Wednesday, March 10, 2010

To Mrs. Linda on Her Birthday

The number goes without notice (even though it is an exciting one :)), but the day cannot possibly. I am so thankful to have you as my mother-in-law. Thankful for your example of what it looks like to spend your life sacrificing for others, while still maintaining your own identity. Thankful for the advice of one who has walked the path of being married to a highly devoted medical student, resident, and (eventually) surgeon, who taught me to live and love now instead of always waiting for tomorrow. Thankful for the example of loving and giving lavishly, that has blessed me and made me want to do the same. Thankful for the son you've raised to be a strong and creative man and taught how to live confidently in both. Thankful to be facing a life without my own Mom, with you by my side. Thankful for the six months (after I lost Mom) you continued to love and be there for me, even though I was angry at you for the simple and unavoidable fact that you weren't my Mom. Thankful for how you love our girls and how you turn into silly Moogie just for them. Thankful that you've made me feel like your daughter and not your daughter-in-law in all aspects of life. Thankful for all the fun we've had and all the fun to come. Thankful for you...every single last funny, beautiful, smart, creative drop of you. Happy Birthday!

8 comments:

Love Being a Nonny said...

That is quite possibly the sweetest thing I have ever read. I would love for my mother-in-law to love me like that. I am trying hard to BE that kind of mother-in-law. You are blessed!

Brandi Bartee said...

What a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing and you definitely married into a wonderful family. Sounds like Jeremiah married into a very loving and close knit family as well.

Lindsey said...

what a great birthday gift for mrs. linda. i've no doubt she is just as thankful for your relationship! looking forward to saturday:).

andi said...

WHAT A PRECIOUS post for a WONDERFUL, special lady!!!!! She is such a compassionate, loving, caring, beautiful, and funny gal! :)

erika said...

so sweet. i can imagine that this would be the highlight of her bday. you are so blessed!!

Gail said...

WOW! You do have a way with words and expressing yourself so well. I thought that was the sweetest letter to Linda. She is everything you said, too. A wonderful role model for anyone. I always liked her and knew she was special. Your words are proof of just that! Happy B'Day Linda!

Darby said...

Abby, You are a dream of a daughter in law... what a precious post for Moogie!!! I can only imagine how you've touched her heart today and how thankful she is to have YOU as her precious daughter in law! Happy Birthday to her and Jeremiah too!

Konie said...

Happy "belated" Birthday Linda!! Thhis is such a special blog in your honor....and so deserving as I know how much Abby loves and respects you :) You and Abby are so blessed to have each other :)