For those of you that don’t know, I found out I was pregnant with Beckham at 20 years old…The day after Christmas in 2014. Merry Christmas, right? He obviously was not planned, and Mark and I had only been dating for about six months. I didn’t have a job, I was fresh out of cosmetology school with no money and absolutely no idea what I was doing.
As I look back on the past two years, I am reminded of God’s goodness and provision in my life. Sometimes, He makes His blessings even more evident in the midst of our trials. He has blessed me in ways I never thought possible and provided for my family in times I felt hopeless.
The moment I found out I was having a baby, I was overcome with a mix of emotions. I felt alone, unsure, scared and embarrassed. I love social media, but at that time in my life, it was incredibly discouraging. I saw so many “perfect” families. I saw married couples, secure in their relationship and ready to start a family – basically on a completely different page than me.
One thing I think social media is lacking is authenticity. It’s easy to get caught up in creating the perfect image or persona and difficult to talk about struggles or hardships for fear of others opinions. As I scrolled, I never came across the young mom struggling to just make it through the day with the boyfriend working overtime to help provide. If you are that girl… YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I’m here to tell you there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and it will all be OKAY. Even when it seems impossible, have faith and keep persevering.
Mark and I got married in August and have been together for over three years now. We are happy (not always), healthy and very much in love. I couldn’t ask for a better life.
My goal with this blog is to be real with all of you. I want you to know the story behind the pictures – the unedited and unfiltered version. I want you to see the good, the bad and the ugly. I want to be a source of encouragement to all of you who might be experiencing the same highs and lows in life.