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~A little bit about me.~

Just to let you know a little about myself and the reason I decided to create this page.

My name is Michelle (Mich to some who are close to me) as some of you would know. I am a wife and mother. I have been married for twenty years now and still going strong. I have two kids, boys, Jemel and Joshua and I love them dearly.

I decided to create this web site for the sole purpose of having some place on the web to hold 'my favorite  things,' from a few of my favorite scriptures to sayings or free graphics that I've come across and truly like, and, so that my friends and even some of my family can get to know me a bit better.

I love beautiful gifs, jpgs, pics etc, and I would like to be able to display some of them here, together with pics of my family (those would come a little later, please return to see), and to share my interest etc. It also goes without saying, that Jehovah's creations hold a lot of the things that I love. :o)

Who Am I?

My full name is Michelle Antoinette McClean. I have been a baptized servant of Jehovah for twenty two years now. I was born in Port-of-Spain Trinidad (I'll tell you a bit about Trinidad later on) on the 11th Nov. 1964.

I was born to Claudette and George Antoine, ( I am my father's only child and the first of three girls to my mother) neither of my parents served Jehovah.

Sadly, I have very little memory of life with my parents. My mother and father had separated before I was old enough to remember anything of our living together as a family. I do remember though, a little, of my mom and I living with my sister's (her second child) father.

I remember my mother being a strict house keeper. That for sure I remember. Always cleaning and redecorating, changing furniture around....lol. I laugh because I could see some of my friends (Florance, my best bud for example) smiling as they read that about my mom. If she (Florance) ever gets to reading this she'll know why I said that she'll smile.

By the time I was three years old, my mother took my younger sister and I to my grand mother's, for us to live with her. My mother then immigrated to the U.S.

Life at my grand mother's wasn't always easy, at times far from it, but what didn't kill us made us stronger I guess. :o) My grand mother could at times be such a gentle woman, yet, at other times...... I loved her dearly though, and I miss her a great deal (she died when I was 18). There was also a couple of my aunts and an uncle who lived in the same house I grew up in. My grand mother was the kind of person to take in strays....and by that I don't mean animals.... She liked feeding and helping her friends, true Trini style, (Trini being Trinidadian for short for those who may not know).

My Introduction To The Truth

I remember quite well, being a young child and Jehovah's Witnesses working our area. They would stop by and preach to my grand mother (or try to, if she'd take a break from speaking long enough to allow them enough time to preach... :o) ).

At one time my grand mother bought a 'Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained' book from them. I liked that book.

One of my aunts who lived in the house where I grew up agreed to a Bible study offered to her by a Witness who preached in our area at one time. Another of my aunts, her younger sister, agreed to a Bible study also. My aunt who first agreed to the Bible study, requested that someone visit the house and study with her two daughters, this was after she was baptized. A dear sister began to visit the house to conduct the study, and well, she not only studied with my aunt's girls, but she held the study with all four girls in the house, my sister and I included. I was eight years old at the time I began to study.

Life for us all in that house, was difficult, in one way or another. More so for some than for others (I myself being among the some). When we learned about Jehovah, it was the BEST, indeed,  the SWEETEST thing that could have happened to us. Serving Jehovah for us, was not about the New System and all the pluses that go along with serving Him, but it truly was because we had come to love this LOVING God dearly. My aunts set a fine example for us younger ones who did accept the truth, in that regard. Jehovah had indeed become the Father we never had, and much, much more.

Sadly, my aunt's two daughters eventually moved away to the U.S. to live with their father while still young teenagers. They were both baptized there, but they did not hold on to the truth. My sister and I, along with our aunts and a few cousins are still serving Jehovah, and I for one, intend to, and pray that I am able to keep doing so for the rest of my life.

My Move To A New Congregation

As a teenager, I loved to read and study the Bible and Bible based publications. This was greatly encouraged when I moved from the congregation I started out with as a younger child to another congregation.

My reason for the move? Well, I was my grand mother's main helper on the weekends. I was assigned to go to the vegetable market with my grand mother on Sunday mornings, and afterward, I would do the cooking. Sunday was always a big lunch day at our house (that was/is typical in most Trinidadian households). Many different dishes, when they could afford them, were prepared, and everything was done from scratch. 

Sunday morning was also the time when the Watchtower Study and Public Talk were held at the Kingdom Hall. For this reason, I decided to switch congregations, because my grand mother was serious about her Sunday lunch... :o) and she wasn't a Witness but would willingly allow me to attend the meetings, as long as all that I had to do got done.

