Im proud of my difficult child. I don't want to jinx anything (knock on wood) but he seems to be doing well out there on his own. He's still at the shelter but hopefully he'll be able to get some housing in the near future. He seems to be trying and sounds good. Our relationship also seems to be better. When he calls we actually talk and laugh instead of fight. He confides in me and I find myself listening and giving him advice without judgement. I think we're getting along so well because now he's calling the shots in his own life. And you know what? I'm perfectly fine with that. Is it the life I would have chosen for him? No - but its his life and all I can do is accept him for who he is and try to encourage him and love him as much as I can. I know there are still tough times ahead but in this moment he's doing ok and that makes me happier than anything!