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Editors Note

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

For some April habitually brings in to mind Spring; sunshine, blooming flowers, the green of trees and sliding into flip flops. For me, April is just April because luckily where I live the beauty of ‘Spring’ and getting high on Vitamin D is something I experience every day.

Only One Basket

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

Each of the weavers based in Gitarama, is a survivor and a widow of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. They are women who are fighting to overcome poverty, social exclusions and fighting to have financial independence.

Cover Story:Getting to Know Andrea

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

“I most enjoy the fact that I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing. I know so many people who work jobs that they hate simply to make money or because they have no other options. I would never want to be that person. Life is too short to be unhappy”

Featured Couple:Sean and Faith

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

"We were told that one day the passion would fade, the looks would fade you have to love each other enough that when those things are gone, you still love each other even more. It just put things in perspective for us. We came to the realization that we are in this marriage for the long"

Business Spotlight:Shimmer and Bliss

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

Shimmer and Bliss is a line of colorful, unique and eco-chic scarves for women and men established in 2008 by My-Cherie Haley an artist who combines a love for fashion with creative talent. Shimmer and Bliss offers versatile handcrafted silk scarves in a vivid color palette, designed and created in Austin, Texas.

Sisterpreneur;Fify Loewen

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

“Photography for me is an act of worship to my Creator. I get to really see people and appreciate their uniqueness once I get behind the lens. Photography for me means connecting with people in a way that no one has ever connected with them and getting them to really appreciate the purposes that they were created for.”

Phenomenal Woman;Alison Ryce

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

“I believe that beauty is when a woman is genuinely happy in her own skin. She finds what works for her instead of what everyone else is doing. Beauty can be found in a kind word, a loving gesture, and great deed. Beauty is more than just looking your best; it’s in how you treat yourself and others.”

Fashion Inspiration;Tysha James

Posted by Editor On April - 15 - 2011

"Being a mom doesn't mean you have to dress like one! I think it is important to have some kind of balance in your life! When you dress up you feel good! I'm a mom too so I know what it’s like putting your kids first but every body's budget is different and what I love most about fashion is there is always a cheaper version of the runway styles"

Featured Couple; Eddie and Chinelle Rojas

Posted by AfroElle On 12:54 PM
Eddie Rojas and Chinelle Pierre met online through Myspace in August 2008. Almost instantly they became very good friends and agreed to meet in person by mid-September the same year. The Rojas tied the knot in March 2009

First Impressions

Eddie: When I first saw Chinelle, I thought she was so beautiful. I wanted to get to know her more. Once I did I learned that she was more than just looks, she was classy, goofy, and wasn't afraid to be herself.
Chinelle: From the very first message on MySpace, I knew there was something really different about Eddie. His approach was unlike anyone before. He was the perfect gentleman, but that wasn’t all. I quickly learned that he was a natural encourager and he wasn’t afraid to talk about the Lord.

‘The One’

Eddie and Chinelle: We don’t believe it’s ever about knowing that he/she is the one, but it’s about loving and trusting God and that other person, and taking a chance. Too many people are looking for the 'one'...when that 'one' is God. He should have the key to your heart, the other person has to go through Him to get it.

Road to Marriage

Eddie: One day as Chinelle was washing dishes, I remember standing on the opposite side of the counter just staring at her. I was so mesmerized by her that I told myself "I will marry her".
Chinelle : I knew Eddie was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with at our second meeting. I can remember a day we stood outside, talking to each other for an entire four hours; Eddie went to the door of his car and put something in his pocket. He walked to the back of the car, where I was standing and helped me onto the trunk of his car. Then he slipped off my shoes and pulled a small bottle of lotion out of his pocket. For the first time in my life, someone other than the people at the nail salon was massaging my feet, that is when I thought “he’s a keeper”.

Man after my own heart!

Chinelle: There are many, many things I love about Eddie. I love how much he loves the Lord. I love his heart to help people. He is an awesome supporter and the ultimate encourager. Many times, his vision for how far I can excel surpasses what I envisioned for myself. It’s wonderful to know that he has so much faith in whatever God has called upon my life. The thing I love the most about him though is the fact that he is such an amazing father to our son, even while he is deployed thousands of miles away from us. When I think about him in my life, I see just how much God must love me, because my husband is nothing short of a blessing.

It Takes Three Not Two

Eddie and Chinelle: The best part about marriage is the sense of 'family' that comes with it. It is a great responsibility and we would not trade it for anything in the world. It enhances your purpose in life! Marriage takes three period; God, the husband, and the wife. One of our favorite quotes is "A family altar, can alter a family". Everything else follows suit; good communication, trust, honesty, and love making. Marriage has taught us forgiveness. It is so easy to argue, hold grudges, be upset, and become complacent in marriage. It is true when they say "Unforgiveness in your heart is like concrete, it hardens overnight".

"Like it’s the Last Time"

Eddie and Chinelle: According to the bible, the bedroom is undefiled - so basically, do what you need to do in the bedroom without violating your vows or morals. We make our marriage fun by loving on each other like it's the last time! Alicia keys said it best.“…kiss me like you’ll never see me again”

"I wasn't exactly looking, but I knew Eddie was 
the one for me when he found me"

Army Wife 101

Chinelle: Being an army wife means that sometimes I don’t get to see Eddie that has taught me a lot in regards to love and marriage. It has taught me to appreciate the time we have together. It’s hard being away from my husband for so long, not just for me but also for our son Amari. 

Amari at birth

People are so quick to get annoyed with their spouse and want time, but when you are faced with having to go to bed and wake up each day alone, not by choice of your own, it makes you realize how petty we can get. It is true when they say absence makes the heart grow fonder. I didn’t think it was possible to love my husband more than I did, but everyday that we spend apart makes me miss him and want to be with him even more.

Eddie, Chinelle and Amari

Being an Army wife [or simply a military wife], is not for the weak at heart. It’s requires even more responsibility since you have to be capable of truly being that support he needs even from thousands of miles away. You have to be capable of playing the role of a single parent juggling the house, school, work and the kids even though you do have a husband that is willing to help but can’t. It’s a sacrifice, not just for the soldiers, but for their families, that many people can’t even begin to understand.

"I was looking for a spouse who loves God- who seesmarriage and parenthood as a ministry. Someonewho knows how to be a partner, friend,counselor and my biggest supporter."-Eddie

‘Mark 10:9’

Eddie and Chinelle: We make our marriage work by living by certain scriptures since day one. Engraved on the inside of our rings is Mark 10:9 “ What God has joined together, let no man separate.” Marriage isn’t something you just make 'work' you have to remember that being married is work - hard work. It doesn't get easier when you say "I do." Realize what all your saying "I do" to.

Single folks, don't be afraid to take a chance - but make sure it's the right chance, so pray! Married folks, remember why you got married, and keep the Holy in your matrimony!

Are you married or engaged, do you want to share your love story? Send us an email @la[email protected] and we can feature you in 'A Love Story'


4 Response to "Featured Couple; Eddie and Chinelle Rojas"

  1. wandungu Said,

    i love, love stories !!! this is quite encouraging and beautiful...


  2. Ugandan girl Said,

    this is simply beautiful..I pray that one day i have such a beautiful story i can write that never ends. This family is amazing..GBU


  3. Alison Ryce Said,

    This is so beautiful!!!!! God Bless you guys! :o)


  4. Anonymous Said,

    what a beautiful couple. God bless you, it inspires to have a wonderful family like yours.


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