I am a person that you, as a supporter of Pregnancy Resources, have helped. It was Wednesday when I got the phone call no mother wants. All my son could manage to say was, “There’s something wrong with the baby.” I dropped everything and headed out to join my son and daughter-in-law.

The news that day was bleak. The doctors said the diagnosis was fatal and in six hours abortion was offered three separate times. We were shattered, but our kids made it clear they wanted to do everything they could to guard, protect, and help their daughter, and my granddaughter, Evangeline, grow and come into this world.

Our kids faced a medical machine that embraces a culture of death for a less-than-perfect life. Many in the medical community did not understand and often asked, “Why are you bringing a broken baby into the world?” In the midst of persistent pressure, every day our kids gathered their courage and delivered the message that Evangeline had value and her life mattered.

During those difficult days, I held fast to Psalms 27:13-14, which says, “I would have despaired unless I believed I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart; Wait for the Lord.” I trusted this Biblical truth even when it was hard.

These were Critical moments – our kids named their first daughter Evangeline for a reason. Her name means “bearer of good news,” and she was and is a bearer of good news. Evangeline delivered her message that every life has value and worth.

We cherished her beating heart and her growth in the womb. We loved her and made memories, eating cupcakes to celebrate her and reading to her in the womb. As a family we prepared for her arrival even though we didn’t know how God would answer our prayers.

Evangeline arrived early and small, and we cherish the short 35 minutes that we were able to share with her this side of heaven. I look forward to the day when I will see her again in heaven whole and healed.

When you prayed for a struggling family walking a hard road, you were praying for moms and dads who face pressure from the medical community to abort less-than-perfect babies. You were praying for my family and for me.

Liz Ryan, Partner Development Coordinator