Friday, January 14, 2011

In-Love with the In-Laws

It’s not very often I hear people compliment their in-laws.  In fact, I very rarely hear it.  I see many complaints, hear the griping, and the pleads for help.  I wish I could tell you that I am in the same boat, but I am in another boat.  A very luxurious, comfortable boat.  
I am in love with my in-laws.  Yep, I said it.  I love them.  I could not have asked for a better set of “parents.”  
Harlan and I have been staying with them in North Carolina for almost a month now. Without MacKay.  He was here for a bit over Christmas, but had to go back to the city for work.  Yes, I am staying with my in-laws voluntarily, for an extended period of time without my husband.  
It has been a great vacation for me. I am getting help with Harlan, which is giving me some time to relax and go out and do things by myself. My mother-in-law has cooked some amazing meals and is great to watch television with.  
At home I am always getting griped at from MacKay about my choices in television.  When I am with my MIL we can sit and chat for hours about which housewife we can’t stand or which celeb is our new favorite.  
My in-laws have been so supportive of me since day one.  They have always welcomed me into their home, cared for me as if I am one of their own, and treated me like a part of the family.  
The same goes for Harlan.  My MIL came to Tampa when Harlan was born and stayed for almost a month.  She would stay up and rock her in the middle of the night and would bring her into my room when she needed to nurse then take her back when she was finished.  It was amazing.  She wanted to make sure that I got the rest that I needed.  
Harlan sees how great they are too.  She loves being here with them and will follow her Granddad around the house all day long.  She calls for her Jannie in the morning after her breakfast.  It’s going to break her heart when we have to go back to the city.
MacKay has even said to me that he has lucked out with some pretty great in-laws as well.  My parents are pretty amazing. He and my mom have a great relationship.  So much so that he took her to the bar next door to have a drink with her when she came to the city for Harlan’s birthday.
It’s so great to be part of a family where everyone can get along {for the most part} and genuinely love one another.
I have never understood why the in-laws always get a bad wrap.  I probably never will.  I do hope that more people are as blessed as I am with in-laws as great as mine. 
But the greatest thing about my in-laws?  They gave me the most amazing man in the world, my husband.


  1. You truly lucked out. My in-laws treat me well but they drive me crazy. They're from NC as well and live out in the boonies, so when I visit there is nothing for me to do on my own because nothing is near. Add to the fact that their house is rather hazardous and a few days is not really a vacation. My MIL doesn't watch any of the TV shows I watch and even if I decide to watch TV, neither her or my FIL know how to be quiet and talk throughout the whole thing. Plus there is only 1 TV in the whole house. I could go on and on but I won't.

    You are right to count your blessings with them, as the rest of us aren't so lucky.

  2. Wow! So glad you have a such a relationship with your in-laws too. Mine are great and feel more like friends than they do parents and they've always been great. Would I voluntarily stay with them for weeks? Probably not, my MIL loves to run the street more than I care for and my FIL is ALWAYS working, now I would hang with him for a weekend, no questions asked!! Good times always. Enjoy your break and all the help you can get!

  3. You did luck out!

    And so did I. I have a fabulous mil. :)

  4. What a sweet post!

    I have some pretty great inlaws too, but if you MIL watched Housewives with you then you WIN! I am in love with all the Housewives...Real and Desperate. Love all those shows, but I need a buddy to watch them with!

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