I moved over to another congregation that held it's meetings on Saturday evenings, all by my lonesome (from our household), when I was between the ages of eleven to twelve years old (my memory is giving me problems on this one, it could have been a bit younger), knowing that Jehovah was with me. I made a few really wonderful friends quickly as we walked to and from the meetings (just about a half an hour to forty five minutes walk) it used to be fun. Good company and good conversation all the way. We would talk about what we learned at the meetings, quiz each other on Bible related topics, talk about our goals etc. All of these friends, my walking companions, were older than I was, I was always drawn to folks older than me, and the association was wonderful and spiritually upbuilding. That was over 23 years ago, and I miss them (those walks) to this day. :o)

One thing I've learned for sure from those days, is just how important one's association is. The effect our associates can have on us, either for good or bad, is amaizing. Really, just as 'bad associations can spoil useful habits,' good associations can indeed encourage them.

I had developed strong ties with the elders in my new congregation as well. During some very, very difficult times at home (I won't go into details on those times right now, they always change my mood) they were always there for me. Jehovah had provided me with such a loving family in that congregation at a time when I truly needed it. I am grateful to Jehovah for that loving support and always will be.

Many of those friends, some now married, some not, are now pioneers, elders etc and good examples. I thank Jehovah for providing me with such wonderful association, coming from the home environment that I grew up in, and for the fact that my move turned out to be so strengthening to me.

Baptism and Pioneering

I wanted so much to dedicate my life to Jehovah as a young girl, with all the zeal that I had. My grand mother, even though she didn't mind me going to the meetings, resisted every time talk of baptism came up. But, eventually I got to sixteen, I was finished with school by then and apparently she thought that I could do as I pleased.

I was baptized at the age of sixteen, on the 19th September 1981. Oh happy day!! :o)

I was eager to begin regular pioneering. One of my aunts was pioneering at that time and her example encouraged me. The sister who studies with me was also very encouraging and a good example in zeal for what is right. I was sorrounded by good examples in the brothers and sisters who visited her home often, and she and her husband did entertain often, many pioneers, local and foreign, Circuit Overseers and their wives, our present Branch Co-ordinator (who at that time was a Bethelite) and the list goes on. They always kept spiritully mature ones close to them, and my spending time with them as often as I did, I couldn't help but soak in a lot of things that were good for me. I am thankful to them for providing me with that type of atmosphere as a young girl. I love her and her family dearly and I thank Jehovah for having blessed me with such wonderful people (through his molding and refining of them) in my life.

Also, the pioneers I kept company with made me anxious to pioneer. They always seemed so happy and bursting with joy. I wanted that! I also wanted to use my youth to serve Jehovah fully. 

Financially, things at home were tough, and I was not working. My health would create some problems for me then at times, and my grand mother didn't think I would hold on to a job as a result of that. My aunt though, offered to assist me financially so that I could pioneer. Also, the sister who studied with us (who was herself a pioneer at the time) had become like a real mother to me, and she also assisted me financially and with gifts of things that I could use in the misistry etc. She was happy that I wanted to pioneer. I was so anxious to get started, I regular auxiliary pioneered for six months (this was a requirement for regular pioneering back then) right after baptism, and at the end of the sixth month, I began to regular pioneer.

I thank Jehovah, for the fine examples, again, in the regular pioneers around me at that time. We would start out early in the morning (at around 6 am), doing street witnessing, then on to the group for house to house witnessing, then after lunch we would set out on our return visits and Bible studies. There was this one (much older than the rest of us) pioneer, who loved talking about the DEEP things of God, and whenever we got together he/we would go on and on forever about Bible related truths. In order to be able to share in conversations with those whom I was around often, I had to be sure to be up to date with my Bible reading and the reading of my magazines etc...lol. That was literally ALL they talked about... :o). As a young person that helped me a lot!

My pioneering helped me to draw closer to Jehovah, my brothers and sisters as well as to lay a fine spiritual foundation and mature spiritually as a young person, which all helped me during days of an awful depression (some more on that later). I won't ever forget those pioneering days. Thank Jehovah, I was able to pioneer for a total of ten years altogether. The BEST years of my life!!! As a result of ill health I came off the regular pioneer list at the time that I did, but I would love to pioneer again some day. That is a main goal of mine.

