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Jan 26, 2015

Today’s guest post is contributed by Amylynn Warners. Amylynn shares Paige’s story—a beautiful expression of love in the wake of heartbreak. 

In 2003, Paige was an 18-year-old freshman in college. She woke one morning in excruciating pain and drove herself to the hospital. There, a nurse asked her so many questions, she was sure something serious was going on.

Then she heard the nurse say, “We need a doctor now! She’s having a baby NOW!”

Paige had no idea she was pregnant. She had shown no signs of pregnancy. Her weight gain was minimal, and her monthly cycle was regular. But she had no time to prepare for the reality—her water broke as the nurse called for help.

Within minutes her baby boy arrived. He was born at 30 weeks; weighed three pounds, two ounces; and had blond hair and blue eyes. He was placed in an incubator because he could not breathe on his own. As Paige recovered, she checked on him often. She felt ashamed and asked herself, “How could I not have known?” Paige’s father came to her side and, without condemnation, held her and cried with her before they went together to see her son.

As her baby recovered from various surgeries and continued to grow and develop over the next six months, Paige’s time passed with many tears and much prayer. “I loved that little boy more than life. I began searching deep within myself and came to the heartbreaking conclusion that I was not at the point in my life that I could give my precious baby boy the life he deserved. But I knew I could give him the next best thing ... a family who could give him a wonderful life! I loved him enough to know that, as a mother, it is my responsibility to give him the best life possible and this was how I could do that!"

Paige found Bethany Christian Services. She worked with a social worker named Mitzi, who helped her find an adoptive family—a family Paige chose, a family she thought was perfect for her baby. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and it took me many years to know that I made the right decision,” Paige said.

Paige received monthly updates and pictures from her son’s adoptive parents in the first year. Despite her choice to discontinue that communication as he grew, she has prayed for this boy every day for 11 years and hopes to meet him one day.

“I am eternally grateful to Bethany Christian Services for all the kind, loving help that was given to me at one of the worst and weakest times in my life. Bethany will forever hold a very dear place in my heart!”

It has been a privilege working with our partner Initials, Inc., a direct sales company that benefits Bethany’s N.O.W. (No One Without) campaign through its Initials, Inc., iCare Foundation, contributing a percentage of their sales to provide forever homes to children in foster care. It is through our partnership that I met Paige, an Initials, Inc. creative partner who shared with me her personal story that explains her passion for adoption and why she continues helping children find a safe and secure life with a family. Thank you, Paige!