For my sisters: Back to School

11:37 AM

Every time I go back to Illinois, I get all sappy and emotional. I really start to realize just how much I've missed my family and the thought of having to come back to NC saddens me because I don't want to miss anything. My mom and I were talking about this the other day, and we reached the conclusion that this is just how life is supposed to go. Parents raise their children so they can be on their own. They never stop loving their children or taking care of them, they just do so in different ways. My parents did a great job raising me, and they're doing a great job raising my sisters as well. It saddens me to know that I'm not in their daily routines anymore and they aren't in mine, but I always look forward to seeing them during each visit and hearing about their lives.  I just wanted to write them a little note before they go back to school.

Alicen, you are entering your senior year of high school this year. It breaks my heart to think that you'll leave for college in a year because it seems like just yesterday you were getting your head stuck in stair rails. As the years have gone by you have outgrown me in both height and knowledge. When I look at you, I see a complete opposite of me. I see the athletic, optimistic, innocent young woman that I always wanted to be. You are beyond beautiful, inside and outside. You have taught me so much about love, even though that was probably my job. I am so proud of you, and I secretly hope you end up at a school in NC so we will be fairly close again. Enjoy this year, because it will fly by quickly. Take advantage of every opportunity. My biggest regret in life so far is failing to do so. I hope you never lose your genuine happiness and eternal optimism. I hope that as you go through senior year, you find out which college you want to go to. It may seem stressful and overwhelming, but I promise it's all worth it.

Karalin, I cannot believe you are entering high school. It also isn't fair that you're taller than me even though you're seven years younger than me. You are beautiful, you are sassy, and you are witty. You are talented, and you are full of passion. You have always been so energetic and passionate, and a handful just like me. As you enter high school you'll start to find yourself and you'll start to change. I just hope you always retain that inner part of you that is truly kind and selfless. I hope you remember that creative spark you have always had and you stay true to yourself. I hope that you retain all of the admirable qualities that you have while gaining even more. High school can be full of so many new situations, but it is up to you to decide which you will take advantage of. You can choose to surround yourself with people who will either better or worsen with you. I trust you will follow your heart and make the right choice.

Emily, it just doesn't seem right that you're going to be a middle schooler this fall. You will always be my baby sister, no matter how old you get. In fact, I think I kept calling you 5 years old for 3 years. I am constantly blown away by how different you look every time I see you, as well as how much smarter you get with every day. You grow at least an inch and you're always more beautiful than the previous time I saw you. You have always been too intelligent for your own good, and I think this will continue throughout your life. Middle school can be one heck of an adventure but if anyone can handle it, it's you. Remember to always be kind to others and to always stick up for people. Offer a hand to anyone who may need it. These are important formative years, and I know you will continuously become a better person. Sadly, you'll also get a lot taller and I will officially be the shortest person in our family... Except for Radar, as long as he doesn't stand up.

I know that you will continue to grow and mature even though I can't be there, but it just doesn't seem fair. It hurts to think that I can't be the big sister all of you deserve, but it makes me so happy to see all of you getting along and adjusting to Midwestern life. At the end of the day I just hope that you know how much I love you, and realize that I would give my all for you. I can only hope that you feel the same way about each other. With each and every one of you our family became complete even when I didn't realize we were missing someone. I am so thankful for the three of you, and so proud to have such beautiful and unique sisters. I hope that as time moves on, all of you also realize how lucky we are to have each other.

Good luck with school this year! I love and miss all of you.
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  1. So sweet! I love this!
    The Accidental Mama

  2. Dad, you are so awesome. Thank you for being the coolest guy in the whole world and the best ever, waaaay better than mom. And you aren't old, either. I wish I was as awesome as you!