this visit was no less stressful for me. the times when she was here in the house were stressful for me as i watched every word that came out of my mouth. every time i disciplined the children i felt her eyes on me. it was very intimidating. i needed to find some good in her visit, to put it into perspective. and although i haven't been very faithful with my gift counting, i thought it fitting to restart my list by finding things to be grateful for in my MIL.
68. my MIL prays for each of my children specifically, by name, and on a constant basis.
69. my MIL prays for my husband and me, probably more that i will even know this side of eternity.
70. my children adore it when she reads to them. bedtime becomes a little more manageable with grandma reading bedtime stories.
71. grandma lets the kids climb on her. (i don't)
72. my MIL is a sweet soul who loves the Lord.
73. i am pretty sure she loves me even though our relationship is strained.
74. for the first time since i have known her, i actually cried when she left this time. i felt bad that she couldn't stay longer. i felt her pain as she cried her way out the door, saying "so-long" instead of "good-bye."
75. she is a daughter of the King. and HE loves her.
76. and, yes, i love her. even though we don't mesh perfectly.
77. she is a faithful intercessor on our behalf.
78. she supports our efforts to homeschool (as opposed to my mom who still sends me articles on public school!)