Thank You.

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Novemver 24, 2013

Dear Mom and Dad,

As the days quickly come and go, the day for me to take off to Australia is just around the corner.  I am very excited to be able to go on this amazing trip. I always wanted to be able to travel internationally and I actually get to do it, at the early age of 23. I thought I was going to have to wait till I was at least in my mid 30’s to be able to do something like this.

I want to say something that I know I never say enough to you or even show enough. I love you both so very much and thank you for everything you have done for me and continue to do for me, Adrienne, Kendra and Nico every single day of your lives.  Thank you for always being there for me growing up. I know I haven’t always been the easiest to deal with, especially with having two older girls to handle as well as a little boy. Thank you for all those long nights of sitting at the dining room table trying to help me understand math to the point I was in tears. Thank you for always trying to encourage me to do better. Thank you for being there for me when we found out I had scoliosis and taking me on those trips to the hospital every few months. Thank you for always letting me try new things, from renting me a violin, buying me brand new guitars and equipment, and even taking TaeKwonDo Classes.  Thank you for all your hard work and time for making my beautiful prom dresses throughout high school. Thank you for all the vacations, birthday parties, Christmas presents and fun trips you’ve taken us on and given to us. Thank you for putting up with my difficult teenage-frustration when we had to pack up and move away from the only home I knew– California. Thank you for being there for me with all the heartbreaks and difficult relationships I went through, from buying me things to cheer me up, talking to me, and even yelling at my ex’s for treating me so poorly. Thank You for always buying things for me when I’m sick or if I really need anything. Thank you for encouraging me to not give up on finishing my Medical program, and then being there for me while I still struggle to find a job.

I owe everything to both of you. You have taught me so much in this wonderful life you have worked so hard to give me. I know I have been so selfish and a major princess at times, but I have always appreciated everything you have given to me. You have raised me to be a responsible person. To always be nice to people, unless they treat me badly…then I don’t have to be so nice (haha!). You’ve taught me to be polite and to always use my manners. You’ve taught me so much, it’s amazing.
I’m not writing this to get anything from you, but because I truly want you to know how much you both mean to me. I know the past few years have been very hard on our family–from Mom’s Thyroid surgery, to Dad’s heart attack. Those moments are always on my mind when you like to remind us that “You’re mother and I won’t be around forever.” and yes, I understand that. It makes me sad to hear but I know you mean well when you remind us. Having to go through those tough periods in our lives really makes me want to show you just how appreciated you really are. I couldn’t imagine what It would have been like losing either one of you, let alone both at once. I am so thankful that you both were able to become healthy again.

I am excited to go on this trip to Australia in a few days but at the same time, I want you to know that even I am secretly afraid at the same time. This is my first international trip, and alone at that. I’ve traveled alone before as you know, but I have never been outside of the U.S. but I know I will be okay, as I said before, you raised me to be a tough cookie! I know that even I will get homesick, even a little…maybe even a lot, but I will always contact you every day to let you know that I am fine.
I want to show you the wonderful adventure I get to go on and be able to share it with you,  as well as share the beautiful relationship I have with Jordan, with you. This means so much to me and I want you to be apart of it.
I hope someday you’ll be able to see Australia in person for yourselves, but I will be more than willing to take pictures and make videos to show you what it is like for now. I understand why you would be so afraid to let me go so far away by myself, especially when you are expecting someone you don’t know to take care of me, but I hope that you believe me  when I say it will be okay &  Jordan when say He will take care of me in every way he can.

I love you with all my heart and Thank you so much for everything.

All my love,

Gabriella

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