Life Doesn't Come With A Manual, It Comes With A Mother

Life Doesn't Come With A Manual, It Comes With A Mother

Thank you, Mom.

To my mother,

A tribute to Mother's Day, and a tribute to my own mother. You are my manual to life. You are always there for me, through thick and thin, and never cease to stop caring for me. I know I'm definitely not to the easiest person to handle, but you've always done your best, and it's always been good enough for me. There may be days that you think you aren't good enough, but Mom, you are more than enough. The times you think you've messed up were the times I look to you and see strength and compassion. I see a loving heart who would give a helping hand to anyone who needed it. I see a woman who has been through struggles but has always kept a smile on her face. Whenever you feel down, know that you have a daughter who thinks you are the world.

Through the ups and downs of my 20 years, you've always helped me accomplish my dreams. You helped me learn the value of independence and trusted me enough to make my own my life decisions. You let me fail and helped me learn from those failures. You let me grow up in my own way and supported me through decisions with which you might not have agreed. I can call at midnight on a Tuesday and ask you how to fill out my taxes, or ask how to make lasagna like you, and you will do everything you can to help. I thank you for the late nights driving me to soccer tournaments, the meals you make after work even though you're so tired and the countless encouraging talks and hugs. You have given your all to be my mother and I can't thank you enough.

You may think you made a mistake throughout parenting, but I'm here and have been successful because of you and because of your support. I would never have accomplished near as much if it wasn’t for you continuously never giving up on me. You sacrifice so much for me; you always put us kids before any needs of your own. You work day in and day out to support my life, and I couldn't be more grateful. I think about the mother I would like to be someday and honestly, Mom, I want to be you. I want to be able to look on my children and give my all to them. You have shown me what it truly means to love unconditionally. You taught me how to love, and how to show compassion to others.

If I could be half the parent you are, I would feel that I would be a successful mother. You taught me the importance of a helping hand and doing right.You taught me what strength is, you taught me that life isn't fair and that hard work will win every time. You have a heart that never stops caring and hands that never stop hugging; I can honestly say you are my hero and the greatest mom in the world.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.


I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.


Your forever number one fan

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