"I was born into a life filled with drugs and alcohol. Instead of a childhood filled with tutus, tea parties, and happy memories, I was tossed from home to home with my siblings because my biological mom couldn't get it together. I grew up wishing I was never born. At 15 years old, I was at the lowest point of my life... BUT God.
A miracle brought me to a foster home of parents who knew Jesus. I was a hard teen who deep down, just wanted to be loved. I was so used to being placed in home after home, that I didn't even know what love was. I knew that partying and boys wouldn't fulfill me, but what else would? These parents changed all that. They fought for me. I would fight and kick and scream and push the limits… but they never gave up. Not once. They chased me down when I ran, they held me when I cried; they were a living, breathing example of Jesus. And it worked. They remained steadfast and within six months I was spiritually adopted. God came in and changed my whole life. Just a few months later I was physically adopted, and given a new name. I was shown that I was worthy of love. I was worthy of a family - a functional, loving, real life family. They went on to adopt eight more kids. We aren't perfect. We have baggage. But we're family. 11 years later, and I can't imagine my life any differently!
I am grateful that my biological mother chose life. Because of that, I was able to be adopted by two fantastic parents... because of that, I married an amazing man, who loves Jesus and others. Because she chose life, I have three amazing children who I pray come to know Jesus themselves." - Shawna #StandforLIFE