A thank you to my best friend

From Diapers To Graduation Gowns, Thank You, To My Best Friend, For Navigating Through Life With Me

Cheers to the laughs, the tears, and nineteen years.


As I turn nineteen this week, I'm feeling a little nostalgic about all the blessings this life has given me so far, and one of the best just so happens to be you. With all of the craziness that life has thrown at us, you've stuck with me through it all, and it's time to thank you for everything you've done for me as my best friend.

Thank you for all of the belly laughs. 

You know that feeling when you laugh so hard it starts to hurt? With a friend like you, this feeling never ends. There's just something about the way best friends get each other that just makes everything that is already funny ten times funnier. Thanks for always putting a smile on my face.

Thank you for all of the adventures.

From the little things like driving to get a before practice snack to somehow fitting ourselves into each other's family vacations, we've done a lot together that's for sure. Thanks for never hesitating to join me on whatever crazy adventure I get us into.

Thank you for always being my shoulder to cry on.

Through everything, you are the person I can count on. You are the best listener I know, and it makes my heart so happy to know that I have you. You have been there with me through the best and worst times. Thank you for being the best unofficial therapist out there.

Thank you for being there through all of the memories.

From the first day of preschool to taking pictures outside of those gym doors in our purple gowns, you've been there with me through it all. All of the firsts, the lasts, and even those awkward times in between were done with you. I'm so thankful we get to share all of these memories.

Most importantly, thank you for being my person.

You are the Abbey to my Emma, my person, and forever friend. You get me. Being your best friend just makes sense.

Thanks for letting me do this crazy thing called life with you. No matter what curveball life throws me, there is one thing I can count on — it's that you'll be there through everything. Thank you for being my forever friend.

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What It's Actually Like Moving States

How a central Iowa born and raised native ended up in Southern Missouri.


Not a lot of people think moving states is a hard thing to do. If it's two hours away or, like me, seven hours away from your hometown, a move is a move and it can affect people in different ways.

Personally, my family was separated for a year, my mom and I still living in our hometown so I could finish high school, and my dad in Missouri working at his new job.

Then, in June my mom and I made the move so our family could be together once again. For us, we still had our home in Iowa, so my parents and I lived in an apartment until we could sell our home in Iowa and find what we wanted in Missouri.

The hardest things to get used too is the lifestyle of people in southern Missouri. People are a lot different down here than they were in Iowa. It was a big deal for us to move down here and adapt to a different lifestyle.

Something minor that was very hard to get used to was the usage of pop and soda. Most people don't even know what a "pop," is. In Iowa, a Pepsi or Coke is known as pop but down here it is called a soda.

That is just one example that was super hard to get used to. Something that is a little more of a big deal is the size of the city. In Iowa, I could get a coffee in about a five-minute drive. In Missouri, it takes a good fifteen minutes to drive there and who knows what the line will be like at the coffee shop. Those are minor things that my family struggled with adapting to.

Easily, the hardest thing was leaving friends and family. I came to Branson in the middle summer. This limited my job opportunities to none and made making new friends next to impossible.

This made my summer really hard and honestly boring. I knew this was best for my family, but I missed my friends and I wanted to be back in Iowa where all my friends were and my job used to be.

There were also a lot of perks from moving away from Iowa. First off, I completely went off the grid of my town and wanted to start completely new. I made new social media accounts and got a new phone number.

This made the transition easy because I was able to be who I wanted to be and keep in touch with the people I wanted to keep in touch with. This is something that a lot of people thought was pointless, but was such an important step for a fresh start.

Coming to Missouri, I know that sky is the limit and I have so many more opportunities of what I want to do. Overall, I would suggest moving states and starting knew. It feels good to finally be in a place that makes you truly happy as well as your family. Iowa is a fun place to visit sometimes and I'll always miss the sunsets but Missouri is my new home.

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