I was first introduced to The MOMentum Network when I signed up for a Saturday Serve with my current church. My heart was instantly captured by the mission of helping single moms in college create a community that supported and empowered them to achieve their goals and provide for their children. My own story is not that different from a lot of the single moms involved in this ministry. Unfortunately I faced it alone and was not able to finish my undergraduate education as a single mom.
In January of 2004 I was set to start my junior year at a local Christian college when my whole world turned upside down. I was unmarried and found out that I was pregnant. Having been raised in a Christian home, attended church every time the doors were open, and was going to a Christian College it felt like my life was over. Based on the contract signed with the college I was told that due to the pregnancy I could not return for my junior year. I was strongly encouraged to marry the biological father of my child and the church I was attending at the time started disciplinary proceedings. By God’s grace this was a huge turning point in my life, but it was going to be a long road to travel. I married the biological father of my child, which turned out to be a disaster. After 50 days I left the bad situation I found myself in and moved in with my parents. I found a job that paid just over minimum wage and buckled down to create the best life I could for myself and my child.
Since that time:
- I married the love of my life and we have been married for 12 years.
- My husband adopted our son.
- I owned and operated an event planning company.
- I was the partial owner of a company that managed law firms in the North Georgia Area.
- I graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Psychology in May of 2018.
- Our son started high school this year.
The things that I’ve learned over that time:
- Christianity is about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and not a set of rules meant to shame.
- Every child is a specifically designed special gift from God that should be celebrated no matter the circumstances.
- Marriage is hard. Don’t try it without Christ at the center.
- Every circumstance and trial we face can be used one of two ways. It can defeat us and hold us in our past or by the grace of God it can strengthen us and be used to help others.