Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Other Mother : My Blessing of a Mother in Law

It's rare.
She's rare.

Or maybe, out of common ground, we were always destined to be close.

I think God gives you, if you'll have it, the advice and life experience of 2 mothers. One who fights for your side and one who fights for her son's. She will help you see the vulnerability in his choices, she will help you understand his upbringing and help you see life from a new perspective.

Sheila is one of those people that loves her family. And not just loves them a little... but they are her world, and her reason.
We are very much alike in that... both of us have small worlds.
She is a strong woman of God and she is soft in her guidance and advice.

She remembers the struggle of children close together in age and she is supportive and understanding of my efforts.

I never feel judgment and I always know she is there.

She has taught me so much...

Persevering. Serving. The Benefits of a Faithful Heart. and Willpower. She has taught me that "my way" is not always the best way... and when I listen, she knows so much. I am lucky to have her advice... blessed to have her discernment in my corner.

Sheila is someone I am proud to have in my life. Proud to call Mom and proud to learn from. And on this day, her birthday... I want her to know the gift she has been and continues to be.

Thank you for helping me, helping me live and live well... I love you.


JohnandSheila on July 10, 2010 at 7:51 AM said...

Oh Johnna...I can't even express the emotion I feel in this Blog, to me...about me. YOU are an inspiration to me hun, I wish you could see that, you are every bit the woman, the Momma My Momma was, the one I tried and inspire to be. You are a tresure and delight in our family and I thank God for every moment he allows me to share life with you, and with all of my family. God has surely abundanly blessed me, and I pray he continues to bless me in the same ways for "29" more years. I Love and cherish you all!

Erika on July 10, 2010 at 8:09 AM said...

Happy Birthday to your MIL!

I love having a MIL who is supporting & caring. And I always feel bad when people dislike their MILs. Having two Mommas is a treat.

Corinne on July 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM said...

Happy Birthday to Sheila!
You have been so blessed to have a wonderful mother in law :)

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