I am thankful for this woman.
 Grandma with Alex back in March 2000
This is Rich’s mom.   I am thankful that she raised up a small boy to be such a wonderful man.  I am thankful that she taught him how to care for family and that she gave him a wonderful example of “Family always comes first.”   I am thankful that she taught him how to cook!  I am thankful that she always gives me great marriage advice, but only when I ask for it!  I am thankful that she dotes on all my children and always makes them feel special.  I am thankful that we celebrated her 65th birthday with a HUGE birthday party this year, that we made such a fuss over her that day.  I am thankful that she came out to visit us for a week this past September, right before school started.  We had a lot of fun times during that week, a lot of laughs.  I am thankful that I’ve been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law for my 19 years of married life.
I am sad that she suddenly passed away late last night.  I am sad that I didn’t get to say good-bye.  I am sad that my husband’s heart is now breaking.  I am sad that her 65th birthday was the last one we will celebrate with her.  I am sad to have to tell my children the news in the morning.   I am sad that I no longer have a mother-in-law.
Those we love are never with us long enough, are they?  I mean, when is a “good time” to say good-bye?  Never!  We always want our loved ones right here with us.  It’s just never long enough.
It’s Thanksgiving today.  And ours has a black cloud hanging over it this year.  Rich has left to be with his siblings, and I am home with the kids.  This will be our first Thanksgiving apart.  I’m sad for that, too.  But despite it all, I have much to be thankful for.  I have my health, and so do my children and my husband.  I have a warm home, many friends, and I have wonderful memories in my head of all the people I have loved who are no longer with me.  That is a lot to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Now …. go HUG or CALL all those you love!

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  1. says

    Oh, what a beautiful tribute to your Mother in law. I am so sorry there is grief today over her loss. She sounded like a first class lady. You were very blessed. You and your family are in my prayers.

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