"I was an ordinary girl, ready to start my senior year in high school. Like most high school girls, I was thinking about things like Friday night football games, which college I would get into, and finishing off the year walking across the stage getting my hard-earned diploma. One month into my senior year of high school, I found out that I was pregnant through rape. The next eight months were filled with obstacles to overcome, acceptance of dreams that might not come true, and the reality that I had to complete what I started in order to get my diploma in spite of my situation.
Twelve weeks into my pregnancy, I came face to face with my little girl as I had my first ultrasound. That very moment, I knew I was destined to be her mommy, and she was destined to be my daughter. Abortion was never an option for me, but it was then that I truly realized why. Life is a precious, sacred gift and it is not ours to choose whether life should end because of inconvenience or because of the circumstance of conception. I learned something so valuable in those eight months. I was stronger than I ever knew possible.
In spite of the circumstances of her conception, I began to realize that my daughter was not a creation of violence; she was a gift from God, the creator of LIFE. That realization changed my perspective completely. One week after graduation, Isabella came into the world. I thought I had been strong for the past nine months, but I had no idea how much stronger I would become because of this beautiful little girl. It’s not because of my strength alone, but it is God who gives me strength, every minute of everyday. Alone, I could not do this.
Isabella turned seven this past June. She has some words she'd like to share, as well: 'I love my mom. I love my whole family. I think it's cool that I have just my mom. I’m God’s princess, and I love him so much. He’s my Heavenly Father. He’s the King of the whole world!'"
- Lauran #standforlife