Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thinking Pinkly

I am joining Christina, the queen of great ideas, for Pink Thoughts. Every Thursday in October, in honor of all the woman who have fought the battle with breast cancer, we will be posting something pink. Care to join us?

Today I want to tell you about my mother-in-law.

You know, I really do want to tell you about this woman who raised the most perfect man. This man I call my husband, my life. My love. But, what to tell you? About her legendary sweetness? The way that she is so kind and delightful, so dog-gone sweet, that you'd swear you could lick her like an ice cream cone. Should I tell you about her fierce Momma-love? Tell you about the way that her 6'1" and 6'3" tall boys are instantly obedient to their tiny mother? Instantly because they love her. And respect her. Should I tell you about how she can stretch a nickle past the breaking point and still make delicious meals and give glorious presents? Should I tell you that she's been married to the same man for almost fifty years, and she's still passionately in love with him? Should I tell you about the way that her husband smiles at her? Like there is no one else in the room. Should I tell you about the way she starts every prayer with, "Our Lord, our Savior, and our God"? Should I tell you about grandma kisses, antique key necklaces, pretty yellow dresses, and shirts buttoned wrong on the hangers? What can I tell you about this wonderful woman whose life I've shared for nearly twenty years?
How about this?

She's a survivor.

This November my mother-in-law will have been cancer free for eighteen years. Eighteen years. Alive and vibrant. Happy and at peace. Living a life of service. Living to love her family. Living to serve her Father. What can I say about my mother-in-law? Just two words.

Thank God!
I love you, Ethel.


I choose these pink pictures for my mother-in-law. Because she likes pretty. Thanks to madgirl, reflectingtruth, and lesliesophialindell for the loan.

38 comments:

Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

Sounds like one special MIL you have there. I hope you all go on thriving, loving and enjoying together.

Thanks for dropping in on my 250th post!

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Relyn, she sounds like such an angel and as precious as you are, you deserved a MIL as wonderful as she...thank you for another beautiful post ~ happy October!! xxoo, Dawn

dulcy said...

Lovely post Relyn......I'm doing the caner walk in Little Rock on the 17th. I'll be going with my sister-in-law who has been cancer free for about 30 years. I believe there are several thousand walkers who participate each year. I'm very excited! Now I'm off to the library to help price Christmas treasures (me with with 15% discount....oh dear)

xo
dulcy

Suz said...

Relyn, What an honor you bestow on her by revealing your love for her

I'll wear pink today in celebration of her life
Blessings

Dandy said...

Congratulations to a wonderful woman!!

Lovely, lovely thoughts Relyn.

Char said...

what a wonderful celebration!!!! praise the lord for 18 wonderful years of her 2nd life (life after cancer)

Heart2Heart said...

Relyn,

What Mother In Law, couldn't be more prouder to have a daughter like you! You have given her one of the most beautiful tributes I think I have ever read. May God continue to bless both of you.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

beth said...

what a beautiful tribute to an obviously beautiful woman inside and out.....

W. Latane Barton said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mother in law. It was so heart warming to hear how much you love her and that is hard to find these days.

Elle Bee said...

This is so sweet, so heartfelt. I'm so glad you have a wonderful woman like that in your life!
elle

Someone's Mom said...

How lucky for you both to have such a wonderful relationship. My husband is a cancer survivor, so I say "Thank God" daily for that. I think your "pink" Thursday pictures are lovely and what a wonderful idea.

Sue

Debbie said...

That was beautiful.

SE'LAH... said...

what hope you bring to so many with this post, Relyn.

so glad you joined in sharing your pink thoughts.

Roban said...

This is such a beautiful post, Relyn. I love every word and image you sent our way. Ethel sounds like a remarkable lady. My mother-in-law is also a fine and noble woman. She raised an amazing son and has been married for 64 years!

