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Expectation

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Expectation…

Mother-in-law....it's a new role for me and I don't know what to expect.  How do I do this "job" called "mother-in-law"?

23 years ago Daniel was born.  And I had no idea how to do the "job" of "mother", either.  I kind of learned as I went.  I prayed a lot.  I watched other parents that I thought were doing a good job.  I read the Bible and looked for principles there.  I made mistakes and learned from them.

Then 21 years ago Suzanne was born.  I thought I knew a lot about parenting, and it was, indeed, easier with the 2nd child.  But she was a totally different personality than her brother, so how to parent her in a unique way meant learning some different parenting skills.
Theo with his mom on his right and me, his mother-in-law, on his left.

Daniel and Kelly will be married on June 23 and I'll be a mother-in-law again.
And now I'm a mother-in-law....and will be again for the 2nd time this summer on June 23. What are my expectations?  I don't think I really have many.

I will attempt to stay out of their way and let them do things the way they want to. 

I will attempt to be available when they ask for advice.

I expect to need to continue reading my Bible for principles on relating to those I love so dearly.  

I expect to continue to need to rely heavily on prayer and I commit to pray daily for both couples.

I expect to grow into this role and to enjoy it as much as that of "mother".  

Other than that, I have few expectations.  As mother I was involved in a hands-on way.  But as mother-in-law, it will be much less hands-on. I will sit to the side, watch the game, help where I can, and just enjoy my new role. 

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