Jun 23, 2014

Grateful for In-Laws

Ember Grey.

This week J and I spent a lot of time with his family since his sister was home visiting for the first time in over a year. My relationship with my mother-in-law got off to a rocky start, but this week reminded me of how thankful I am that we have a good relationship now. I don't think I'll ever be as close with her as I am with my own mother, but I think that's pretty normal.

I am very fortunate to have married into this family. J's brothers and sister are all really wonderful (and really different!) people. There is so much laughter when the whole family gets together, and hours pass without anyone realizing it because the conversation flows so easily.

I have friends who don't speak to their spouse's parents or siblings, or who have very strained relationships with them. You hear so many "in-law" horror stories, but that hasn't been my experience at all. I am so grateful that it's as easy to spend time with J's family as it is to spend time with my family. (Though the conversations are pretty different!)

{ Photo by Tammy Orr }
For both mom's this year we arranged family portraits as a mother's day gift. On Friday night we did our shoot with J's family. Four of his six siblings were able to be here, along with their significant others. (Two married couples and two engaged couples.) We used the photographer J and I always use and we had a fantastic time. It was probably one of the best parts of our vacation.

Have a great week, and remember to take a moment to remember something you're grateful for. :-)

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  1. So glad you have a great relationship with your in-laws. So many people want to put their mother in law in a negative light, but I try to remember that my mother in law raised her son to be the man I chose to marry, and for that I'm grateful. I think the in law relationship takes work and time to grow. Thanks for sharing your thoughts...Stopping in from the Grateful Heart Monday linkup! :)

  2. What a lovely thing to be thankful for :) It seems like in-law's can go one way or the other, and it's beautiful when families align nicely with one another + carve out a new way of life together. The family photo looks great! {came by from the Grateful Heart link-up}

  3. Great picture!!! I love big families :) I have been blessed with really wonderful in-laws and am so thankful, especially when I do hear the horror stories! Relationships take work and time, I suppose!

  4. There are so many people who don't get on with their in-laws! It's wonderful to be blessed with a second family who welcomes you in as one of them - I've been very lucky with my in-laws as well. Happy Monday! (Stopped by from the link up)

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    1. Ah crap my fat fingers accidentally pressed delete when I meant to reply! Ahhhh! What I was saying is that I think it'd suck to not get along with your in-laws. I think it'd be a really difficult strain on a marriage! I love my inlaws- my FIL was sadly murdered 2 weeks after our wedding (we miss him a LOT!) but I love my MIL!