An Unsolicited Gift

December 29th, 2011 | Posted in love+life, Pregnant Teen by

“This year I am determined to practice what I preach. I will not allow stress or fear to consume me or make decisions for me. I will move forward with a positive attitude and be thankful for all I have and the love I share”.
KM Bodio

As Founder of Legacy 4 Kids Foundation I see a great deal of pain and frustration in a number of my clients. At the moment they make the decision to call me or engage myself or a member of my team for our services, they are unaware of the mighty strength they have and the amazing abilities they each possess to make this unplanned crisis a positive one in the lives of so many.

Each one of us is given many gifts in life. At times they may seem like challenges that we do not seem to have the ability or energy to face. These are opportunities to grow and to become the compassionate individuals that we are meant to be. Once we accept the challenge and grasp the concept it all gets easier and the path to peace will unfold. It seems like a lot of rhetoric, but it isn’t. I know from personal experience, some of my biggest challenges have become my biggest accomplishments and created immense amounts of happiness for both myself and those around me.

A few of you know my story, many of you don’t. I was a pregnant teen and gave birth to my beautiful daughter when I was only 18. I became a single mother at 21. I had a limited education and limited funds but I was determined to give my little one a life of love, security and a future. Through many obstacles and self imposed challenges, I am happy to say with a great deal of support and help from family and friends, I accomplished my mission.

However, my daughter chose a different path in adult hood and 24 years later my daughter was pregnant and did not have anyway of supporting herself or her child.  I had no idea what to say or do. By this time my mother and my daughters paternal grandmother had passed, both being huge contributors and great influences throughout our lives. I didn’t have anywhere to turn for the motherly advise I so needed right then.  However, I knew without doubt of any kind I was going to be the primary caregiver to the child if my daughter chose to follow through with the pregnancy.  I had to allow for the all of the chaos and fear to take place around me, all the while knowing what I was going to do, I just didn’t know the how. All I could do is to accept my challenge, be thankful for the opportunity and to move forward with grace. This is called faith!!!

I have had custody of my little granddaughter since birth and she is the light of my life. My Husband and I have chose

Veyah Christmas morning


to raise her and give her the life her birth parents are unable  to. Veyah  is the happiest most loving gift to all of us each and every day.

Now I know not all of us can make this choice due to so many of life’s situations and constraints, but remember there is always a choice. I know so many wonderful people that want to parent. Each day I talk to individuals hoping to have the opportunity to love a little one and give them a safe place to grow up and a future to be proud of. These families are angels. They have a lot of love to give. Each child deserves a future to be proud of and to live a life of love, honor, courage and grace. These families offer all of this and more.

If you or someone you know is facing the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy, remember it is not the end of your life as you know it. It can be a new beginning for many including yours.

Be open to the gifts life gives us. It may just be the best ever!

Kelly Marquet-Bodio

Legacy 4 Kids Foundation

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