5 Thank You's For My Big Brother

5 Thank You's For My Big Brother

Thank you for everything you have done, do, and will continue to do.

Without my brother, my life would have been miserable. He was and is one of my best friends. We don't always agree on everything but we do agree that we love each other. I owe you so many thank you's but here are 5 that cover only a fraction of the thanks I feel!

1. Thank you for always protecting me, even when I didn't know I needed it.

You still try to protect me, even though I'm a grown woman. I appreciate it though because I know it means you care. I know it's hard for you to see me as a woman, instead of the little sister who always needed you. You were forced into a father role and you don't know how much that means to me that you took it on so gracefully. I can still throw a pretty badass spiral because you would let me play with you and taught me the rules of football. Thank you for teaching me so much more about life than I could have ever imagined.

2. Thank you for being my best friend.

You were always there for me to vent at and simply talk to. You answered any questions I had about sex, life, money. You always treated me like an equal and not just some stupid kid. For all we went through, we had each other and we never let each other down. Thank you for being the person I could always go to.

3. Thank you for having my back and pushing me to be the best person I can be.

You bought me a book about budgeting for my birthday. You not only protect me but you always have my back and support my decisions. You give me your unbiased opinion and always give me honest advice but you never pressure me to take it. You give me the space to make decisions about my life but always stand next to me if I stumble in those decisions. Thank you for always supporting me in all that I do.

4. Thank you for giving me a best friend, my sister-in-law.

You married my best friend. You gave me someone I can trust wholeheartedly. She never betrays my trust, even to you. If I ask her for anything she is there for me. She always listens and I love gossiping with her about everything and anything. You gave that to me because without you I wouldn't have ever talked to her, due to the fact that I had misjudged her. You made me change the way I thought about her and thank god you did. She isn't just my best friend but rather she truly is my sister. Thank you for giving me a sister that influences the way I view and treat people.

5. Thank you for being the best big brother a little sister could ask for.

You weren't just a brother to me but you are a father figure. You were the person I turned to for everything in life and you still are. You gave me a sister, a wonderful nephew, a beautiful little niece, and a niece/nephew on the way. You gave me support and love. You gave me a friend when I had none. You taught me it's okay to be myself with my super weird personality that matches yours. You gave me the best big brother I could have asked for, thank you.

I owe a part of who I am to you. You are a role model and while you aren't perfect, you are an example of what I want the men in my life to be like: kind, loyal, and intelligent. Even a little nerdy because you watch Dragon Ball Z Super every Sunday. I hope one day, you will see all that you mean to me. You helped me to be a strong, smart, independent woman and you turned me into an Auntie Kitty, which is one of the best gifts to ever be given to me. Thank you for everything you have done, do, and will continue to do.

I love you, Matt.

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15 Things You Realize As Your Baby Brother Grows Up

No matter how old he gets, he will always be your baby brother.

Despite the fistfights and days of locking each other out of the house, a little brother is one of the biggest blessings you can receive. Most sisters can agree that they probably bossed their brothers around a lot when they were younger (and probably still do). Most sisters have also most likely forced their brothers to participate in many games that were only enjoyable for one party (baby dolls, house, dress up, etc.)

As a little brother grows up, you start to realize a lot of things as they become your lifelong best friend. Here are 15 of them:

1. He will outgrow you

Even though you were once able to beat him in a wrestling match, and have a fair game of tag, as you get older, he begins to pass you up in size and you realize it probably isn't in your best interest to pick a fight.

2. Teenage boy sass is a real thing

So many times, girls get a bad rep for the teenage phase, but let me tell you, teenage boys have just as much sass if not more than the average hormonal girl. But you also realize that you will get through it, and he is still your sweet brother somewhere deep, deep down.

3. He will go through a phase when he is too cool for you

Your whole life you have been used to your little brother looking up to you and wanting to be just like you and do all the things you do. This probably really annoyed you at some point too and I know I found the words "stop copying me" coming out of my mouth a lot. Don't wish it away, enjoy these times because there hits a point where he will want to do their own thing for a while.

4. He will begin to form his own opinions, and he is actually really smart

He still looks up to you, but there comes a time when he actually starts to contradict and challenge your opinions, and his arguments are surprisingly really good. You learn a lot from your little brother, so start listening to what they have to say sometimes.

