A Letter To My Older Sister

A Letter To My Older Sister

To the one who knows the ins and outs of my heart.
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To my older and better half,

I never thought that I would see the day where I would write one of these cliché and overdone articles, but here I am. My sweet sister, this short ode to you doesn't even begin to portray my admiration and love for you. You are my biggest supporter, my kindest friend, my constant protector, my better half, and my forever idol. I can't even begin to find the words to express how special you are.

You are my hero until the end of our days. No one will ever inspire me more than you. I will always be the younger sibling who wants to be just like you. There's nothing that you could ever do that would disrupt my image of you.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for fighting off the bullies. Thank you for knowing when to dance. Thank you for knowing when to cry. Thank you for never saying "no" to Taco Bell. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for all of the rides. Thank you for being the one who can do hair. Thank you for giving me hope. Thank you for being my best friend.

Your kindness spreads like wildfires. There is not a heart that you cannot touch. Your beauty radiates from the inside out and you are the star of every show. I hope that you never forget how talented and utterly fascinating you are. You are unstoppable. I will never stop believing in you. I will never stop cheering for you. I will never stop loving you.

"You know how the moon only glows because it's reflecting off of the sun? Well, that's me with her. She's my sun, and I only shine because she's there." -unknown

Thank you for shining so bright.

Cover Image Credit: Maison Fletcher

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For My Niece, I Make These 7 Wishes

Today, you run and play and I will continue to pray.
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Happy Birthday, Emma!

At the risk of sounding like an old woman, I can remember when you were born and can't believe how quickly time has passed.

It feels like yesterday that you were just a fidgeting lump of a baby, red and wrinkly and crying. It has been an honor watching you grow the past two years, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you.

However, as you grow, I wish that you will...

1. Stay Fearless

I love that you aren't scared of anything. I hope you always dive into life head first, living it to the fullest embracing the consequences as they come.

2. Practice Caution

In remaining fearless, I hope you use caution and good judgment. Be smart when you should, and do not take unnecessary risks. Remember life is meant to be lived, but it is not meant to be wasted. I pray you always know the line between fearless and reckless and practice discretion.

3. Stay Strong

Admittedly, it is entertaining to watch you wrestle your older, much stronger brother. I hope you never lose your strength, in any of its forms. Life will test you, but I hope you always look at the challenges like a wrestling match with your brother, believing that there is no problem you cannot overcome.

4. Stay Soft

I love the way you look at life with wonder and amazement in your eyes. The world is cold and harsh, and it will test you. No matter what journey life takes you on, I hope you remain soft. Remain trusting and forgiving, and always know that there are good people in the world, no matter what.

5. Keep Laughing

The sound of your giggle lights up a room. Keep laughing, even when you want to cry. Know that there are bad days, not bad lives. Laugh at your failures as well as your successes, and learn from them all.

6. Stay Confident

This world will try to tear you down, making you feel unworthy, but I pray that you remain invincible, knowing that you are always enough. Don't change yourself for anyone or anything. Instead, make the world change for you.

7. Always Know You Are SO Loved

No matter how old you get, you will always be the blonde, curly-headed, giggling little girl I have fallen in love with. Live life knowing that no matter what you do, where you go, or how old you get, you will always be the blonde, curly-headed, giggling little girl who stole my heart. Please know that I will always be here for you, as will your whole family. Growing up, there may be times you hate us all, but we will ALWAYS love you. Never ever forget that.

Today, you are still young, and I am still watching you grow, fearful of what the cruel world will try to do to you. I wish I could put you in a bubble, shielding you from the hurt that will come. While I cannot protect you from everything, I vow to always help you through life.

Today, you run and play and I will continue to pray.

So, once again, happy birthday.

Love Always,

Aunt Shy

Cover Image Credit: Shyanne Reynolds

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To My Distant Friend, We Don't Always Talk But I'm Here For You

I know we haven't spoken in a while, but you're still my best friend.
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Dear Distant Friend,

I wanted to start off by saying thank you.

When I started college I thought I'd have so much time for my friends from back home that went to other universities but, I don't have as much time as I thought — classes and studying are overwhelming and I forget to check in or say hi like I used to. The daily conversations turn to weekly talks and before I know it it's been months since we've spoken.

I know we haven't talked in weeks or months, but wanted to tell you how much I love and appreciate you. We can pick up like no time passed and everything between us is the same and I am so thankful for that.

I'm constantly put on blast for not texting back or snapchatting back, but I promise I could never truly forget about my friends.

Having friends I know I can count on no matter what happens and no matter how much time has passed really keeps me sane.

Sometimes I am distant and sometimes I'll forget to tell you good luck on your math test or forget to ask how your day was, but you are always in the back of my mind and always on my heart.

Life gets overwhelming sometimes and it is totally understandable to not remember your phone is nearby and to make conversation, but I promise it means so much to hear from my friends a simple "Hey girl! Miss you! Hope you're doing well!"

We all have new friends and new teammates at college but don't forget about those friends you made in middle school and high school. They're just as important, if not more.

So again I say it, thanks for dealing with me popping in and out. Thanks for handling me when I go missing and when I forget to say that you're important to me.

Sincerely,

I'm Sorry I Forgot To Text You Back... Again

Cover Image Credit: Alex Russell

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