My Family

God has blessed me with a wonderful family! It all started when I met Patrick. I was 16 and he was 17 (2 days from being 18). (January 1993) and I was working at Burger King and he came in with one of his friends, which was also a friend of mine. He introduced us and basically "set us up". (Thank you, Brian Burch!) We had never met and didn't realize we went to the same high school! I was very attracted to this gorgeous guy and whenever we were together we would laugh and have such a great time together. We spent the next 6 months together, and loving every minute we had. Then, in June 93 he graduated from high school (I was a junior) and in July he left for the Air Force. Even though we were definitely a couple, we had never talked about serious things...until he left. Within hours of him leaving I missed him so much that it hurt. I lived for every phone call and every letter I would get from him. We realized we loved being together, and hated being apart. On November 22nd he finally was able to come home for a visit and it was then that he proposed (I was a senior in high school) Our original plan was to wait until I went to college for a year then we would marry, we started planning our wedding, we realized we wanted to get married as soon as I graduated. My parents were in agreement, so we scheduled our wedding for July 2, 1994. It was a wonderful day and I'm so thankful that I'm Mrs. Patrick Gimenez. Patrick is the love of my life and we are best friends. We are exact opposites in so many ways, but love the very same things.

Patrick was born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. He and his family moved to Florida when he was 12. After we met, my youth Pastor, Shawn Smith, showed Patrick his need of a Savior and Patrick accepted Christ on March 4, 1993. In 1996 He answered God's call to be a preacher. I'm so thankful I married a preacher! He loves the Lord and is a faithful spiritual leader of our family. Patrick is a fabulous father and loves to have fun with his children. He's still a kid at heart and loves to play. He's also a wonderful husband. He's the best! He takes care of me and truly adores me. God has been so good to me to give me Patrick.  We've always worked together, bus routes, Sunday school classes, youth activities. We are a team and I love that my man wants us to work side by side. When we are old and wrinkled and gray, we will be able to say that we "grew up together" and have loved spending our lives together. People often are shocked at how young we were when we got married. Yes! We were very young, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I don't feel like I've missed out on anything. We've made so many memories together these past 18years. I can't wait to see what the next 18 will hold!

God has blessed us with 6 amazing kiddos!

 Joshua is our oldest baby. He was born June 27, 1996.  He accepted Christ very young, at the age of 3 1/2. He loves to be a kid, but has quickly grown up. He accepted God's call to preach and loves to listen to lots of preaching He's great at juggling and magic tricks. September 2014 he left for Bible College at Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara, California.  He'l loving college life~!

 Elisabeth was born March 14, 1998.  For her birth we decided to have her at home with a midwife attending.  Well...she came so quickly that the midwife didn't make it until 5 minutes after her birth.  Her Daddy delivered her!  Beth (as I call her, even though now she prefers Elisabeth) was saved when she was 6.  She's a faithful prayer warrior and has a detailed list of prayer requests.  She reads her Bible so faithfully and is an example to her family.  She's very diligent in school.  She loves horses and loves to create jewelry with beads and shells. She's an excellent big sister and is a big help to me in the kitchen and around the house.

Brenna was born July 6, 1999.  Like her sister, she was way too fast for the midwife and had to be delivered by her Daddy.  She accepted Christ when she was 5 1/2. She's praying that she will be able to be a soul winner and show somebody how to be saved.  She's been compiling a list in her Bible of verses that would show someone to Christ.    Brenna is bubbly and full of personality.  She's a budding artist and loves to paint.  She's very creative and also sews.  She loves to play her violin and piano and improves everyday.  She's a natural with music and is our backup pianist at our church here in St. Barths.

Silas Boone was born January 6, 2009. No, he's not a surprise, but a planned blessing. Patrick and I realized we weren't too old to have more and decided to have another one. I can't believe there is a 9 year gap between him and Brenna! Silas brings us so much joy and laughter. He loves to play with his books and likes cars and army guys.He's learning Bible Verses, Letters and Numbers and is our active little man! We pray everyday that Silas will accept the Lord as his savior at an early age and serve Him with his life.

Callie Grace was born May 5, 2010.  She is adored by us all and loves the attention.  She knows that she is sooooo pretty! She's also a very active little girl and loves to get into things.  She's a talker! She loves to change clothes throughout the day and I'm finding it hard to keep up with her laundry! We also pray for her salvation and are praying we can be an example to her.

Micah Reuben was born April 11, 2013.  Yes, this one is a surpise, but we are all so excited God has blessed us with another member of our family.  He was born in my parents guest bedroom with grandparents waiting anxiosly to meet him.  What a blessing to be surrounded by our loved ones during his birth!  He's also pretty active and loves to play with his older siblings toys.  He gets plenty of attention around here and loves it!  We're praying for the day he will accept Christ!

God has called us to be missionaries to the small, unreached islands of the french West Indies.  We arrived in St. Barths in May 2011 and have hit the floor running!  There has been so much work on citzenship and visa paperwork it has been overwhelming!  But, we're starting to see the end in site of our paperwork drama.  So many people have prayed for us.  Thank you!  We're working here starting a church.  For now we are having our services in our home, but we're praying that soon we will be able to rent a building.   We love serving the Lord and love being missionaries!

So, that's us!  The Gimenez Family!