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"My husband Bryan and I got married in 2013. We got pregnant not long after that and welcomed our son, Caleb, into the world in October 2014. Caleb was a miracle to us, and we were so thankful to God for giving him to us. We were also delighted when we found out we were pregnant with twins, who we named Arden and Nasa (we chose those names because they both mean 'to be lifted high'). But last October, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage. 

The miscarriage was so painful. But this time of suffering was different from other dark periods in my life. I know now that I am made more like the Lord through suffering. I can grieve knowing that God is in control and that His timing is perfect. Whether we have one child or ten, God is the One building our house. He is working all of these things for our good.

What I have learned from all these moments on this journey is that God does not waste our pain. God used my mom's choice to give me life to allow me to reach out to other women who are considering abortion. The Lord's definition of good and mine are not always the same, but I can live confidently knowing that I serve a God who makes beauty from ashes. I may never have the answer to why bad things happen, but I do know that my hope rests in something more than these temporary circumstances."



 - Ashlee #standforlife

Chandler Cooksey