I want to be a light to others and to be a voice for other young people like myself who need to see the blessing of choosing life. I have always been pro life, but only now that I am facing the real challenges that come along with being a single teen mom do I realize just what a big deal it is.
For all of you who dedicate your lives to helping to save the unborn, I hope you see in me a chance to really make a difference. The choice is really just the beginning and this little girl will be your testimony of generosity and my testimony of loving, even when it means giving up my own dreams for the sake of another’s.
My name is Gemma Howard, I am 17 years old and currently 31 weeks pregnant. This pregnancy was unexpected, but I have chosen life and am preparing to be a single mother. These past 8 months have been hard to say the least. A few weeks ago the father of my baby committed suicide causing immense pain and confusion in this already scary process. I am now trying to figure out the best path for me, but most importantly for this beautiful life I have been given.
Prior to this life changing curve-ball I was focusing my attention on being a cellist, private pilot and loved nannying and getting involved in Avodah Farms, a beautiful non-profit dedicated to serving young mothers, especially those who have experienced the horrors of sex trafficking. My few poor choices and an unhealthy relationship resulted in me now having to rethink my dreams. But God draws straight with crooked lines and I am now trusting completely in him! I won’t give up dreaming, but I do have to change directions. I want to be this little girl’s mother! However, I know that me wanting to be her mom is not enough. I need to be able to do more then just love her, I need to be able to provide her with the life she deserves. In my current situation I am unable to provide what I need for her and for myself. I do have the love and support from my family, but I am the oldest of six kids and the demands on their finances are many. I have to be humble and reach out for help at least to be able to get me through the next year with my little girl.
I have several expenses that I will need to pay for in the early part of her life that even if I work like crazy I won’t be able to afford by the time she is born.
Birth Center Cost (Outside of Insurance) $2000
Safe Car $4000-$6000
I am planning on living with my family through the birth, but shortly after that, I know I will need to begin finding my own housing arrangements. I am trying to line up work that will allow me to keep my little girl close to me but naturally need time to get my feet back under me before I jump in. So I will have no income to help me provide for her during the fir first months and hope to have a little nest egg set aside for this window of time.
I hope to have a minimum of 3 months expenses saved up:
Baby Needs: $300
Cell Phone: $50
Child Care: $400
$2000 x 3= $6000
I plan on completing my pilots license before the baby comes and will continue to pursue my education in the months and years to come. I refuse to be another single mother poverty stat. I have talents and drive and I intend to work hard to provide for myself and my baby, through entrepreneurial and local job offerings.
I just need you to believe in me and this sweet girl!
Thanks in advance for helping me to create a beautiful life for her. In faith, in education, in music, in joy, in freedom, in love...she will be a world changer and I am going to change the world through my own support of others in due course. In particular I intend to use my experience to reach out to the women of Avodah Farms and other young girls in a similar situation. Anything raised above and beyond my initial expenses will be earmarked for my and her education. Help me get off the ground so she can fly to the heights of what God has in store for her.
Life is precious however difficult the circumstances are that surround it. It makes us grow, it teaches us to love, it points us to the Lord.
I am going to be the very best mom to this sweet little innocent girl! Thank you for helping me make this a reality.