For The Dearly Departed Grandpa You Know Is Watching Over You

For The Dearly Departed Grandpa You Know Is Watching Over You

Although he may not be here anymore, he still inspires you every day.


My world came crashing down on April 4th, 2014. You had been battling with cancer for so long, but our Father finally called you home where you belong. I still remember that day like it was yesterday. Losing you was like losing a piece of myself. You were the light of my life! My best friend! From the moment I arrived in this world, it was always you and me, along with Nana of course! Some of my fondest memories are those that had you in it, from our adventures over the summer to Pigeon Forge or our Sundays spent watching NASCAR and eating an entire bag of Cheetos! I always looked up to you and was so amazed by everything you did. Nothing you could do was ever wrong in my eyes!

I want to thank you for always being there for me from the moment I was born. Without even being my own flesh and blood you treated me as if I was. You cared for me when I was sick, watched over me as a baby while I was fighting every day to stay alive and make it to the next! Thank you for being the glue that our family needed! For being the man that would always show up no matter the job at hand!

I never realized or came to the idea that you are truly the reason my dad is the man he is today. You stepped up to the plate and taught him so much! You taught him what it meant to be a father and how to provide and care for his children. I know when you left us, dad took it extremely hard like the rest of us, but your passing changed something in him. He became a stronger man and a better father.

In my eyes growing up, I wanted my Prince Charming to be just like you! Now I am happy to say that I see that in my dad as well, and that is all because of you! You were the kindest and most loving man I know and always treated others equally! You were the love of Nana's life, the love the two of you shared was straight out of a fairytale book! Thank you for showing me how a man should treat his family, children, and wife! For showing me what it means to love another with your whole heart!

I hope to pass on the knowledge, wisdom, and love that you have shown and taught me to my future kids and grandchildren! Thank you Pawpaw for being the godly man you were and the truest kind spirit I could ever know. I hope Heaven is everything we ever dreamed it could be and I can not wait till the day we get to be reunited!

I was never able to thank you in person, but I hope this reaches you in Heaven! I love you so much and I beyond honored and grateful that God gave me you!

Love, your forever chocolate milk drinking, Cheeto eating Princess!

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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They May Not Be My Biological Parents, But I Call My Grandparents 'Mom' & 'Dad'

They may not have given birth to me, but they were the people who raised me and I'm eternally grateful.


Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

From the moment I was born, you knew that you two would raise me. Not because my mother and father weren't capable, but because they weren't ready. I was not yours, but you intended to raise me like I was.

As a child, I remember driving up the street every day to go play at your house after school. From playing make-believe games with me, Grandpa sneaking me pieces of fudge before dinner, to Grandma buying me multitudes of Cabbage Patch Kids because I was obsessed.


You both were there to pull my first tooth and you both bought me all my uniforms for school. You praised me when I got straight A's and calmed me down when I was stressed about Chemistry... or Geometry.

You sent me off to prom (all three years I attended), taught me how to drive, were front row to my graduation, and sent me off to a college that was 1,400 miles away.

Now, I am almost done with my freshman year of college, waiting to see where the future takes me. Because of this, you may feel like I am becoming more distant. And, I know, we don't talk every day... or sometimes every week but know that I can feel your love and prayers across the country.

I know that if I am having a bad day, I can talk to you about anything and you'll give me advice even though you aren't physically here to be my shoulder to cry on. I know that if I can't figure out how to cook something in the microwave, I can call Grandma and she'll give me exact instructions. I know that if need some extra cash, I can call Grandma (or maybe Grandpa, if I'm lucky) and she'll slip a little extra into my bank account. If my tire goes flat or my debit card declines, I know that I can call Grandpa and he'll get it all figured out. And, I even know that if I'm missing you, you're just a phone call away.

So, as I grow older and the realization that your baby girl is growing up and becoming more independent, know that even if I don't say it as much as I should, thank you. Thank you for being my parents. Not my stand-ins. Or my replacements. My parents. No one could have done a better job than the both of you (I mean, I think I turned out pretty good... right?).


Sure, my mother and father brought me into this world. However, you two created me to be how I am today. You both will be there to walk me down the aisle, to watch me give birth to my future children, and to hold my hand until you can't anymore. You have always been Mom and Dad to me.

Some may say that I'm spoiled for having everything that you gave me. From the private education and a car at sixteen, but I just say, "No, I'm just loved a lot."

Thank you for all that you do for me,

Love, your daughter


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