Baby girl poses with teen parents – 17 yrs later, looks closer and discovers the truth

Young parents often get a bad rap: people assume the worst of them and are more quick to judge than they are to help.

Madeleine’s parents were 16 and 17 years old when she was born. Both of them lived with their parents and hadn’t finished high school. Not many people thought they’d stick together, and the odds weren’t on their side. Still, Madeleine’s parents were determined to do everything right for their daughter.

Now, nearly two decades later they’ve proved everyone wrong. No matter who you are, you can’t help but be inspired by this story.

Madeleine told it best in a Facebook post that’s caught people’s attention around the world.

Read their story below and don’t forget to share it if it inspired you, too.

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When Madeleine graduated from high school, she posted this message on the Love News Matters Facebook page:

“We made it TOGETHER. My mom was 15 while pregnant with me, she had me at 16. My dad was 17. The original picture is from June, 2000.

My parents were judged a lot during this time but stayed strong together.

They both lived with their parents but were raising me together. They were determined to make it and provide me with a future. My dad worked full time in construction and my mom was still playing soccer.

Today, they have a strong, loving marriage. They purchased a beautiful home. My mom is a stay-at-home mom and my dad has a great career as a longshoreman.

I have two little sisters that are following in my footsteps. The original photo has always been an inspiration to me.

I wanted to recreate this photo since the beginning of my senior year but especially after I accepted my offer to college.

I also wanted it to be a reflection to show them how far we’ve come together as a family.

My parents have always been my motivation to be successful in high school and now strive to do well in college. I couldn’t ask for a more loving, supportive family than the one God gave me. Yeah that’s right, we made it TOGETHER.”

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Although many people doubted the family would stay together, Madeleine’s parents did everything they could to give their daughter the tools needed to succeed.

Now, she’s starting college and she has a bright future ahead of her. With the incredible example her parents have given her growing up, I’m sure she’ll make the most of every opportunity that comes her way.

The family’s future looks bright!


Isn’t this a fantastic story? I’m so in awe of these parents. Share their incredible success with all your friends if you also believe that nothing is impossible!

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