The People I Am Grateful For

The People I Am Grateful For

I know I would not be the person I am today without these people.

Recently I started thinking about all the people I have to be grateful for. I have a lot of them and I know I would not be in the position I am at today without their love and support. It's due time that I give them the respect and acknowledgment that they deserve.

I am very grateful for my family. Without them, I doubt I would be the person I am today. My mom is the strongest woman I know. She's gotten me through a lot of tough times, she's been there for me whenever I needed her, and she's been my rock through every difficult thing I have ever had to face. Even when I was the biggest brat in all of history, she was still there. I know that's a mother's job, to take care of her kids, but my mom always seemed to go above and beyond for me. I am very proud to be her daughter. Words could never describe how proud I am of her and how much I love her. She is the greatest woman I have ever met and I will forever be grateful for all the things she's done for me.

My mom is the greatest woman alive, but my dad is the greatest man alive. He works harder than any other person. We didn't always get along and I regret so much of how I acted when I was younger. I regret never telling him that everything he does for me means so much to me. He works hard all day long and when he comes home, no matter how exhausted, he still tries to talk to us. My dad stepped up to take care of me when no other man would. He is the best father anyone could ask for.

Everything both of my parents have sacrificed for my sisters, brother, and I is truly incredible. My parents are completely selfless, and I couldn't be more proud to call myself their daughter.

My sisters and I have fought many times throughout the years, but it's mostly just me and my younger sister who fight. She may not believe this, but I am so proud of the young woman she is becoming. She is strong and beautiful and I know she will do great things in her future. I am so grateful that I got to grow up with someone so annoying, rude, and amazing all at the same time.

My older sister and I have grown much closer over these past years. I am so thankful that we were able to mend that broken bridge between us. I am so grateful that she allows me to be apart of her kids' lives. I'm incredibly grateful to have such an amazing older sister who is willing to listen to me and give me advice when I need it. I love both of my sisters so much and I will forever be grateful that I got stuck with them.

When we were younger, my brother and I got along well enough. We fought as much as a brother and sister were supposed to. I can't say that we are any closer today than we were years ago, but I'm still grateful to have such an annoying brother like him.

I am grateful for my friends. Without my friends, I don't think I would have the fond memories that I have now. Without them, I would not have the courage that I have today to be myself. Without my friends, I wouldn't be me. I am so grateful for all the crazy ideas we have and all of the late night talks. Without all the fun times we ha and will have together, I would not be as daring as I am today. My friends changed me in ways that I cannot explain. Because of them, I am much more outgoing and free. Because of my friends, I am me.

I am grateful for so many things, but these few people needed to be recognized for how important they are to me. While I didn't name names, I hope that everyone knows who I'm talking about. I am grateful for everyone who has influenced me to be a better person and I hope that some of you take some time after reading this and acknowledge all the people you are grateful for.

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You Will Always Need Your Grandma

They Are Some Of The Greatest Human Beings You Will Ever Know

Always is no exaggeration, you'll always need your grandma.

"A grandmother is a remarkable woman. She's a wonderful combination of warmth and kindness, laughter and love. She overlooks our faults, encourages our dreams, and praises our every success."- Author Unknown

They Are Your Biggest Fans:

Maybe even beating out your parents for that title...grandmas are truly your number one fans. From tennis matches, to softball and volleyball games, to the countless dance recitals and competitions, it always made my heart smile to look out from the stage or the court and see my grandma sitting there. She didn't have to be there sitting on uncomfortable bleachers, she wanted to be, and it always meant the world to me; even if I didn't express it at the time.

They Are The Greatest Porch Swing Companions:

One of my favorite and greatest memories of growing up is sitting on the front porch swing with my grandma. From the time when my feet didn't quite touch the ground sitting in the swing and hers did, to my feet touching the ground and her legs getting just a little bit shorter. All of the years in between provided some of the best advice, and were some of the many moments I wish that I could have recorded. There were less hours on the swing as I got older and busier, but I always know exactly where to go if I ever need to. Moving away for college, I realize just how much I miss being eight or nine sitting on the front porch swinging and talking for hours.