Just To Wrap Things Up For Now

I got married to Douglas McClean who has been a servant of Jehovah his entire life. As I mentioned earlier, we have been married for twenty years and still going strong. Not all smooth sailing all of the time (and we don't expect it to be in this system of things), but a lot of it is pretty smooth, and we are determined to please Jehovah and to aid our children to do the same. Major goal of ours!

Jemel is now sixteen years old (he is the older of our two sons and would turn seventeen in December) and he is now regular pioneering, which is what we held before him constantly. His mom knowing of the joys and benefits that go along with pioneering no doubt had a big hand in that.... :o)!

Our aim (my husband's and mine) is to put before Joshua (now three years old) the same goal and outlook, and with Jehovah's help, to one day (if this system lasts, otherwise it would be in the new system, of course) be able to support him to do the same.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I did not and could not tell everything about of my life but enough so that you'll know me a bit better. I don't have many youthful adventures to relate because as my family always told/tells me, I was always much older than my years....*smile* (most of the things that interested my peers at the time didn't interest me.... :o)  ) not saying that I didn't make my share of mistakes and learned from them though.

Jehovah had indeed been good to me. I have been through my fair share of rough times and Jehovah has sustained me through them all.( Isa 41:10) My greatest desire is to remain faithful to our God Jehovah, come what may. To be as good an example as possible to my children, as good a wife as possible to my husband, to be a compassionate and loving sister toward my brothers and sisters (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a) and to do my share in declaring Jehovah's majesty and Kingdom purpose in this time of the end. To teach others about Jehovah, his will and purpose. 

I love Jehovah and I thank him for making me a part of his wonderful Organization. I pray that He would fortify me, help me, and keep fast hold of my right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Take care.

Love,

Michelle

Psalms 116:1,2 "I do love because Jehovah hears My voice, my entreaties. For he has inclined his ear to me, And throughout my days I shall call."

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~My Interest~
 
Things relating to Jehovah and his worship.
My Family.
Reading.
Computers.
Interior Decorating.

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As you go through the different pages of my site, you'll come across some of my favorite gifs. and pics of things in creation, globes etc. Please feel free to stop and soak the atmosphere in. You can also use the links at the top of the page to navigate your way around the site.

No one knows what he can do until he tries.

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~A Few Of My Favorite Scriptures~
Isaiah 41:10,13
Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not gaze about, for I am your God.  I will really help you.  I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness.  For I, Jehovah you God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, 'Do not be afraid.  I myself will help you'.
 
John 6:68
Simon Peter answered him:  "Lord, whom shall we go away to?  You have sayings of everlasting life".
 
Psalm 18:1,2
I shall have affection for you, O Jehovah my strength.  Jehovah is my crag and my stronghold and the provider of escape for me. My God is my rock. I shall take refuge in him, My shield and my horn of salvation, my secure height.
 
Psalm 34:19
Many are the calamities of the righteous one, but out of them all Jehovah delivers him.
 
Psalm 121: 1,2
I shall raise my eyes to the mountains.  From where will my help come?  My help is from Jehovah, The maker of heavens and earth.
 
Proverbs 3:5,6
Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding.  In all your ways take notice of him, and he himself will make your paths straight.

 Galatians 6:9
So let us not give up in doing what is fine, for in due season we shall reap if we do not tire out.
 
Isaiah 65:17
"For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. 
 
Psalm 116: 1,2,4,5
I do love, because Jehovah hears My voice my entreaties.  For he has inclined his ear to me, and throughout my days I shall call.  But upon the name of Jehovah I proceeded to call:  'Ah, Jehovah, do provide my soul with escape!'  Jehovah is gracious and righteous, and our God is one showing mercy.
 
Hebrews 13 :5b,6
For he has said:  'I will by no means leave you nor forsake you.'  So that we may be of good courage and say:  "Jehovah is my helper;  I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?"
 
2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God.
 
Romans 8:35,38,39
Who will separate us from the love of the Christ?  Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword?  For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to seperate us from God's love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
2Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not give up, but even if the man we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside is being renewed from day to day...........
......while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting.
 

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~Favorite Quote~
"Don't try to please men.You will wind up pleasing no one. Please Jehovah, and you will please all those who love Jehovah."
Bro. Nathan H. Knorr
 
 
~A Few Of My Favorite Sayings~
 
A great man is always willing to be little.
 
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
 
Lost time is never found again.
 
You can't hold a man down
without staying down with him.
 
The measure of a truly great man
is the courtesy with which he treats
lesser men.
 
 
 

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