My boyfriend said there was only one option: abortion. After all, what would our parents say? What would the people at our church think?
I obediently scheduled an appointment, but before the date arrived, I was overwhelmed with doubts. I knew I couldn't do it. Desperate for help and options, I turned to the phone book and found the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Cochise County.
I scheduled an appointment to meet with a peer counselor. They sat down with me and helped me go over all of my options, and they really listened to my needs. I didn't feel judged; I just felt cared for.
After meeting with my counselor, I knew that I wanted to keep this baby. I still had fears about how this decision was going to affect my future, but the staff from the pregnancy center was there for me throughout my pregnancy. They offered me parenting classes as well as ears to talk to, shoulders to cry on, and ready prayers.
And now, I have a beautiful little daughter Isabella. When I look at my daughter, I still cannot believe that I almost considered abortion. Life as a single mother is not bed of roses, but the love that I have for my daughter and the love that she gives to me makes it all worthwhile.
I am so thankful for the love and support I received at the Care Net center and for their continuing friendship and prayers!
On June 10th, 2014 I married my husband, Roger after praying that God would provide a Joseph for me. My daughter, Isabella, is now 8 and doing very well in school. In fact, she spoke at our last fundraising banquet and is excited to hold the title of "Youngest Speaker in Cochise County!" Also, on Jan. 1, 2015 I will assume the role of Executive Director at our Care Net Center! I am so excited to be a part of this ministry and "pay it forward" to other women in crisis.
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