That describes Gloria Wilson of Pine Bluff, but she's not finished yet.
"She lost her job taking care of us. She went back to school, she really don't complain about nothing," says Gloria's son Hunter Wilson.
She and her five children brag about how wonderful a mother she is, and a go-getter.
"Goes to school, comes home, goes to work, takes my little sister out for softball," Hunter says.
Gloria recently turned her tassel from right to left, getting her college degree in physics from UAPB in May.
"I was proud of her," says Hunter Wilson.
"I am glad that my kids were there. I mean, it's hard, it's very hard.A lot of sleepless nights, because I got great kids," Gloria says.
A lot of late nights at the library, and then home to take care of the kids. Two of them suffer from a brittle bone disease and two others from a blood disorder.
"For me, my kids are a gift from God, and it's the closest thing I think you can get on this earth from God, is the unconditional love of a kid," Gloria explains.
Gloria's children range in age from 8 to 19.
"One day at a time, with the graces of God," says Gloria about how they get by.
Now, she's been accepted into the Masters of Education program with the hopes of becoming a high school science teacher.
"A lot of people want to deal with the younger kids. No one ever wants to be around the more problem kids and they need somebody that cares too," Gloria says.
"I want her to teach one of my classes," says her son.
Those words keep her going, but she admits there's been some rough days.
"I've had them. And I was late them days, but if I didn't make it, then it would give my kids a reason, mom you didn't, so why do we?," she explains.
"It's not so much I can do it because I'm so much better than everyone else. I was determined to show my kids you can do this. If I can do this you can do this," she says. "You gotta want it. You really do, you gotta want it."