An Open Letter To My Robin

An Open Letter To My Robin

I wouldn't get much done without you.

Dear Robin,

I may be one of those people who has a lot of "best friends," or maybe I'm that person who has so many "best friends" that none of them are really best friends and they're all just friends. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that you're my number one. You are it. There's no one else that gets me like you do, and this may start to sound like more of a love letter than anything. It must be hard for anyone else to save the world without you by their side, but I'm glad you're mine.

It could be 1 in the morning, or 1 in the afternoon and I know that I can run to you. You calm me down out of my worst panic attacks. You listen to the gibberish that is coming out of my mouth and always know how to reply. You give the best advice, sometimes when it's not even wanted. You know exactly what I need, and exactly how I need to do it. Sometimes I think that you know me better than I know myself. When I'm down, you build me up. When I'm up, you stand at the top with me. The truth is, I don't know what I would do without you.

I'm thankful that you're also the therapist that I don't have to pay for. Whether it's talking me out of a terrible life decision or supporting me through a hard one, you make it easy for me to make up my mind and know that I'm going to be OK. It takes a special person to be able to make another person's life seem OK when they're being so negative, so thanks for being mine.

I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by a lot of people in my life who support me, but I'd be nothing without my partner in crime. I need you and your opinion close to me at all times. It turns out that without your help, I'd never be able to grow into the strong person I am today. To say that we agree on everything or that we don't get under each other's skin would sugar coat this too much that it wouldn't seem real. We just know the things we do and say to each other are only to make the other person better (even if we can't see it their way at the moment).

We aren't the touchy and lovey type, but on our worst days we're snuggling and watching countless hours of Netflix, then staying up until early morning hours talking about politics, boys and society. Our conversations are unlike anything I have with anyone else. Our opinions may vary, but we listen to each other and that's what's important. So, thank you for that, too.

At one point, I lived my life without you in it and I'm not sure how I survived that long. All I know now is that I'm thankful to have you right by my side and to be blessed with a best friend who can handle me.



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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Easter Is More Than Just A Day

He is risen, and LIVES today... Not just on Easter.


Every Easter there is always a flood of posts on social media, and every post has a similar caption: "He is risen!" And indeed He is.

Not that there is anything wrong with these posts. It's nice to see everyone in their "Sunday best." However, my question is why do we make Easter a one-day ordeal? We should be celebrating the resurrection and life of our Savior every day, not just one day a year.

Jesus's death on the cross is worth so much more than one day. He is deserving of far greater.

So often, we let ourselves be consumed by life and all our problems that we get distracted. We let ourselves forget the work that Jesus did on the cross.

Yet, this should not be our reality because Jesus won.

Jesus won. He defeated the grave. Let that sink in, because all too frequently I feel like this falls deaf to our ears and hearts.

Understanding that Jesus conquered death and has already won the battle for the world (John 16:33) should give us peace.

Having this knowledge should help us to say, "I see these things that I can't fix. But Jesus has conquered death, and everything else is taken care of."

Celebrate who Jesus is and what He has done every day, not just on Easter.

Lord, thank you that I can celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ every single day. Thank you that Easter is so much bigger and far better than just a holiday. You have defeated death, so now I can rest in that truth--knowing that you will take care of even the most minuscule details of my life. You hold today, tomorrow, and forever. Thank you that I can celebrate who you are and what you've done from now until eternity.

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