And then, it dawned on me. I don't even need my rose-colored glasses for this one - it's genuinely good.
I hit the mother-in-law jackpot. Or rather, God knew exactly what he was doing when he gave me my MIL. Just as I am clear in my understanding that The Man is a gift given to me, I am clear in my understanding that my MIL is also a gift.
Given the following information, one might think that it was quite the opposite:
- The Man is 1 boy of 5 children. That means I am the only daughter-in-law.
- Before we were even married, my MIL was asking about grandchildren.
Instead, my MIL has taught me lessons I never thought I'd learn.
How to love more than one child equally without creating a sense of competition among them.
How to love a daughter, and yes, a daughter-in-law, as much as a son.
How to be comfortable in my own skin, for who I am.
How to put family and love above things.
How happiness is not determined by how much money you have in the bank, or the things you own.
This Mother's Day I celebrated with my mom, my Nan, and my step-mom. I am grateful for each of these women and know they are blessings in my life as well.
But I also celebrated with my MIL and I am so grateful for the day we spent together; but more importantly for the lessons she has taught me over the past 12 years - and the lessons she will continue to teach me.