Promises To My Mom, Now That She's Gone

Promises To My Mom, Now That She's Gone

You taught me everything, except how to live without you.


I promise to not remember you being in a hospital bed, but instead how strong of a woman you are.

I promise to take care of daddy, and make sure he's not doing anything he's not supposed to be doing.

I promise to never let Arianna forget her Nana, and to always remind her of how much you loved her.

I promise to always remind all your grandchildren how much you loved and cared about them.

I promise to continue to make you proud, even if you're not here to witness it for yourself.

I promise that when I find my Mr. Right, it's a guy you would approve of.

I promise to always continue your Holiday traditions every year, even if I have to continue them by myself.

I promise that when I have children one day, I will tell them everyday how great of a person you are and how much they would have been spoiled by you.

I promise to water your plants and at least try to keep them alive.

I promise to take care of myself. And yes, that means wearing my heavy jacket when it's cold.

I promise to continue my college career at Potsdam, even if it's after I take some time off to be with our family through this hard time.

I promise to listen to all of the advice you've ever given to me.

I promise to always stay smiling, even when times are hard.

I promise to always drive safe.

I promise to never drink and drive.

I promise to keep your collection of angels forever.

I promise to keep bread crumbs out of the butter because I know how much you hated it.

I promise to make sure to drink fluids when I'm sick.

I promise to never use metal silverware in your pots and pans because I know they will scratch the bottom of them.

I promise to stop being so stubborn at times, even though I got that quality from you.

I promise not to make any choices in life I will regret.

I promise to continue not taking life for granted.

I promise to live all my life to the fullest, with no regrets.

I promise to take daddy on the cruise that you two always wanted to go on.

I promise to always keep daddy smiling, even on his bad days.

I promise to never let you or myself down.

I promise to follow my dreams.

I promise to always stay healthy.

I promise to travel and see all the parts of the world that I've always wanted to see.

I promise to still go camping in Old Forge, like old times, even if it's not every Summer.

I promise to start putting up your village every year at Christmas time.

I promise to never let our family fall apart.

I promise to never be mad at you for leaving us, but instead be mad at life and how unfair it can be.

I promise to get a tattoo for you, because I always turned down getting a matching one with you.

I promise to never over load the washing machine.

I promise to think about you all the time.

I promise to always talk about you, and keep your memory alive.

I promise to laugh at all the good times we had together.

I promise to never be afraid of failing, because you taught me I can do anything I put my mind to.

I promise to continue to keep adding to my promises to you, because as years go on there will always be more.

I promise to keep all of these promises, I promise to never forget your voice, and how much you love me, I promise to miss you everyday and most importantly, I promise to never stop loving you.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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To The Dad Who Works Out Of Town, Thank You For All You Do

Thank you for everything you do, I wouldn't have the things I do if it wasn't for you.


I want to say Thank you. Thank you for sleeping in hotel beds every night. Thank you for eating sandwiches some days for lunch while I ate my pizza Lunchables in my brand new Hello Kitty lunchbox.

Thank you for taking your truck with no cruise control some weeks for work because I wanted to drive your car. I'm sure driving for four hours straight with your foot on the pedal was pretty boring. Thank you for filling up the car before you let me drive it as well.

Thank you for waking up at 3 and 4 a.m. to head out of town to work and being so quiet while doing so. Thank you for adding lunch money to my account while you're over 100 miles away. Thank you for working sometimes 10-14 days straight without a day off. I can never thank you enough for what you do.

Thank you for filling my truck up in high school every Sunday night before you left for work. Thank you for spending your lunch breaks calling and making orthodontist appointments for me. Thank you for taking days off work to take me to some of these appointments. Thank you for always fitting me in.

While being out of town can make you feel like an absent parent, I promise you are not that. You always make sure to call me during the week. If I'm sick and didn't go to class, you call and check on me. You even call and remind me of things I need to get done like returning my rental book.

If it wasn't for you working out of town, I wouldn't have the luxuries I do now. I want you to know I am thankful for you.

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