I had just gone home, taken a test, and it said I was pregnant. And I started crying. I thought, I can’t have this baby. I didn’t know who the father was.
I had been in an on-and-off abusive relationship, and I knew I needed to end it and get out.
So when I called the 24-Hour Helpline and told them the situation, and that I wanted to leave, they gave me resources for housing. Then they sent me to one of their offices where I got information about adoption agencies.
But soon I started hearing from some of my old friends. They told me to just get an abortion. I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do. I set up three different appointments to get an abortion but didn’t go. The last time I thought, I can’t do this.
So I went back to Alternatives. I met with a woman, and she asked why I was there. I said I was confused about keeping my child, giving it up for adoption or getting an abortion. She told me, “The only person that can make the decision is you, because you are the mother. And, the first thing that a child will see is their mother.” That opened my eyes.
And she said, “I want to give you this Bible, and I want you to start reading it.” Every time I open that Bible, it’s a blessing for me.
Now my daughter, Gracie, is doing good. My mom helps me with her. She told me, “I am so proud of you, you are a great mom, and you will make a great wife one day.”
How could I have survived it without them all?