Life just happens....
Donnie was a very good friend of mine and had been for a couple of years. We started dating, and within a year we were engaged. Our wedding date was set for August 20, 2004. In June of 2004, I found out that I was pregnant. EVERYONE was sooo excited.....it happened earlier than we had planned, but like I said.....life just happens. We had a gorgeous wedding and later went to Tennessee for our honeymoon. I had a pretty rough pregnancy. I was sick in the beginning and at 30 weeks, I was taken out of work and put on bed rest. At 36 weeks, I was induced. God blessed me with a beautiful baby boy. Hunter Levi came into this world on February 16, 2005 at 12:29pm weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. We were soooo very happy!
After Hunter was born, money started "disappearing" out of thr checking account. Alcohol entered Donnie's life and I was married to a stranger. I thought about it, prayed about it, and came to the realization that I had to do what was best for my son and myself.
When Hunter was 3 months old, he and I moved out and moved in with my parents. Things got pretty ugly at times, but we made it through. After going to court, I was awarded full custody of Hunter and Donnie was given visitation every other Sunday for 6 hours. He was also given an order to pay child support, something that he had NEVER done. After a few Sunday visits, and NO child support payments, Donnie stopped seeing Hunter. In January, he told me that he wanted to sign over his parental rights. He told me that he was not paying me child support every month. So, here we go to court again.....on July 13, 2006 his parental rights were terminated. He has not seen Hunter since before Christmas 2005, nor will he ever see him again.
The situation is bitter-sweet. I hate the fact that Hunter does not have a father, but I am glad that Donnie did this now instead of when Hunter gets older. At this point, he does not even know Donnie nor will he ever know him. I am the one that, in the end, has to explain to Hunter why he doesn't have a father....but that is OK. We will be just fine. I will take care of him and raise him to be a fine young man. I will absolutely do the very best I can.
We will be just fine......God will take care of us!
"God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it."