Walk For Life 2015


Walk for Life

Every October for the past 5 years we have participated in the annual Walk for Life to benefit Open Arms, our local crisis pregnancy clinic and resource center.  This year was challenging because Jeff was getting over a stomach virus and I woke up feeling sore all over but the three of us made our way through the approximate 3 mile trek despite our aches and pains.  Luke was a trooper.  At one point he asked, “Mom, how does walking help the babies?”, to which I answered “people get sponsored to walk, the money that is raised goes to the pregnancy center and the women who come here don’t have to pay anything to receive help to care for their babies.  That’s how our walking helps the babies”. As we continued our walk, I was reminded of the inner crisis I experienced at the knowledge of my pregnancy.  Even though I was married, I had never wanted to have kids and the morning I found out I was pregnant I thought my life was over.  I have never been so happy to admit I was wrong. My son brings me joy every day and now I cannot imagine my world without him.  This is the same truth so many women have come to realize who have stepped through the doors of Open Arms.  I am so happy to lend our support.

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{the opening ceremonies featured a story of a woman who had already scheduled an abortion with a local clinic but came to Open Arms for a free ultrasound.  Upon hearing her baby’s heartbeat, she canceled her abortion appointment and her baby boy is now 6 weeks old.  She credits Open Arms with helping her through her pregnancy and birth process}

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{along our walk, I captured this contrast of metal, wire and steel against the delicate blooming plants.  Something I never would have noticed on Reseda Blvd had we not been walking}

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{Our beloved Mema joined us again this year, rooting us on from base camp}

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{A member of our church was there with her dog, welcoming us}

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{these signs depicted the emotions women feel upon entering Open Arms for the first time}

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{these signs illustrated what women feel on the way out of Open Arms}

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{I loved CSUN’s Grace on Campus’ shirts}