5. No girl will ever be good enough for him

When he brings a girl home, you can't help but judge everything about her (no pressure) because to you, no girl will match up to his awesomeness. You know you are annoying, over-controlling, and overly judgmental, but you can't help it, he is your baby brother after all.

6. Regardless of how old or big he gets, if anyone messes with him, you will "beat them up"

I am not a fighter, but somehow anytime someone messes with my little brother, I get the ego of Muhammed Ali and believe that I can beat anyone up. Even now that he has outgrown me by about six inches and 50 pounds and is definitely a lot stronger than me, I still threaten to protect him because for some reason I feel like I can defend him better than he can himself. If anyone shoves him on the soccer field or says something mean to him at school, all of the sudden the big sister is the most intimidating and feisty little 5'4" girl there is out there.

7. He has your back

The once quiet and shy boy you outspoke as a child is not afraid to stand up for you. Even if he knows you're wrong, he is just as protective of you as you are of him and he will always be there for you whether you need a shoulder to cry on, you've had a fight with your friends and need someone to talk to, or a guy blows you off and you just need dairy queen and a movie night.

8. People will think he is your boyfriend and vice versa

As little kids, you were obviously the big sister, but now that he has outgrown you, hit puberty and matured, people mistake him as your boyfriend all the time. When you go to dinner and get the "you are such a cute couple" comment, you can't help but laugh.

9. All of his academic success is obviously all thanks to you

All the days you forced him to play "school" with you and tried to teach him everything you knew paid off because he actually knows what he is doing now. You're welcome.

10. Every year he turns another year older, you freak out because you remember how old you felt when you were his age, and it is not possible for him to be that old

No, no, no. He is little. He cannot drive just because he is 16. That is scary. [Only you were mature enough and ready to drive at 16.] There is no way that he is already 18 and can vote. You will never get used to the fact that he is growing up at the same pace as you are.

11. He is the one person who defies your theory that you are never wrong

He always has your best interests in mind, so if he disapproves of a guy, or questions a choice you are making, he is most likely right, just listen to him. Seriously, it will save you time in the future.

12. You will always worry about him

Yes, you are annoying and you know he can handle himself, but the thought of him ever getting hurt kills you. Every time he goes out or takes a risk, you worry about him. However, you also know and trust that he is smart and makes good choices, and if he ever doesn't, you will always be here to save the day, duh!

13. You are his biggest fan

And you are absolutely obnoxious at sporting games and other events. You are the first person to yell at the referee when he gets fouled and the loudest person screaming when he scores a goal. You also find yourself bragging about him to your friends because you are just so proud, and you taught him everything he knows (duh again).

14. He is your best friend

You can tell him anything and he can tell you anything. You guys have a pact and he won't tell your secrets. He's your person, and you have come to find out that he actually gives great advice when you give him the chance to talk.

15. No matter how old he gets, he will always be your baby brother

No matter how old my brother gets, we still say "I love you" every night and he will always be my little baby brother who I watch over and protect, always. I know I have a lifelong best friend who I can lean on during hard times, and celebrate with when the times are good. Bless up.

Special shoutout to my baby brother, Luke, for teaching me so much about myself and always being there for me.

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The Highs And Lows Of Having A Little Sister As Told By 'Friends'

5. When your parents pick your side (AKA the right side).


Having a younger sister is definitely interesting. You hope to be the person they look up to, but they want to be independent. They do things in the opposite way that you would have done them. You love them, but maybe you don't always like them (and they feel the same way). Overall, its an amazing honor to be an older sister. However, there are times when it doesn't feel like such an amazing thing.

1. When your little sister ignores your advice.

Don't come running to me when something goes wrong!

2. Having a unique sister bond.

Others may not understand it, but you guys are having fun.

3. When you're right, and she's wrong!

Such a good feeling!

4. When your little sister does something slightly embarrassing. 

And you're just wondering, "WHY?!"

5. When your parents pick your side (AKA the right side). 

In your face, sis!

6. At the end of the day, you guys are truly the best of friends.

Nothing will ever change this!

Being a big sister is a role that I am so happy to have. We may disagree and make fun of each other often, but that's just how it's supposed to be, right?

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