This is long overdue, but thank you. Thank you for 10 years (14 if you count our courtship) of love and support for me, my marriage and my role as mother of half your grandchildren. I hear stories from so many friends about their tenuous relationships with their mothers-in-law and it makes me even more grateful for your graciousness in the role.
Since the moment I met you, I have always felt warmth--that you were interested in knowing me, but without ever coming across as intrusive. When I ask for your counsel, you are caring, thoughtful and intent on sharing with me--but you are gifted at the art of not overstepping boundaries or offering unsolicited advice that might come across as judgmental, pushy or condescending. (I wish I knew how you pull that off so artfully!)
You are encouraging--but not in an insincere, overly sentimental or mushy way. I believe you.
I think of you as another mother--who thankfully hasn't ever had to scold or punish me. You bless our family with generosity with your time and your resources. I will forever be marked by your faithful daily visitation during my 2 months of hospitalization with the triplets. I appreciate your being so gracious as to invite my family of origin to participate in family holidays with yours.
When we became engaged I remember being told how you and your
mother-in-law had been praying for me for 30+ years. I think I am most
appreciative of that.
You and I are similar in some respects and very different in others. Thank you for never making me feel like my way was any less effective than yours. The irony is, much like the point of yesterday's post, your respectfulness and encouragement makes me want to please you much more than pushiness or demands ever would.
I am only beginning to imagine what it must be like to raise up a boy--to pray for and work diligently to protect his heart--then watch it be handed over to someone you barely know. Thank you for trusting God and for trusting me to love your precious only son. I adore your 41 year old boy and I am grateful to you for the loving way
God used you to shape his heart.
I can't imagine how hard you must have to pray to bite your tongue sometimes and put up with me--but it is noticed and deeply appreciated. I hope one day when R & P are married to follow the example you have so beautifully set for me.