21 November, 2016

A Thankful Heart

This was to be my month of thankfulness posts, and this one is being written with a deeply thankful heart for this dear and lovely woman; my precious mother-in-law. Mom slipped away quietly to join the church triumphant on Saturday afternoon with family surrounding her. She is at peace from the painful and frustrating days that she experienced over the past several months, enjoying long-awaited reunions with loved ones in her Heavenly home; for that we are joyful, we just weren't ready to let her go! Mom knew where she was going, there is no doubt, she was an exemplary model of faith. Oh, how we will miss her. Extended family is beginning to gather, in the next few days stories will be shared and photographs will be displayed of happy times spent with Mom over the years, I look forward to that. When I think about Mom from now on I will remember the lesson that she taught me best (besides how make a perfect pie crust): how to be a wonderful mother-in-law. She was always there when I needed her, I never needed to ask twice. She never intruded however, she celebrated all of our family occasions but was never "in" our business, not at all. She was cheerful, funny, supportive, and loving; in all things and at all times, she was my role model. She knew how much I loved her, I told her all the time, but I really don't know if she could ever fully understand the depth or sincerity of those proclamations. I'm not certain I understood the measure of her presence in my life, until now, it can only begin to be realized by the size of the hole in my heart. I love you, Mom, thank you.

Life is Good!
💗
On this, the twenty first day of November, 
I am thankful for the very best of all 
mothers-in-law. I have been richly blessed. 

23 comments:

Nane said...

Prayers for you all as you say goodbye.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a beautiful tribute. And I do completely understand what you mean about feeling the impact fully only after (despite "knowing" beforehand). Sending hugs to all as you travel this road.

Paula, the quilter said...

What a lovely eulogy. I, too, try to be this type of mother-in-law. Thank you for this and may your mother-in-law rest in peace.

KaHolly said...

A lovely tribute. How truly blessed you have been! Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. XOXO

cityquilter grace said...

loved ones never really die as they live in our hearts forever....my condolences to you and your family...

Marilyn said...

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. What a wonderful tribute you wrote about your mother in law.

Ms. Jan said...

I'm sorry for your family's loss of a woman was obviously a treasure. Love and hugs!

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

My heart weeps for you and Mark along with the rest of the family. Much love and comfort to you all in the coming days. xx <3

jude's page said...

Sending sympathy and prayers across the ocean, and may you know peace, as you share your memories.

Quilting Babcia said...

She knows, and she will be there to greet you and your husband joyfully when it is time for the Great Reunion. Prayers for your family, we are never ready to see them depart this earthly existence.

Janet O. said...

Your last post about her made me feel this was coming soon. It is such a blessing to understand the eternal nature of our relationships.
How lucky you were to have a MIL like that.
Will offer prayers of comfort for all that knew and loved her--and love her still.

Carolyn said...

I'm sorry for your loss. You will see her again.

Bobby said...

Sorry for your family's loss, prayers for all.

Bobby said...

Sorry for your family's loss, prayers for all.

Anna McCurdy, Teacher said...

So saddened for you and your families loss- May you be surrounded by the caring arms of others in the days ahead. She will be sorrily missed and sounds like she was a very special lady to all who crossed her path. Since condolences to you all,
Warmest regards,
Anna

LizA. said...

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.

rondiquilts said...

A beautiful lady and a beautiful tribute. I cried.

Rondi

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Just the look of love, kindness and beauty on your mother-in-laws face tells her story. What a loving and beautiful post honoring her. Prayers to you and your family in your time of sadness but knowing that someday you will all be together in our Lord's presence and light. God bless you all. Linda

Anna said...

So sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. We should all be so lucky to have a Mother in Law like that. Hugs to you.

Lindah said...

Such a sweet smile! What a special blessing to be given a wonderful MIL. May God be your peace and comfort in this time of sadness.

sandra said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

sandra said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

lindsey said...

This is such a lovely testimony, i too had a wknderful mother in law who was a blessing to us all. I pray for Gods peace and comfort for your family as you come to terms with your loss