On June 25, Elizabeth Smart announced on Instagram that she is expecting her third baby in November.
The advocate for victims of sexual and physical abuse has often spoken about the transformative power of a mother's love and the joy parenthood brings to her life. Smart has often shared how her own mother's love helped her find hope after she was abducted in 2002 and endured months of rape and abuse.
After she was raped for the first time, Smart recalled her mother telling her, “You will always be my daughter. Nothing can ever change that.” Despite the psychological and physical suffering she experienced, that love helped sustain her. “I decided I would do whatever it took to survive,” Smart told pressdemocrat.com.
When Smart was rescued from her abductors, her mother's advice once again helped her find hope as she struggled to find healing. Smart recalls her mother telling her, "The best punishment you could ever give them [your captors] is to be happy, is to live your life, is to move forward and do all of the things that you want to do. Because by feeling sorry for yourself and holding onto the past and reliving it over and over and over again, that’s only allowing them to steal more of your life away from you.”
As her family continues to expand, Smart continues to testify of the life-changing impact motherhood has had on her life.