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An Open Letter to my Brother as he gets Married

To My Big Brother,

Today is the long awaited day that you will be marrying the love of your life.

Today is the first day of your forever together and I could not be any more happy for you.

You’ve had more than your fair share of difficult times and rough relationships. It is because of these rough times that I look up to you. You never ceased to stop being the wonderful person you are despite the hardest of times. You have been there for me through everything, literally since the day I was born. I want to thank you for being the best big brother any little sister could hope for.

Being a big brother, I know there was a lot of stress on you to be someone I would look up to, and trust me, I do. Not only have you been one of my biggest supporters in life but you have also been one of my best friends. You have always encouraged me to do my best and be the best person I could possibly be.

Throughout the past nineteen years of my life, you have always managed to be there for me no matter what or where you were in your life, which was obviously much different than anything I could understand since you’re older. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for this and thank you for being there for me twenty-four seven.

Back to today. Here it goes in the books, another successful marriage that began from a dating website. 

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. When you first introduced the family to her, I could tell by the look in your eyes that she was going to be something special. I’ve had the privilege to watch you experience your dating years throughout high school and college. But this? This was something different, I knew that she was the one for you not long after you started dating. She fits so well with you and you both have similar lifestyles.

I can tell that you are finally truly happy with your life simply by the way you look at her and treat her. I can only hope that one day in the far away future that I will be able to find a man who treats me as you treat her. I am so happy for you that you have at last found the woman you want to spend your life with.

I have been waiting for this day all year since you proposed. I am so honored to be in your wedding and can’t wait to share the love with you on your wedding day.  

I love you, Big Brother

Your Little Sister

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A Letter to my Co-blogger

Dear, C or “Bubbles”,
It will be 3 years of being friends this month. We’ve never met in person but you have become an important part of my life.

I remember getting a DM from you on my personal Twitter saying that this other girl was stealing my tweets…but it was actually my anon. From there, we interacted a lot on Twitter and the rest is history!
A lot has happened since then. (These won’t be in order because I can’t remember the order)

Your 3rd nephew was born.

You lost some friends but it was for the better because they were toxic.

My 1st niece was born.

You went to prom and didn’t have the greatest time like you were hoping.(because of so called friends)

We graduated high school.

You went through a hard time with your boyfriend at the time and I had to help you through the pain and worry.

I got engaged and you helped me with wedding plans.

I got a job.

You started college.

You got through the situation with your boyfriend and finally visited him (or whatever he was) for the first time in 3 years.

Decided you deserved better.

I tried my best to help you through the stress of your first semester. (Sorry if I didn’t do a great job😂)

My fiancé broke up with me and you helped me through it.

Your first dog passed away.

You met a boy who is perfect for you and you’re the happiest I’ve ever seen you.

I started developing feelings for my guy best friend and am now dating him.

You got a job.

Your 4th nephew was born.

You found out your brothers fiancée was having another boy.

My second niece was born.

And now we are here.
So much more happened, but those were most of the major moments. I am really thankful for your friendship. You are kind hearted, funny, caring, understanding, a good listener, and most of all, a great friend. You listen to all my rants and give me as much advice as you can. You let me complain about the stupidest things mainly because you complain about similar things. You fangirl over the walking dead with me and we can have an hour long discussion about each episode. We send each other pictures of our nephews and nieces and cry over how big they are getting. We break out in song together (aka type out lyrics via text). This reminds me, we need to FaceTime more often so we can sings songs together. We used to watch movies on Netflix at the same time and discuss them (which we need to do that again because I miss it). I feel like we just click. I don’t see you not being a part of my life ever. I hate that we live so far away, but I WILL visit you someday. My life won’t be complete until I meet you face to face. Again, I am so thankful for you and I cherish our friendship so much. I am honored to be friends with someone like you. You’ve been there for me through the ups and the downs even if you are far away and I hope I’m just as great of a friend to you as you are to me. I’m really glad I had the crazy idea of making an anon Twitter.

I luff you.

