I've been thinking about what to write today for a few days now: there are so many things I'm thankful for, and I really didn't want to just post a laundry list. This many not be something you see often in general, but I've decided that the blessing I'm going to focus on this year is my mother-in-law. I couldn't ask for a better one, and after almost thirteen years of marriage and three kids, that's really saying something.
She's been nothing but kind and thoughtful since the first time I met her, which was before her son and I actually started dating (I think...the chronology there is a little shaky. Certainly before it was public and official.) She voluntarily hosted a bridal shower and a baby shower for me at her home. She doesn't interfere between me and her son or get involved in our parenting decisions at all...the biggest problem I have with her is getting her opinion on something when I actually WANT it, since she tries so hard not to step on my toes! When we need help with the kids, she's there. She has a daughter as well, and she is every bit as loving to me as she is to my sister-in-law...for all that I am married to her only son (the setup for many a horror story) I have been welcomed into the family with open arms.
Marriage takes work, no doubt. Certainly good marriages do. But how many women can truthfully say that their mothers-in-law make their marriages easier instead of harder? Not sure how I got this lucky, but thank God for it. I hope I manage to be half as good to my sons' wives as she is to me!
ETA: For anyone who may be wondering, she has no idea that this blog exists.