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.


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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Shoutout To My Parents For Giving Me My Best Friend In The Form Of A Younger Brother

He's not as bad as I first anticipated.


This is a story about my best friend.

I was lucky enough to have a built-in bestie from the day he came home with my parents and I immediately questioned who they stole the "creature" from.

My brother's name is Andrew and he and I have always had a catty but close relationship, which has developed into something I wouldn't trade for the world.

When we were younger we were the most jocular kids you could find and spent our days running around with our school friends shooting each other with nerf guns, hiding in every corner to leap out and give the other a heart attack.

We would hang out for hours until someone antagonized the other (Andrew was always the trouble maker) and yelled for our mom to intervene, or took out our ager by practicing our yellow belt karate skills on each other until our fake punches got to be too much and we would die laughing.

I never realized how special my relationship with my brother was until I heard how my friends talked out their siblings. My friends would endlessly complain about how much they hated their brother or sister and wished they were never born; and me, being who I am, would be shocked that they used the h-word, and tell them that they must still love them which they would relentlessly deny.

Seeing these failing relationships taught me to cherish what my brother and I have, and that is honestly the most important responsibility, and gift, I could've ever been given.

Looking back, the best childhood memories I have include him, and I wouldn't have it any other way. From founding the science club (his closet that we would do experiments in, and give our friends golf balls with their name on it as a key), to sledding down a three-foot hill in our neighbor's backyard for hours, to surfing and boogie boarding until we turned to prunes, to the endless games of HORSE we played (I don't understand how I'm still terrible at basketball), he's been with me.

Since then, our relationship has blossomed into much more than snow wrestling and movie binging; now as an adult, coming home from college is the most stress relieving and exciting time, because I know I get to hang out with my brother and talk about the most obscure things until he makes me get out of his room (because teenage angst, you know!!).

Thankfully, the required familial love has turned into a never-ending love for my best friend and little brother, and I can't wait to keep growing up side by side and to see what the world has in store for us.

ANDDDD HE'S 17 (as of the 15th)

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