Monday, April 30, 2012

My Story part 1


My Story 

As a young girl I often dreamed of the day I would meet that "special man", I would look at my mother's wedding photos for hours and admire her beautiful wedding ring. I loved reading books where the princess fell in love, and a cute romantic story always got an "awwwwwwwww" out of me! I loved doll houses, and loved having my little doll family. I wanted to someday meet a guy, fall in love, get married and have a family too. 

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My world changed when I became 15 and suddenly realized that I wasn't as thin as most of my friends. I began to feel very uncomfortable about me and who I was. The slow weight gain had started when I was 13 but I never realized something was "wrong" with me until the age of 15. 

In my mind if I wasn't thin, I wasn't beautiful, and if I wasn't beautiful guy would ever have any interest in me. With that idea in mind I panicked and tried to lose weight. With my mom's encouragement and help I did lose some weight, but I would hit a point where I wouldn't lose any more weight for weeks and weeks. I would get discouraged, frustrated and give up. It was a vicious cycle.

During my teen years I actually had very little interest in guys. Most of the boys my age were.... let's say very immature. Not what I was looking for at all. I had an idea of what I desired- I wanted a steady, godly man with a great sense of humor. Add a laid-back, down-to-earth mentality and that was "perfection"in my mind! 
I knew what I wanted, but I was scared to death that I wasn't pretty enough to catch a guy's eye. 


In the summer of 2007 things in my life started to change. I was fresh out of high school and had signed up for a Summer Missionary training program. I was so excited! A whole summer of learning how to teach the Bible to kids and time with other teens my age was awesome! What could possibly go wrong?? 

There are many things we never "prepare" or plan for as a teen..... Crushes being one of them. 
Yes, little old me who thought that all teen boys were immature experienced a crush. 
Unlike the other guys my age, this particular young man was more mature, he wanted to serve God with his life, he was funny and down to earth. It was the first time I had ever met a guy like that. I started trying to get to know him better and become his friend. 

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 And this was more then just a "crush" to me. There was more at stake. 
I was plagued with feelings that my looks would keep me from finding a guy. I was hoping beyond hope that this guy might like me back, even if I wasn't as pretty and thin as other girls. I was hoping that maybe he would like me regardless. 

As the summer months passed my crush turned into an obsession with this guy, even though I hadn't seen any definite return of my feelings. I wanted him to like me, I NEEDED him to like me. 

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With the start of fall my parents told me that I was to cut off any communication with this boy and move on. He was not showing any return of feelings for me, along with other problems. I was devastated. 

He didn't like me, he had never liked me.... 
Was the fact that I wasn't as thin as other girls going to ruin any chances to get a guy? My heart ached from the desire to be loved someday... was it never going to happen?


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Smile!! It's free and makes you simply Gorgeous!! 

Due to a very very busy week You will all have to wait until Monday for the next part to Tale of the Four Brides.  Sorry!! 

God bless, 
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Yesse's Story part 3


"The Perfect Man"
By Yessenia S.

 I know that the time apart was needful for Kris and I. I sometimes wish that period of time was not part of our story, but there it is. For myself, I was starting to put Kris above other things. That should not have been. It was honestly a wakeup call. That was my time to get closer to my Savior and to learn patience. (I hate waiting.)

I claimed Psalm 27:14 as my verse. “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” 
I really had to do it. I did not know if we would ever be together again. It was not my job to worry about it. It was my job to wait and to trust. I continued to pray for him and us. I wanted us to be together again.

On January 17, 2011, God answered prayer. 
We were allowed to officially talk again. We had gotten a second chance. The Lord was merciful! “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (Lamentation 3:25) We still struggled.
 Once a kiss has transpired it’s difficult to not seek after another one. Throughout that year and the next, Kris and I continued to struggle. That summer after my sophomore year (Kris’ Junior Year) I decided that I was going to commute for my junior year. There was no way I could live in the dorm. The temptation was still too great.

We made it through that year as well, not without some difficulties, but the Lord was merciful to us. On May 3, 2011 (my parents anniversary) Kris proposed to me in Boston! 

    It was wonderful to know that this man, the first man I had every dated, was going to be my husband! That filled me with such joy! The Lord allowed that prayer and commitment that I had made to come true!!!    

As of October 14, 2011 we started another beginning, that of marriage.

Ours is a story of second chances and new beginnings. When I think of us, I think of Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is they faithfulness.” 

He is faithful and merciful. He saw us through many joys and sorrows, and gave us a second chance to grow in Him and love each other more. 

 It is exciting to see what the Lord has in store for us next. 

Only by His grace, 
Mrs. Yessenia S. 

Yesse and her husband Kris are now living in RI, faithfully serving the Lord in their local church. 
I have known Yesse for many years, and I have never met someone so bubbly and enthusiastic as she is! 

If Yesse's story touched you, please be sure to leave a comment! She doesn't have her own blog (...yet, lol)
but I can email your comments to her! 

