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Me Without Makeup


I grew up in small town in Georgia. When I was probably about five months old, my mom would sing to me Amazing Grace. She said if I wasn’t asleep, I would start humming it. I almost lost my life when I was nine months old due to an unknown heart problem. I was on a heart monitor until I was two. During that time, my mom and dad divorced when I was one. Also, by two years of age I couldn’t talk. My mom would take me to work and I would ask her “Bankie Peas” for “Blanket Please.” The speech therapist that she worked with diagnosed me at two and half with a speech disorder. I started school and speech the very next year. At age five, I got my first pair glasses and I have living with them since. At age six, my family had four deaths back to back and two weeks apart each. One of them was my grandfather who I loved and cherished. He was a godly man too. He preached and was a police officer among other things. I saw his death completely from his last breath to the burial. This tore my world. I don’t really remember anything from age six until about age nine. I know during this time my mom told me, my first dog had died. I don’t really remember these years because my life went into a complete turmoil. I still don’t remember a lot of things until I was eleven. At age nine, I graduated speech therapy, went to Sea World, went to Kennedy Space Center, and my great-grandfather died on my ninth birthday. At age eleven, my mom decided to try something new with me since I was almost irrational and unresponsive to life. She tried Band. I tried out for Flute and got two stars on it which means I was perfect for flute. I started Band and where it would take me is amazing. On my twelfth birthday, my mom and granny gave me a piccolo. It was a dream of mine to achieve. I taught myself how to play it. At fifteen, I became the first person in Band to play a piccolo at a concert. I remember the song that I played it on, “Carol of the Bells.” At 15, I started going to church. I got into the youth program. I started playing my flute and piccolo at church. I got baptized at 17. I received a bible with my name on it. I also recieved my class ring on September 11th which was a blessing to receive from my mom considering she had just went through triple heart bypass. I also had learned this year that I succeeded plus on my high school graduation test which meant I went above and beyond. I graduated high school at 18 a few days before my 19th birthday. At 19 I went to college that was of the Methodist faith and life changed for me. I joined Baptist Collegiate Ministries. I went on a mission trip to Louisiana to help Hurricane Katrina victims, right before this trip I became saved and this time it was for true. I knew in my heart that I was truly saved then. That is when I started living for Jesus and accepting myself as beautiful me. Of course like all stories, there is still more to me then that but this is all you should know for now.

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  1. Jessi2009

    Posted by Jessi2009 on December 3, 2012 at 15:10

    Thank You everyone. 🙂

  2. JazmineLee

    Posted by JazmineLee on November 17, 2012 at 08:22

    Truly amazing story(:

  3. Posted by Nicole on September 13, 2012 at 23:18

    aw what a beautiful story from an inspiring woman! You go girl! (This is Nicole who runs this site by the way. 🙂

  4. Paris

    Posted by Paris on August 30, 2012 at 20:57

    You are beautiful,Jessica!

  5. Koyko2009

    Posted by Koyko2009 on August 13, 2012 at 17:20

    Yay! Thank You!