grandmother. It was the Christmas of 1993 when she gave it to me, twelve months after
my aunt had died. To me, the pin represented my aunt watching over me and my family. I
seven months after that Christmas, and then the pin meant even more to me. Now I felt as
if I had two angels watching over me.
During my ninth grade year, I put the pin on my Fremont cheerleading jacket.
Sadly, during the middle of the year, I lost the pin. I was very angry at myself for losing
the pin. Every time I looked at it, it was a reminder of my aunt and grandmother. I almost
felt as if I lost them all over again.
This year for Christmas, I received a gift-certificate from my other grandmother to
Christian. I name is inscripted on it along with a little dove. I liked this gift because my
grandmother was giving me the opportunity to grow spiritually and to know Christ better.
prettiest little lacey dresses. I have been a member of the First United Methodist Church
years, and my grandmother for even longer. I started to want to go to church and learn
about God when I was about twelve years old. I had really grown up around the people
same Sunday School classroom and see the bright smiling faces of Jennifer, Angie, David,
James, the son, would constantly make fun of his mother. It seemed as if our group only
wanted to grow spiritually and know more about God. I was not receiving that knowledge
at that church.
I met some really great people last year who went to Redeemer?s. I was invited to
me, but at the same time, they wanted me to stay with my old church. I tried to do both
for a while, but my old church kept wanting me to commit myself to them. I found myself
wanting to be a part of Redeemer?s and commit myself to them. My parents now fully
understand, even though some people at my old church do not understand.
I was a non-conformist by going to a new church, after attending First United
Methodist Church for more that sixty-five years as a family.
A mistake I would never repeat
When I was in fifth grade, now that I look back on it, I would have to say that I
class. They contained some naughty words. I really don?t think that we realized how awful
They fell out, and a teacher saw them, picked them up and read them. Naturally, we were
called down to the prinicipal?s office. He was quite angry and I had to write any apology
letter to my teacher. My parents and other parents were there to ?scold? us.
say things like that or to even write them down. I don?t like telling people that story, and
remember how angry my parents were, and I never want them to be like that again. I think
that they were very concerned for me.
Well, I definetly don?t do things like that any more, but that is one thing that I
January 9, 1997