15 Reasons I Wouldn't Change My Southern Lovin' Family For Nothing

15 Reasons I Wouldn't Change My Southern Lovin' Family For Nothing

From the South or raised by the South, we're a "Southern" family through and through.

My grandparents are from West Virginia which, compared to where we live now, is southern. And with their cute little drawls, we consider them and how we were raised very Southern.

My cousins and I have grown up "country" and we wouldn't change it for the world. There are at least fifteen other things we wouldn't change because of that.

Here they are.

1. Southern Food

Good for the soul and the taste buds. Lucky to be raised eating it.

2. Praying Before Meals

God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for this food. By His hands, let all be fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen.

We were never taught this prayer, we just learned it from hearing it so often.

3. Hunting

Deer season, turkey season, squirrel season. We were ready for it all.

4. Country Music

Not a lot of my friends like Country music, but since I grew up with it, I love it. And I wouldn't change that.

5. Camo

No one is surprised that the majority of things you own is one of two patterns, the first being camouflage. Everything is camo pattern.

6. The Flag

What isn't camouflage has the American Flag on it. We're proud to be American's and we don't care who knows it.

7. 'Murica

We are American and we're darn proud of it. We aren't quiet about it either.

8. Fishing

We're not afraid to hook a worm or get a little dirty.

9. Camping

Bonfires, cooking over the fire, seeing the stars, long walks on gravel roads.

10. Wide Open Spaces

The city is great, don't get me wrong, but there's something about rolling hills where you sparsely see houses around that just gets me giddy. I love having acres to myself.

11. Hiking

With all the acres we have down at our hunting trailer, it's a great place to hike and explore and take in nature.

12. Bright Stars

The stars are drowned out by the lights of the city. When you get away from all of that, you can see the stars sparkle for what they truly are.

13. "Y'all"

My cousins and I might've been raised in a city, but we grew up going to our trailer in the South. Our "accents" get twangier the farther down we go. But even up north, "y'all" is a large part of our vocabulary.

14. Boots and Hats

We're usually clad in cowboy boots and hats in the summer days. That's how you get the job done.

15. Always Coming Back As One Big Family

Holidays or even just a random Tuesday night. You can see the shoes piled on Grandma's porch and know there's food waiting for you if you haven't eaten. At the end of it all, we're one big family and I wouldn't change that for the entire galaxy.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.

The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.


the loving granddaughters

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