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Being in love at a young age is truly a different experience for everyone. It can be so beautiful, thrilling, adventurous, and full of growth. But it can also be full of trials, heartbreak, and heavy conversations.

The friends, family, and support system that you have surrounding you and your partner can definitely make all the difference when it comes to the success of a young-love relationship. It has for me. I'm so blessed with parents who have been here for both me and my boyfriend during the trials and tribulations of our relationship and our individual lives. As if God hadn't already blessed me enough, He also placed me into an amazing family when He gave me my wonderful boyfriend - especially his mom. 

So, to my boyfriend's mom: Thank you. 

Thank you for raising your son to be the man that he is. 

As we both know, your son is hard headed and definitely his own person, but that's just another thing I love about him. He's not afraid to be himself - something that I can see he got from you. He's patient, forgiving, and everything that I'm not. He treats me like a queen, opens doors for me, supports my goals, pushes me to be confident in who I am, and isn't afraid to let me be a strong. Thank you for giving him an example of a strong woman and teaching him how to treat one. 

Thank you for being here for me, as a person, and not just as your son's girlfriend. 

I know I can come to you with anything, and it doesn't have to be about your son or his and my relationship. You have supported me in my own personal achievements and have been a big inspiration in my life. Thank you for always taking the time to answer my questions. Thank you for listening to me and giving me advice when I just wasn't sure who else to talk to. Thank you for letting me know that I am important to you - it has made all the difference. 

Thank you for welcoming me into your home and heart. 

From the moment I met you, you have always made me feel so comfortable around you and your family. I think part of that is due to how much we have in common. Thank you for all of the invites to family events. Thank you for always being the one to take pictures. Thank you for all the thoughtful gifts you've given me. Thank you for treating me like one of your own. 

Thank you for being a woman to look up to. 

You exhibit so many of the characteristics that I want to be as a woman. You're a woman of Christ, a woman of perserverence, a woman who cares so much for others, a woman who has an amazing career, and a woman who has raised two great sons. Thank you for being such a great example of the woman I'd like to be. I'm thankful to have a lot of amazing women in my life, and you are most definitely among them. 

Thank you for supporting mine and your son's relationship. 

Having a relationship with you and your family and having your support literally means the world to me. It's a great feeling to know that we have such a great support system, giving us wisdom, a look at reality, and a push in the right direction when we need it. Thank you for accepting me as your son's girlfriend and for helping us both grow into the people we are together. 

This letter just scratches the surface of how appreciative and grateful I am for you and all you have done for me. I have been a part of your family for a little while now, and I pray that there are many, many more years to come. All I can say is thank you. 

With lots of love,

Your son's girlfriend. 

Chastity is a Corporate Finance student at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. While she's building her career as a business professional, she loves to cook, bake, read, and paint in her free time. Her obessions include, but are certainly not limited to - Jesus; her Yorkie pup, Max; Christmas; One Tree Hill; and holiday decorations. You can follow her on Instagram @chas.jones :)
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