Thank You Nannie and Pop

Thank You Nannie and Pop

God knew what he was doing when he made us family!
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Well, I’m sitting here trying to think of what to say and I honestly don’t know where to start. If any of you have the privilege of knowing my grandparents, you should consider yourself lucky. I literally don’t know what I would do without them. They constantly push me to be the best I can be, love me for who I am, help me with anything and everything and so much more. I couldn’t think of two better people to look up to my whole life and strive to be like.

Thank you Nannie for coming to eat lunch with me as much as you could in Kindergarten because I cried almost everyday. It’s the little things like that that I’ll remember forever.

Thank you Pop for helping me with my homework every single time I call. Whether its Math, Science, or English you understand it all. Don’t know what I would have done without your help on that project the night before it was due.

Thank you both for always pushing me to be the best I can be no matter what. Whether it was school, sports, or anything you both always pushed me outside my comfort zone and encouraged me to be the best me I could be.

Thank you for always supporting me. You have no idea how much that means to me and how appreciative I am that you both are always on my side. I wouldn’t want to go to anyone else with my problems because I know that no matter what you both will help me get through it either way.

Thank you for raising my mom the way she is because without her I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

Thank you for always having the best food at your house and making sure I never go hungry. I can always count on Nannie to make something good!

Thank you Pop for always having a joke to tell and putting a smile on my face. Even if it takes me a minute to get it.

Thank you for never missing a soccer game or any function I had. Y’all will never know how much I appreciated you both being my biggest supporters and number one fans. Through the rain or shine, I could always count on y’all to be there cheering me on.

Thanking you for always challenging me in my faith and encouraging me to become a better Christian everyday. I look up to the people you both are and hope to be half the person you are today.

I could go on and on thanking you both for all you do. It would probably be a never ending list because you’ll never know how thankful I am for the both of you. I hope you know how much I love y’all. I take you both for granted way too much and don’t step back to realize just how much you do for me. Y’all are perfect in my eyes and I wouldn’t want any other grandparents. God knew what he was doing when he made us family!

Love,

Your Granddaughter

Cover Image Credit: Georgia Kate Crawford

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A Thank You Letter To The Father Of My Child

We Do The Best We Can With What We Have
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Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I know I don't have to thank you for loving our child but still thank you from the bottom of my heart. We were young, really young, too young but stepping up, especially for a guy, is rare, so I'd like to give you a little praise. We didn't do it 'the right way' but we do the best we can with what he have and I wouldn't change a thing.

You didn't have to, I mean you did but then again you didn't. There are days when I really don't like you and Vice Versa but at the end of the day, I am still raising half of you. I'm raising a 5-year-old who thinks that his daddy put the stars in the sky and his mommy made them shine and for that, I couldn't thank you enough.

You're doing the best you can (and that is more than enough). We have a unique situation but we made the absolute best out of what we have and I am so grateful for that. You help me facilitate a circle of respect and our child is well aware of that. We argue, we fight and we really disagree but when all is said and done, I'm so thankful to co-parent with you. We are by no means perfect (or remotely close) but I thank God (and you) that we aren't because how unrealistic is that.

Thank you for working so hard for our child. I realize that it's extremely hard when you don't see him often, especially since you think your day to day work goes unnoticed and unappreciated, but how wrong you are. Our son and I speak often of your hard work and I pray that he works harder than we ever do but what a good model he has to refer to.

Thank you for your grace. I never thought that I would be writing this letter, much less thanking you for this one thing in particular but I must. I fail often as a mother and a co-parent but you never let me believe for one second that I am any less of a great mother because of those failures. Your grace and support helped me become the awesome (if I don't say so myself) mom that I am today!

Thank you for crushing statistics with me (we never liked that subject anyways). We weren't 'supposed' to amount to much, we weren't 'supposed' to be happy and we weren't 'supposed' to be great parents but like I said we always hated math anyways so take that stats!!

Thank you for never allowing our son to believe that he is already at a loss because his parents aren't married. Thank you for being on the same team as me and thank you for learning and growing with me in this parenting thing that no one has the answers to. It takes a village and I am convinced that we have the best village out there, so thank you for helping me create and uphold it.

"The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other." - Jane Blaustone

Love Always,

Your Thankful Co-Parenting Partner

Cover Image Credit: Tori Buddenhagen

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I Love You

I love you for...
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I love you for the gentle creases that touch upon your skin.

I love you for the assurance and warmth of your chocolate eyes.

I love you for the soft tip of your nose that always nudges mine when I'm upset.

I love you for the dainty white pearls that you display when you wholeheartedly laugh at my jokes.

I love you for the sense of home and comfort whenever you envelop with your long arms.

I love you for the earthy and fresh scent that swarms me when you're near.

I love you for the protective hands that tightly hold mine whenever I'm frightened.

I love you for the plushy lap you have that I get to lay my tired head on after a stressful day.

I love you for your strength as it always sturdily hold me up as a concrete wall during my hard times.

I love you for your sense of wisdom as it guides me like a bright light through the dark shadows of life's tunnels.

I love you for your confidence as it boosts me up to believe in myself that I am able to conquer my struggles.

I love you for your hard work and determination in getting goals completed and challenges defeated.

I love you for your stubbornness as it shows me to stand my ground and not waver from other people's words.

I love you for your patience because you understand others need more time.

I love you for your outspokenness as it reminds me that I have a voice that deserves to be loudly heard.

I love you for your heart because it can give so much to others without needing anything back.

I love you for your dreams and always imagining a better world every day and seeing the good in all bad.

I love you for everything you are and stand for.

I love you for being an essential person in my life and always cheering me on to be a better me.

I love you, Grandma.

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