Courageous Decision

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Teen Pregnancy

Victoria was nineteen when she went into Hope Women’s Centers for a pregnancy test. At the time, Victoria had family and relationship issues going on. She was scared. She also had financial pressure knowing she would have to move out of her mom’s house, also not knowing if the father of the baby would step up or back off. The patient advocate reminded Victoria that this baby was a blessing. Victoria said, “She made me feel normal.” Victoria found the courage to carry when she saw …

Discover Freedom

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Discover Freedom

I walked through the parking lot and into the church, not knowing what to expect. “We are asking that everyone walk past, pay your respects and then find your seats” the usher said. I was attending the funeral for my friend’s brother. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on October 13th, 2010. His last letter home said this, “There are IED’s everywhere…It’s an eerie feeling knowing that your next step could be your last.” It was an IED that took him out of this …

Discover Relationships

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Discover Relationships

I recently came across a video of a young girl sharing her abortion experience. She had gotten pregnant by her boyfriend and the first words he said to her after she’d taken a pregnancy test was, “Abortion, right?” She went on to say that they had already discussed the “if” possibility of being pregnant in their relationship. But to have that as his first response hurt her. What caught my attention was towards the end of this video when this young girl said: The emotional …

Discover the Importance of a Dad…

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Discover the Importance of a Dad…

“When your father dies, say the Irish, you lose your umbrella against bad weather… When your father dies, say the Russians, he takes your childhood with him.” – Diana Der-Hovanessian, from the Shifting the Sun There’s not really a better way of putting that. When you lose a father, you lose your safety net. Suddenly your carefree ways, aren’t so carefree. Or, the reverse is true, it hurts so bad you don’t care about anything. I was beyond blessed to have had an amazing Father. …

Living Without Regret

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Living Without Regret

Although Whitney was unsure about possibly being pregnant, she found herself happy knowing her test came back positive. Whitney, although happy, still struggled with knowing how to financially provide for her new baby. There was already another baby and a 5-year-old at home.  But, Whitney didn’t want to live with more regret. She wanted to make a good decision. Whitney said the prayer time really helped influence her decision to keep her baby. Whitney said she received good information at Hope. She recently brought her …