I met my in-laws a few days before our wedding. My husband had found an apartment for us, which was mine alone for a month (he stayed with his brother) until we were married. We moved all of both of our things into it before we were married.
My in-laws asked to see the apartment that we had set up a couple of nights before the wedding.
“Tell me about your bust,” my future mother-in-law said as we walked into one room.
I paused. WHAT had she just said? How was I supposed to answer that?
Thankfully, my husband was able to come to the rescue. “I made that,” he said, looking at the bust of a woman’s head that he had cast for himself as part of his work before he met me.
I sighed with relief.
That is how we met.
A few years later, they moved to Las Vegas permanently.
When my oldest was just 20 months old and my second child was just a month old, she taught me how to can peaches. I was amazed at how fast she canned. I still cannot can that fast! She set a high standard for me. That was 10 years ago.
She understood food storage; her own family lived on it for a year, too, when her husband was out of a job and my husband was a child. She was a frugal person.
She was always, always serving someone.
My mother-in-law passed away last night.
Goodbye, Mom. We sure love you.

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  1. I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss. I’m sure she was so proud of you and your wonderful family. Thank you for teaching us what she taught you. Her legacy will live for many generations to come! You and your sweet family will be in my prayers.

  2. A lovely tribute. I’m sorry for your loss. Just from her picture, she looks like she was an open, gracious person. I’ll be adding your family to my prayer list.

  3. No matter how old you are, losing a mother is like having a truck load of bricks dumped on you. Please tell Steve how sorry I am. You will all miss her so much. (By the way, I am “Yolanda”, the Elsa thing is something from Google.) Love and prayers.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Having lost my own mother last October, my heart goes out to your entire family. It is so devastating to lose a parent, but so important to remember that everyone grieves differently, in their own time and way. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  5. I’m sorry for your loss. While I was reading this, I was reminded of a verse in Proverbs 31…Her children will arise up and call her blessed…what a wonderful legacy she has left for you and your children and generations to come. God bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. So very sorry for your loss. Her face radiates a beautiful soul, but I bet she was outwardly beautiful as well back in her prime…I can just picture her in the 1940’s (1950’s??) with the bright red lipstick of the time and mascara to bring out her lovely brown eyes. How fortunate you were to have someone to teach you skills; I’m sure her memory will be cherished.

  7. Good thoughts, Good vibes, and lots of prayers going out to you and your family during this challenging time. Virtual *HUGS* to everyone in your family from me.

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