The day I found out I was pregnant I was very upset and didn't know what to do.
I had so many different emotions and knew that it was going to be very hard, especially with me still being in college. I didn't know how I was going to tell my parents, my family, or my church. I felt like a terrible person and didn't want anyone to know.
After having two positive pregnancy tests I decided to go to Compassion Care Center.
This was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.
When I got there, I took another pregnancy test and it was positive, and then after that, I had an ultrasound. After I saw my little baby on the ultrasound I was at a loss for words.
I had no idea what I was going to do. I had so many emotions and felt like I had no one.
After my ultrasound, I talked to Shonda from the center about life and about this new baby. I let her know the way I felt and told her about all my emotions. I told her how scared I was to tell my parents, and how bad of a person I felt because of this.
She sat down and talked to me and explained to me that this baby is a blessing. Even though this baby was not planned by me, God had it planned for me. She explained to me that even though I was still in college and living at home, she knew that I could do this and get through this. She let me know that she was there for me, and we ended up staying in contact even after that day.
After we talked for a while about my life, and the new baby, we prayed together. After we prayed all my emotions just came out.
I cried for a long time, but I was realizing after what she said that I can get through this, and I was going to do everything I could to be the best mom for this baby.
Shonda gave me a bag with lots of information for new moms.
I ended up going home after that and telling my parents. It was very hard for them to cope with at first, but eventually they accepted it.
I started going back to Compassion Care every week after that to take classes, which offered videos about pregnancy and babies.
Watching these videos helped me so much, because it was a lot of new information that I did not know. I learned a lot of stuff about pregnancy and caring for newborns.
I earned points every time that I came to watch these videos by viewing them and doing homework sheets. The points I earned I could use to buy stuff in the center’s store. The store had many different items that I could choose from, like maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, wipes, and toys. These items helped me tremendously.
Without Compassion Care offering these classes and items, I wouldn't have known what to do.
I have learned so many things that I didn't know before, and they have given me the best support.
I absolutely love everyone there and appreciate everything that they have done for me.
I just recently had my daughter and she has become my entire life. There are no words to explain the love you will have for your child.
Many people would say those same words to me before I had a baby and I would not understand them, but after having my daughter, it all makes sense. She is my absolute everything.
I know one thing though, if I would have not been involved with Compassion Care Center, I would have not been able to do this.
They were a lifesaver, and I cannot express enough how thankful I am that they were there for me every step of the way. I hope that anyone who has this same experience will go to them and get the help that you need. They are truly a lifesaver. Thank you so much to Jennifer, Shonda, and Bonnie for giving me the support and help that I needed.