She used to live in a car. Now she lives with her grandpa.

More than 900,000 American kids are being raised exclusively by their grandparents, often because the middle generation has been lost to drugs or prison.

In Idaho, these kids are encouraged to write and draw about their lives through an annual contest held by the state health department.

This year, one of the winners was an 8-year-old girl named Annika. 

“And best of all, I am in Girl Scouts.”

Here’s part of what she wrote:

“When I was little, I was really sick. I had a lot of problems. I also lived in a car when I was born. It was really sad and emotional. I always got sick.”

“I moved [in] with one of my aunts and then I moved [in] with my other aunt. And then my life got even better: I moved to my forever home, to my grandpa’s.”

“He was the one who mostly took care of me and then he got married to my grandma.”

“When I found my forever home, we immediately started to go to a lot of doctors and therapists to see me. I had a lot of things wrong and a lot of disabilities.”

“Here are some of the disabilities and problems: I had drugs in my system. I cried a lot. I walked weird and I walked and talked later than I was supposed to.”

“So now, I can do a lot of cool things and I am doing a great job in school, like I am over my reading level. And I teach myself to do gymnastics and right now I can do cartwheels, front handsprings, handstands, headstands, and backbends.”

“And now I am as happy as a girl that does live with their parents. I don’t care what people say.”

“And best of all, I am in Girl Scouts.”