A 'Thank You' To The Best Friends That I Don't Get To See Often

A 'Thank You' To The Best Friends That I Don't Get To See Often

Thank you for always being a text away.
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To The Best Friends I Don't Get To See That Often,

If I knew then what I do now, I would have soaked up every last minute of freedom with my high school friends. It can be really difficult to make the transition to college without having your oldest and closest friends by your side. Although time apart can make everything seem that much harder, it makes seeing them every once in a while one of the best feelings in the world. Our lives have changed drastically, yet so many things have stayed the same. That being said, there is so much I would like to say to them for always being there.

Thank you for always being a text, phone call, or FaceTime away when I need it most.

Thank you for sending me Snapchats or pictures of things that you knew would make me laugh.

Thank you for always being available to talk when I feel as if no one at school gets me like you do.

Thank you for making me feel better when I've had a long week.

Thank you for being honest with me so that I can become a better version of myself.

Thank you for

Thank you for validating me when no one else sees what you do.

Thank you for the late-night talks when college gets the best of us both.

Thank you for reminding me of who I am when I lose touch of myself.

Thank you for giving me advice that only you could think of.

Thank you for looking forward to seeing me again on breaks and holidays.

Thank you for the coffee and breakfast dates when we are finally home at the same time.

Most importantly...

Thank you for always being there.

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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to those who think their long-distance relationship won't survive the extra miles

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"You won't make it past three months"

"You will break up once another college boy shows interest"

The summer before moving away for college, these were the two phrases I heard more times than I can count. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me my boyfriend and I would break up, I could afford a Range Rover. I may be exaggerating a tad bit, but it sure did feel like I got told this every day leading up till move-in day.

Deciding to go away from home for college was hard because it meant starting a long distance relationship. It meant my boyfriend and I being three hours away from each other the majority of the year after spending most of senior year attached at the hip. I am here to tell you that long distance relationships in college are possible.

If you afraid that your relationship will not be able to make it, you can do it. The harsh truth is that if your relationship cannot make long distance, then it was not meant to be. A long distance relationship is not a walk in the park by any means, in fact, it takes hard work, dedication, trust, and communication.

My boyfriend and I knew from the start that breaking up for college was not the route we planned to take. The idea of long-distance scared the living hell out of us, but we were going to try it out. It was better to try out long distance rather than break up without giving it a shot.

The first few months sucked. You have to adjust from having your significant other by your side 24-7 to being limited by a Facetime call. The person you desire most is away from you and limited to weekend visits which feel like last two hours. We had rough patches along the way due to missing each other too much and debating if we could handle this for a year.

The key is communication. You have to take advantage of every chance you can to talk on the phone. You have to understand that both of you will be busy with schoolwork and that you might not be able to call every day or it might just be a slow day in general for texting. Slow days of communicating do not mean the dissolving of your relationship, it just means you both have different lives with different schedules.

One of the best advice I can give is to NOT ARGUE OVER TEXT. This is super important. Anytime my boyfriend and I began an argument, I stopped what I was doing and called him. Text arguing only makes everything worse and nine out of ten times, the argument is due to misreading texts. I cannot tell you how many times I was frustrating over a text and started an argument only because I misunderstood what my boyfriend was trying to imply. It'll happen more times than you think.

Going to college means a whole new social life of parties and new friends. If you do not have 100% trust in your boyfriend, your relationship will not last. You have to be okay with your significant other going to parties without you. You both are living away from each other and if you only go out when you are together, you will end up living a hermit life. Which a hermit life in college will end in misery.

Stay positive. There will come weeks where you both cannot come to visit and it will suck, but stay positive. My boyfriend and I did the cheesy countdown where we would text the countdown till we got to see each other again. This included counting down weekend visits and breaks. You have to stay positive and remember that if you cannot see them, there's always Fall Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break, and Summer Break to look forward to.

I am here to say that long distance is possible. I have survived a year of it and plan on continuing my relationship. Long distance will suck at times, but being able to see each other when you can is so rewarding. It makes it bittersweet on those weekend visits and you realize you would not trade your relationship for anything.

If anything, long distance made my relationship stronger than ever. We appreciate the little things and the times we get to spend together. We have full trust in each other and know nothing could get in the way of our relationship. When it comes to long distance, it is all about the little things you do for each other. Always make sure to go out of your way every once in a while to make your significant other happy. Send love letters or flowers, honestly the cheesier the better.

Stay strong because you can do this and make it past the long distance.

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