7 Things To Thank Your Dad For, That Man Is The Real MVP

7 Things To Thank Your Dad For, That Man Is The Real MVP

Father's Day should really be every day.

While he may tell lame jokes occasionally and poke fun at me, I am so lucky to have such an amazing father in my life. Being away at school is hard because I'm not able to see him as often as I once did. He really deserves more than just Father's Day to celebrate all he has done for me. So here are 7 things I would like to thank my dad for!

1. Encouraging me to try my best

No matter how down on myself I was, you were always there to pick me up. You always encouraged me to play sports and to try my best no matter what. Without you, I would have never been so involved and had such a great time doing what I love.

2. Teaching me life lessons

Even though I am almost 100% sure you hated riding with me when I had my permit, you were still there to help me and teach me the rules of the road. Even if that did mean that we got into a couple fights about my driving. You also taught me how to drive a four-wheeler, how to work a computer, how to fish, how to manage my money, how to check my tires, how to fill up my tires, and basically, anything that has to do with cars. I cannot thank you enough for everything you have taught me in life.

3. Giving me tough love

While I was never happy with you when you gave me tough love or punished me, I greatly appreciate it now. You raised me to be a responsible young adult and I would not be the person I am today without your tough love.

4. Having fun with me

From the days when I was younger and you played pretend with me to riding four wheelers together. You always know how to have a good time.

5. Working hard to help me fulfill my dreams

You worked hard to help me pay for my extracurriculars, schooling, sports, my car, the house I grew up in, my extensive wardrobe, my travels, and so much more. Without your help, there are so many things I would not have been able to do.

6. Saying "yes" to the things mom said "no" to

I always knew who to go to when mom said no to me doing something fun. The best part was you usually came along with me for my crazy ideas. From taking the four-wheeling on a frozen lake to zip-lining in our backyard, you have always made my life an adventure.

7. For giving me the world

Thank you for giving up your freedom and making me (and my brother too) your whole world. I know raising a child is not always fun but you have been there for me through everything thing.

I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. You have been there for me ever since the moment I was born. I would not be where I am today without you. I love you dad!

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Became My Sister

Love is thicker than blood.


There are friends. Then, there are best friends.

According to "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang, they're your person. The one who, “if I murdered someone, I’d call you to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.” You’re so much more to me than any of those titles can express.

As I’ve matured throughout the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that good friends with good hearts serve an incredibly important purpose in our lives, going above and beyond what we give them credit and appreciation for.

The family we choose. You’re one of those.

The day we met, I knew that you were going to play an important role in my life. What I had no idea of was that you would join the cast of my life with a starring role.

First, I need to say thank you. Thank you for always coming to my locker to check in before class during high school. Thank you for letting me control the music on road trips. Thank you for sharing your family with me, and addressing my family as if you were born into it.

Thank you for patiently listening to the physical embodiment of a broken record when I complain about the same boy I’ve loved since senior year. Thank you for tagging along on every doctor’s appointment, grocery run, and trip to the post office, just because you know that I hate doing things alone.

Thank you for not thinking twice before dialing when I text you “please call me.” Thank you for never saying no to a coffee date. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for being my better half.

We don't share the same genetic makeup, but after all the sleepovers, heart-to-heart conversations, shopping until our bank accounts cry, and swapping clothes so often that we don’t know what belongs to whom, how could I not consider you family? We have shared some my fondest memories together, and I wouldn’t want them to feature anyone but you.

You’ve been with me on my best days, and loved me on my worst. You know how to make me laugh when all I want to do is crawl into a hole and die.

Picturing sitting in my car with you in the passenger seat makes me long for summer, where we spend three months together doing all of our favorite things. You’ve seen me naked, done my makeup, and warned me before making a poor decision. Being away from you for extended periods of time makes me feel incomplete.

You are a piece of me that I am not quite whole without. You taught me that blood doesn’t make a family; love does.

You know me better than I know myself, which is both amazing and terrifying. You make me realize I’m enough for this world, and that means more to me than I know how to express in the limited words that make up the English language.

You remind me that I am more than my mistakes, and you keep me grounded when I spiral out of control. You’ve helped me carry my burdens along with your own, even when the universe comes down on you full force, way harder than you deserve.

You’re the one I come to for the truth if I think my new dress makes me look fat, and I know you’ll be honest. I trust you with my whole heart. You know the gory details about every boy I’ve ever crushed on, every professor who was an absolute jerk, and every fight I’ve had with my mom.

I wouldn’t make it in this life without someone who already understands and listens to every thought going through my head and each thing I seriously over think, even when you know, though you don’t say, it won’t matter in a week.

With all these affectionate things being said, don’t forget our fights. The few we’ve had were very real. We still don’t see eye to eye on some events of the past, but I never told my mom about it because there was no need to make her choose a side between me and her “second daughter.

We have learned to move forward, because the love we have for each other overwhelmingly outweighs any disagreement we’ve had, and always will.

Through all the tears and laughs, I don’t think that anything the world has to offer could seriously come between us. You go to a different school than me now, and college has rudely gotten in the way of our routine of spending every waking moment together.

Since we met, we’ve grown separately without growing apart. Neither of us are the same person we used to be all those years ago. Even so, we’ve pushed each other to our limits and you’ve given me the courage to keep going and do things that make me happy.

We lean on each other when it’s been a bad day and all we want to do is to snuggle and indulge in whichever show the other is currently watching unceasingly and unabashedly for comfort (it’s the little things). Having you as my co-pilot on this crazy ride called life has been frustrating, exciting, slightly concerning, absolutely insane, and something I don’t know how I would live without, and I don’t intend to find out.

I’ll conclude this letter with a quote from every basic, white girl’s favorite musical, “I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Love you forever,

Your sis

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5 Things My Mom And Dad Taught Me Without Realizing

What they didn't realize was all the little things they were teaching us in between.


Parents always have lessons that they teach you as you grow up. Remember your manners, say "Yes, ma'am" and "Yes, sir," no elbows on the table during dinner, etc. But what they didn't realize was all the little things they were teaching us in between.

1. Be the bigger person.

There were many times that I would come home from school and just cry because of all of the drama that was going on at school. My parents would constantly remind me to take the high road and be the bigger person, that the more I get upset about it and dwell on it, the more it feeds the drama.

2. If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all.

I think this is something that everyone's parents teach them, however, I think some people forget about it as they get older. My parents always reminded me that harsh language does nothing but hurt other people. Speak joy.

3. Always tell the people you love, how much you love them, as often as possible.

Before you hang up the phone, before you leave the house, before you go to bed, always say I love you. You never know when something could happen, and you never want to miss an opportunity to tell someone how much you love them.

4. Never go to bed angry.

Going to be angry just intensifies the anger. When you're angry, just dwell on the anger making whatever altercation there was seem worse than it really is.

5. In the end, Mama knows best.

My mom knows me better than anyone I know. Whatever decision I make, she can usually predict how it's going to go. So far, she hasn't been wrong.

I'm super thankful for my parents and everything they've taught me. I'm almost 20 years old and my parents are my best friends.

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