Jennifer is a Thriver…….

How do you live in the moment and never really have a care in the world without the realization that anything can happen, even in your “perfect” life?

I cannot help but look back on my life and know that God’s plan is always the perfect plan.  I grew up in a family of 9.  I was the third youngest of the seven children.  Although, my parents would tell you we never had money growing up, you wouldn’t have guessed it.  They were loving, supportive, and we always had a warm, delicious meal on the table.  But beyond that, they made our childhoods magical.

So as a typical teenager, I went out with friends, played sports, enjoyed my high school years, all while having a boyfriend.  As you may have guessed, we ended up pregnant.  This should have been an easy transition considering the support I had, but it wasn’t.  I was only 16 when I realized I was pregnant. I was disappointed in myself and wasn’t sure what to do.  I only spoke to two people about this and the advice was simple.  Ultimately, it was my decision to keep or abort my “unplanned” child.  Either decision would be such a heavy sacrifice.  Without much thought or prayer, I had chosen to set up an abortion time.  My two trusted supporters agreed and even said they would take care of everything. 

However, my mom, who seemed like my enemy at the time, knew me inside-out.   She told me that I needed to be tested and sure enough, the doctor’s results confirmed that I was pregnant. Without her even knowing that I was almost ready to abort, she saved him.  How could I go through with this if she didn’t agree?  I respected her, so I knew I couldn’t disappoint my parents and knew the right decision was to give birth.  Ultimately, I chose life for my son and me.  Throughout my pregnancy and into parenthood I would listen to the song my mom introduced to me, God Ran to Me.  This song became a great source of support and encouragement.

Fast forward……. My almost aborted son is now 18 years old!  He has been such a blessing not only in my life but in so many family and friends.  He is a wonderful, respectful, and hardworking young man that I hope I have instilled the qualities and Faith my parents have passed onto me.

As for me, it didn’t take me very long to realize that “Everything Happens For A REASON”! The choice is whether you are going to falter to your weakness or pray about each situation to ask God to help you THRIVE!  I now am married to a wonderful husband and father to all FOUR of my beautiful children.  I guess you can say I am still asking God to guide me on my journey to THRIVE as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend.


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