Pictures of ex-difficult child graduating from can happen!!

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by MidwestMom, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Dec 18, 2011
  2. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    It wants me to sign in or something- I couldn't access the photos.

    But anyway- congrats to you both and thank you for the hope!
  3. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I'll have to try something else.
  4. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Photobucket used to work and it stayed safe and secure- but I can't remember how to use it now. difficult child helped me thru it to use it before, believe it or not.
  5. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful


    You tell ex difficult child that this board Auntie is mighty might PROUD of her!!!! Way To Go!
  6. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Allright!! Now I can see the photos!!

    Good job!!
  7. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I don't think I did shutterbug right and I didn't put on the best pictures, but...hey, you get the idea :)
  8. buddy

    buddy New Member

    AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing that... I love this extended family.
  9. 1905

    1905 Well-Known Member

    Congratulations to her!!!! You are both so beautiful!
  10. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Fabulous!!! Congrats to all - I know it "took a family" to get there!!!

  11. lovemysons

    lovemysons Well-Known Member

    Hi Midwest mom,

    Boy do I love lookin at the pics! You have got to be so proud of your Julie. She has a beautiful smile and happy glow about her.
    Is that your cute self standing next to Julie, the one with the bangs?
    You look like such a very nice lady...and you are! smile.

    Hugs and congrats,
  12. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Great photos. :)
  13. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Hi. Thanks to all. To say it was a rocky ride is a gross understatement. I'm the midget with the bangs. Hub wasn't in town...had to watch the dogs (yes, I know, it's sad), but my ex is the blond. Jumper and Sonic are the other two kids. Julie's boyfriend Geoff is the last person unaccounted Julie (Pastry Chef) already has a job in the school's restaurant and does banquets and sometimes puts in ten hour days while she puts out five hundred pastries. Sometimes more. She got honors and high honors and they want her to go back to school so she can teach, but she is tired of school now. She worked a lot while going to school and is tired of school for now.

    Ten years ago, Julie was snorting ADHD drugs and cocaine and using meth and even trying heroin. She also drank too much. She had three serious car crashes (not her own cars). One day she saw a friend with needle marks on her arms and thought, "That will be me." She quit and did not look back. There was no rehab or even treatment, but we did maker her leave, which prompted her to call her straight brother in Illinois to see if she could stay with him. He said ok, on the condition that she never break any of his rules. Getting away from her Wisconsin "friends" (cough) gave her the chance she needed to quit without being harassed. There was a long time before she had any friends in Illinois and s he was very lonely until she met Geoff. Her first job in Illinois, one of her brother's requirments, was at Subway where she had to walk to and from. She was eventually promoted to Manager.

    I am very proud of her. I wasn't sure she'd live to see her twenty-first birthday. I know that many of you know how that feels. She is also proof that anyone can take a hard look at his/her life and say, "Not me." It may not happen as dramatically or as fast, but it can happen. Never give up. Keep The Faith!
  14. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Congratulations! Everyone looks so happy and proud, as well you should all be.
    Best wishes to Julie as she graduates and embarks on her career. You have such a beautiful family.
  15. lovemysons

    lovemysons Well-Known Member

    Thank you for "Julie's story" and the reminder to Keep the Faith.
    She's a pretty amazing gal.

  16. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Great pictures! Congrats to Julie!
  17. Estherfromjerusalem

    Estherfromjerusalem Well-Known Member

    Congratulations! That is an amazing achievement.

    Gives hope to all of us here.

    All her board aunties are very very proud of her. She looks so adorable and justifiably proud.

    Thanks for posting the pictures.

    Love, Esther
  18. shellyd67

    shellyd67 Active Member

    Thanks for posting. I love nothing more than to read success stories, it gives me hope ...

    Congrats and you have a beautiful family MWM !!


  19. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    I'll have to check these at home... Access Denied here.

    But still - I am so very proud of her!!!

    (and you, too, MOM!)
  20. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Thanks all. I *am* proud, but mostly she did it herself. She decided to get off the drugs and start over, get a rotten job at Subway, then go back to school, etc. etc. Would love to take the credit. I can't. It goes along with "They have to decide they want to quit and then do it."

    If you saw her ten years ago you would have seen an emaciated girl with "hyper" eyes (if that makes sense) who had terrible skin (meth messes with your skin...she still has marks from the acne and nothing so far has helped get rid of them). Now she looks so healthy, it makes me warm inside. credit goes to anyone but her. I think Geoff has been good for her too. They have now been together for eight years. Julie tells me that when she finds her ex="friends" on Facebook, every single one of them, save for one other female, are either in jail or getting out of jail and they are all on drugs to this day. I think it was a good thing that she decided to go to another state and start over (although we miss her). We think of possibly moving closer to Illinois after Jumper graduates from high school.

    Thanks to all for looking and moreso for caring. I know some of you, although it may seem impossible now, will see the same sort of success with your kids.