Time unconditional love. I’m learning that college is

Time flies.  I’m now just starting my second semester of college, yet it feels like yesterday you were dropping me off for my first day of kindergarten.  Now that I am older, becoming a young adult and learning to live life on my own, I regret not taking the chance to tell you just how much I appreciate everything you have done for me to get me where I am today.  I know that no matter where life takes me, you’ll always be there for me, showering me with unconditional love.
I’m learning that college is hard, but it makes me appreciate all the things you have done for me growing up.  I am grateful for all the support you have given me whether it was driving me to Bernalillo to sit in the freezing spring winds just to watch me play soccer, or paying for my private school and college education.  You have shown me how to be a hard worker and to be resilient when things don’t go my way.  You have been there through all the good times, hard times and everything in between. From my full body rash from an allergic reaction to amoxicillin, to graduating high school, there’s never been a moment where you weren’t there and that is something I will cherish forever.  Whenever I call, whether it’s 5 in the morning because I am feeling sick and don’t know what to do or because I still don’t know how to do my laundry, you are always there to pick up.  We have our fair share of disagreements, but you put up with me (and we all know that’s not an easy task).  You have forgiven me for every mean comment, every slammed door, and every unnecessary eye roll.  You have shaped me into the human being I am today and it’s because I have you as my parents.  
Mom, you are strong, beautiful, honest, comforting, and my absolute rock.  However, you are much more than that, you are also my guidance counselor, hair-stylist, and personal shopper.  Thank you for listening to my endless boy drama and giving me advice, knowing that I will probably just ignore it to make my own decisions.  Thank you for helping me get ready for all my high school dances, from picking out my dress to curling my hair, even though I always say I don’t like it.  Going through recruitment was especially tough, but you stayed a couple days longer to help walk me through the process and I never told you how much I appreciated having you stay to support me.  I couldn’t be happier to be an Alpha Chi Omega following in your footsteps.  You have taught me to be a strong woman and to always be myself.  I hope to grow up to be just like you.    
Dad, you are my biggest supporter, helpful, hardworking, reliable, and compassionate.  Thank you for always reading my papers to check the grammar and for teaching me how to put gas into my car.  One of my favorite memories is dancing with you at my señorita ball.  The next time I dance with you will be during the father-daughter dance at my wedding.  You took me to every soccer practice and before I got out of the car gave me a fist pump and told me to play hard.  Whenever I stepped on the field I pictured you stepping on the field to play rugby ready to take on your opponent.  You taught me right from wrong, preparing me for this crazy world we live in.  When it comes down to it, you are everything a dad should be and more. 
I am grateful for all the moments that I get to spend with you guys.  Nowadays it just doesn’t seem like enough.  Thank you for showing me that no matter what happens, you are always there for me and you will always love me, for challenging me in every aspect of life, and for always pushing me to be a better version of myself.  Thank you for being the best role models a girl could have.  I don’t know what I would do without you.  I couldn’t be more grateful for the life you have given me.  I love and miss you guys dearly.