Brothers: You Had More Of An Impact Than You Think

Brothers: You Had More Of An Impact Than You Think

You three have helped me know not to settle and always know I am worthy


Growing up with only brothers, three to be exact, hasn't been easy, but it has certainly been an adventure.

The three of them could relate to each other more than they could to me. They went through a lot of the same things while I was kind of on my own. We hung out and had fun for sure, but I am a girl and some things guys just don't get or want to get.

What they don't know is I have been watching them, which definitely sounds creepy now that I reread that, but I have been watching them in a good way (not a creepy way). I have been listening too, and they have been one of the biggest influencers in my life.

I know my worth and I know how I should be treated because of them.

Watching my brothers in relationships has been amazing. All of them are different in their own ways, but they all treat each of their girlfriends with the same amount of love and respect. They dote on them and make sure they know they are loved. They have shown me what healthy and loving relationships are and how I should be treated in my own relationships.

They always build me up instead of tearing me down.

Sure we argue and fight, but at the end of it all they are still my brothers and I am still their sister (favorite one too, even though I am the only one). Without even saying words sometimes they make me feel special and beautiful and loved. They build my confidence and make me feel like a total catch.

They are the amazing examples of what good young men should be like. Sure they are still growing and not quite "men" yet, but they are well on their way to becoming amazing people.

My brothers are fun and loving and entertaining and annoying and loud and obnoxious and the absolute best adventure I have had in my life thus far and I wouldn't want it any other way.

I am forever thankful for the love they have shown me and the lessons they have taught me even if they don't know they have taught me them.

So thank you, to the three young men who continuously build me up, help me have the confidence to be myself, know my worth and never settle, and go out into the world and be the best version of myself I can be.

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.

Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.

Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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To My Sisters Who Have Made Life So Amazing, You're Stuck With Me Forever

In a family of 5 and 4 of them are girls, I really do not know how my dad has managed to make it out alive. However, for me, they make everyday so much fun.


Growing up, I always wondered what it would be like to have a brother. An older one to be exact. I never wanted a pesky younger brother that would annoy me all the time. I wanted a protective older brother who would always have my back. Turns out, two sisters are much better than a stinky older brother. I definitely have taken it for granted in the past but now I have realized how important it is each and every day to make sure that I make time for both of my sisters. Whether that is a simple text back and forth, a facetime call, a weekend home, or even an Instagram like on their pictures.

Trust me, the likes matter. It is always going to be a top priority for me.

With sisters, there is a lot to be thankful for. clothes! Who needs to online shop when you can just rotate new clothes. However, there have actually been times when my sisters and I have gotten two of the same shirt because we did not want to share. But most of the time, we just all wear each other and it saves us a lot of money. Also, relationship talks are the biggest blessing when it comes to having sisters. Don't get me wrong, I have an amazing relationship with my mom and I tell her probably more than she wants to hear but there is always some stuff you can ONLY tell your sisters. Although sometimes it comes with a little judgment and the occasional, "You are so stupid!" I will always know that they will always support me and be on my side.

They will always be there to listen to me and give me the advice that I need.

One of my favorite things about me and my sister's relationship is how we are basically each other's social media hype men.

I do not know where my Instagram would be without my sisters. My life on the internet would not look half as amazing as it is without them. They will always be there to find the best picture spot and take about 100 photos doing the same pose until we get it right. They are always around to tell me how cute I look in my outfit and make me laugh in order to get the perfect candid photo. Whenever there is an event to dress up for, we are outside 10 minutes before we leave trying to get the perfect outfit picture. Oh yeah, let's not forget the intense editing that goes along with it. I make sure that every picture we post has the perfect filter on it that goes with our Instagram themes. If you think my Instagram makes my life amazing, you should see how my real life is. It is 10x better than the little squares I post every once in a while.

I really do not know what I would do without my sisters. They truly are a girl's best friend. Forget diamonds, I can do without those...for now. I could not go a day without texting them, checking up on them, talking about the latest gossip, and anything else that has happened in our lives. I would not look as cute in my outfits without their clothes and I would not have the best Instagram pictures without them. They make life so much more fun and exciting with every adventure, experience, and memory we have together.

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