Chapter Two Skeletons in the Closet!!!

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This is a story how it all began with my grandparents. They went from being God-fearing Christians to totally ending up in a dysfunctional mess, trying to find answers in the bottle. My grandfather walked away from God, causing my grandmother much pain. She left her wonderful walk with God for a time, but soon came back, becoming a mentor for many of us.

Memere (Grandma) and Pepere (Grandpa)

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If you love Me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

The life-style I had while growing up in an alcoholic, dysfunctional home did not begin in my generation. My dad had a similar childhood to ours. His mom, Regina, was raised in a strict, Roman Catholic home, in Canada. Her two aunts were nuns. She always loved and respected them and wanted to follow in their footsteps. When she was ten, her aunts came for a visit. While they were there they discovered how much Regina wanted to become a nun and suggested she leave with them. You can imagine the excitement young Regina felt when her mom actually said she could go! Her dream was finally going to come true. Everyone was happy for her! They had no idea that it would be five long years before she could return home.
Life at the convent was not easy. She had a daily routine of cold baths at 5:00 A.M. to awaken the senses! Then she made beds, had breakfast, did a few chores and began school by 9:00 A.M. At the age of fifteen, she became a governess for two little girls. This just added to the already full schedule. She was never allowed to laugh or take a vacation and suffered from overwork. On top of all this, a priest tried to do inappropriate things to her. She was shocked and decided to go and tell her aunt, but as she approached her, her aunt told her some startling news. The priest, the very one she was terrified of, had asked if he could take her on a trip! Regina was stunned, and seeing her hesitancy, her aunt asked what the matter was. Regina called him a name, but her aunt did not believe her, and said she should not be talking that way about a man of God. She eventually blurted out the whole story and her aunt became furious with the priest. A short time after, the same priest came to pick Regina up to go with him. Her aunt eyed him in fury and said, “You will not touch any of my girls!” With that, she spun him around and sent him flying!
Things went from bad to worse. Her aunts started to criticize her, no matter how hard she tried to please them. It came to the point where she could hardly talk or even eat. One day her uncle and mother made a surprise visit to the convent, and when they saw the condition she was in they brought her back home with them. Little by little she started to return to her old, happy self again.
When the family moved from Canada to the United States, they found a nice place to live in Connecticut. Regina and her sister Rose started working in a silk mill. A day came when the boss announced they were all going to go to the beach. When they were there, Regina saw a nun who was smiling at her. After talking with her, she asked if she'd be able to live in her convent, still thinking God wanted her to become a nun. She stayed there for five years, only to become ill and return home again. A total of ten years had been spent, but to no avail. Now, at twenty years old, the dream of becoming a nun was quickly fading. Praying, she said, “Okay God, You don't want me as your nun? Then I'll get married and raise a lot of children for You!”

Memere, trying to find God's will for her!


When the family moved to Rhode Island, she found a job in another silk factory. A friend who also worked there suggested she come over with her sister, Anna and meet her husband's brother from Canada, for maybe he would be interested in one of them. Alcide was a handsome man, and she was instantly attracted to him. At the dinner table his eyes kept meeting hers. How surprised and happy she was when he chose her to escort home. They continued seeing each other and eventually married. Their marriage was solid as they shared the same faith. Six little ones were born, fulfilling Memere's promise to raise a lot of children for the Lord. Pepere supported them by doing carpentry, painting, and playing his violin.
When Regina became ill again, and thought she was dying, she asked her mother to read from the Bible. Her mother was the only one in the family who had one. The Roman Catholics believed if you read the Bible by yourself, without the priest's interpretation, you would turn against God. So her mother said, “No,” for she was afraid. Regina said, “How can this be? Would the book of God lead us away from Him?” Shortly after this a Protestant man came by their home and began sharing religious tracts with Regina's children. They gave them to her and she read them. When her mother found out, she was very upset, and waited for the salesman to come back. She told him not to leave his papers with them anymore. The salesman was not intimidated and said, “You know, your Catholic Bible is the same as ours.” All of a sudden her mother got the idea of converting this man into a Catholic. She got excited and let him go about convincing her. They decided to read different texts from his Bible and compare them with hers. She found out the texts were the same!
Regina was confined to her bed, very weak, but she was near enough to hear what was going on. She realized the salesman was telling the truth, thinking, “How can this be? We have been taught the two Bibles are different.” She sprang out of bed, forgetting her weakness, eager to talk to this man! After all, hadn't she spent ten years in a convent? She'd show him a thing or two! As she stood there, her mother waited for her to say something for their defense, but nothing came out. They just could not find one difference between the Bibles. Questions instead of answers started whirling through their minds. All of a sudden her mother looked at her and said, “Regina, you are up!” She quickly said, “Yes ma, I am up! It must be God wants us to know about these things.” God healed her that day.
They started studying the Bible and learning what God wanted them to know. God revealed to her family that His Law was holy, just and good, like He was. They determined to obey God's Law as He had asked them to do in John 14:15, and began to worship on God's Holy day according to the commandment. Exodus 20:8-11 says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” They were eventually baptized.
However, her husband Alcide took a little longer to accept the new found faith. He studied right along with them and became convicted, but his loyalties to his devout Catholic family stopped him from following through with his convictions. He knew his family would disown him if he left the Catholic Church. It took a whole year after Regina's baptism for him to take his stand. After being baptized, he was faithful for five years. He always carried his Bible everywhere he went. Those were the best years.
Unfortunately, the fear of his family's disapproval and disappointment weighed heavily upon him, even to the point of denying to them his new found faith. His parents did not believe he was still Catholic and they told him, “You are not a man because you have lied. You should have stood up for what you believed!” My Pepere was never the same after that. He gradually spent less and less time going to church. He started drinking heavily and things went downhill quickly. The confusion and pain Memere felt caused her to back away from God for a while, but that did not last long. Her love for Him was too deep. Several times she fell ill, to the point of death, and each time God healed her. She wrote all of her experiences on notepads, and put pictures beside her writings to illustrate them. She became a strong, positive influence in our family.

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Alcohol, Christians, Confusion, Marraige, Pain

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Nancy Berthiaume LaPierre is living in Newport News, Virginia with her husband Mark. She had decided to tell her life story to leave a legacy for anyone that can be encouraged by it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Feb 2014 (#)

You continue to build my interest and the need to read more. You should consider putting this in actual book form. Granted there are some mechanical problems with the presentation but those could be easily corrected. It's the substance of the content that matters and this has a fabulous amount of substance.

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author avatar NBL Books
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you, I do have it in an actual book form, not too many sales in three years. That is why I wanted to place my story on Wikinut so I can encourage people out there. I was not interested in making money, although that would have been nice:). I am more interested in encouraging someone, especially those who can't forgive the ones that hurt them. You can check my website out at www.nblbooks.com. My book is there, not published with any one but me. I also just finished writing a new one that will be out soon, hopefully the second one will be going to a big publishing house. It is a small devotional encouraging caregivers. I was a caregiver for my mom for many years. Could you tell me what the mechanical problems are so I can try and fix things to make it better. You really are an encouragement to me. I am never sure if I keep the readers attention. So glad it is keeping yours.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Feb 2014 (#)

I'll send you an edited copy with sticky notes explaining my changes. Do you have an email that I can use? You can use can use my ministry email jerry@inhgmus.org

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author avatar NBL Books
15th Feb 2014 (#)

Yes I do, nancy.lapierre@nblbooks.com

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