I got pregnant when I was 16. It was one of the hardest experiences of my life. I live in a very small very christian town and I was looked down upon and ridiculed at first. I had people telling me I should get an abortion or just get rid of it. Others who told me I might as well drop out and just keep the baby. But I decided on adoption. I met this wonderful family who were looking to adopt a child and I decided that was the way I wanted to go. I knew that at that time in my life I was not suited to raise a child. I knew that no matter how much I loved him I could not be the parent I knew he deserved. It was painful letting him go, but I was blessed enough to find a family that was ok with an open adoption. So I am able to see him every year on his birthday and it worked out very great. I wish I could tell all young girls who are pregnant that they have this choice. It may seem hard or kind of taboo or wrong to some people but it is actually a really amazing thing. I was still young and a small part of my reasoning for giving him up was because I still had a life to live as well I still had a future and I want girls to know that there are thousands and thousands of families who are more than ready to be parents who can give that precious little baby a wonderful adjusted home. And take it from me yes it is really hard and painful but when you can see what a wonderful life your child is having you know that all the pain and hurt was worth it.