30 Days of Thanks: 8 Reasons I Love My Mother-In-Law
Thank goodness for Grandma.
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She Makes Cheesy Potatoes
If you don’t live in the Midwest, you may not know about cheesy potatoes. Or as some of the more wild Norwegians call them, party potatoes. This is all you need to understand: cheese and potato baked together in creamy goodness. My mother-in-law makes the best cheesy potatoes on record and she knows I love them, so when we visit she makes them for me.
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She Is Patient
I am loud. A Democrat. Basically everything my in-laws are not. I know I’ve been impatient and difficult, but my mother-in-law has never said an unkind word to me. I sometimes think she might be secretly poisoning my cheesy potatoes. But my husband assures me she’s isn’t, she is just that nice.
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She Is Easy Going
My mother-in-law is an easy person to be around. She’s mastered the art of listening, of polite conversation and of deep conversation. She is hospitable and gracious and visiting her always feels like coming home.
She Is A Bargain Ninja
My mother-in-law isn’t a bargain hunter, she’s a bargain ninja. She always knows how and where to find everything cheaper. I think if Kohls ever files for bankruptcy it will be because she took them for every 30% off coupon they have. Through her wonderful example, I’ve learned how to be frugal and wise with my money.
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She Has Rules
Grandma Nancy has rules for my children and as a parent, I love this. This means that when we stay with her, I know she won’t let my kids run roughshod over her home. Don’t get me wrong, she still spoils them. She just doesn’t let them OD on a metric ton of candy and leave them quivering in a pool of cheap plastic toys.
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She Has An Amazing Son
My husband and I met in high school and didn’t start dating until college. So, I wasn’t around for the nitty-gritty reality that my mother-in-law faced of raising three boys and a daughter. But they are all wonderful people, who I love spending time with. They all have good jobs, keep out of jail and would do anything for their mom. And for that, I’m constantly in awe. Because at this rate it will be a miracle if my kids still speak to me after they learn to read.
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She Doesn't Judge
With two different daughters-in-law and four different grandchildren, I’ve never heard her say anything remotely negative about how we parent. She accepts us and our children without question and without judgment. She only gives advice when asked and even then, it is always gentle and wise. And she never compares.
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She Buys All The Clothes
My mother-in-law routinely shows up to our house with giant bags of clothes for my children. I didn’t have to buy my daughter anything but socks for her entire first year. Whenever I’m running low on socks or onesies, all I have to do is look in the closet for the grandma Nancy bag. Grandma Nancy always comes through. And at the rate my kids go through clothes, this is an enormous blessing.
There’s so much to be thankful for, we can’t fit them all into one post! Check out BabyZone’s 30 Days of Thanks page to see all the things—great and small—that we can be grateful for each day.
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