God Bless America, My Home Sweet Home?

Home sweet home is what America is called in this familiar, beautiful, patriotic song. But, sweet isn’t the word I would use to describe it, at least based on the words and behaviors of many of my fellow Americans. I must ask you with all respect to please stop. Stop the judging. Stop the hating. Stop the arguing. Stop…

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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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The Al-Bjalys in Disney World

Remember how we won a trip to Disney World? Well, February 29-March 6, 2016 was the week we got to visit the Happiest Place on Earth. Here is how it all went down: Monday – Traveling to Orlando! The magic started early – right after we checked our bags, in fact. As we turned around to ride…

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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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Matching My Inside

I must be crazy. I am a super busy mother of three, with a husband, a house to keep in order, a church I worship in and provide service to, a blog I love, books to read and book reviews to write, an aspiration to write my own book, and more. Phew. That is a lot of…

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7 clues that your terrible relationship could be your fault

This is the version I submitted to Family Share before it was re-edited and published on their site. See which one you like better: Sometimes in a dating or marriage relationship, the commitment and happiness decline, and the relationship goes terribly south. When this happens to you, you wonder where the problems lie, and who…

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It isn’t easy being green…with envy

Nobody wants to be accused of being envious, especially when it is true. I have often battled with this monster, and often I have given in. I have submerged my mind in bitterness, inadequacy, and irrationality. It is next to impossible to be true friends with someone whose skills, talents, looks, and achievements you envy….

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