God bless, 
(p.s. My story next!!)

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Elijah is here!!

Guess what everyone?

Baby Elijah is finally here! 
He was born sometime before 3am Tuesday morning!

I'm so happy for Katy and her husband Jason!!

Visit Katy here at 
Thankyou to all who prayed for her delivery!

Congratulations Katy and Jason!! 
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Yesse's Story part 2


"The Perfect Man"
By Yessenia S.
Part 2

Through it all, August of 2008 was a whirlwind month. After a summer of struggling with what to do, whether to stick with the tech institute, or quit, I called Dr. B.- (the vice president of NEBC) and asked him if it was too late to attend the school. He said no, and a week later I was at registration. I was not financially prepared (I cried when I saw the bill), but I knew I had done the right thing. I was where God had wanted me to be.

At first I commuted, and then in September I moved into the dorms. I was adjusting, making friends, getting work done, and of course, working. One day, in October, I was outside on the picnic tables reading my history homework, and a guy eating a bagel came over to me.
He introduced himself as Kris. 
We talked for a bit, walked over to lunch, and parted ways. 

That Saturday I went to the nursing home with a few of the girls. Kris was there as he was one of the guys who went regularly. We began talking again. After coming back from the nursing home we hung out together the rest of the day until we both went to work. Throughout that month we continued to talk and spend time together. It wasn’t until a month later, after I had returned from choir tour, that I found a letter on my pillow. It was a letter from Kris telling me as he put it “I take a special interest in you!”


 He liked me!!!
 I couldn’t believe it!
 I returned at about two in the morning. I couldn’t get to sleep that night. I kept grinning from ear to ear. Here was the first man who ever took a serious interest in me. Remember that list I told you about? Kris had met every requirement. (He even had green eyes ;)!) But more importantly he loved his Savior. He wanted to serve Him with his whole life. That was the biggest characteristic that attracted me to Kristopher.

As the semester progressed I continued to lay the whole situation in prayer. I did not want to be caught up in the thrill of someone taking an interest in me. Also, he had been in a serious relationship that had ended that summer. I did not want to be his “rebound.”  

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Throughout that school year and through the summer we continued to talk. I made sure my parents were aware of it all and my mom also kept everything in prayer. I had accountability. Things continued to go well in our relationship. We never had starting date for our relationship. I guess it was just understood for us.

 Anyway, the next semester came. Spiritually, I was not doing very well. I had a great summer, but as soon as I returned to school, it became difficult to do my devotions every day. I had a 7 o’clock class every day that semester, and was working to pay off the bill. I began to allow my thoughts to wonder about the physical aspect of relationships. Kris and I had not kissed. We had shared one hug after school let out for the year, and that was all.

 But I began to wonder what a kiss would feel like, a hug, just a small touch. The more we think the more we allow that thought or desire to take root. And in me, it definitely did.

 On November 8, 2009, I had my first kiss. I had wanted to save my first kiss for my wedding day, but it did not happen. I gave in to temptation, and I had allowed myself to become spiritually weak. 
That same week Kris and I got in trouble. We had both worked past curfew and had decided to meet up again. We stayed out till after midnight. I could not tell you why I did such a stupid move. There was kissing involved, but mainly we just held each other and talked. I had good friends who worried about me. My phone was kept on silent and when I looked at it, I had about twelve missed calls. When we parted I came upon one of the RA’s, in the parking lot, who was looking for us. He was on the phone with one of the teachers. At that moment I knew it was the end.

The next day was Friday, November 13. It was probably one of the worst days of my life. It was rainy, gray and cold outside. I had called my parents and told them what had happened. They immediately pulled me out of school. This may seem a little drastic to some, seeing as I was 19, but they are still my parents. They only wanted to do what was best for me. Needless, to say that whole week was awful. I was no longer allowed to have any communication whatsoever with him. At that point I did not know if I was ever going to be able to talk to him again.

To Be Continued...

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Yesse's Story part 1


"The Perfect Man"
By Yessenia S.

In March of 1998, at the age of eight years old, I asked Jesus to come into my heart. My parents had moved to little Rockville, CT in December and in the apartment right above us lived the pastor of a small church. He had invited my parents numerous times to church and it was not until March that we finally visited. My mom, who had received Christ when she was ten, rededicated her life to the Lord, and my dad became a Christian. After that month, our lives changed dramatically. 

As the years went by our small church closed its doors and in the summer of 2005 I began attending Central Baptist Church. I had attended a Christian school for a few years and was homeschooled the last three years of high school. 

I was never the type of girl who acquired much attention from the males. Which was completely fine, but at the same time (I’m sure most girls feel this way) I dreamed of one day being loved by someone and getting married.

