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Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)
TITLE: Every time
By Tessy Fuller
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When Craig invited me to officially meet his parents, I had no idea I would be beginning a friendship with a remarkable lady that would take me in like a daughter and love me to pieces. I was nervous to meet his family, but at the first taste of her delicious lasagna with a side of her warm smile, I quickly felt at ease. It did not take long until I my heartstrings were attached to his entire family. They just had a closeness and love that surrounded them that I wanted to be a part of. A wonderful wife and mother that wanted the very best for her family put this closeness into place. I felt blessed to be a part of it.
My mother-in-law, Judy, played such a supportive role in my life. She was always there when we needed her, but was never intruding. She insured I had all the items I needed in the domestic department and it wasn’t long when the “Taste of Home” magazine was arriving in my mailbox. She taught me many valuable lessons about being a wife. The most important lesson I learned from her echoed from the walls of the home she had created. The love and commitment she shared with her husband spoke volumes in the lives of their children. Judy loved God and she loved her family. She displayed a simple truth that I wanted mirrored in my own home. She made her life around her family; she never tried to fit her family into her life.
Judy took on another important role with the arrival of Aleigh, our first daughter, and her first granddaughter. Our relationship now took on a little different angle – because we added a mother-to-mother dimension. She prayed me through each day of my pregnancy and once Aleigh arrived I was overwhelmed by her generosity. She loved babysitting Aleigh even toward the end when she was too weak to pick her up. She then would demand for us to pick Aleigh up and place her in her arms so she could rock & snuggle her. She spoiled Aleigh in ways only a grandma could get away with.
Every time I see one of my children bouncing with joy on their horse I will think of her. Every time I pull one of my children in the radio flyer red wagon, I will think of her. Every time I look into my children’s eyes I will think of her. Every time I think of the kind of mother I want to be, I will think of her.
There are many more thoughts, memories and moments that I will cherish that I had with this lady. She passed away after a courageous fight with breast cancer on January 7, 2006. I just wanted to open a window to give you a glimpse into the life of this beautiful person that influenced who I am today.
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