A Thank You To My Younger Sisters

A Thank You To My Younger Sisters

Even though you steal my clothes I still love you
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If you grew up with a sister then you most likely experienced the constant fighting over clothes, who gets shotgun or who eats the last cookie. If you were not blessed with a sister, then lucky you, but also, unlucky you. As much as my sisters annoy me, I don't know what I would do without them.

I thank my sisters for stealing my clothes because it helped me learn how to share. Most of the time, I wish they would at least ask before they’d steal my favorite shoes or cutest going out shirt but it always meant that I could steal theirs too.

I thank them for always making me laugh and doing crazy things, like sleeping in the tub.

I thank them for telling me when I look bad in outfits or if things don’t match. My sisters have helped me improve my fashion sense and find out what kinds of clothes I like best.

I thank them for helping me get over asshole boys and reminding me when I’m so much better than them.

I thank them for always liking my Instagram and Facebook pictures. Not only that but for being my personal photographer and taking the best photos of me and with me (except when they ruin pictures).

I thank them for letting me steal bites of their food at dinner, even though they really don’t want too.

I thank them for letting me yell at them when I’m stressed but loving me after anyway. And for telling me when I’m being crazy and should calm down, even though half the time I don’t calm down.

I thank them for missing me while I’m away at college and always Facetiming me to make me feel better.

Most importantly I thank them for being my best friends and always pushing me to be the best I can be.

Cover Image Credit: Marlye Jerva

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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!

JQ

Cover Image Credit: Julia Dee Qualls

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7 Bonding Activities To Do With Younger Siblings

You have more in common than you think.

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Younger siblings can be a pain in the neck sometimes, but they love you a lot. Just because you are getting a little older does not mean you cannot still have fun with your younger brother or sister. Here are seven activities you can do together:

1. Build a fort.

Who doesn't love a good ol' blanket fort?

2. Play a game.

Be careful! UNO can get serious.

3. Have a tea party or picnic.

Make some new tea you've never tried, or go to the beach for a fun picnic.

4. Cook together.

Cooking brings family closer when they do it together.

5. Have a sleepover in your room.

Watch movies, eat snacks and have a pillow fight.

6. Get ice cream together.

Eat ice cream and talk about life.

7. Stargaze.

A quiet night looking at pretty stars in the sky is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever see.

Doing these activities together will strengthen that precious sibling bond, so have fun with your brothers and sisters because they can become your best friends.

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