Years After Single Mom Struggled To Raise Troubled Son, Son Does 180 & Gives Incredible Gift


Single mothers sacrifice a lot for their children, sometimes working long hours just to get by.

Things were no different for Vickie as she raised her son Josh DeShong, who describes himself as a “troubled youth” but said that his mother never wavered in her support for him.

“When everyone doubted me, and honestly she probably should have doubted me too, she never stopped being there for me,” Josh said while recording a video as he drove.

People even doubted him when he went into real estate ten years ago, but Vickie still believed in him.

“My mom hasn’t had it very easy the past 10, 15 years,” Josh said. “In the past 6 months alone she’s lost her mom and sister.”

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So as a thank you for her never-ending support, the Dallas-based realtor had a surprise for his hardworking mom.

“I got into real estate with the intent to be able to provide for my family but also to be able to give back,” he said. “And today, I get to give her back something I’ve been working my entire career to be able to do.”

Josh spent a year refurbishing a home that had been run down by mold and poor design, and the first thing he wanted to do was show it to his mom.

Vickie marveled at the house and how hard her son worked to complete the project.

“Wow, this turned out better than I expected,” she said as she walked through the living room area and looked at the stone above the fireplace.

“This is probably the best house ever,” she said. Vickie was in awe of the beautiful new granite surfaces and the ivory-white cabinets.

And then Josh dropped the news: he was giving his mom the house.

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“You don’t ever have to move out of this house. This is your new house,” Josh said.

The camera then cuts to Josh hugging his mom as she cries, “You do know how to get to me, don’t you?”

It is so heartwarming to see Josh thanking his mother for her never-ending love and support in such a beautiful way. He is truly an inspiration to us all!

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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