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.

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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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.

This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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Little Sister, I Could Not Be Any Prouder Of Your Bright Military Future

You will make an outstanding Marine.


Dear little sister,

You have just started your senior year of high school, and you already have your life planned out. Yes, you have two different paths decided on, but you already know that you are entering the United States Marine Corps. Whether that be through scholarship or an automatic enlistment, you are going to do amazing.

It is absolutely crazy how time flies.

It feels like just yesterday you were walking into Slidell High as a freshman. Now, you are about to graduate from Camden County High with a super bright future.

I know it may not seem like it with how much we argue, but I really wish I could have been at your first swearing-in. I hope I am able to make it to the next one if you do not receive the scholarship.

No matter what happens over the next couple of months, I know you will make a stellar Marine. After all, you do have the attitude.

Whenever you make it to Basic, it will be difficult, but I know you can persevere through the hard times. It's just 13 weeks. You will make it through, and you will graduate earning the title of U.S. Marine.

So what if you are not accepted for the scholarship? Sure, you will not be an officer. But you will be a higher rank at graduation than some of the other recruits in your unit.

You will always be my little sister. I will always support you.

If you ever need someone to talk to, you can always come to me. I may have to leave class, but I will not mind. If you need me, I will be there for you.

I will do anything for you. You are my only sister, and I love you.

I know you will do just fine. You hold your head high, and you refuse to take injustice. You do your own thing, but come together when it comes to the military.

Your progression from your first day in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) to now has been impressive, and it makes me super proud. I love seeing how much you have grown as a cadet and as a person.

I know this is the right choice for you. You may not be strong at the physical training yet, but I know you will continue to get stronger and make a fantastic poolee.

You have already survived one physical training competition. You will survive the rest. It only takes time.

Whatever you do, just remember to never get discouraged. You may occasionally fall behind, but that is alright. Keep pushing through it. You can survive those 13 weeks.

I promise I will write to you as much as I can while you are away at Basic. It may not be often, but I will try to write as often as I can.

I love you. Never forget that. I could not be any more proud of your decision to join the Marines or your accomplishments so far.


Your proud older sister


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