6.09.2011

Keeping Up With the In-Laws~


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When the Hubby and I were first married, we moved across the country from Utah to Massachusetts so that he could attend college.  When we arrived, we moved in with his parents.  What was a supposed to be a temporary arrangement ending up lasting almost 2 years.  For some, I realize, an arrangement like this would be a nightmare.  But I consider it a fabulous blessing.  Because, you see, in that two years I  became closer to my in-laws than I ever would have dreamed possible.


Of course, it wasn't always a bed of roses, but for the most part, it was fabulous!  The Hubby's parents were our best friends.  We did everything together!  Went out to dinner, to movies, on trips to Cape Cod, Washington DC, Maine, New York, Newport, RI....the list could go on and on. 

I loved to learn things about cooking and housekeeping from my amazingly talented mother-in-law, and to debate with and learn about art from my professor father-in-law.  So despite the fact that I was wary of moving to Massachusetts in the first place, I was heartbroken to leave. 

We have lived in Massachusetts since then, but are now "permanently" back in my home state.  (Yeah, I used quotes because life has a way of making you eat your words.  But this move is supposed to be permanent.)  And I miss those two like crazy.

Email has been a great way for me to keep in contact with my father-in-law.  We've had many a lengthy debate via email.  And his patient responses to my sometimes-naive arguments have kept me typing and sending back and forth sometimes for days.  I love this form of communication because of the fact that I can think and edit before hitting send...and that with 4 kiddos running around, I can actually have a conversation without interruption.

But my mother-in-law doesn't email.  Or she didn't, until recently.  I was so excited the first day we received an email from my mother-in-law's newly set-up account!  Hurray!! Now we can swap recipes, and photos with the click of a button!!  It's like a whole new chapter in our relationship (hee hee!)

I can't tell you how important it is for me to keep in touch with these two wonderful people that I love beyond words!  Thanks heavens for technology!  Thanks heavens for email!

Thought I'd share this cute little video with you because it shows how email can keep a family close...

6 comments:

The Little Red Shop said...

You are truly blessed to have such a fantastic relationship with your husband's parents. If every man's wife had the same respect for her in-laws, the world would definitely be a better place!

: )

Julie M.

adventuresindinner said...

My father-in-law lives with us which I had never envisioned before it happened but it works so well with our little one.

She is getting such an amazing opportunity to be with him everyday which at 89 we need to enjoy as much as possible.

Thanks for reminding me how lucky we are.

The sticky heat was making be a bit ungrateful.

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

How lucky you are to have them in your life. Both my parents are gone and so are my husband's so it is hard. But 10 years ago at the age of 83 we got my MIL a computer and set her up an email account after she hinted that she might like a computer.. it was SO much fun communicating with her that way .. she did email for 7 years until it was too much for her mind.. but those 7 years are days I will teasure.

Maddie

janet said...

How truly blessed you are to have a great relationship with your in laws..I bet it is hard for them with their four granbabies being so far away..Have a great weekend..
Janet

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

I too was blessed to have great in-laws and miss them dearly. For without them I would not have the wonderful, supportive, loving, fun guy to whom I am married!
Blessings!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

I can actually remember not having email (I must be getting old) but now I can't imagine living without it.
Nice to learn about your special relationship with your mother-in-law. I wasn't fortunate enough to get to spend time with her.