I am extremely blessed to have a loving mother in law that I get along with. I know many women who do not have that kind of relationship to the woman who gave her husband life, but I do. She is one my best friends and I know that when I need her, even as old as she is, she will be there for me.
She was there for me when Stephen and I started dating. She was the mother figure I had always wanted — someone who would listen to me when I needed to talk. She never tried to make me take her advice. She would offer it to me and make suggestions, but she left the actual process and the growing and learning up to me.
I love that about her.
She and I have been through so much together. When I was pregnant with my son — almost 19 years ago, we had the most hilarious and eventful trip to the emergency room when it was time to give birth.
She has been with me through the death of my own mother, through my acceptance of Christ in my heart, and she has been there with me through the birth of my two babies.
Why would I not want to be there for her?
I was there with my mother in law the day that they told her she had MS. We cried together, and we waited for what was to come. I am proud to say that the doctor says she is in remission, but what happens if it rears its ugly head again later down the road? I want to make sure that if she really needs me, I can be there for her. After all she’s done for me, I would want to care for her if something were to happen and she needed someone to be her caregiver.
We have asked her to move in with us and let us help take care of her. Right now, she likes being independent. She lives in a great apartment with lots of friends, but she knows that our door is open should she tire of living by herself and needs our help.
She has always been there for us and there is no way that I would never turn my back on her. She is too loving a person for that, and I thank God every day for giving me such an amazing woman as my mother in law.
What about you? Do you have a mother in law like that?