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Thread: I'm going to be a mother-in-law!!

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    My 22 yeard old son popped the question to his girl of 2 years 8 months. She said "Yes!" Not that we thought she'd say something else.:wink: There's no date set yet; he has one more semester and a summer internship to finish his BT degree.

    She's a terrific gal. She never knew her mother, so was raised by her paternal grandparents. She hasn't had an easy road, so we're trying to support her all we can--to show her what it's like to have parents. She recently bought a nice trailer in a park. Mark and I went through the process with her--and Mark's been over several times to help get it winterized. Recently her car died, so she called our son at college--he called Mark who works close to where she was. Mark rescued her. He bought her here so she could borrow one of our vehicles to get to work the next morning. Justin came home from college that night and towed her car to our place and fixed it the next day. Her walls have got the wall hangings I've made her and her ragged flannel is almost done. She's so much fun to spoil because she's so appreciative!!

    This is an exciting new chapter for us. And, it's one step closer to being a grandmother, however that will be years down the road I think. My son's fiance would like to get her college degree first. Good plan. I can wait. ;)

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    CONGRATS ! How exciting . And sounds like they are both sensible with good heads on their shoulders

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    Congratulations!

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    Congrats!!! :-D Can't wait to see what you make!!

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    congrats!

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    Congrats, Karla---I LOVE being a MIL---but I just have son-in-laws. They are both real honeys!!

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    Congratulations!

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    Thanks! I hope I'm a good MIL. Any tips--besides just staying out of their way--being there when they need me--and not putting demands on them...are appreciated.
    I should add that Jenny's grandmother is very supportive--but from a distance--she spends months in TX. They talk daily, I think, but it's not the same as having her close by. She's had no financial support of any kind. And her grandmother adores Justin. :wink:

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    That is so wonderful. Congrats. I think one of my biggest fears at this point in life is not liking the boy my only child picks for a life partner. I am so happy you like her.

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    Well, kwhite...Justin has always been a child who has taught me lessons. His favorite Bible verse from the time he was young is "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." He walks his talk.

    See--Jenny has a weight issue. I admit I was shallow about that when I first heard they were going to be a couple... I'm not proud of that, but Mark and I work hard to maintain an appropriate weight--it's a priority with us. (My mom died from diabetis from eating wrong foods.) When I discussed it with Justin--before we'd really met Jenny--he said "But, Mom, she has the most wonderful personality." I assured him that we trusted his judgement and we would love who he loved. I knew he liked her a lot. And all one has to do is talk with Jenny for five minutes to know she's all heart--to her very core. She and Justin have never broken up since they're been a couple. I appreciate her for making him so happy. He taught me a lesson on true beauty.

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    Karla, I don't think you have a thing in this world to worry about when it comes to being a good mother in law! :) You sound to me like you're doing an awesome job of being a top rate, well loved mother in law!

    Congrats! :)

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    Congratulations!!! You will do great...you already are thinking about what you say and do and how it will affect the two of them :D :D :D

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    It is so much fun to do things for people that appreciate it.

    Seems like they have a good start already.

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    Karla,
    I can only imagine your joy. I am thrilled for you! God bless you as you prepare for your sons wonderful wedding. I can only imagine!!! :-D

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    CONGRATS!!!
    Now the fun of planning the wedding and all comes around.
    You'll make a great MIL. Just do what you are already doing!

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    Congratulations. Sounds like you have already started being a loving and accepting Mother-in-Law!!!

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    Congrats Karla! It sounds like you know what to do to be a good MIL! My motto is that I listen and only give advice when asked!

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    Congratulations!!!! :) I think you two will have the most wonderful relationship, you've already got such a great start on it! I feel so totally blessed by all my daughter-in-laws, I truly couldn't have asked for any better. I never had a problem just accepting them as my own kids, and maybe they sensed that total acceptance, because we've yet to have a single misunderstanding or problem.
    Enjoy your new daughter!! :) :)

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    Oh Karla, that is exciting news!!! You will be great as a MIL...I have to say that I loved mine dearly. We were best friends until the day she died at 94 yrs. old! She never made any assumptions about our lives...she just loved me because I loved her "baby"....just like you are doing with Justin...so no worries...you will be great!

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    Congrats, and coming from my perspective (I am parentless, and have been since I was a child), all I can say is you are doing the right thing!!!!! I have wonderful in-laws who treat me like their own, and it's wonderful!!!!! I am glad you like her, and accept her. I've had situations where parents didn't want me around...not from the right background I suppose.

    I wish your son and his DBTB (dear bride-to-be) all the best for a very happy future together!

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    I thought all my photos of them were on my cell phone, but I searched around and she had sent me some long ago--so here are some, but they're very small. I get to take their engagement photo!! :D

    Oh! They came up bigger than I thought--yay! :-D
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    That is awesome that you get to take the engagment pic!!
    You are good with a camera too! :)
    those are great pictures of them!

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    Karla,this is great news! She sounds like an ideal DIL...have fun taking the pictures....

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    That is exciting news! What is even better is that your son does see inner beauty and he taught you as well..I think that is a beautiful story and it makes me think that I will never stop learning from my children even when they are older. Speaking from someone who came from dysfunction...I probably knwo why she has a weight issue and why she appreciated everything. I am glad that you recognize that as well..what a great MIL you will be!

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    CONGRATS!!

    And she and your son are so cute!!!

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