Thursday, May 7, 2015

An Open Letter to My Mother-in-Law

Dear JoAnn,

As I sit down to write this letter in honor of Mother’s Day, I think of the countless positive qualities you possess that I could write about, but instead I’m going to focus on something else.  Gratitude.  I don’t say it nearly often enough, but I hope you know that I’m incredibly grateful for everything that you do for us…and grateful for the woman that you are.

Thank you.

Thank you for welcoming me into your family with open arms and accepting me just as I am.

Thank you for extending your love and acceptance beyond just me by also building and maintaining relationships with my parents and family.

Thank you for being a planner, like me!  :)  But also, thank you for being so very flexible and understanding in trying to coordinate holidays and family get-togethers.  Although the time we all get to spend together is very limited given the miles between us, it truly is priceless…and thank you for helping us all to make the very most of it!

Thank you for being a symbol of strength…the true glue that binds the family together.

Thank you for being so kind-hearted and genuinely sensitive to others’ thoughts and feelings. 

Most importantly, thank you for raising such an incredible man whom I’m beyond grateful to call my husband. Ryan is like you in many, many ways. An immeasurable level of patience and the desire to make everyone happy are two of your most prominent characteristics that I see in your son on a daily basis.  The respect and admiration he has for you and his sisters shines through every single day in the way he treats me. Thank you for incorporating such strong morals and values into his upbringing. Thanks for teaching him that family is the single-most important thing to nurture and protect in this crazy, chaotic world.  Thank you for helping to mold him into the man he is today…my husband, the love of my life, my best friend.  

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Happy Mother’s Day.  I love you.