Dear Dad, Thank You For Always Making Our Family Your Priority

Dear Dad, Thank You For Always Making Our Family Your Priority

Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do.
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Dear Dad,

To say that you have given me a blessed childhood, instilled a strong sense of values within my spirit and taught me some of the most valuable lessons of my life only begins to capture the effect that you have had on my life.

You and Mom are my best friends, my mentors and through your love, you gave Chris, Austin and I the most precious gift of all: life.

I am forever grateful that you are my father and that I have had you to teach me the value of hard work, the importance of positivity in times of distress and the beauty of living mindfully. You always seem to be thinking of how to help those around you and be taking time to appreciate the most simple pleasures in life. You have worked so hard to provide for our family and you did not become jaded by any challenges that you faced.

Your ability to find reason in all situations and help guide me through my hardships was monumental for me over these past years.

I cannot express in words how much love that I have for you and how much I appreciate every little thing about you. I love how happy you are to build fires in the winter, I love the way that you get Mom flowers to make her smile, I love the way that you are patient with us all, but still demand the best from us.

I love how much you love Hallmark Channel movies, I love your quirky humor on the weekends, I love your fascination with creating and your desire to always keep learning. I love your resilience and the deep kindness that resides in your soul and radiates through everything that you do. I love that you have always made our family your priority.

When I tell you that I love you to infinity and beyond, I mean it with all of my heart and soul. You truly are the best dad in the whole entire universe galaxy. You continue to always be here for me, from tucking me in every night in my childhood, coming to all of my dance recitals or plays or gallery shows, to now becoming a source of wisdom at my most pivotal crossroads in young adulthood.

I am so thankful to have you, Dad. I am so thankful for everything that you have done for us and I appreciate every ounce of love that you have poured into our beautiful family. You always make me feel valid, loved and worthy. When the time comes, I know that you will be the most amazing grandfather.

For now, I am excited to enjoy every precious moment that our family has to spend together and all of the memories that we have to make. Thank you, Dad.

Love,

Katie

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.

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I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.

Love,

Your forever number one fan

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