20 Things Anyone With A BIG Extended Family Knows All Too Well

20 Things Anyone With A BIG Extended Family Knows All Too Well

Growing up with lots of relatives has its perks.
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1. Family gatherings are typically so loud you have a hard time hearing the person next to you

It is not uncommon to be asked to repeat yourself multiple times while talking to a relative. With so many different conversations going on, you tend to have a hard time hearing everything the person you are talking to is saying.

2. It is impossible to hold family parties on just one level of the house

With so many people, no matter how big a house is, there will be people on each floor. It would be an extremely awkward and a very tight squeeze to try and all stay on the same floor.

3. Everyone you know has some connection to a relative of yours

It seems like all of your friends somehow know one of your relatives. Whether they played baseball with your cousin a few years back or worked with your aunt, everyone seems to find a way to know a family member

4. You run into relatives running errands

It is totally normal to run into a family member while doing random errands, and although you see them all the time, the surprise of this time makes it even more exciting than normal

5. If you bring a friend to a family party you have to warn them about how crazy everyone gets

Due to the fact that everyone is so close, family parties tend to be a little crazy, so you have to warn anyone who is not used to how hectic things may get

6. If you don’t check the cousins group chat for 30 minutes you have about 100 new messages

With so many kids, group chats tend to blow up and every single conversation somehow makes you laugh, whether it is something Grandma said or just an embarrassing moment your cousins shared.

7. You find an excuse to get together for any holiday

It doesn't matter if it is Christmas or Labor Day, you know you'll be having a family event to celebrate

8. On your birthday, your phone never seems to stop ringing

With such a big family, on your special day everyone either texts or calls you, which means your phone is blowing up the whole day

9. You are totally used to Aunts and Uncles slipping up and calling you the wrong name on accident

It is so hard to keep track with so many kids, can you blame them?

10. Growing up, you would always get Hand Me Downs from your older cousins

For sure a perk if you're one of the youngest

11. At big events, such as graduation parties, half the guest list is just family

The number of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents adds up so quickly

12. As the older kids started going to college, family parties felt so weird

Even though there are so many of you, even with one person missing, it feels weird

13. You always had a huge fan section at important sporting event

No one in your family would ever miss the chance to see you play a big game

14. You never have to worry where your pet will go on vacation, because you know a relative will take them

Typically, always the same family does takes the job

15. You have to work around many different dietary restrictions when feeding everyone

Whether its vegetarian, lactose intolerant or gluten free it is simply impossible to make one dish that everyone can eat

16. You have more inside jokes than you can even remember with all your cousins

It is hard not to when you all spend so much time together

17. At family parties growing up, there was always more than enough people to form two teams in whatever games you decided to play

From a driveway basketball game to a round of Capture the Flag, you never had to worry about having enough people to play

18. There always seems to be a line for the bathroom at family parties

It is a miracle if you head to the bathroom and are able to just walk right in

19. You either babysat your cousins or they babysat you

The older cousins were used to be the designated babysitter for younger cousins and the younger cousins always knew when mom said "babysitter" she was referring to one of your cousins

20. You look forward to holidays because that means celebrating with everyone

Nothing is better than a family party

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10 Reasons Why My Mom Is My Hero

She's also my best friend.
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My mom is pretty darn special. And I'd be kidding myself to say that I tell her enough how much I appreciate her. There aren't enough breaths in the day to thank her for all that she has done for me, and all that she will do for me. So this is for my momma, these are just a few of the reasons why I think she's pretty great.

1. I can talk to her about anything.

I know for a fact that no matter the issue and no matter the story, my mom will listen to the entire thing with nothing but compassion in her heart. I don't ever need to wonder if she will judge me because I know for a fact that she never will.

2. She gives the best hugs.

I don't care if I saw her yesterday or if I've been away for three months; my mom will always hug me like she hasn't seen me in years, and there isn't a better feeling in the world.

3. I have never met a more selfless person.

She has such a heart for others and I am constantly blown away by her devotion and passion for serving those around her. If I (or anyone else) needs anything, my mom is the first one to jump up, drop everything, and run to help. If I have half as much generosity as my mom someday, I know that I would be making a huge difference.

