As a side note, are you a writer? Because if you aren't, you should be. Your writing style is so interesting to read.
Congratulations to your son! Much luck in the years to come!
My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.
ETA: I just went back and read your original post in October and it made me cry. It's so comforting to know that children remember the good times and the small things and not the struggles. I'm so glad things got better for you all.
Very blessed mama to one bouncin' boy (12/07) one who didn't get to stay (6/09), one potty learning, mess making diva(4/10), and one cheerful milk monster. (12/11) Happy partner to the love of my life.
Everytime I start to feel sorry for myself, I will think of what an inspiration you and your son are, and snap myself out of it. You made it through Hardships I will never know, I can make through another cold/snotty nose/sleepless night.
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
Wife of 20 years to my superhero firefighting DH. SAHM to 2 boys and 2 girls (3 babies in Heaven- Baby # 5 5/2010 & Baby #6 8/2011 & Baby # 7 2/1013). Cancer Survivor 2011 ( Persistent Malignant Gestational Trophoblastic Disease)
My Dh is the son of teen parents who didn't nearly as good a job as you have done. But it made him determined to do a better job for his own children and he has/is still doing a wonderful job.
I am also the daughter of (30 years ago) teen parents. Glad to see other success stories.
Mom to three boys 7/7/00 11/20/02 and 10/29/2011
Writing at: http://paisleymama.blogspot.com/ and other places!
I almost got offended at the title of your post, having once been a teenage welfare mother.
You and your son are amazing. Congratulations are in order to both of you.
Yes, congratuations! Best wishes to your son.
I'm the child of a welfare mother, too, and I'm a college graduate who paid and paved my own way. And my mother isn't half the mother you are...so for all kids out there in those worn shoes...it can be done.