To My Boyfriend's Brothers, Thank You For Everything

To My Boyfriend's Brothers, Thank You For Everything

I never could have imagined that I'd gain this kind of friendship with you all.


Dear Boys,

Since there's 4 of you, I'd have to write a book to thank you all individually. But this will be kept short, sweet and to the point.

You guys are amazing. From the bottom of my heart, I can't thank you guys enough. I'm sure you're wondering why, as I've only been with your brother for what most would see as a short time.

In the time that I've been with your brother, I've gotten to know all of you. While many will see you as one whole family, I've learned just how different you all can be as brothers. How your personalities differ, your interests and who you are as an overall person. You each share the common similarities, but I've gotten to see you in a way, not many get the experience of.

While those that don't know you will categorize all of you as just funny, musically talented, boys...I see you as the 4 individual people that you are.

You all are so talented and smarter beyond your years. I've never seen a group of boys as mature as the 4 of you. Growing up with siblings isn't easy, especially when you have that many. I'm sure as you got older, it was tough to determine your own identity. One that isn't a part of those older or younger. But one that is all, you.

And you guys are different.

You guys took me in with open arms. I know it isn't easy when a brother takes in a new female (even more uneasy in our situation). But you all shared your lives with me and never hesitated to make me feel at home. From the moment we all met (which was all at different times), I could see the kind souls you all possess.

It's as if I had gained 4 extra brothers myself. You all have the protectiveness where if I knew I were in trouble, you'd answer on the first ring of the phone.

But nothing compares to the love you have for your brother. My heart grows warm whenever I see you guys with him. Brothers bicker and they fight, but I've watched you all mature in the, almost, year I've been seeing him. I've seen how each of you have helped shape who he is. To say parents do all the work in shaping their children is wrong.

While your parents (love you guys) have done so much to prepare you boys for the life you wish to live, you all used your own experiences to help shape the other. From finding the right instrument, to knowing what career path you want to pursue. You have a certain love for one another that, you really can't find in most siblings.

Let alone 5 boys.

Thank you, all 4 of you, for accepting me as your own. I love being able to call all of you some of my closest friends. Most importantly, thank you for loving your brother. Giving him the strength to where he is today. Being there to lift his spirits when he's down. I know you guys grew up with a lot of differences, but to watch you guys grow from your past has been an incredible journey.

I can't wait to see where life takes us all. Especially the 4 of you.

Love always,

Your brother's girlfriend.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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To My Little Sister Who Became My Best Friend

You are so strong. Never forget that.


It's no secret that most siblings go through periods of loving and hating each other before they become best friends. My parents always told us "don't burn bridges with your sister, one day she'll be your best friend," and like most moody teenagers, I would roll my eyes and walk away.

How could I ever become best friends with this person who stole my clothes, who would flirt with the boys I liked, who had more friends than I ever would?

To my surprise, I went off to college, and my sister became my best and closest friend.

To my not-so-little-sister (yes, we're only 13 months apart. Thanks, mom!) who finally became my best friend,

I know I haven't said it enough over the last 18-years, but I love you. Please remember no matter how many times that I'll continue to say it now, I will always love you so much. Having a sister like you has not only been one of life's biggest challenges but one of its biggest blessings as well.

Thank you for teaching me so many lessons in our journey through life together. I know that they typically say 'learn from your older siblings' mistakes,' but let's be real, you've taught me a lot more than I could have ever shown you.

Thank you for being there for me when life gets hard. For being the only familiar face in the halls of every new school, and holding my hand after each heartbreak, I experienced. Thank you for the many late-night Steak 'n Shake runs, and hours spent with me shopping at the mall (because we both know how indecisive I get when it comes to clothes). For the times we've danced in the kitchen screaming Demi Lovato's greatest hits avoiding the piles of dishes and laundry to do before mom gets home.

These are some of the memories I will cherish forever.

Thank you for being the best secret-keeper and the person I know I can always trust the most. You've seen me at my best, but also my worst and yet you never fail to be there when I need you. Sometimes I feel like you know me better than I know myself. Thank you for accepting who I am as a person and supporting me even when others in our family do not.

Despite all of the stupid fights growing up over stealing each other's shoes or clothes or what time we were going to leave for school in the morning (that was a weird one), I don't know what I would do without you. My biggest regret in life is looking back and realizing how much time we lost fighting over the littlest things. I miss having you close to me.

Know that I'm always here for you, even if it's a 2 A.M Facetime call away. You can come to me with anything and everything. I know I don't tell you this enough, but I am so proud of who you are and the woman you are becoming.

Through both the good times and the bad, I will always be here supporting you, encouraging you, and loving you. Through thick and thin I will always be your big sister (even if it's only by 13 months) who loves you. No amount of distance, no fight, and no mistake could ever change that.

A few things I hope you always remember my dear sister: you are beautiful, smart, determined, passionate, and talented. You are so strong. Never forget that. You are so much more than you will ever believe yourself to be. You can conquer the world and reach any of the dreams that you set yourself out to achieve. I know you will! You are capable of so much more than you will ever know. Work hard, never give up.

Through everything that you do, in everything that you face, I will always be here supporting you. I am so proud of you. I can't wait to see you reach all of your dreams.

"The bond between sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship." - Margret Mead

I love you forever,

Your big sister

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