Having children when you are still a teenager is not an easy thing. You still have to finish high school, have no money, no home of your own, and people in the community are not always happy to help.
This was the situation in which Madeleine’s parents found themselves in 17 years ago. Madeleine’s mother was 16, and her father was 17 when she was born. They both lived with their parents. Not many people thought they would stay together, and the odds were not in their favor.
But Madeleine’s parents were determined to do the right thing for their daughter, and although they did not live together, they worked together to raise their daughter.
When Madeleine graduated from high school, she posted on Facebook:
“We did it together. My mother was 15 when she was pregnant with me. She gave birth to me at 16. My father was 17. This picture is from 2000.
People judged my parents during this time but they stayed together.
They both lived with their parents but raised me together. They were determined to succeed and secure my future. My dad worked full time in construction and my mom still played soccer.
Today, they have a strong and loving marriage. They bought a lovely house. My mother is a housewife, and my father has a successful career as a port worker”.
“I have two little sisters who follow me. This picture has always inspired me.
I wanted to recreate the picture since I started twelfth grade, but especially after I graduated to university.
I also wanted this picture to show my parents how far we had come as a family.
My parents have always been my motivation to be successful in high school and now in university. I could not have asked for a more loving and supportive family than the one God has given me. Exactly, we did it together!”
Although many people doubted the family would stay together, Madeleine’s parents did everything to give their daughter the tools for success.
She is now studying at university, and has a bright future ahead of her. Without her amazing parents, she would never have had a chance. They were an inspiration for Madeleine, and now they work hard to inspire her little sisters.
The second photo was taken at the end of Madeleine High School, which is proof that they really succeeded despite all the obstacles that were in the way.
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