I grew up in a terribly broken home. My parents were very active with drugs, and I was shipped from home to home. I knew nothing of stability; by the time I hit middle school, I had already attended 11 different elementary schools.
When I was 12 years old, my father gave me meth for the first time. I quickly became addicted. From that moment on, I was off and on drugs, living a life that felt a lot more like death. I never grew up with faith. The only belief system with which I had any experience included a lot of witchcraft.
In 2005, I became super depressed and could not shake it, so I started using a lot of drugs. I met a guy and ended up getting pregnant. I was devastated. I called Care Net in Lakewood, WA for a pregnancy test. The women there spent time praying with me and asked me what I wanted to do with the baby. My intentions were to have an abortion. I left that appointment angry. I threw everything away that they gave me, and I went to get high.
About three weeks later, I called a Seattle abortion clinic to set up an appointment. They asked me how far along I was. I had no clue, so I went to Care Net in Tacoma to get an ultrasound. I was surprised to discover how far along I was in my pregnancy. At that point, I was 24 weeks pregnant. It was too late to have an abortion. So I started to use more drugs, drive my car through red lights, and partake in any dangerous activity I could so this baby and I would die.
On January 22, 2006, I went into labor. My son was born at 32 weeks old. I was devastated that I could have ever treated such a beautiful human so horribly. On February 1, 2006, I gave my life to Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit. I was 100% delivered from all drugs. Now, 11.5 years later, my son is perfect and amazing and we have not stopped serving Jesus.
I believe that it was the prayers of the women at Care Net that led me to Jesus. Even though, in the moment, I was not happy about their prayers, I look back and see that they were the ONLY people in my life that cared for me and my son.
In 2015, I came to Care Net in Kenmore because my husband and I were pregnant with our now 2-year-old little boy. This time was so refreshing for me because I love the prayer and support that they give to me. We attended parenting classes, which were super helpful for my husband and 11-year-old, as well. We are now pregnant with baby #3. He is due in November. Care Net has continued to be a tremendous support to us, and we are eternally grateful for their important role in our lives.