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"I was a single, 25-year-old elementary school teacher, when my world changed forever on January 11, 2016. I found out my son was on the way. I didn't know his father well. I was lost, embarrassed, confused, and scared. What will my family think? What will my colleagues think? I was in disbelief. Disbelief until I started showing, and knew it was true. It was happening.

Many people near and dear to my heart repeatedly reminded me that I had 'options.' Honestly, terminating the pregnancy was the easiest conclusion to what I thought was a mess. But deep in my heart, that was never the answer. It was never an option for me, though many offered the idea in the same way you'd offer your guest a cup of coffee.

My son, Major, is now three months old. The Lord knew I needed him. He fulfills every piece of my heart and soul. He gives me drive, makes me smile, and fills me with a whole lot of love. He's my adventure, my future, and he truly makes me whole. 

Always know choosing life is possible. Even alone, it's possible. My embarrassment turned to pride, and questions turned to answers. Fear gave way to peace. 'What if?' turned to 'how could I not?!' 

I will choose life everyday, and I will live life every day as the proudest mother on this earth to a little man named Major."


- Alli #standforlife