Beauty in the Broken
hope. health. humour. & mom life.
This past Friday, I had the honour of sharing a chapter of my story at the 2019 Elisha House Fundraising Banquet. Below is my written transcript.
Good evening! I'm Donna.
I’ve had the privilege of serving as part of the Pregnancy Options Team at Elisha House for the past 2 and a half years. I also enjoy working behind the scenes, in an administrative role, which includes handling our social media accounts and assisting with fundraisers.
I am a married mom of 4 children. I often say...3 of which were unplanned by me, but all 4 planned by God. My story has many twists and turns. It’s far from perfect as it continues to be written... but I am grateful for all it all...because it allows me to connect with the young women, we see walk through the doors of Elisha House. I am truly humbled that God would choose to use someone like me.
Truth be told, I wasn’t even aware of Pregnancy Center’s and the work that they do, until moving to Ontario 4 years ago. You see, I am from a lil town in North East Saskatchewan.... I didn’t even grow up with access to Tim Hortons. I was raised in contemporary-Mennonite home with Christian values. Importance was placed on being good and following the rules for fear of punishment, not out of a mutual loving relationship with God. So you can imagine, the guilt and fear I felt when I discovered I was pregnant, while still in high school.
My world came crashing down.
The song "Awakening" by Amanda Lindsey Cook has haunted me...in a good way...since the first time I heard it. It was released back in March of 2019. I first discovered the song when scrolling through my social media feed one day. I immediately added it to my Apple Music Library #onRepeat . A few months later, I attended a Hillsong United concert in Toronto, where she just so happened to be one of the opening acts. If I could use only one word to describe the song and entire "House on a Hill" album for that matter, I would say, PROFOUND. If you're going though or have ever been through, a dark season in your life, I think you'll find find the lyrics speak to you in profound ways. I wish I could post them but copyright laws prohibit that, so please...Take a Listen!
blogger + wife + mama of 4 + unplanned pregnancy support worker + keto-fied wellness enthusiast. All of that stripped away, Donna simply considers herself a beloved daughter of God whose purpose is to shine His light through the cracks of her brokenness. Sunshine, coffee, dark chocolate and good conversation are her idea of a great time. Donna enjoys writing as a way of processing life and seeks to encourage frazzled moms, like herself, to take care of their mental, physical and spiritual wellness and see beauty in their brokenness.