When You Give A Girl A Sister

When You Give A Girl A Sister

You've made her life a little brighter and my laughs a little louder.
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When you give a girl an older sister, you've changed her world for the better.

Giving a girl a sister is much more than one would realize. She now has someone to look up to, tell all her secrets, and annoy daily. You have given her someone to confide in and learn from.

Some girls are blessed with just one older sister, I was blessed with two. I have two bright and beautiful women to guide me through the ups and downs. I was given two women to learn from and navigate the waves of life with.

When you give a girl a sister, you've given her someone to blame for everything. Being the youngest sibling, you know your sisters will be blamed for everything before you (sorry guys!) It's okay, you'll laugh about it a few years down the road.

When you give a girl a sister, you've given her someone to argue with daily. Small bickering throughout the day is a given and it's typically about who has the bigger attitude that day. Giving a girl a sister gives her the opportunity to have her biggest fan and occasionally worst enemy all wrapped in one. Regardless of the fight, the next day you'll be texting each other to meet up for ice cream.

When you give a girl a sister, you've given her someone to recite entire movies with and sing at the top of her lungs in the car with. Giving a girl a sister involves giving her someone who can handle the weirdest aspects of her personality. You've given her someone she can eat an entire pizza in front of and not feel ashamed.

When you give a girl a sister you've given her a shoulder to lean on. Even if your sisters are more of the "rub some dirt on it, suck it up, and get over it" types like mine, they still know when you truly need them. They will be there the second you call, even if it's just to chug a bottle of wine.

When you give a girl a sister, you've given her a chance to grow. You've given her a hand to hold when life gets rocky and someone to laugh with at family parties. You've given her someone who understands how she's feeling simply by a look and she knows your bluffing face better than anyone.

When you give a girl a sister, you've given her a very judgmental, second mother. Her opinion on how you look, who you like, and even those you associate with will be important. Just trust me, she knows better than you may think.

When you give a girl a sister, you've given her someone to aid in boredom. When you have to go to the store for your parents or get the car cleaned, your sister is right there willing (not always) and able. You may have to bribe her now and again, but eventually she'll cave.

Giving a girl a sister is an important gift. It's a partner in crime, a best friend, and a role model wrapped in one.

I thank God every day for being given the sisters I was. I wouldn't be the young woman I am today without them. My sisters are my heroes, and I'd be lost without them.

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."
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Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me", but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is; to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

Cover Image Credit: Adriana Ranieri

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A Letter To My Military Brothers

As much as we bicker and argue, thank you, for all that you do.
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With Memorial Day right around the corner, I just wanted to send the utmost respect for those fighting for our country, including my brothers.

I have four brothers, three of which have served or are currently serving in the United States Military. All of which I am so grateful for what they have done and continue to do for our country.

I guess this article is to really to say thank you to my brothers, and also a "you suck" for making me miss you guys so much.

To be honest, I never would've guessed that you three would enlist, mostly because you all are my brothers. Also, maybe because Mom could never bear the sight of you guys of leaving. I always expected you guys just to go to college, get a job, find a nice girl, then I would finally be the cool aunt. Well, that didn't happen. Number one, I'm still waiting to be a cool aunt, I'm not getting any younger here!

As a kid, you guys annoyed me like crazy, stealing my stuffed animal (her name was Angel), marking X's over my Jonas Brothers posters, or "forgetting" to pick me up from school, yeah I'm talking about you Marshall. We've been through so many ups and downs, but seriously, all three of you are my best friends, whether you boys agree or not.

We are older now and I have looked up to you countless times. I know that you guys will always have my back because let's face it, I will always have yours. I missed you guys a lot, not talking every day, y'all buying me food, or laying on the couch in the game room watching movies. With two of you going overseas, missing Christmas and Thanksgiving it just didn't feel like it used to. Our home wasn't the same, but that's okay because I knew it was the right choice.

I know that I annoyed you all right back, but that is what a little sister is supposed to do. Hopefully, you guys look back on how much fun we had as kids, even if I did happen to tattle tale once or twice (or many times) on you.

Basically, what I am getting at, is how happy I am with the way your life has gone and how thankful I am to have you boys as my brothers. Although you three joining the military was something I never expected, I am truly grateful for all that you do for me and for everyone else in this country.

To all of those little sisters with brothers in the military, you don't realize how lucky you are. You have a brother who not only will do anything for you no matter the circumstance AND is in one of the most honorable jobs and experiences that one can have.

I love you guys lots, ya know. Thanks for being the best big brothers around.

Love,

your favorite and ONLY sister.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Carpenter

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