A Letter To My Amazing Mom From Your Grateful Daughter

A Letter To My Amazing Mom From Your Grateful Daughter

To the person who has made me who I am today, I love you.
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I love my mother as trees loves water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. -Terry Guillemets

Mom, let me first start off by saying that I love you. I love you even when you yell at me about how dirty my room is. I love you even when you tell me I can’t do something I really want to do. I love you even when we fight about who’s right, even though it’s almost always you. I love you when you yell at me for climbing into your bed for some early morning cuddles (you’re never too old, right?).

I love you during our road trips when we listen to the same five songs the whole time and still sing them at the top of our lungs.

Mom, you’re one of the strongest people I know. With everything you’ve gone through, you’ve still been able to be strong for yourself, as well as be my rock. You push me to be my best, even when I’m lazy (which is all the time). You’ve taught me to be an independent person, which I’ll be eternally grateful for.

Thank you for always being there for me through the good and the bad times. Thank you for supporting me through college decisions and being just as excited as I was when I picked my school, though I know you’re upset you can’t come with me (Go Blue Hens!). I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for me, and I hope you know how much I appreciate it.

I am so blessed to have such a close relationship with you and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Happy Mother’s Day Mom, I love you and I wish I could give you the world.

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Became My Sister

Love is thicker than blood.
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Sis,

There are friends. Then, there are best friends.

According to "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang, they're your person. The one who, “if I murdered someone, I’d call you to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.” You’re so much more to me than any of those titles can express.

As I’ve matured throughout the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that good friends with good hearts serve an incredibly important purpose in our lives, going above and beyond what we give them credit and appreciation for.

The family we choose. You’re one of those.

The day we met, I knew that you were going to play an important role in my life. What I had no idea of was that you would join the cast of my life with a starring role.

First, I need to say thank you. Thank you for always coming to my locker to check in before class during high school. Thank you for letting me control the music on road trips. Thank you for sharing your family with me, and addressing my family as if you were born into it.

Thank you for patiently listening to the physical embodiment of a broken record when I complain about the same boy I’ve loved since senior year. Thank you for tagging along on every doctor’s appointment, grocery run, and trip to the post office, just because you know that I hate doing things alone.

Thank you for not thinking twice before dialing when I text you “please call me.” Thank you for never saying no to a coffee date. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for being my better half.

We don't share the same genetic makeup, but after all the sleepovers, heart-to-heart conversations, shopping until our bank accounts cry, and swapping clothes so often that we don’t know what belongs to whom, how could I not consider you family? We have shared some my fondest memories together, and I wouldn’t want them to feature anyone but you.

You’ve been with me on my best days, and loved me on my worst. You know how to make me laugh when all I want to do is crawl into a hole and die.

Picturing sitting in my car with you in the passenger seat makes me long for summer, where we spend three months together doing all of our favorite things. You’ve seen me naked, done my makeup, and warned me before making a poor decision. Being away from you for extended periods of time makes me feel incomplete.

You are a piece of me that I am not quite whole without. You taught me that blood doesn’t make a family; love does.

You know me better than I know myself, which is both amazing and terrifying. You make me realize I’m enough for this world, and that means more to me than I know how to express in the limited words that make up the English language.

You remind me that I am more than my mistakes, and you keep me grounded when I spiral out of control. You’ve helped me carry my burdens along with your own, even when the universe comes down on you full force, way harder than you deserve.

You’re the one I come to for the truth if I think my new dress makes me look fat, and I know you’ll be honest. I trust you with my whole heart. You know the gory details about every boy I’ve ever crushed on, every professor who was an absolute jerk, and every fight I’ve had with my mom.

I wouldn’t make it in this life without someone who already understands and listens to every thought going through my head and each thing I seriously over think, even when you know, though you don’t say, it won’t matter in a week.

With all these affectionate things being said, don’t forget our fights. The few we’ve had were very real. We still don’t see eye to eye on some events of the past, but I never told my mom about it because there was no need to make her choose a side between me and her “second daughter.

We have learned to move forward, because the love we have for each other overwhelmingly outweighs any disagreement we’ve had, and always will.

Through all the tears and laughs, I don’t think that anything the world has to offer could seriously come between us. You go to a different school than me now, and college has rudely gotten in the way of our routine of spending every waking moment together.

Since we met, we’ve grown separately without growing apart. Neither of us are the same person we used to be all those years ago. Even so, we’ve pushed each other to our limits and you’ve given me the courage to keep going and do things that make me happy.

We lean on each other when it’s been a bad day and all we want to do is to snuggle and indulge in whichever show the other is currently watching unceasingly and unabashedly for comfort (it’s the little things). Having you as my co-pilot on this crazy ride called life has been frustrating, exciting, slightly concerning, absolutely insane, and something I don’t know how I would live without, and I don’t intend to find out.

I’ll conclude this letter with a quote from every basic, white girl’s favorite musical, “I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Love you forever,

Your sis

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15 Truths And Values I Want My Future Kids To Understand

You are so loved.

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Growing up, everything was laid out for you- what clothes to wear, what school to go to, which street to stay clear of, and also what you were allowed to eat. Thanks to our parents we had these embedded set of guidelines that have followed us all throughout our life.

Since we don't remember most of what was said, here are 15 things I want my future kids to know:

1. Find yourself 

Figure out what YOU are good at and what makes YOU unique.

2. Choose good friends 

Surround yourself with those that make you a better person

3. Be Honest and have Integrity 

C.S. Lewis said it best, "Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking."

4. Compliment Others 

See the good in others ad tell them as soon as you do. It can make someones day.

5. Go for it

Try everything out and see what you like!!

6. Study, Study, Study 

Gain all the knowledge and education you can. Trying hard will eventually pay off and gets you a long way in life.

7. Learn from your struggles

It's okay to make mistakes. Learn from them and do better.

8. Be a good friend 

Be a good listener. Stay clear from drama and always be the person who helps

9. Spend time wisely. 

Spend time living life and enjoying the journey. Don't just stay on your phone.

10.  Be kind always 

You will never regret being kind

11. Don´t compare yourself to others 

Be happy with you. Love your flaws and embrace your quirkiness

12. Have good manners

Say thank you and please. Always be polite and respectful towards others

13. Be adventurous 

Enjoy your childhood. Run. Play. Explore

14. You are LOVED 

You are loved beyond belief

15. Follow the rules

If you follow the rules you won't be worried about consequences

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