Love,

O or “Squishy”

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An Open Letter of Thanks on Memorial Day

Let’s start off with the basic history lesson for those who are not aware, Memorial Day is a holiday observed in the United States each year during the last week of May. American’s and families in all the states remember the lives of their loved ones lost while serving in the Armed Forces. This tradition was originally named Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868.  It got its name after a group of Union veterans who established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of lost veterans. In the 20th century, the Union and Confederate holidays merged to create the holiday we know today, Memorial Day.

Today, many people spend the day visiting memorials and cemeteries to honor those who have been lost in their service to our nation.

Now that we are all caught up with a quick history lesson, our blog to day is…

An Open Letter of Thanks to Our Veterans for their Service on Memorial Day

To those who made the “ultimate sacrifice” for our nation,

Thank you for not only devoting yourself to fighting for our nation, our rights and our freedom but also for devoting yourself to the fullest of your abilities. You cared so greatly and believed so much that it was your duty to protect us. Thank you for taking the greatest risk and fighting for us.

Again, thank you for being some of the most selfless people and fighting to protect us. Thank you is such a minimal word compared to how grateful we are for your service. Words often fall short in many situations and today is an example.

We often take for granted the freedom and safety that we have in today‘s society. But you? You fought for our nation, risking every ounce of your freedom and safety to protect us. Today is your day, the day dedicated to honoring the service you put forth for the people of the nation.

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Today, a flag will be placed on your grave

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Today, thousands of people will travel just to walk the cemeteries remembering all you have sacrificed in order for us to still be here.

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Today, your family, friends and your battle buddies will honor your fight and your dedication. They will talk about the memories they had, the good, happy ones.

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But today, you will not be forgotten.

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Today, is not the only day you are thought of. Your commitment to the nation is not often enough remembered by the entirety of the nation. However, there are always people in this world who miss you, love you and honor you everyday of their lives.

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Today is Memorial Day. We should as a nation take more time to honor those who we have lost during their service to our safety, after all, we would not be here today without the brave fighters of our Armed Forces.

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Always remember, we never know when today will be our last tomorrow.

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Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man. For it is he — the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine — who has fought to preserve freedom. It is his valor that has given renewed hope to the free world that by working together in discipline and faith our ideals of freedom will always prevail.”

— Admiral Forrest P. Sherman

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100 Things… you should love about yourself

Each of the “100 things” blog posts to come in the future, this being the first of hopefully many, will contain a different list of 100 things. For example, 100 things to do before you die, 100 things to do when you’re bored and so on. Today’s blog is going to be 100 things you should love about yourself, because I feel as though people don’t love themselves as much as they should. In today’s generation, everyone is so obsessed with being perfect and having perfect hair or makeup that they don’t notice the naturally beautiful things about them.

