Do you see that sweet man with his arm around me? That is my precious father-in-law: the one who has a knack for knowing what I need to hear at the very moment I need to hear it, the one who thinks I do a great job with the kids on the days when they have brought me to tears, the one who tells me I have the hardest job in the world, the one who calls my kids his grand blessings.
He tolerates my Catholic nudges with a smile. In fact, he is now sharing books about saints with me. I'm wearing him down ;-). Most importantly he loves the Lord and that's what matters.
He is also responsible, along with my wonderful mother-in-law, for raising my amazing husband and for that I will be eternally grateful. Rich, if you ever wonder if you did anything good in life, come talk to me. You did it right with Nelson.
I write about my own family a lot but this picture that Rich's cousin sent me from that massive family reunion at my house made my heart swell with gratitude. I love my in-laws. My in-laws love me and tell me so on a regular basis.
I have a gift that not many people have and I am aware of how very, very blessed I am.