This week I’ve been thinking about family.

Well, when you have 8 children and homeschool, you have family with you ALL the time, but I’ve been thinking about extended family.


Today I’m thinking particularly about my mother-in-law.

Over the years I’ve heard horror stories about MILs from hell, dreadful women who seek to manipulate and control their daughters-in-law and wreak havoc in the marriages of their children. Women who show favoritism to grandchildren and who completely disregard the desires and standards of their children.

My mother-in-law is a darling! She has always been careful to never push into our lives, even when she disagrees. She treats us with respect and honors our decisions and choices. In many ways, I have felt at least as much love and respect from my mother-in-law as I did from my own mother (who tended to be more verbal and critical with me when she disagreed).

My mother-in-law has a marvelous sense of humor and independence and fun. Unfortunately we don’t get to see her nearly as often as we’d like, with us living 1500 miles away. But when we have been together, I feel such ease and comfortableness in her presence.

I have learned a great deal from her over the years, things she’ll never know I learned this side of eternity. And I hope I have learned how to be as good a mother-in-law for my children’s future spouses as she is, and has been, for me.

So, here is a big thank you to Mary, my darling mother-in-law and blessing to my life.

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