An Open Letter to Myself…

100 Things you Should Love About Yourself  (that aren’t physical features)

  1. Your personality
  2. Your determination
  3. Your dedication
  4. Your sense of humor
  5. Your laugh
  6. Your willingness to help others
  7. Your sense of style
  8. Your relationships with other people
  9. Your compassion
  10. Your bravery
  11. Your generosity
  12. Your honesty
  13. Your sense of time
  14. Your curiosity
  15. Your hospitality towards others
  16. Your dependability
  17. Your creativeness
  18. Your open mind
  19. Your flexibility
  20. Your stubbornness
  21. Your memory
  22. Your self-confidence
  23. Your competitiveness
  24. Your manners
  25. Your attitude
  26. Your commitment to your responsibilities
  27. Your intelligence
  28. Your commitment to education
  29. Your commitment to a job
  30. Your ability to endure difficult obstacles
  31. The way you follow your dreams
  32. The way you achieve your goals
  33. The way you trust others
  34. The way you handle a tough situation
  35. The way you love others
  36. The way you appreciate the little things in life
  37. The way you know when something isn’t right
  38. The way you give people second chances
  39. The way you defend your friends
  40. The ways you are involved
  41. The way you smile, even when things get hard
  42. The way you organize
  43. The way you hug people
  44. The way you make other people feel special
  45. The way you talk to yourself
  46. The way you are genuine
  47. The way you read other people
  48. The way you make friends
  49. The way you care for yourself
  50. The way you challenge yourself
  51. The way you lead other people
  52. The way you value trust
  53. The way you make yourself stronger
  54. The way you better yourself
  55. The way you speak from your heart
  56. The way you make others look up to you
  57. The way you want to experience things
  58. The way you forgive others
  59. The way you apologize when you did something wrong
  60. The way discuss difficult subjects
  61. The way you give advice
  62. The way you are true to yourself
  63. The way you face your fears
  64. The way you are accountable for your actions
  65. The way you are appreciative of things
  66. Your boldness
  67. Your funny expressions
  68. Your voice
  69. Your opinions
  70. Your thoughts
  71. Your views (political, culture, etc)
  72. Your desire to learn to things
  73. Your passion for your hobbies
  74. Your sense of adventure
  75. Your ability to listen to others
  76. Your health
  77. Your ability to get things done
  78. Your ability to ask good questions
  79. Your lifestyle
  80. Your love for people and animals
  81. Your energy
  82. Your motivation
  83. Your skills
  84. Your knowledge
  85. Your loyalty
  86. Your ability to never give up
  87. Your kind heart
  88. Your good intentions
  89. Your intuition
  90. Your ability to ask for help
  91. Your hopefulness
  92. Your independence
  93. Your gratefulness
  94. Your thankfulness
  95. Your ability to avoid the negatives
  96. Your respect
  97. Your ability to teach others
  98. Your ability to become a better version of you
  99. Your belief in love
  100. You are 100% you

If you struggle with seeing any of these things about yourself, or just struggle with your self-confidence in general, I strongly recommend you create your own list of 100 things you love about yourself. It truly does make you think and realize the this you typically don’t.

Make sure you comment some of the things on your list!

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Dear Future Husband

Dear Future Husband,

Hi. It’s your wife. I hope you’re doing well and not doing anything stupid to mess up our future. I think about you a lot. I wonder what you look like, what your voice is going to sound like, what your personality will be like… One thing I know for sure is that you’re going to be perfect for me. I bet you’re really funny and you’ll make me laugh all the time. I also bet that you’re really handsome. We will have beautiful children (that I’ve already named. Hope you don’t mind). I can’t wait to see you as a father. My family will love you. I’m sure you’ll fit right in with all the goofiness. I hope my best friends will love you. They probably will because I don’t want to be with anybody my friends hate. My best friends are very protective of me. They will like you but if you do anything to hurt me…just watch out. But you’ll be perfect so I wouldn’t worry about it. I can’t wait for movie nights together at home. Let me pick out the movie every once in a while, okay? It will probably be a Disney movie or a chick flick and I’m not at all sorry. But I do hope you love Disney as much as I do. That’s very important. We will probably go to Disney World for our honeymoon. Our wedding will be beautiful. Not only because of the decorations and me, it will be beautiful because of the love we share. I’m so excited for that day. You’ll quickly learn that I’m a little high maintenance. I like things a certain way. I have my little quirks just like everyone else. But I hope you learn to love them all just like I hope to love all of your little quirks. I’m sure we will annoy each other a lot. But that’s normal! I want to annoy you for the rest of my life. I can’t wait for all the little adventures we will go on together. All the vacations and even the disastrous vacations that we will look back and laugh at. I can’t wait for the mini adventures like going hiking at Old Man’s Cave or going to the Columbus Zoo or the Cincinnati Zoo that I will make you take me to because of the sloth they have there. I hope you accept my sloth obsession. It’s a little ridiculous but whatever. I can’t wait to go to sleep and wake up next to you every morning. I’ll try to make you breakfast most mornings. But I love sleeping in as long as possible and I also can’t cook. But I’ll learn to cook! We definitely have to cook dinner together sometimes. I’ve always thought that would be fun. I promise to try and clean up my messes. You might have to be the clean freak in the relationship because I tend to be a bit messy, sorry. I’m sorry this letter is all over the place. I’m really just writing down whatever comes to mind. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you. Or maybe we do know each other and haven’t realized it yet. But I love you and I can’t wait to meet you. God has the perfect timing.
Love, Your Future Wife.