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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Cheer for the Home Team

I recently mused: A house is a roof over your head, but a home is so much more. To me, home is a very special word. It indicates a place of belonging, a place of love, a place of safety, a place of sacrifice, and a place of peace. A house is something you build…

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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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A tribute to my siblings

I am the oldest of four. My brother, Aaron, is two years and two months younger than me, and my other brother, Mark, is five years and two months younger. My only sister, Mariah, is eight years and 10 months younger than me.  My relationships with each of them have ebbed and flowed over time….

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This is how we do it.

I took the boys to the library last Monday night. I don’t usually look forward to it because Kamren always opens the elevator, he and Rigel try to run upstairs, and one or both run in the aisles. When in line to check out, Rigel was trying to touch the big screen. I asked him to stop, and…

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