I'm totally guilty of being best friends with my mom. I mean what can I say, I just love that woman to pieces! Here's a few things that all daughters that are best friends with their mom know all too well!
1. Your mom is the first person you call when anything exciting happens in your life.
2. You've definitely ditched plans with your friends to hang out with her.
4. You ask for her opinion on basically every decision you make, big or small. And you value her opinion greatly.
5. Your inside jokes are the best jokes.
6. The biggest compliment is when people tell you, "you look just like your mom!" or "you get it from your mom!".
7. All your friends thinks she's the coolest mom ever. They basically hang out with you so they can hang out with her too.
8. You tell each other everything. I mean literally, EVERYTHING.
9. You've got each other's back. And she's especially got yours, because if someone messes with her little girl, momma bear is comin' out.
11. You never leave the house or hang up the phone without saying "I love you".
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.
I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.
I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.
The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!
Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.
Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.
And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.
Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.
You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.
Thank you for always being there for him.
Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.
With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.
Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.
Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.
Thank you for letting me date him.
I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.
You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.
All my life, I have lived in the same house. I have slept with the comfort knowing you were just footsteps down the hall. Next week, I will be living ten hours away. I will move for the first time in my life. Without you to be by my side. I know I act brave like I have this whole independence thing figured out, but I don't. I'm scared. This next chapter of my life holds so many uncertainties and I am about to go through it by myself. And there is no way I could be at this point in my life if it weren't for you.
You raised me. When I was a little girl, you were the only one I wanted to hold me, much to your sister's dismay. I used to think that I could do anything because I was smart like you. I can do anything, you taught me that. That is why I am branching off. I feel as if it is time for me to be on my own and experience life for myself.
You have always tried to protect me from the dangers of this world and we have argued round and round about mistakes. But we both know the other is stubborn and I have a need to make mistakes of my own and for some reason, I don't learn from other people's. I appreciate all you have done for me, even if sometimes doesn't seem like it.
I am a lot like you, this caused us to butt heads so much while I was growing up. We almost never saw eye-to-eye. I know myself. Raising me could not have been easy, I'm difficult. I still learned from you even when it seemed like I wasn't listening. I am independent, you always say that as soon as my feet hit the floor, I skipped walking and took off running. I am running into this adventure head-on.
I don't want you to think that I am leaving you behind, because I'm not. Just because I am growing older does not mean that you no longer have a place in my life. I am always going to need my mom. You are irreplaceable.
I don't want you to think of this move as if you are losing me. You raised me to be strong and now I need you to be. I am on my way to realizing my dreams because of you. I know there will be lots of tears in this next week, and it is going to be monumentally tough, but it is all for a reason. I know you will be beaming with pride as you are watching me fly.