When You Give A Girl A Big Family

When You Give A Girl A Big Family

You all have changed my outlook on family from sitting around the table at dinner time to always loving each other.

From sitting on the porch laughing about how everyone should watch what they say around me because you all knew there was an article coming from this trip. The countless crazy stories I heard from my cousin who thought a piece of butter that was in the middle of a table once, was white chocolate and ate it. To talking about life and laughing at many of the stupid things we have done.

I spent an entire week down south in Alabama with my family. As I would call it my long lost family, that I have grown closer to. Even though I probably do not know all of them yet, I am forever grateful to have such a huge family down there. I always wanted one and I finally have one down in Alabama. Maybe for some of you going down south means something different but for me, it means so much love, family, adventures, and laughs.

When you give a girl a big family they embrace it and never let go of it. Even though I am 12 hours away, I still always think about you all down there. The past week was definitely the time of my life and I would not trade any of it for the world. It may have taken us a while to find each other but we will never let this go. We cherish it because we have missed out. Just because we missed out does not mean family has been lost.

When you give a girl a big family they live for big family outings. A week full of adventures and the best part was that there was not only a couple of us but several. The family outings that consisted of ten or more of us was the best feeling ever. Instead of sharing the adventure with the one you are sharing it with several individuals and that is what makes it interesting. Throwing many different personalities into the mix makes the adventure so much more enjoyable. The company was great to have along the way.

When you give a girl a big family they are full of so much joy. I cannot recall a time in the whole week where we did not laugh once. The atmosphere was always fun and joyful. We all loved each other's company and joked around non-stop. Having a big family can be stressful but at the same time, it is joy and pure happiness. You are never alone or bored because you have so many other individuals around you at a time there is no way you should be bored.

So when you give me a big family I will embrace it, love it, cherish it and enjoy it. You all have changed my outlook on family from sitting around the table at dinner time to always loving each other. Yes, I do love my little family up here in Wisconsin but maybe one day we all will live closer to one another because when that time comes it will be the happiest I have ever been and many of you would be too. I love you all so much, but for now I must go back to Wisconsin because life goes on up here just as it does down there, so cheers to next time!

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18 Things That Happen When You Get A Good Roommate

Not every roommate story is a bad one.

Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.

4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

15. Saying goodbye for breaks is upsetting.

16. Not seeing them all day is upsetting.

17. You have more pictures together than any of your other friends.

18. You found a best friend for life.

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3 Tips To Help Maintain A Healthy Long Distance Relationship

Just trust me on this.


Long distance relationships have a stigma surrounding them that claims "they're too much work," "they'll end up in those involved cheating," or "they just don't work." While some of these complaints have been known to happen, I'm here to explain to you that they are generally wrong. That's right, ladies. If he really loves you, he will give the long distance scenario a shot.

There are three ways to make a long distance relationship work, and as a young girl who is obsessed with her long-distance boyfriend of a year and a half, I can safely say these are, in fact, the glue that keeps these types of situations going.

1. There is a light at the end of the tunnel

The first way to guarantee your relationship will stay golden is to constantly have a date set where you will see your significant other in person. I am lucky enough to see my boy either every weekend, or every other weekend. I can sympathize for the truly long distance couples with longer time spans to suffer through, but I cannot say I've experienced it first hand. I just know that any time spent away from my boyfriend is awful, and having a permanent date set that is not subject to change gives us a reason to be excited and cherish the moments we do have together even more.

2. Communicate communicate communicate

I can not say it enough, constant communication is truly the number one reason Mason and I have made it this far. Whenever someone asks how we're still together, I always have the same answer; he has to be my best friend before my boyfriend. This isn't a relationship that will happen overnight, but it is definitely a foundation you need to have if you're going to make the distance work. I tell Mason everything, no matter how dumb it is. It isn't about impressing him at this point, there is literally no way I could ever be embarrassed in front of him. He knows everything and is my shoulder to cry on in any situation, making it literally impossible to ever have a reason to hide something or lie to him.

We are there for each other no matter what time it is, and we're one hundred percent committed to our relationship. It's important to remember that for seemingly difficult relationships to work (or any for that matter) you have to put in perspective that this is your potential partner for the rest of your life. This isn't just a fun fling, but a partnership meant to last longer than the season of life where you're apart.

3. Trust

This seems like a cliche tip, but trust truly is the glue that pieces everything together. You have to trust that you'll see each other on the date you agreed to. You have to trust that the communication between you two is truthful and as frequent as it can be. Trust is the hardest tip out of all of these because it takes so much time and effort to build, but can be completely ruined with one action.

Mason and I still struggle with trusting each other in new or foreign situations, but as long as we communicate and work out our concerns, our trust in each other only grows. It's a cycle that your relationship must stay on in order to continue. Trust and communication go hand in hand; while both are hard to establish, they're the only thing missing from the happy relationship you're looking for.

In conclusion, while long distance relationships require a lot of work, they're definitely not impossible. I don't know what I would do without Mason in my life, and there is absolutely no way distance could break the bond we have. No matter how hard it seems, remember that while the distance is a season of your life, your significant other could potentially be forever.

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