Dear Austin: Get ready, cause I’m comin for ya!! 2 more days :) Dear Jacob: I love you and miss you so much! I’m so happy to know that I’ll get to see you in just two short days. I hate feeling helpless here at home while you’re in Austin sick. Hang in there, and I’ll see you soon. Dear Grapevine: I’ll miss you dearly, I really will. As much as I love Austin, I know how much I’ll enjoy coming home to your quiet little corner of the metroplex. Dear Mom, Dad, and Alex: I will miss you all so much too! I sort of got used to being away during first semester, but things are going to be different this time. Jacob and I will still visit, and not just on holidays :) I love you all and can’t wait for the first time you visit me in Austin. Dear Love: You make me so happy. Beyond words even. All I know is that I’ve never been so excited for something. I’m excited for us to have our very own apartment and live together! I’m excited to continue to love you and grow with you in everything we have to come. I will love you always. See you on Saturday, darling<3
Dear 2014: I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me this year!! 2013 was a year of so many changes, and I know 2014 will be just as an important piece in shaping my future. I’m excited to go back to school to pursue becoming an art teacher, I’m excited to live in Austin and experience so many new things, I’m excited to live with the one I love, and excited to see where this new year takes me. This year I want to spend more time in gratitude and thoughtfulness. Writing Today’s Letters has made me more conscious of the little things; the things that loved ones do that make me appreciate them all the more, how happy Starbucks makes me, how much I want to experience. This year I want to learn to share my life with someone, and keep a happy and healthy home of my own. I’m so very blessed to have parents and family that support me, and this year I want to make everyone proud of what I accomplish.
Dear Jacob: (yes this is the actual text I sent him at midnight lol) Happy New Year!! I can’t wait for everything that 2014 holds for you and I. I’m so very blessed to have you in my life and I want you to always remember how much I love you darling. I can’t wait to live together in our first apartment, continue school, enjoy our summer together, and even begin my sophomore year with you at my side. I’m excited to cook you dinners and watch movies together, to go to Kasbah and hang out with your friends. I’m excited to do homework in bed and go to more concerts, go grocery shopping and every other mundane chore that seems so much better with you. This year you’ll turn 21 and be a junior in college! It’s crazy to think about how much growing we have to do in 2014, and I can’t wait to have you by my side to do it all. I love you so very much, Jacob!! Happy New Year<3
Dear Mom and Dad: This past year was definitely one to test us. Through the ups and downs of finishing my senior year, and all the changes that came with me leaving home for college, I’m so grateful to have always had to both there to support me. I’m unbelievably blessed to have parents who are not only able, but willing to help Jacob and I start something new together. No matter where I live though, I know I can call you home, whether it be in Grapevine or somewhere else. Thank you so much for everything, and I hope to continue to make you proud in 2014. I love you both very much<3
Dear Jacob: I love you so much, more and more everyday. I’m grateful for our ability to overcome, and I want to continue to show you how much I love you each day. Dear clothes: Please organize yourself!! Decide what I will and won’t actually wear, and take yourself to the donation center! *sigh* I’m sick of sorting through stuff. Dear Christmas decorations: Here I come!! Best get ready :) Dear Starbucks: Again, thank you for so loving the world that you sent your only caramel apple spice. What a great way to start out the morning :) Dear J: I get to see you on Friday!! I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed you. Hopefully we’ll finally be able to get things with the apartment finalized and we’ll be one step closer to our new life together. I love you always.
Dear Family: Yes, college is going well. Yes, I have a boyfriend! Yes, yes, I am indeed growing up before your very eyes. Even as I answer all the same questions to the uncles and aunts, I’m still thankful to have you all in my life today. Nothing feels better around the holidays than having family gathered together :) Dear pumpkin pie: You’re coming home with me darling. Dear all the baked goods I made: Thank you two dozen chocolate chip cookies, two strawberry cakes, and two dozen brownies for coming out exactly the way I wanted and impressing my family :) Dear J: I missed you today! Lol my parents got to tell everyone about my new Austin boyfriend ;) I love you and can’t wait to see you tomorrow!!
Dear Cold: Please please go away. Dear Family: I’m home!! I’m so happy to be back again and spend Thanksgiving together :) Dear Snuggie: You are also magical at keeping me warm. Thank you. Dear J: I’m already missing you today. Can’t wait to see you Friday!!