4. I am inspired by her.

Always.

5. She cares so much for me.

I know that no matter how old I grow to be, and how mature I may become, my mom will always be there for me. She will always be waiting with open arms to either congratulate me or console me. I have never felt more loved by any other human than I do by my mom.

6. She loves me unconditionally.

I will never ever need to worry that she will stop loving me. No matter the circumstances, no matter the phase of life that I'm in, my mom will always be there for me, loving me every step of the way.

7. She is my number one cheerleader.

I don't think I will every meet another person more dedicated to my success and ready to celebrate my accomplishments than my mom. She is hands-down my biggest supporter and will always be standing at the finish line of whatever race I may be running. I could be crawling across that finish line and she'd still be cheering for me the whole way.

8. I can always count on her to point me in the right direction.

My mom will pray for me. She'll encourage me. She will lead by example and through the counseling that she is always ready to provide. I know that I can always count on her to push me in the direction of my dreams.

9. She has the best laugh.

I could pick my mom's laugh out of a crowd of hundreds. Her ability to laugh at herself (and at her own cheesy jokes) are part of what makes her so amazing. But the sound of my mom's laugh has the capability to make anyone's day, including mine.

10. I never stop learning from her.

See points 1-9.


Mom, you are such an amazing woman, and there is simply no way that I could put it into words. So I'll simply say thank you. Thank you for all that you do for me, day-in and day out. Thank you for loving me, and showing me what it means to live like Jesus and everything else that you do. I hope that one day my daughter might love me as much as I love you.

Love,

Me

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Here's What Your Zodiac Sign Would Be If It Was A College Major

What would you college major be purely based off your zodiac sign?

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If you are as obsessed with astrology as much as I am, then chances are you thought about your zodiac sign at least a little bit when choosing your major.

After all, some signs do seem more predisposed to certain strengths than others, so it does seem like certain subjects are a better fit for some signs

So, if you're curious, here is each zodiac sign as a college major.

1. Aries- Criminal Justice

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Aries: You have a strong sense of right and wrong and justice is very important to you. You are not afraid of confrontation, and you have deep sense of who you are and what you believe.

2. Taurus- Culinary Arts

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Taurus: You are all about aesthetics and warmth. You enjoy the simple pleasures in life and that includes food! You are grounded, methodical and careful.

3. Gemini- Political Science

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Gemini: Charming, hyper-intelligent and outgoing, you want to stand up and make a difference in the world! You can easily persuade people and have a creative mind.

4. Cancer- Interior Design

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Cancer: You are a homebody with amazing instincts. You just know what looks good together and what does not. You have an eye for beauty and design.

5. Leo- TheatreImage result for theatre

Leo: You are born to be onstage! You have a larger than life personality, and have no problem being the center of attention.

6. Virgo- Finance

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Virgo: Organized, detailed and super intelligent, you have a way with numbers and business that is unmatched! You give great advice, and would do well helping others with their finances and business decisions.

7. Libra- Communication

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Libra: You are all about harmony and balance. You are very well-liked, and often act as a mediator between others.

8. Scorpio- Psychology

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Scorpio: You like to go deep, and are fascinated by people. You don't like to waste time on superficial things; you want to understand the most intimate parts of who we are, and why we do what we do.

9. Sagittarius- International Studies

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Sagittarius: You love to travel and experience all that life has to offer! You have the heart of an explorer and don't want to stay in one place for too long. You want to truly see the world, and connect with others.

10. Capricorn- Business Management

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Capricorn: You are a born leader! You are practical, grounded and goal-oriented. You have a futuristic mindset, and can see where something is going before others do. You are strong-willed and others naturally look up to you.

1. Aquarius- Philosophy

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Aquarius: You are extremely thoughtful and intelligent, and love developing your own creative ideas. You also love to debate and talk about ideas with others.

12. Pisces- Art/Music

Pisces: You are sensitive, creative and poetic. You think very abstractly and love expressing yourself through your art, whether it be dance, music or visual art.

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