Two daughter in laws and a mother in law.
Today is my mother in law's birthday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BECKY!
It's a day that is a bit hard to celebrate because my father in law, Gary, had open heart surgery yesterday. He had a valve replaced in his heart and a bypass. He is recovering extremely well- as well as can be expected, but still he will be in the hospital for 4-6 days at best. Thus, her special day will be spent mostly at the hospital, worrying about others. How fitting for Becky. Still, we will try to celebrate at least a little bit, hitting up Cheesecake Factory for lunch and doing our best to decorate the house and make her feel special.
I adore my mother in law. I realize that sentence has rarely been spoken in the history of mankind, but I say in unapologetically. As far as the mother in law lottery goes, I hit the dang jackpot. Becky is as selfless a person as I've ever met. Yesterday I was thinking about where we could go to dinner or what dessert I could make for her and I realized I don't even know what restaurant she likes because we always go to the restaurants that everybody else likes. I don't know what her favorite dessert is because she spends her life making everybody else's favorite treats. I have never once seen Becky mad. That woman is as calm as a summer morning. I've seen her stressed and I've seen her sad, but I've never once seen her mad or mean in any way to anyone.
I see so much of my mother in law in Greg. Oh, there's no doubt about it- he's got the stubbornness, the passion, the fiery wit of his dad. But underneath those qualities, he's also got the softer, more gentle qualities of his mama. His love for culture and plays, his incredible sensitivity and awareness of others' feelings, his never ending thoughtfulness- those qualities all come right from his mom.
Happy Birthday, Becky. May you never spend another birthday in the hospital!
For your weekend reading:
+ Can you believe it's already been a year since election day? I didn't vote for President last year, but I did vote for a few other VERY IMPORTANT THINGS.
+ A year ago I wrote this post on having babies. I still find myself afraid (very afraid!) of babies but I also find myself thinking about them more and more. Is it almost time?
+ How much do you fight in your marriage? What is "normal"?
+ Sometimes I read old posts of mine like this one and cringe. How do you handle criticism?
+ One of my favorite guest posts any one ever wrote on my blog from my blog bestie, Tay Tay. You want to be in my "clique"? Here's how.