I always remember my mom being involved at the school and in the community. To this day, she holds a leadership position in the HOA and works as a crossing guard at the junior high. All this, while being the Stake Relief Society President. Most of these are things which I have observed her doing for others, which has had an effect on my own life. She has also dedicated countless hours to helping me and my family. She has always been encouraging and supportive. Her work is never done. Thanks for living a life of service, Mom!! I love you!
Jayden: Jayden loves to hang with Grandmommy!! They became fast buddies when she started slipping him treats. He loves her big hugs.
My Turn: My mom/mother-in-law is very, very special to my heart. Something that shines forth in my mind is the support that she endlessly gives to our family. Anytime we are in need, she is ready to help without any questions asked. Actually, her heart and mind are open to see all those who are in need who are not even part of our family. She watches people, feels their need, and then sacrifices her time and money to make them feel more comfortable. Our family lived with my in-laws for 5 months… we left behind broken furniture and dirty walls from little handprints. She never once grumbled about us disrupting their calm lifestyle.
I believe she has been at every single birthday of every member of our family this past year… even before we lived with them for a season!! They make special efforts to attend baptisms, priesthood ordinations, and our children's musical, theatrical, and sporting events.
Most daughter-in-laws wonder what type of mother-in-law they will have. When I first met her, I felt immediate acceptance. She wrapped her arm around me and laughed her beautiful, hearty laugh to let me know I was a part of the family. As we prepared for our wedding, she took me around to florists and cake decorators. I had no clue about how to prepare for a wedding! I was just winging it, but I remember being in awe that she had arranged so many meetings with all the right people to make our wedding special. She never told me what to do… she just provided the options and the means and let me decide how to make our wedding extra special… much more than it would have been on my own.
Funny Story: One day we were sitting around a table with a Hispanic family. A man was telling a story in Spanish. It was a VERY funny story. We all started laughing… my mother-in-law started to laugh too!! In fact, she laughed harder than any of us!! I remember my father-in-law and I turned to look at her. Knowing she didn't speak Spanish, we asked her, "Did you understand what he was saying?" Still laughing she said, "No!!! …but I could tell it was really funny!!" I ALWAYS loved that story because when I was learning Spanish I used to feel sad that I couldn't understand the funny stories being told. She didn't feel sad… she let the Spirit fill her soul with joy, and she laughed her hearty laugh anyway.
Funny/Loving Story: Last fall I often fought feelings of hopelessness because of our seemingly helpless financial situation. I told Abe I was leaving for a while to go on a drive. I wasn't running away. It was late at night, but I just needed some time alone to think and get my mind straight. Well… after about an hour and a half of my quiet time in my van crying and praying, a hand slapped hard against my windshield. I looked over and my mother-in-law was standing outside my van!!! She was laughing hysterically. Confused as to why she was laughing so hard and how she ended up outside my window, I'm sure I looked at her with a strange expression on my face. She climbed into my van and said, "I'm sorry for laughing, but I just knew I'd find you here!! It was the first place I looked!" I couldn't believe she had gone looking for me! (I was in the Walmart parking lot… lol! Where else would I go, right?) She was worried about my safety being out too late at night and wanted to tell me how much she loved me. I had been worried that they would judge me for taking a moment alone; but on the contrary, she wanted to give me more love and show understanding.
After my in-laws' mission to Sri Lanka, they went to find a house in Florida. They had only been there for 2 weeks when the Bishop called her to be the Relief Society President over the ward!! They didn't even buy a house yet!! He could immediately see that she was a woman of great testimony, love, and service.