2013. The year my life changed forever. I was 18 years old and had a “normal life.” I had just graduated high school and was living with my family. I had two jobs and a great boyfriend.
One morning, I woke up to get ready for work and felt super nauseous. I didn’t think much of it so I went to work as usual. Throughout the day I was having cravings and headaches. On my way home from work I stopped by Walmart and picked up a pregnancy test. When I got home I went upstairs and took the test.
I waited. Two little lines showed up. I was pregnant. My stomach dropped. I cried.
I didn’t know what I was going to do. I threw it away and I acted as if nothing happened. I called my boyfriend and went to his house. We both went into his room and talked about me being pregnant.
We knew our parents would be furious if they found out we were pregnant, so we agreed getting an abortion would be the best way out.
The next day I called Planned Parenthood. The clinic near me didn’t do abortions, so my boyfriend and I planned to drive five hours to get one.
I still remember the lady telling me it would cost $900. I took the money out of my savings account and we started planning our trip to Planned Parenthood.
A few days later, I was in my room getting ready for work when my mom walked in and shut the door. She asked, “Are you pregnant?” Shocked, I blurted out, “No!” A moment later I asked, “Would you be mad if I was?” And she said, “No.”
I started crying and telling her how sorry I was. She began crying too. When I asked her if she was going to make me “get rid of it,” she responded, “Of course not!”
When I told my dad he simply asked if I was okay and patted me on the back. Neither of my parents were angry. Instead, they showed me great support and love–to think I almost had an abortion in fear of my parents’ reaction!
Instead of using that $900 to have an abortion, I used it towards baby clothes–a decision I will never regret. My boyfriend and I got married in March 2014 and had our precious little girl two months later. We had our second baby girl the following July.
My kids have opened my eyes and brought me back to Jesus Christ. And despite what some believe about young parents, I live a totally normal life. I get to stay home with my kids and my husband goes to work. I am so blessed to have the family that I do.
God has made a masterpiece from my mistakes. God is so, so, good.