Saturday, July 23, 2011

Looking back .... Sarah's story

When I think back to the Liberty Godparent Home and my time spent there, words can hardly express how my life has been impacted. On August 21st, 2007, I found out I was pregnant. I was fresh out of high school, starting college 18 hours away from home, with big dreams and goals for my life. Teenage pregnancy was definitely NOT in those dreams and goals. I had heard about the Liberty Godparent Home when I was in high school, and it seemed like a good time to check it out. After doing some research, my mom and I decided that this was the place for me. I arrived on a cold January day, and my life has not been the same since.

There are two things that stand out to me that make the Godparent Home special; first, the staff. They were warm and caring. On my birthday my case worker called my mom to find out my favorite cake and she made it for me. I received birthday gifts and a small party. It was not the same as being with my family, but the staff at the Godparent Home did everything to make it special during a difficult time. In addition, the staff was very respectful of my right to make decisions regarding my child’s future. They worked to create a realistic plan based on my desires and strove to make sure I was prepared and well informed. The support the staff offered me was invaluable.

The second factor that had a deep impact on me was how Christ-centered the Liberty Godparent Home was. Church was a priority. In addition, every weekday morning the staff took time to lead us in devotions. Devotions gave us a chance to ask questions and to learn more about Christ. The staff prayed over us and loved us unconditionally – the way Christ calls His followers to love. Despite my pregnancy, I never felt judged or belittled. I only felt the unconditional, redeeming love of Christ radiating through the staff. This love allowed me to see the grace Christ was offering me and helped me to accept the forgiveness I needed.

I am so glad that I chose to come to the Liberty Godparent Home. I am very grateful for how they have poured into my life. I know that without the Liberty Godparent Home I would not be where I am today. I praise the Lord for what He has done in my life and that the staff at the Liberty Godparent Home allowed themselves to be used by Him.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Not my daughter...

Not my daughter. She’s only 19, not married, she has dreams and goals for her life, she’s a good girl. She’s a Christian, we go to church ….. 

A different reality hits when sitting across from a stranger that says “your test was positive, you are pregnant”. The stranger then hands her a list of her “options”. They give it to her because she is old enough to make her own decisions at age 19; but she looks at me because inside her mind, she is still too young for all of this and she begs for guidance. Thankfully, her Christian beliefs immediately took abortion off the “option” list. As a family we had many tearful conversations concerning her other options. 

It is amazing how God works. I came to know about the Godparent home many years ago through a coworker who had adopted a baby girl. I had given money for LGH fundraisers and donations through Thomas Road Baptist Church. Now, I needed them. I read the information many times on their website and knew I had to call. My call turned into taking our daughter to the Liberty Godparent Home for them to love, care for, nurture and counsel. They provided a safe haven for her and us. She made friends that understood and are by her side even today. She learned many life lessons and grew in confidence with herself and her decisions. She grew in faith with God and found forgiveness and strength for the days ahead. The staff became her parents with love, guidance and discipline, and our friends with calm assurance that all would be fine. They never hesitated to talk with us, comfort us, and love us unconditionally as parents who had tried to raise their daughter right instead of judging our parenting during this difficult time. She received many hours of counseling regarding her choice to parent her baby or place the child for adoption and into the loving, caring family of someone who could provide for the baby all that she couldn’t, and all that he deserved, at this time in her life. 

My daughter decided to place her baby for adoption; a decision she never wavered on. The staff remained with her through this decision and allowed her to choose the family God was preparing to receive this blessed miracle. Today, my daughter is stronger than ever due to all the lessons learned during this experience and her stay at LGH. With God’s help, many blessings have come from a troubled beginning. We have grown in family not only with the adoptive family with whom we have regular contact, but with the family of the Liberty Godparent Home staff and we are so blessed to have them all in our life…forever.

-Written by the mother of a 2010 resident.