Samantha’s Story

Posted on by Renee Morales

"A month after I graduated high school I found out I was pregnant. I was so mad at myself. We had been careful and the last thing we needed was a new baby. My boyfriend already had a 4 month old little boy when we met but I never wanted a baby. At least not until after college. I had plans and dreams and thought If I had a baby it would all be over.

When word of my pregnancy got out, a lot of people in my church looked at me weird and didn't want me to even watch their kids anymore. They treated me like I had the plague rather than a new life growing inside of me. It honestly made me feel like I couldn't go back to church ever again. If God's people were judging me, then God must be too. What if He didn't love me anymore?

After I had my daughter, things got even harder. My boyfriend lost his job. I had to learn how to co-parent my stepson with his mom as well as raise my own daughter, which was really hard.

I heard about parent life from my cousin in law and decided to try it out. We basically fell in love with everyone there. Going to Parent Life has made me regain my faith in God. I realize now that God's love for me never changed. He loved me before I got pregnant and He loves me now. I'm currently looking for a new church. I think churches could really help teens who find themselves in situations like mine. Instead of pushing them away, they could show them they are still loved and wanted. They could have a support group for teen moms or maybe just give out flyers for Parent Life!

I come to parent life to learn things I don't know about being a mom. They have taught me not to give up on my dreams so now I'm planning on starting college this fall. I hope to become a mentor at Parent Life myself one day. No, my life isn't what I thought it would be. But just because I'm a teen mom doesn't mean my life is over. It's just different because of two fantastic reasons...my daughter and my stepson. I wouldn't change any of it. It has made me the person I am today."

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