17 'Thank-Yous' My College Girl Gang Deserves

17 'Thank-Yous' My College Girl Gang Deserves

Because you just don't hear it enough.
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Sometimes, when we find a really great group of friends, we start to get used to it. We feel very lucky to have them, but we begin to take them for granted. No matter who your girl gang is, make sure they know how thankful you are for them.

1. Thank you for always responding to my texts

Whether it is an important question/revelation, a collection of screenshots or just "what r u doing", thank you for always responding.

2. Thank you for letting me tell you anything (read: literally anything)

And not making me feel weird about what I tell you. Whether its a weird medical question or a story that maybe should have been kept to myself, thanks for being a listening ear.

3. Thank you for being there for me through the tough times

It is hard to be around people when they are going through a hard time, whatever that may be. But thanks for doing it.

4. Thank you for having fun with me even doing boring stuff

Somehow, with the right gang, even doing sprints at the gym or homework at the library can be semi-enjoyable.

5. Thank you for doing the little things for me

Whether that is bringing me McDonald's in the middle of the night when I'm stressed or telling me I look nice when I'm having one of those days, it means the world.

6. Thank you for being honest with me

I'd rather you tell me I look ridiculous than lie and say "oh, that looks great!" when it is clear it doesn't. The honesty is what separates good friends from great friends.

7. Thank you for supporting me constantly

Little encouraging text messages mean so much, but even just a heart for eyes comment on a picture can make you feel on top of the world.

8. Thank you for making hours go by in minutes

With the right gang, it can go from your 7 p.m. homework meet up to your 1 a.m. pizza chow down and High School Musical showing in what feels like minutes. (You're the right gang.)

9. Thank you for laughing at my piece of sh*t jokes

I appreciate the pity laughs. But what I appreciate most is those moods where all the crap jokes are the ones that result in laughing tears.

10. Thank you for not making me feel like I need to change to fit in

From a person who has had a hard time finding the right friend group, thank you for letting me just be myself and still loving me for it.

11. Thank you for keeping me on track with my goals

I appreciate you telling me not to order those cookies (or, 6 of those cookies rather) and reminding me why.

11. But also for not making me feel bad when I don't meet the mark

But sometimes, 6 cookies are necessary. Thanks for knowing the difference.

12. Thank you for understanding my moods (sometimes just by my face)

After a while, you've learned what should/should not be brought up and when. That's the sign of a true friend group.

13. Thank you for not judging me, ever

For anything. That's a pretty impressive feat.

14. Thank you for also thinking a night in watching 2000s tween movies an unforgettable night

The laughter shared over the "Lizzie McGuire" movie or "Jump In" is laughter that can't be found elsewhere.

15. Thank you for being friends worth telling my parents about

You're the kind of people who are worth telling everyone about. It's only fair my parents know about my other family.

16. Thank you for being friends worth being my bridesmaids

You're the people who have stood next to me for a long time, and the people who will stand next to me at my wedding, too.

17. Thank you for loving me, through and through

That is the brunt of it. Thank you for being the greatest friends a girl could ask for. I don't deserve it, but I am thankful.

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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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A Letter To The Best Friend I Thought I Would Never Have

We may not have grown up together, but I cannot wait to grow old together.

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Dear Best Friend,

I walked into a room with anxiety running rampant in my mind. I knew almost no one and was afraid to say anything for the fear of being perceived as awkward. I do not know how you were feeling that day, but when I saw you and you asked me something, I felt ten times better knowing that someone was not afraid to talk to me.

The rest of that summer we did not talk as much, and I thought our aquaintance was short lived, but God had differnt plans. Our junior year of high school, we were placed in the same leadership program and had the opportunity to grow closer, as we laughed about silly inside jokes that only we and the walls would understand.

The greatest growth in our friendship happened, however, when we began opening up to eachother about our individual struggles. Ironically (but not by coincidence), our problems were often similar.

I would just like to say thank you for everything: whether it be heartbreak, anxiety, or anger, you have listened to me rant about it all. And I cannot express my gratitude enough for how blessed I am to be entrusted with your troubles as well.

Those nights where we pour our hearts out to each other, sobbing as we eat our poorly-made brownies will forever be cherished and needed. Thank you also for the times where you told me I would be an idiot for doing something, but taking me in like a wounded puppy when I did it anyways.

You are beautiful. Sometimes I become jealous, as I see your kind heart and outgoing personality. Then God reminds me of how I should not be envious but, instead, thankful. Your sassiness and spunk remind me of why I need to have bail money at all times (not really.... okay maybe, really). And your heart to serve others and serve God is why I look up to you so often. It is so wonderful to not only have a best friend but a role model. After praying for a person like you for song long, having you as a sidekick is a constant reminder of God's faithfulness.

Growing up, I was always heartbroken by the fact that I did not have a best friend. I had (and still have) some great pals, but none have known me better than you. Even though we did not meet at middle school orientation, or grow up across the street from one another, God knew exactly when to place us in each other's lives.

During junior year, life becomes crazy as we are preparing for college, and before you know it college is knocking at the door. As life began to change for both of us, we were able to grow through those changes together, and I am so excited to experience the future with you in it. For 16 years I searched for someone who would fight through my awkwardness, my anxiety, my scattered-brain-ness, and still want to be my friend. I am forever grateful God chose that one person to be you.

Love,

Me

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