16. Where We Stand
After a stressful few years going in and out of a relationship with Josh, Emilia had finally put the past in the past and was looking ahead to the future with her little girl and her family. She was still going to school, had been up to California and saw all her friends at college there, visited Iowa to see Alessia and hung out with Chelsey and Mya almost every night possible.
Emilia celebrated her 17th up in California, where all her friends organised a party for her at Charlie's parents house (they were out!) So Chelsey came up with them to see the friends that she made in Charlie, Riley and Alessia at Grace's party.
Josh saw Grace once after leaving for Minnesota when Emilia was going to New York with Chelsey for a few days, but from what she heard from his mom and dad when she went to pick her up was not what Josh had told her: He went of into LA and stayed at his friend Gabe's the whole few days Emilia was away.
After 4 and a half years of Josh disappearing and disappointing, Emilia finally found a man who didn't put her down, didn't go out every night, didn't smoke and hardly drank as he was focused on school work and his name is Ryan. He's from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and treats Emilia the way she deserves to be treated, even treating Grace like his own daughter and taking all of Emilia and Grace's needs into perspective. They were planning on finding an apartment in St Cloud when the first year of college ended. Ryan was studying physcology and wanted to become a physiologist when college was over. Finally, the future was bright.