite places to…

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I Love Primary Children

There are a lot of things that set my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, apart from other churches. One big one is that our church congregations are run by its members. We do not hire our spiritual leaders, teachers, choristers, custodians, pianists, etc. The members are asked to, or called, to do…

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A Tribute to My First Born

Casey, you are 11 years old now, and as I have observed your actions lately with admiration, I wish to honor you with a tribute. Are you always the perfect son? No, but I am not always the perfect mother, and nobody’s perfect. You and I both know where we need to improve, but that…

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2015 with the Al-Bjalys

I am 100% sure I am missing things, but I did my best! Here is how 2015 went for the Al-Bjaly family! School: On April 17, Casey got to go on a big field trip to the beach. His favorite part was being at the beach. 😉 Casey graduated from fourth grade June 12 and…

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By Small and Simple Things

But in the right hands…in God’s hands…everything small becomes magnified. – JadaKaye My friend’s words make me tear up every time I read them. Her words are true. In her statement, Jada was specifically talking about the content of an inspirational documentary on BYUTV called “Turning Point.” She said that the show mesmerized her:  “The thing…

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