As I get older, I see the people around me kind of distance themselves from their families, even their parents. I know people who don't even really make an effort to talk to their parents. Sometimes, it's for good reason because even family relationships can be toxic and that's not something you should deal with. But I know some people who just kind of box their parents out for no reason at all.

I've always been close with my family, and frankly, there's nothing wrong with that. But even if I weren't, my parents brought me into this world and raised me to be the best person I can be. They taught me life lessons, helped me with my school work, explained the importance of things in life to me, drove me to every sports practice, game, dance recital, and event that I asked them to.

I would never turn my back on the two people who've done the most for me, who made sure I always had a roof over my head and food to eat, who made sure I had nice clothes to wear, who have provided everything I could need for me over the 21 years of my life.

I wouldn't be the person I am today without my parents. I wouldn't have the morals and life lessons that I do. I wouldn't have the nice things that I have. I wouldn't have the nice car that I have. I wouldn't have the money to be able to attend college.

Even though I don't say it enough, I could never explain just how grateful I am for the parents that God gave to me.

My parents did the best they could to give me and my brothers the things that we wanted and asked for. They have both worked their butts off for years so that our family can have nice things.

So many people cut their parents out or just don't credit them for the things they've done for them, but I can't do that. My parents are the reason I am where I am today.

So, to my mom and dad, thank you for being the best you could be and making me and the boys the best that we can be.