To My Close Knit Family As We Grow

To My Close Knit Family As We Grow

And why I am so grateful to have them.
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I grew up in an incredibly close family. I have a mom and dad, and a younger brother and sister. My sister just graduated high school and will be attending college two hours away in the fall. My brother will be a sophomore in high school this year and just turned 16. I still cannot believe that either of them are as old as they are. My dad has been working at the same company for as long as I can remember. He works so hard to provide for all of us and is one of my biggest role models. My mom is a nurse. She has worked on and off, but her main job is to stay at home and raise my siblings and me. I am blessed that she spent her valuable time with us and that she always made sure she was there when we needed her.

And last but not least, I will be a junior in college this year. I am moving onto campus for the fall semester and will be studying abroad in the spring in Rome.

Although I am excited to see what is to come in my future, and in my family’s future, I am sad. I am sad that my family is transitioning into this new and unknown phase. I know that this happens to all families eventually, but it is happening so fast. I am going to miss my dad, mom, brother and sister this fall. I am going to miss waking up and eating my bowl of Cheerios at our kitchen bar. I am going to miss playing Monopoly until 1 a.m. with my family. I am going to miss my dog and watching movies on the couch with my mom. I am going to miss having my sister across the hall from me and singing duets in the kitchen with my brother.

Lately, my mom has been saying that she is going to need a hobby when my sister and I are gone this fall. She has spent the last 20 years at home with us, and I will never be able to find the words to thank her for everything she’s done.

When we go to dinner, at least one of us isn’t there. We are all on different wavelengths now and are going our separate ways.

Although time and growing up is causing this, I know that we will always be close. I know that no matter what happens, I can count on my family for anything and everything.

And to my family, I want to say thank you. Thank you for being my constant shoulders to cry on and my main source of support. Thank you for listening to me complain about people who were mean to me at school and about boys. Thank you for dealing with my non-stop singing and my crazy dreams. I love you all so much and will never understand why I was chosen to be a part of your family.

When I started my freshman year of college, my family dropped me off in my dorm room. We all looked at each other and began to sob. We all hugged for about 10 minutes before it was time for them to leave. My roommate probably thought we were crazy, but that was probably one the best moments of my life. It solidified to me that I have the best family a girl could ask for.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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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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