Meet the Families

David and Danielle:

Hey-o! We're happily married for 2.5 months and still going strong. :) We're living in Boston, where David's going to school and Danielle's teaching piano. We feel very blessed.

Mark and Lisa Sabey:

We've recently become empty-nesters. At first, it was hard, but we're getting used to it now. We love seeing pictures of our first grandbaby, and staying connected with our kids. We are planning all sorts of shenanigans, now that our kids no longer claim so much of our time and money.

Mike and Deanna Messina:

We live in Nevada, which means that when you all complain about the cold weather, we're probably sitting pretty in the sun. We may even be out enjoying a day of water-skiing on Lake Mead, while everyone else is enjoying their four seasons.

Brian and Dia:

We're new parents of a darling baby. We call her Zina. Brian is in Law School, and Dia teaches at the MTC and floods Facebook with adorable pictures of Zina. Who doesn't like seeing cute babies?

Josh and Sarah:

Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play? We do! We also enjoy fin de si├Ęcle American literature, and our favorite lit crit theory is probably related to object-oriented ontology, with an emphasis on food studies. 

Sarah Dawn:

Hey-o! David and Danielle stole my greeting. Just saying. Also, I am a master pianist. Literally. I'm getting my MM (Master of Music). And I am in the LDSSA presidency at the U of U.


Hey all, I am Matt Sabey, one of the Sabey clan and room mate of James Messina!
I am 23 and am loving my junior year at BYU, I look forward to being on a soccer team with three of my brothers, but prefer tennis, racquetball and basketball to soccer. Ya, I just said that, kinda taboo around this family...oops. I am majoring in Economics and Chinese and am enjoying both subjects. I served my mission for our church in Taiwan, and have been to China three times. I twist balloon animals for my living, and love it. I love talking to people, friends or strangers, but love talking with family most. I am the oldest single guy in our family if we excludes Ali, an kinda adopted Iraqi brother to our family. So ya, pressure is on for me. Watch out ladies, here I come! Well that is some basic information about me. Any questions or things I left out?


Hi, I’m James Messina. I was born in St. Louis, MO, delivered by Dr. Applebaum (I guess that’s irrelevant – I just like the name). I grew up in Henderson, NV graduating from Coronado High School as Valedictorian. Slightly embarrassing, and definitely in the moment, was the fact that I rapped at my high school graduation ceremony (My rapping is not as gangster as it is simply funny – a white boy trying to be cool.) Unfortunately, when I came to Brigham Young University, I realized that I was surrounded by a whole lot of smart, capable people and that I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was. I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denver, CO, as a Spanish-speaking missionary. Now I’m back at BYU studying Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Part of what got me interested in entrepreneurship was my books. About January of 2014 I started writing and illustrating children’s books. Not having been published, I’ve begun my own business of selling them. I call it Marker Kid Children’s Books. My website ( includes the books themselves, coloring pages, and a video sequence of “Story Time with James” where we read the books and draw characters from the books step by step. Well, that’s me. Check out my profile at

Rachel and Brook:

Hey guys! We're professional ballroom dancers, and are kind of a pretty big deal. We get gigs all over the USA, and are highly sought-after coaches and performers. Also, we are food connoisseurs. For example, Rachel made a Fall Harvest Salad with steamed kale, farro sauteed with garlic and shallo, pecans, cranberries, butternut squash, beets, honey crisp apple, and balsamic dijon dressing. Yum.


Hey guys! So my name is Emily Messina. I’m 18 years old and am living at Heritage Halls at BYU-provo. I love it up here and am making so many good friends. Although undecided in a major I feel that Civil Engineering could be a good fit for me and I’m excited to press forward in that direction with faith that it will all work out for the better! I love my family and the Sabey/Blair family is awesome too. I love to play the piano like my older sisters even though they are way better at it. I also love to paint in my free time and cook great food. My family calls me Rachael Ray because I enjoy looking up recipes on-line and making them with my mother. When you put her skills and wisdom with my courage to try something new together you get a mother-daughter tag team. I sang in choir all throughout high school and Madrigals my senior year which was a complete BLAST! I loved it so much that I decided to audition for Women’s Chorus at BYU. I made it in and already had my first concert and love it even more. We sound glorious, almost like the Tabernacle Choir and Sister Appolonie, our conductor, is super cute. I love peanut butter ice cream and and mad dance parties. Not to brag or anything but I’ve got some moves! Haha…Anyway, I love life right now and am happy with where I am and where I’m going. In conclusion, my favorite quote is “The surest way to peace and happiness in this life and the life to come is to serve the Lord today and every day!” I know that if we put the Lord first and serve his children on this Earth then we will truly find joy in our lives. I love you all!


So, I met this girl at BYU, and turns out she's my brother's sister-in-law. Crazy, huh? I'm basically a chick-magnet, which is a blessing and a curse. More details to follow. 


Need I say more? Okay, I will. I play ping-pong. And varsity volleyball. And I save people who are drowning in the local swimming pool. And I have many secret admirers. And I memorized the prologue to the Canterbury Tales. What now?

Rachel Marie:

Hi guys. I'm really nice and cute and popular. But not popular in a bad way. I just try to be really nice, so I guess people like me. If you need a friend, I'll be your friend. And I am not 16 old years yet, so I am not dateable. I hope that doesn't hurt your feelings too badly. 

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