My Family

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The make-up of my family was our parents, two boys and four girls, of which I was the youngest. It was a Christian based home, where my father was strict but, my mother was the nurturer in the family. In my eyes, my mother was awesome because she had such inner, spiritual and physical strength, and although both parents played a big part in our spiritual instruction, the memory of her example of faithful prayer and dependence on God’s strength, impacted me the most.
Of course, as always happens, the innocence of a child slowly changes as we become teenagers and our attention begins to wander to the attractions outside of our home life, plus church environment. By the age of seventeen, when I met the love of my life, Charles, whom I met in school, my life took a different path from the spiritual instruction I received at home. Furthermore, we never dated and only saw each other during school, therefore when he graduated, I thought we would never see each other again, so we decided to solve the problem by running away and getting married. Although this proved to be difficult due to the effect that he didn’t own a vehicle, and at the same time we couldn’t legally marry without our parents’ consent, due to our age. Unfortunately, my mother felt obligated to sign her consent in order to cover my shame, given the time we lived in were different than it is now, markedly more conservative. During the early years of our marriage, my relationship with God and my
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