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Ashley Salazar is a high school senior with a passion for writing. She lives with her mom and her sister in McKinney, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
She relies on her mom for a lot, but she has big aspirations to move out soon, go to college in New York City and study to become a photojournalist.
However, Ashley may have to reconsider her dreams because now she is pregnant.
Ashley and her ex-boyfriend, Justin Lane, didn't stay in touch after they broke up.
With Justin out of the picture and her mom as her model of a single parent, Ashley knows that raising a baby alone won't come without huge sacrifices.
After careful consideration, Ashley and her mother agree that adoption is the best option for her baby.
Neither one of them has the resources to support a baby right now, nor can they afford the cost of a nanny or daycare.
Even though giving the baby up will be hard, Ashley knows it is the best thing for everyone. She makes an adoption plan with her aunt and uncle.
On December 16, 2009, Ashley gives birth to daughter, Callie Danielle. She has a difficult time signing the adoption papers, but eventually does so.
After a few days, though, Ashley is still very miserable and decides to take Callie back.
Her aunt and uncle agree to let her have a "trial period" with Callie which ends up lasting over a month before Ashley finally decides that being with her aunt and uncle is what is best for Callie.
Ashley has since written a book about her experiences which sold well.