Lyss, Thank You For Showing Me That I Can Find My Fairytale Someday

Lyss, Thank You For Showing Me That I Can Find My Fairytale Someday

I want to thank you for showing me that true love does exist in this crazy world.

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It is the week that you get hitched to your modern day Romeo (sorry not sorry haha). But I am honestly so so happy for you. It has been such a treat to see your love story with Ryan unfold these last few years. It has been a blast getting to watch the two of you grow in love through all the visits and Facetime calls that we have had.

I want to thank you for showing me that true love does exist in this crazy world. You have proven that love can certainly last forever and I thank you for letting me see that in you and Ryan. I know you cringe looking back on old photos of the two of y'all, but I think its the sweetest thing ever to look back at those photos from times that we have all spent with the crazy Kooi family. Your photos together back in the day were on fleek with lots of love, not gonna lie.

I want to think that someday I will be able to discover my own fairytale, even though it might not be exactly like yours. I know this whole thing may sound cheesy af, but at the end of the day, Soulmates are forever just like Jessie says in her song . I hope to find my soulmate in someone that gets me for who I am and isn't afraid to be silly at times, which I have seen from y'all. I know there must be a plan for my love story eventually, but it just is something that is on my mind as I'm thinking about your wedding.

I can't wait to see more of your journey unfold so I can continue to learn and grow in my own journey. You are a true inspiration to me and I am so glad to call you my cousin. Heres to many more years of love and sweetwaters donuts for the both of us, you know how much I love my donuts lol.

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10 Struggles Girls Taller Than 5'7" Feel On A Spiritual Level

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"
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Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough


Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit


You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast


Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.

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Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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