Dad, I'm Your Little Girl Forever And Always

Dad, I'm Your Little Girl Forever And Always

This one's for you, dad.

As well as I know what I want to say, I don't know how to say it. So I'm just going to start with saying thank you.

Dear Dad,

Our relationship hasn't always been perfect... it actually kind of sucked for a while. Sure, when I was 13 years old I probably didn't like you all that much. I also didn't like you when I was 16 and all my friends were driving but me because you were scared to let me get my license. Oh yeah, we can't forget all the times you yelled at me for doing the exact opposite of what you told me to do. But now you're my best friend and I wouldn't trade our relationship for the world (wouldn't even trade it for that new MacBook Pro I've been begging for.)

I suppose there were a handful of times that I wanted to seriously move out (like when I was 14 and got caught sneaking out, so you put an alarm system on every door and window in the house.) But there are an endless amount of handfuls that I would've crumbled without you... even when you really didn't know what to say, you always said the right thing. When that stupid boy broke my heart you made sure I knew that you would "break his face" if I REALLY wanted you to. Or when I wrecked my first car; you made sure I knew you didn't care about the car even though you just bought it the week before. You were there when I came home early from school just because I was sad. You took the time out of your busy day to go on ice cream dates.

I could go on forever, but you get the gist.

I'm not completely sure of who I would be if I didn't have you. You've taught me so much, and I look up to you in about 1,000 different ways. The phrase "well my dad..." comes out of my mouth so often that boys are probably tired of hearing about you.

All because of you I want to chase my dreams. As silly as I thought you used to be, everything is starting to make sense now. I know why integrity and truthfulness are so important. I know why it's important to be genuine to anyone and everyone that you meet, and most importantly you taught me how to treat people with respect. Those qualities are traits that some people don't have today, and I am beyond thankful that you made sure I knew about them.

Although I'm a HUGE tomboy (yeah, thanks for that too) you didn't forget to tell me to act like a lady. You taught me to hold my ground and be a strong young woman no matter the circumstances. That skill alone is what pushed me to get through this past year.

Dad, I've watched you go through so much. I look at pictures, and I remember who you used to be. Yeah, you were great then too... but now you are my hero, my favorite person, and my #1. Not a day goes by that I don't think about how awesome you are.

There's nothing I hate more than disappointing you, dad. You will always be the number-one man in my life, and no one will ever take your place. I'll always have your back just like you have mine.

Someday I can only hope to be half the parent, friend and overall person you are.

So yeah... thanks, dad. I love you.

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An Open Letter to the Best Friend I Didn't See Coming

Some people come into your life and change you forever—thanks, bestie.

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!


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A Letter To The Father Figure In My Life, Thank You For Stepping Up To Take The Role That You Did

Thank you for always being there when I needed it.


Thank you for letting me be your other child.

Thank you for always being there, and always being a phone call away. You didn't have to step up to take the role that you did. No one asked you to do that, and add me to your family. But I will forever be grateful for what you did. You made life after losing my dad a little easier. I knew I could call you whenever I needed to talk. I could call for that fatherly advice, I could call because I was stressed at school, or I could call because I needed to get out a good cry. You were always there for me.

You will be the one that will interrogate my boyfriend. You will be the one that my boyfriend goes to ask for permission to marry me. You will be the one that will walk me down the aisle on my wedding day.

You took a place that was really hard to fill but you filled the shoes pretty well. You did not sign up for this but 10 years ago your world was flipped upside down when I lost my dad and you lost your best friend. Growing up without a dad is not as easy as it looks but you made that pain a little easier, knowing I could always come to you.

Thank you for letting me come visit you.

Thank you for sharing your kids with me.

Thank you for answering your phone during work meetings so I could talk to you.

Thank you for making me smile.

Thank you for being here for all of my important milestones.

Thank you for always reminding me that you love me.

Thank you for telling me that my dad would be proud of me.

Thank you for watching over me.

Thank you for caring about me.

You showed me that water can be as thick as blood. You showed me your priorities. You showed me what it's like to love. You showed how to deal with a situation you were not expecting.

Thank you for constantly staying by my side. I know that my dad would forever be grateful to you. And I know that he would be so proud of me, and you are able to have the honor of watching me grow up, something that he sadly missed out on. But we both can now live our lives to honor him and make him proud while remembering his constant strength. Whenever I call you, it is like a little piece of my dad comes back into my life which makes me smile so much more.

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