Isehia Champs a single mother of 5, has been through a lot in her life but has managed to come out on top with the victory after achieving a dream she’s had since the age of 7.
Since she was 7-years-old Champs had the dream of someday becoming a lawyer when circumstances made it very hard to get there, according to CBS News.
“I really didn’t have any stable guidance at that time. My mom was addicted to drugs. My dad was deceased. And I was homeless,” explained Champs. “I lived with friends or whoever would take me in. Then I got pregnant with the first of my five children, and things just went from there.”
She eventually dropped out of high school to support her child. In 2009, when she was pregnant with her fourth child, she underwent some of the most unimaginable things possible. She lost her job, lost her house to a fire and lost the father of her children to cancer. At that point, she said her sanity went, too.
In the midst of it all, she received a call from her pastor telling her to go to school and get her law degree.
“Pastor Louise Holman called me one day and said that God told her to tell me to go back to school and get my GED, because that lawyer I wanted to be, I’ll be it!” Champs expressed. “I thought it was a little crazy because I was too old and I had three children with my fourth child on the way.”
Still, she did go back to school and got her GED. Then she went to Houston Community College and then the University of Houston-Downtown. She’s now a senior at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law and will graduate in May.
To celebrate she had her senior pictures taken and included her children in them, because if it weren’t for them, she believes she would never have made it.
“I took the pictures with my kids because they helped me through school. They’re graduating too,” said Champs. “They would help me review with flash cards while I cooked. They would sit as a mock jury while I taught them what I learned that day. I would sit in my closet and pray and cry because I was overwhelmed and my oldest son, David, would gather his siblings, give them a snack, make them take a bath, gather their school clothes, all to make things easier for me. And I had no knowledge of him doing that until I went to do it!”
Once posted to Facebook, the pictures went viral with thousands sending congratulations and well wishes to Champs and her children. Going to school is tough but having a support system to help you through it makes it better. Especially when it’s your kids with you all the way.