Bravelove: Born With a Purpose

Bravelove is an organization based here in Dallas with a mission to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative, and hopeful communication that conveys the heroism and bravery a birth mother displays when she places her child with a loving family through adoption.  Check them out at  

My passion is to reach teenagers and women that view themselves as worthless, disposable, and damaged beyond repair, who are in a cycle of self-destruction, and continue to make bad choices because of the hurt and pain that they feel from their past. I know this feeling. When I was a little girl I was sexually abused by a family member for several years, and then raped by a man close to our family at age 15. I had no self-worth. I was damaged beyond repair. I didn’t know what innocence was or how to preserve it.

And whether it’s a choice you made or a choice made for you, having that purity and innocence taken from you causes you to feel like it’s something that you can’t get back. Being reckless with my choices because I was hurt and was searching for something that I couldn't find in this world. But when you’re stuck in that cycle you can’t see that.

At age 17 when I was a junior in high school, I dropped out of school and moved out of my mother’s house. I was living carelessly without consideration of the consequences of my actions.  I became pregnant in October. I remember when I saw that test, oddly enough; I had peace, happiness, and joy. In that moment I felt complete. I felt that God had given me, the most beautiful gift in the world, the love, hope, and the joy that had been taken from me. I knew instantly that my life had to change. My child needed more from a mother.  I was going to have to be responsible and get my life back on track.  So I moved back home, I reenrolled in high school, and began preparing for a life with my daughter.  As the pregnancy continued I was filled with so much love and excitement.  Feeling your child move for the first time just takes your breath away.

You can read the whole story here.