For the last ten consecutive years my parents have been paying for college. They have funded mine and my brother and sister’s entire college education, from tuition to books to rent—they did it all. They pinched pennies, they stayed in the same house for over 20 years; they sacrificed—for us, for their children. They were determined to give us a better future, to give us an easier path than they had.

This week, my parents make their last college payment, correction, they make my last college payment and my heart is overflowing with thankfulness to them for this gift that I too often complain about. However, with the end of my college career in view it is not only my parents’ financial support that I am thankful for, but also their love, support, and guidance for the last 23 years.

My parents have shown me what it means to live by your convictions. They’ve taught me to fix my eyes on Christ. They have put up with my moodiness, absentmindedness, and my propensity to talk things to death.

God has blessed me with two amazing individuals to guide me through this life. They’re not perfect, they don’t claim to be, but they are sincere and hardworking and really funny in often completely ridiculous ways (it just runs in the family).

So much of who I am and what I am becoming is because of them. “Thank you” is not nearly enough, but it’s what I have. So, thank you Mom and Dad, from the very bottom of my heart, thank you…for everything. Most of all, thank you Jesus, for providing for all my needs—beyond measure.