I give thanks for our families. This year has taught me just how awesome our families are and that when we need them, they step up. My mother-in-law, Deena, and father-in-law, Bill showed us the true meaning of selflessness this year.
They came up Easter and spent the weekend with us. When Kolby died four days later, they pushed everything aside and came right back up here. Justin and I thought we could do it all. We thought we could handle our children while we were grieving the loss of Kolby, attending the funeral, etc. Thankfully, Deena and Bill knew better and they came back up here even when we’d said we would be okay. We weren’t okay. They kept our kids during the viewing, funeral, and burial. We are forever indebted to them for taking care of our children and loving them during our worst moments.
When I broke my leg and ankle in July, we were in trouble. I could not care for our children and Justin could not afford to take off work. Deena came up, no questions asked. She took off work and spent her birthday taking care of my family. Just thinking about that makes me cry. She was our angel. She stayed Sunday night through Friday evening, then left to go back home. Our plans fell through and by Sunday, we were in trouble again. We had no one to care for our kids the next week. After being home less than 48 hours, Deena turned back around and made the 4 hour trip to be with us.
If not for her, I have no idea what we would have done. As a mother, being unable to care for your own children is one of the worst feelings in the world, but knowing that Deena loves us and knowing that my children were in the best hands possible eased that feeling of failure on my part. She took them outside to play, she fed them and bathed them, she loved them. She eased my fears and encouraged me.
The only downside is that I got very attached to her and now I know exactly what our family is missing out on because she lives four hours away. My kids are missing out on an awesome Nana and I’m missing out on the best mother-in-law in the world. You can’t convince me otherwise, I can’t imagine better in-laws. Thank you, both, for loving us, taking care of our family, and helping us through this year. We love y’all and are forever grateful for your support and love.