Why Do I Always Smile?

Why Do I Always Smile?

"I love to smile. Smiling is my favorite."- Buddy the Elf

I regularly get asked why I am always smiling. Much like Buddy the Elf, I absolutely love to smile. It is one of my most favorite things to do. I am the girl that always has a smile on her face no matter what. I don’t smile because I feel obligated to or because I think I have the prettiest smile in the world. I don’t smile because I am hiding my true feelings.

I smile to let the love and light of Jesus shine through me. I smile because I am truly blessed with the life, family, and friends I have. I smile because God sent his only son to die for me. How many fathers do you know that would willingly let their son die in your place? God sent Jesus to die for us because he loves us with all his heart, and Jesus died willingly for us because he loves us just as much as God does.

I smile to bring joy to others. A smile can make a huge impact on someone who is having a bad day, week, or month. A smile can change their mood in a heartbeat. Imagine if you were walking down the street having a bad day and some stranger passes by and smiles. You smile back being polite and you automatically feel better. A smile can just make someone’s day.

I smile because I have the best support system around. My parents love me unconditionally and push me to do my best. They work hard, so that I can attend my dream school. My sisters are my biggest fans and best friends. They even fight over who gets to spend time with me by themselves first. My friends encourage me to be myself around them and have stayed my friends, even after knowing how weird I am. My grandparents, aunts, and cousins always attend any event that I am in to show their support for me.

I smile because I am a naturally happy person. I honestly have no reason not to smile all the time. I smile whether I am talking to someone or if I am by myself. Chances are you will hardly ever see me without a smile on my face because I have so much to smile about. From my Lord to my support system, I have everything I need in life to be truly happy.

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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