When I found out I was pregnant I was young, living in another country and following my dreams. I was teaching 1st grade, learning about a new culture, going on vacations and building a community of some of the most amazing people I know. I am lucky to have an incredible family who supports me as much as possible. But when I moved back to the states, no one could really understand the pain I was feeling.
I was angry at myself, sad that I was missing out on a life I loved and terrified of this tiny human growing inside of me.
My sister introduced me to the Hope Clinic, it truly saved me from my own emotions. I met with a counselor who helped me sort through the biggest feelings I'd ever experienced. He taught me about mindfulness, gave me breathing techniques and reminded me that it was ok to feel what I was feeling.
I also worked through the Bridge program. I attended classes, met with a mentor and even made some friends! All while earning points to get diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets and so many other things. Which was such a blessing for a single mom.
I am blessed every day to wake up to the sweetest smile and a "Hi momma!" from my most precious Harper. I constantly wonder how I became so lucky to be her mom. Today, I am teaching again and get to take Harper to the daycare at my school.
I am so thankful for the positivity, love, and kindness I found at the Hope Clinic during one of the most difficult times in my life.