8 Reasons Why I'm Grateful For My Family

8 Reasons Why I'm Grateful For My Family

There aren’t enough words to express why I am grateful for my family, but here is a start.

As it is the season of giving, it only seems right to give a little extra thanks to the most important people in my life – my family. No matter what, my family is always there to brighten my day, to lift me up when I’m feeling down and love me, always. There aren’t enough words to even express why I am grateful for my family, but here is a start.

1. They always make you laugh.

If your family is anything like mine, there rarely is a dull moment. With so many different personalities, the jokes just keep coming. They make you laugh until you cry, creating lasting memories in the process.

2. You can completely be yourself.

There are no other people you can feel more comfortable around than your family. With them you can act weird, sing off-tune at the top of your lungs and not be self-conscious. And they won’t even judge you … that much!

3. They boost you up.

In the hard times, there is no better support system than family. Whether it’s a fight with your best friend, a breakup with your significant other, or even just a bad day, they’re always right there to be your shoulder to cry on and bring a smile back to your face.

4. They’re your biggest cheerleaders.

Being a family is synonymous with being a cheerleader. From the dance recitals to the school awards to the little league games when you can barely hold a bat, your family is genetically obligated to come out and cheer the loudest for you, sometimes a little too loud.

5. You always have someone to talk to.

I know that whenever I’m in need of talking to someone, my mom is my go-to. And whenever she doesn’t answer, I can call my sister, or my dad, or my cousin, or my aunt. The list goes on and on. They are basically your own person, unqualified therapist who always seems to have the perfect advice for every situation.

6. They help you out whenever you’re in a bind.

It doesn’t matter if it’s being short $5, needing a ride late at night and everything in between. You could call at 3 in the morning and you bet your silver dollar a family member will drop everything to help you. Family is there, no questions asked. Ok, well maybe a few from your mom.

7. They always have your back.

They always say that blood is thicker than water, and for good reason. It’s nice to know that you’ll have someone in your court in tough situations. Being able to rely on others without hesitation is one of the best parts about family.

8. They will love you, always.

The love that a family has is unlike anything else. There’s nothing quite like knowing that these people who you are so deeply connected to will love you forever and always.

I am so incredibly blessed to have such a close family who push comes to shove is always there for me. Each day I’m more and more thankful for them and my love for them continues to grow each and every day.

Thank you for being the best family ever.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.


I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.


Your forever number one fan

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