The Wisdom:

Only one of the many many things they have to offer you. They are full of so many stories, life lessons, and possible answers to your problems. You learn to appreciate the wisdom more and more as you get older. You realize that just as you are getting older, they are too. I recently bought a journal called My Grandma In Her Own Words. Inside the pages are questions to ask your grandma such as, "What is your earliest childhood memory?" I can't wait to spend the whole summer filling it.

Are They Not The Cutest:

I say this at least twice a week...she is the cutest human being alive. Their style, to the fabulous music they listen to, to everything in between. My grandma walked at least 16 miles in Washington D.C. in loafers and the cutest vest/scarf combo I've ever seen... that woman, let me tell ya. On a serious note, whenever I'm told I look a little bit like my grandma, I LOVE it. I take pride in the fact that someone sees a little bit of her in me, because she is gorgeous.

You Have No Idea How To Live Without Them:

Quite simply, they are one of the most influential women in your life. From being little, to being a newly minted adult, I still call my grandma almost everyday; sometimes just to hear her voice. They are some of the greatest human beings you will ever know. They make you a better person, all while showing you an unconditional love that only they can.

All the love in the world for you, sweet woman.

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An Open Letter To My "Team"

A week I'll never forget.

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity of going on a Service and Justice Experience spring break trip to Marion County, South Carolina. Since returning, I've been trying to pinpoint what I've learned, trying to find a particular moment or teaching that resonated with me, but I've found that I can't. There are no words to describe all that happened last week, so instead I've chosen to write this article as an ode to all that I encountered and felt in my seven days in Marion County.

It's been less than a week since we journeyed back to campus and I'm missing Marion already.

Whenever I see one of the people I traveled with around campus, I can't help but light up and smile, and I think it's because something magical happened last week. It had to be the combination of the beautiful community we were exposed to in Marion, the service with Habitat for Humanity, we were able to do, and of course, the people we served alongside with.

When people ask me how my trip was, the first word that comes to mind is "fun", but I don't think that word really does the trip, or everyone there, any justice.

Yes, the trip was fun, but it was also thought provoking, full of fits of laughter and moments of determination and hard work, and so much more.

Team, thank you to every single one of you for making the trip what it was. In one of the notecards that someone wrote for me, they commented on how the trip would not have been the same without me being there. As cliché as it sounds, I believe this to be true- we all come from different backgrounds with our own idiosyncrasies and character traits.

I truly feel that if even one person had been missing, the group dynamic, and thus experience as a whole, would have shifted.

I think what really stood out to me was the amount of love that surrounded all of us in everything we did. When Morgan asked us during reflection one night, Where did you see love today? I found myself with countless examples, from the patience of master nailers with us newbies, to the countless times a friend braided my hair for me, to a simple check in of "how are you doing" at any given moment.

Love and the sense of community were at the forefront of everything we did last week, especially when working on the house or connecting with the people in Marion.

Thank you all for helping solidify my belief that every action in life can be traced back to love.

I felt the love everywhere we went and through everything we did. However, what I found even more beautiful was how, when taking a step back, I was able to observe the love around me. As I spoke about during reflection one night, there was a moment where I was lying on the grass, separate from everyone else, watching you all play Frisbee.

While this situation may sounds trivial and mundane, I think the impact this moment had on me speaks to the gratitude this trip formed in me for the little moments.

It was the way that you all were interacting with each other. Closing my eyes, I heard nothing but laughter and cheering and words of encouragement. All you were doing was throwing around a Frisbee, yet I could find so much of God's love in that moment.

You all have a special place in my heart, and I only hope we continue to grow as a team.

Here's to morning devotionals, Max's daily lessons and coordinated Coke commercials. Here's to 6:15 wake up songs (Final Countdown anyone?), 12 am What Do You Meme? games (because pizza, of course) and the sardine round that took half a century. Here's to surprise birthday cake(s), handprints on walls, walls being painted and walls being raised. Most of all, here's to ridiculous stories, laughter, moments of reflection, vulnerability, and tears, and everything in between.

Thank you all for bringing your whole self to this trip, for sharing, and as a result, for teaching me a great deal about what it means to live in community and to build not only a home, but a second family.

Here's to you, here's to us, team.

Good deal,


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