To The Families That Let Me In

To My Step-Families During the Holidays, Thank You For Letting Me In

Thank you.


With the holidays soon approaching it's a good time to sit and reflect on family and what you're grateful for. You know before we get flooded with gifts and food.

Coming from a split household I was always worried about fitting in and being a part of my stepfamilies as I grew. My biological family was pretty small, but both stepfamilies were huge. I gained three sets of grandparents, 9 aunts and uncles (not including their significant others) and dozens of cousins. Most of these people have known me since I was between the ages of 1 and 5 and if they hadn't had told me I wouldn't have but a second thought to not being blood-related. There were those that didn't give me as warm of a welcome, but countless ones that welcomed a little ginger baby with wide open arms. I remember the day my soon to be cousin and I found out my mom and her uncle were going to get married. We were so happy. We used to spend all the time swimming in her pool, and playing dress up and we were so excited that we were going to get to be family. Now fifteen years later and she's one of the best friends I have!

My cousins Billy, Emily and I (step-dad side)Teagan Thompson

Christmas is always a little hectic for me to try to fit in time for every one of my families and presents, but I never wish that I didn't have to do it. I love seeing everyone and receiving love and hugs, and as our family continues to grow with little cousins it just gives me more opportunities to share love and happiness. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day consist of five stops. A meal at every one. I gain 5 pounds just thinking about it. My future dream wedding will probably get a little expensive but as long as I'm surrounded but every one of these people that have treated me as their own, I'll be the happiest I can be. And everyone will be in one stop so it'll be way easier than Christmas!

My aunt's wedding (step-mom side)Teagan Thompson

Thank you to my family that has gone out of their way to make me feel welcomed and loved. Thank you for accepting me as I am. Thank you for including me. Thank you for not treating me like the red-headed stepchild that I actually am. Thank you for double the presents as a kid. Because let's be honest, that was pretty cool. Thank you for allowing me to be in your lives, your loved one's lives and everything you have done for me. You really did not have to yet chose too anyway. I love you all.

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1. Do I have to go to class?

2. When do you have class today?

3. Want to get lunch before your next class?

4. Do you think I need to wash my hair? I can’t tell if it’s greasy.

5. What’s the weather? I don’t know what to wear.

6. Are you going out tonight?

7. What should I wear tonight?

8. Can I borrow a shirt?

9. We have to watch *insert Netflix show here*.

10. Want to order in dinner tonight?

11. We have to take a cute picture tonight so I can Instagram.

12. Is this a good caption for my Instagram? How’s the edit?

13. Ok I instagrammed … go like and comment.

14. We should probably clean our room soon.

15. Can I borrow your *insert random item here*

16. I’m so hungry.

17. I think it’s time to do our laundry.

18. I’m going to start eating healthy and go to the gym more.

19. The dining hall menu is so bad today.

20. Thanks for being my best friend.

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.


From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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