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 I love watching Disney princess movies, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Erye, etc; basically all of those hopeless romantic movies. But at the age of fourteen I decided that the first guy that I dated/courted was going to be the one I married. I had read “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris, and had read the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. These books changed my mindset about the whole “dating game.” I kept to my commitment, but I was still (and am) a romantic. I dreamed of what I wanted him to be like and look like. I took a page out of one of my notebooks and compiled a list of what I wanted my perfect man to be. I started praying about it, and made sure I prayed the whole list specifically.

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Now let’s fast forward a bit. I never had a boyfriend, I had a few crushes here and there, and no one interested. This was okay because at the age of 18, I was pretty sure that I had my life all figured out. Sure, I still dreamed and prayed about my perfect man, but that was no longer priority. I was going to go to a Christian college in the Midwest and leave the state of Connecticut. I was going to become a nurse, care for people, and yet at the same time, make good money. I worked hard, received good grades, and yet by graduation, I still had not put an application in for the college I wanted to go to. 

Instead, in June, I found myself in a recruiting office at a local tech institute. I should probably mention something very significant. That spring my church held its yearly Bible conference. Although the theme was about our Baptist heritage, God was dealing with me about something entirely different. At that time, with graduation inching closer, I knew God wanted me to serve him with my entire life. He wanted me completely surrendered.

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 The way I saw it, if these people from the past were able to give their all to God, and stand up for being a Baptist, which cost them their life, why couldn’t I give my life to Christ. Throughout my teen years I struggled with handing over my future to the Lord. It was MY future. As I was contemplating colleges, my mom asked me about attending NEBC. My thoughts, ABSOLUTELY NOT! The whole point was to leave and try to make it out on my own. I remember her saying distinctly to me, “I don’t know Yesse, I just know you should go… You might meet your future husband there.”

Obviously my mom did not understand my history with boys; which is to say, there was no history.

 But at the time of my senior year in school, I was completely career driven and did not think of boyfriends. I had decided that would happen in a year or two after graduation from high school. Again, I still prayed for him. Especially, that summer. At the time I did not know why, of course now I do. 
But even with all the chaos about school and the future; I would find myself lying on my bed at night praying for my future husband to be.


To Be Continued...

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Meet Nimbus

Nimbus is my mom and dad in-law's cat.
And the uncooperative subject of some photography practice for yours truly...

See what I mean?

Nimbus is a cat with a definite attitude...

Mostly he just wants me to get the camera out of his face...

See? He is glaring at me...

Still glaring at me....

Oooh, now he looks mad.... 

well, only one thing to do about that!!!

add a caption!!

Alright, I will leave you alone now!! 

Thanks Nimbus!

God bless, 

Yesse's story starts Monday!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Amanda's Story part 2


 "How I Met my Husband" 
By Amanda S.


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          From that day on, I saw Bruce in a different light.  I began to enjoy talking with him, and although I could tell he still liked me, I felt that he wouldn’t make the move to restore a relationship. 

 After much prayer and counsel from my parents, pastor, and teachers, I wrote him a letter telling him how I had changed, and wondering if he was still interested in a relationship.  Within 4 hours, I received his reply and found out that yes, he was still interested in me.  He had prayed and sought Godly counsel also and had felt that God had told him to “wait, if she wants to, she’ll make the first move.”  Upon hearing that, I experienced great peace, knowing that God had controlled every step of the situation and would surely continue to lead us.  

As unconventional as our “dating” was, God’s hand was evident throughout.  We both had made decisions when we were younger to keep ourselves pure until marriage and I am thankful to say that, by God’s grace, we kept those vows. 

 When we stood at the marriage altar on January 13, 2012, it also marked the first time we had ever kissed.

 It certainly was not easy to hold to such a high standard, but it was well worth it.  God promises to bless those who honor Him, and although I’ve only been married a couple short months, I can definitely say that God has blessed my husband and I.  We are currently living in PA and working to establish a deaf ministry in our local church, Tabernacle Baptist.  We are anxious to start deputation for Africa, but are waiting for the Lord’s timing and direction. 

          Psalm 118:23 says, “This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”  If I could only have one verse to summarize our relationship, this would be the verse.  Remember, NEBC was not in MY plans, Foreign Missions was not in MY plans, and certainly Bruce Stuart was not in MY plans. 

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But when I took the MY out, and replaced it with the LORD, I found a true joy and peace that passes all my understanding.  To some, this may seem like just a wonderful “happy-ever-after” story, but without my Lord’s hand guiding throughout, there would be no story to tell.

To God be All the Glory, 
Mrs. Amanda S. 

Amanda and her husband Bruce are currently living in PA and working together to establish a deaf ministry in their local church, Tabernacle Baptist.  They plan start deputation for their call to Deaf Missions in Africa, but are waiting for the Lord’s timing.
Amanda is a very sweet young lady with an amazing gift for American Sign Language!

Amanda just started blogging! You can visit her at 

Be sure to leave her a note that you read her story here!! 

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