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"The timing wasn't my own. Family planning wasn't even on our radar; I had lofty career aspirations, and we dreamt of traveling the world. We were so consumed by enjoying our newlywed companionship that a positive pregnancy test seemed unimaginable.

I will never forget the day we saw two distinctly pink lines confirming what we were afraid to be true: positive. I knew in my heart that this life was a gift, but I felt completely unprepared to receive it.

Though I struggled with doubt and fear in the beginning, the timing of my unplanned pregnancy did not determine the inherent value of my child's life. The heart that I feel beating inside my son's chest when I snuggle him before bedtime is the same heart that beat unexpectedly inside of my womb. My son was created for a purpose. He is worthy. He is fearfully and wonderfully made, and it had nothing to do with my own timing.

Motherhood has changed me in ways I could've never imagined. It has continuously revealed courage within me. It has fueled my desire to serve others. It has re-routed my priorities and strengthened my beliefs. It has affirmed who I truly am. Motherhood has greatly enhanced my life.

That little boy is an older brother now, and I can't begin to imagine what I would have missed out on if I hadn't said yes to his life.

My unplanned pregnancy was not a crisis, but an answer to a prayer that I didn't realize my heart desired. I praise God that He knows the depths of our hearts more intimately than we do, for His unending mercy and grace when we don't trust His plan, and that He is the giver of LIFE."



- Courtney #standforlife