I turned my life around to focus on being a great mother. I was 16 when I had my first child. She is 20 years old now and attends a four year college. My 17 year old will graduate high school in 2013. She wants to do performing arts. My 16 year old is a junior and draws. She wants to be a stylist. My 9th grader gets all A's and wants to be a lawyer. My 9 year old loves to dance and draw pictures. My 7 year old sings, dances and generally enjoys life as a child. My 5 year old likes school and so does my 4 year old. And my baby girl is simple, she loves to eat, bath and sleep.

I think of myself mostly as a great single mother bringing up my children alone. We have our differences but that's life. Especially when you have 3 teenagers and 5 small children ranging from 9 to 2 years old.

I'm most proud of my children because they're still in school, pushing and pressing to be successful young men and women. They're determined to graduate high school and college. I'm glad they're not on drugs, joining gangs or pregnant at a young age. Thank the Lord!

I went to school at Forman High School. I dropped out, was a ward of the state and basically had to make a lot of decisions on my own. I live with myself and my 8 youngest children. I've worked at jobs including one job in my life. I receive disability for both myself and my 7 year old son who has a pacemaker.

Something interesting about me is that being in the home alone with my children hasn't driven me crazy. I'm not saying it was easy but if I didn't have a prayer life I don't know where I'd be.

Of course I've made mistakes, we all have. Things could be worse. I'm grateful to say that I think I've done a good job with my family. As the sole caretaker I have all of the responsibility fall on me. My experiences have taught me well and I am now 36 years old and still learning.


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