I had spent years on the streets and in and out of drug houses, making it through each day high and working as an “escort”. I had a pattern of running when things got tough. I found myself pregnant and no idea what to so. My mother thought the best thing for me would be to find a maternity home. A week later I arrived at Hannah House. During this time I accepted Christ as my Savior, yet still I battled with many issues. I left Hannah House 5 times throughout my pregnancy, always finding myself back on the street. Even though it was not policy they accepted me back with open arms each time. They loved me no matter what. It was a hard decision to make but deep down I knew God was drawing me towards placing my baby girl for adoption.
Hannah House helped to guide me through that process. God proved to me that if I just let Him in and trust Him, everything will fall into place. It may hurt, and I may cry, but at the end of the day, I did what gave my daughter the exact thing I wanted to give her. A Chance!!!
Shocked, I could not believe I was pregnant! I’ve always been a pretty good girl, growing up in a christian home….now only to think i had messed up. I hid the pregnancy from family, friends, and my boyfriend. I was embarrassed of myself. I got to a point as a student athlete on scholarship I could no longer participate the way I needed. I decided to tell my boyfriend who at first was very upset. So I decided abortion was the best thing for me at this time. I made the appointment to abort, I was scared, but went ahead to take care of things. Arriving at the clinic a lady tried to stop me from going inside… I could hear her praying as I walked in. I knew something kept telling me to stop, but I did not think I had any other options. Before the procedure they did a sonogram which determined the baby was past the eligible abortion time, I know now that was God moving mountains! My boyfriend and I had now come to terms and knew we needed to make a plan. We found Hannah House, I knew it was the best e place for me. Accepted with loving arms, I stayed for 5 months. I learned many things like parenting, financing, and spiritually and emotionally while continuing my college education online with a 4.0 GPA.
I now have a beautiful baby girl. My boyfriend, Now husband and I are married and perusing our dreams. I’m in nursing school and he is in the army. We know all this is because of God. I hope one day God will use me to minister to women in Kenya, Africa like Hannah House ministered to me.
I was 25 living on the streets of Dallas addicted to Opiates. I soon found out I was pregnant. Broken and desperate for help I checked myself in to a nearby hospital to detox off the drugs. Between the hospital, family, and expectant heart in Longview we found Hannah House. Hannah House took me in that day. There I was able to heal emotionally and mentally from all the years of living on the streets. A safe place, through the love of Jesus, that allowed me to open myself up to His healing work.
Hannah House had such an impact on my life and where I am today. I have been in many terrible situations some by my choice, others not by choice. At a time I needed it the most God allowed me to come in contact with a family I never had…. a mom, dad, and sisters I’ve always wanted. Some of the most valuable things I learned at Hannah House were learning to be loved and how to love. I have been able to draw closer to God through all of this.
When I came to Hannah House, I had a chip on my shoulder and hated the world. I was on a huge self-pity trip and thought I was the only one in the world with problems. I didn’t trust anyone and had no intentions to start. I had built up a massive wall of defense and was determined not to let anyone in. What I didn’t plan on was God stepping over that wall. Slowly, little by little, God had begun to take my wall down one brick at a time. Then one day all of a sudden the wall came crashing down and I realized that I could not trust God, I could not trust people, and I could do nothing on my own. I realized that I could only trust God and other people with God’s strength. I had to ask Him for help in order to do this. So I prayed and asked God to give me His strength and wisdom to trust Him and to make that right decision for my baby’s life. Now the thing about God is that He is faithful and loving and forgiving even though we as humans are not. He gave me what I asked for. First, He helped me trust in Him and Him alone. Then He showed me what His will was for the life I was carrying inside of me…
My name is Danielle and I’m 18 years old. I am a mother of a beautiful little boy. I’m also expecting my second child and, no, I am not married. You would have thought I would have learned the first time, but I didn’t. Telling my parents that I was pregnant this time was harder than the first time. We were all devastated and the worst thing I could have done was to break my daddy’s heart for the second time. But since I was on my own they wanted me to live the life I had chosen for myself at that time without their help. I was an adult now, remember? The relationship with my parents wasn’t there anymore and I wanted it back, but most of all I wanted my son. So my boyfriend’s mother gave me numbers to call for maternity homes, and luckily the first one I fell in love with was Hannah House. I came to Hannah House and when Mrs. Glennis opened the door she immediately welcomed me with a hug, and right then I knew this place was for me. Mrs. Glennis and I talked about my life. She has never judged me or my past, but we both knew I had a lot of growing up to do, especially if I wanted to make a life for my son and this child. Without Mrs. Glennis and Hannah House I can’t even imagine what my life would be like. I’d still think and act like a child. And I know there’s a reason why God brought me here and I’m so thankful. I’ve matured because God and my babies have helped me grow into the adult I never was or never thought I could be. I just can’t believe it took two years to come this far, and I can finally be the mom that I know I should have been all along.
At the age of seventeen, I found out I was pregnant. I was devastated and so were my parents. I thought about how much my life was going to change. I would be a mother soon. I was responsible for a life. I began to cry. I was scared and felt hopeless. The sun was setting when we came to Hannah House. I got out of the car and looked at my new home. As I walked up the steps a woman opened the door. I soon came to learn her name, Mrs. Glennis, along with everyone else in the house. After I got settled I said the hardest good-bye to my mother and father. It was then I saw the care and love I would be receiving when Mrs. Glennis gave me a hug to help me not cry. I was amazed, for she did not know me yet she wanted to help me. The first night at Hannah House was the longest of all. I was away from home for the first time and I missed my family. I began to pray. I prayed for God to make me strong and to help me with each day. I prayed this way every night and He answered. All of the sudden I had a second family. As I wake up and go to sleep, the whole day is filled with the teaching of Jesus Christ. I felt safe and for the first time I felt relieved of worries. I saw becoming a mother as a blessing, not a devastating event. I felt myself grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I was whole. Because of being here at Hannah House, I learned to be independent and closer to my family.