Ember, I am really happy for you. Adsense is truly a life-changing program. Looking back, when I was 16, we were just an average middle-class family living on hundreds of dollars per month. Life was tough back then.
I still remember the days when I used to work for 14 hours and make pennies, sometimes nothing. Now I make 3-figure income, every day. I really want to thank Adsense, my Grandma and God.
I've bought plenty of things that I could only wish for, plus I now believe in myself. I now care for my family -- it brings immense joy when you can buy things for them, the smile on their face is priceless.
I am emotionally attached with this company, no matter how worse the days are... hey, it is at least a decent 3-figure income! I just hope Adsense and internet lives for another 10 more years. :)