More than just Terms of Endearment

Casey, Rigel, and Kamren, you mean more to me than I could ever express to you. You are the boys that Heavenly Father saw fit to send to me. You made me a mother, and I want you to know that I am your biggest fan, and that I see the divine worth and potential…

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The Enemy

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44). “Lord, this is too hard,” many of you may say when you read those verses. It seems for believers, that there are more enemies than allies in this world. We are berated with hateful comments about our…

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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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Choose to Be a Gift Giver

Fear. Frustration. Depression. Fury. Loneliness. We feel a lot of those feelings in today’s world: Fear for our safety, and that of our families and friends. Frustration at the blame games, racism, arguments, persecution, name calling, and lies of those around us, including our leaders. Depression over the repercussions of wicked choices in this world….

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Love for Messiah

Sometimes I say “yes” to too many things, and regret it later. There was one thing I said “yes” to recently, though, that became a huge blessing in my life. After hearing about it from my Bishop one Sunday, I decided to join the Mebane Community Choir and sing in its 25th annual performance of…

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Murmurings and Medicine

Jad and I were very worried about Rigel Tuesday morning. He had a lot of swelling, discoloration, and pain on a sensitive part of his body. We strongly felt that we needed to take him to the doctor. When we got there, I was unpleasantly surprised to find that I had to pay $100 for…

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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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The Boy Who Played the Piano

There once was a teenage boy who was kind, friendly, funny, and very musically talented. He spent most of his social time with girls because they were nice to him. When around boys his age, though, he smiled less, and wished to be alone. So, he often took refuge at the piano. Most who saw…

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Because I know what’s best for you

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I was home with my two little ones by myself one night, and my 4-year-old was winning a debate at the dinner table. He was refusing to eat his dinner, no matter what bribes – or threats – I threw out. In desperation, I finally screamed out: “I’m in charge…

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