cropped-IMG_20130517_161145.jpgThis is a picture of my daughter and her two children… Words cannot express the love I have for these three.

I am a writer, a mother and a grandmother. I was a single mom for 18 years. We had good times and bad times like anyone else. I made many mistakes and even got a few things right.

There is no manual on how to be a parent. It is trial and error. I tried going to college when she was a baby and lived off government assistance. We managed but I wanted more for us.

I worked mostly in fast food for a long time and quickly went into management. I knew fast food would be easy to get into and management was where the better money was at. We also moved around a lot so it made it harder to look at other work venues. All my life, I have never lived anywhere more than three years.

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My daughter – pregnant with her first child.
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My daughter – pregnant with her second child.

From the moment I felt my daughter move in my belly, I loved her.

I always tried to do the best for her. I was never the kid growing up who dreamed of getting married, white picket fence and 3 kids.

Truth be told, I didn’t really want any kids. I was perfectly content to live day to day with no real goals or aspirations.

Isn’t it funny how kids can totally turn your life around?

I knew I had to get my act together so I could take care of the new addition to my family.

Getting pregnant was a real wake-up call for me, in so many ways. My parents disowned me and did not talk to me for almost 5 years because the father of my baby is black. So not only was I pregnant but I had no family support. At least until we moved again. I found love and support in my grandparents who helped me through my pregnancy and my daughter’s first six months.

When my daughter was about seven we were living in Texas. I began a new career in corrections that year. I worked at a county jail for three years. At that point we moved again to help my parents (ironic, I know). I then worked at a state prison for an additional three years until I got on at a Federal prison, where I worked for four years.

Corrections gave me the independence I needed to take care of my daughter. Unfortunately, after ten years I was burnt out. It is a very stressful job and works on you after awhile.

Thankfully, my parents and I have mended our fences. We have been there for each other when needed. I love and respect my parents.

I have been thinking about doing a webpage/blog for quite some time. I have always been giving advice to other single mothers. I feel I have a lot of experience to share with others.

I have a unique perspective on life in general and have learned how to not let life’s little bumps get me down. It is my desire to see single mothers be proud of themselves and believe in themselves. It is my goal to give as much information as I can to help them reach that goal.

As GI Joe used to say, “knowing is half the battle”. Please feel free to ask any questions. I am excited to offer my experience and any advice I am able to give, as well as provide information to help others. You can also find me here.


Founder of Moms of Single Moms

Sept 2012

10 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Excellent!, those rotten ecards are so funny!
    and who is that kid stuck to the wall?! heheh funny!
    I have a sense of humor some people don’t like my cheesy humor jokes and it almost bugs them?! heheh Excellent idea of living for people acceptance….. I am 56 and can see behind me that I tried to live for my parents acceptance (that part of your blog almost made me cry), it struck a note and is true. I love my parents, they love me , but I always felt like I had to do extra for them to really accept me. There are alot of sections to your site. They are all great! I wonder if you could make a few sites, one for each topic? Make it nicheier? I don’t know? Content is great! The hyphens kind of bothered me in the word colums? You are very personable and show a lot of passion with the things and ideas you believe in! The “Moms of single moms” is an Excellent idea! You are very pioneering too! It shows a lot of passion and people can see that and get on board. It made me sad that you had to borrow $19 though to join. It just doesn’t seem right somehow when you have such a passion for WA. with your knowledge and talents. If you set up a paypal donation I’ll contribute a litttle to get you by, though I am kinda poor too! That is one reason I joined WA. I’m self employed, but I only pay the bills and not much else.
    Please take care of your back and be well, peace, joy and success to you!

    1. Thank you for the excellent feedback. I do love my topic. I have been through all the experiences and feel I can benefit many with my experience. The reason I didn’t break it down in to separate websites is because I wanted a site where one could go for everything in one place.

  2. Angela, you truly are an inspiration. To have gone through all of that and come out the other side is the mark of a courageous, driven person. When you mentioned first feeling your baby move within you, I was immediately reminded of when that happened to me.

    I remember precisely where I was and what the room looked like. Yes, having kids changes one’s life FOREVER. Congratulations on all you have accomplished. It’s a pleasure to meet you!

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. Yes, having a child changes your life immensely. You find strength and determination you never knew you had. You find that secret to life, the reason for living.

  3. You have such a beautiful family Angela. Thank you for sharing your story, I really enjoyed reading it! Looking forward to reading more about your insight on life and learnings.

    1. Hi Jolie,
      Thank you for stopping by. Family is everything. I am glad you enjoy my story. I look forward to writing more as well!

  4. Hello. I have a very good friend who’s daughter struggles on her own with two children. Of course, my friend, her Ma, helps as much as she possibly can, but it’s still difficult. I will pass on your URL as I’m sure she will get a lot of help from your great website. Thank you.

    1. Hi Peter,
      It can be hard raising two kids alone. I help my daughter as much as I can. Thanks for sharing. I hope she likes it.

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