I missed today's pink post.... I'll see if I can contribute next week.

elk said...

oh how amazing she sounds...cancer free for so long...bravo

Christina said...

a beautiful tribute, to a glorious sounding woman.
this is love, my friend.
xoxo

Kim Living Life said...

Relyn,
How blessed you are to have a Mother in law like you do. I try to be that kind of MIL to my gorgeous son in law. I want him to say the wonderful things you have about your MIL. I just hope my daughters have wonderful mother in laws too.

susanna said...

Ethel sounds like an amazing woman. And hurray for your MIL (and for everyone who adores her) for her being cancer free for so many years. That's happy news. :)

robin-bird said...

the best part is the last; "This November my mother-in-law will have been cancer free for eighteen years. Eighteen years. Alive and vibrant. Happy and at peace. Living a life of service. Living to love her family. Living to serve her Father. What can I say about my mother-in-law? Just two words.

Thank God!"

you don't forget, you don't avert your eyes or your heart from what is scary or upsetting or unfair. i love your MIL and i can hardly imagine how lucky she must feel to have you in her corner. wow you two are amazing!
xo

A Cuban In London said...

What a lovely idea. Keep up the good work.

Greetings from London.

Mrs. E said...

Beautiful post!

You have a mention over at Easy Street today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Jeanne said...

Fabulous
I love you
Think PINK
I always do
Love and hugs♥

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Relyn~ What an absolutely lovely tribute! Just as you are blessed to have her, she is blessed to have you! Wishing you a joy-filled weekend!
Kirsten

PixieDust said...

Tears, tears, as I read about your mama-in-law and her fierce love... you realize your own fierce love shines through every word as well, yes? Bless you and your family, pink thoughts and love to all of you.

(((hugs))),
love,
me

elizabeth said...

beautiful post. beautiful photos. i can feel the love.

Gayle said...

Oh, Relyn, how sweet! Yay for Ethel!

Southern Drawl said...

A pink love story; perfect! Congratulations, to you and Ethel.

Southern Drawl said...

P.S. As I played catch up with my reading today, I realized what a blessing you are, not only to your readers, but also to your students. Wow, to actually care that much is priceless.Thank you...

Gillian said...

What a glorious and fortunate thing, to be cancer free for eighteen years. I am overjoyed to hear it~
!!!
Your MIL could stretch a nickel, my late MIL could knit a roast beef dinner. God love her, she fought breast cancer as well.
A world without cancer, let us pray. xoxo

Ragamuffin Gal said...

What a lovely fitting tribute to Jeffrey's mother! I really love the shirts on the hangers part!

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

Such a touching post, with gorgeous images to match. Thank you for sharing!

Jessica said...

What lovely words about your mother in-law. She sounds like a wonderful woman!

Jaime said...

These are lovely words, written about one beautiful woman from another most beautiful woman.
You are so full of love Relyn.

xo

Jeanie said...

I am catching up after too many days gone, travelling, working to prepare to go and then again to catch up. But I'm so glad I came here first today, to hear about this amazing woman. What a glorious tribute. I'm sure she will know of this, has already seen it. But oh, if only we could all have someone -- a daughter-in-law especially -- speak so highly of us.

I'm glad this wonderful woman is a survivor. I wasn't so lucky with my mum. Someday, they'll find the cure for everyone.

Suvarna said...

oh my what a beautiful, beautiful tribute, you are both lucky to have each other.
Love and strength bind you, I can tell.
xoxo
S

~Leslie said...

If this is not the most beautiful thing I've read about a MIL!!! You are blessed!! And she is blessed to have you. I celebrate with you her good health!

karey m. said...

my nose is itchy.

{and it just about broke my heart that you know your m-i-l likes pretty.}

loved this one. so. so. much.

spread your wings said...

she sounds like such a remarkable woman. I am quite sure she feels much the same about you - to have a woman such as yourself to love and care for her son and give her a sweet granddaughter - to create such a rich life for them both - must make her happy every day.

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