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.