A Letter To My Older Sister

A Letter To My Older Sister

To the one who knows the ins and outs of my heart.

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.

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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Changing our traditional way of celebrating Thanksgiving from last year for more joy and happiness.


Many people celebrate Thanksgiving and some do not celebrate. Maybe it is due to not familiarized with the tradition or simply are not interested in celebrating Thanksgiving at all. But, Thanksgiving actually brings family together and celebrate a whole day just for your family. Nowadays, people are busy with their work, school, friends, family issues and financial needs, but Thanksgiving will bring your family together.

Five years ago, my family did not celebrate. Today it's become one of our traditions since none of us have time to spend together throughout the year.

Thanksgiving celebration have changed a little this year for us. Last year we dedicated the whole day for Thanksgiving and my mom started to make a list of things she is going to make on Thanksgiving day. My dad also helped her. She started to cook in the afternoon and she did not get tired at all. She kept working the whole entire day. She made tofu turkey (since we are vegetarian we don't have a real turkey), stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corns, and green beans. It took my parents three to four hours to finish the whole meal, then we sat together and had our delicious dinner. It was a wonderful day.

This year we are thinking about celebrating it a little differently like inviting our family friends to our house. If they want they can bring something for everyone to eat. So, my parents are thinking about having the same kinds of food from last year but a little more food since it is going to be like 10 to 15 people on the Thanksgiving day. I am also going to help them, just to make their work easier and flexible.

We are going to have some fun games to play like cards and board games. After that, we are going to have dinner around 6 pm. It will a mini buffet inside our house. After that, we are thinking about having a movie night. W have a home theater in our basement. We are most likely to watch the move polar express because Christmas will be around the corner after Thanksgiving. After that, we might have a small chat and our quests will leave by the time 11.

This is our plan for this Thanksgiving. We changed the plan slightly different this year because we thought we want more people to come and be with us on that specific day.

Thanksgiving day has become our tradition now since it actually brings everyone together as a family no matter what differences we have with each other. It is a day which brings joy to our family. I wish everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving day.

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