Post # 1
So, I graduate this weekend with my master’s degree. It’s been 2 years of madness, which anyone in any grad program can tell you, and I am SO glad it’s almost over. FI’s mom and I are fairly close, I call her probably once every 3-4 weeks to chat & update her. She mailed my graduation gift, which arrived today.
I opened it up, and inside was a GORGEOUS pearl necklace/drop pearl earrings set. I don’t even want to know how much she spent on it, but I was sooo excited! I saw a jewelry box, and pearls instantly came to mind.. I was thrilled when I opened the box & confirmed it! She apparently remembered me saying a long time ago that I liked pearls, and she wanted to get me something really special for accomplishing this. I can’t wait to wear them at graduation.. she is awesome! I’m going to feel so fancy with my e-ring and my new pearls.. haha. The only thing I’m remotely concerned about is that my parents may feel bad because they couldn’t afford a big gift like that.. that’s just how they are, and I would honestly prefer that they not get me a gift at all since money is really tight.. just their support at graduation would be enough for me.
Anyway, I know there are so many stories out there about awful in-laws, I thought it’d be nice to share GOOD stories about nice things your in-laws have done for you! 🙂 Share away!
Post # 3
My in-laws are the best! Especially as I’m not even married to their son anymore!
I now call them my outlaws. Sadly my FIL has passed away, but I am still close to my mother-in-law.
They were there for me all the time when my kids were little -even went so far as to tell me they would testify for me if it became necessary, when their son was being an ass and threatening to go for custody of the kids( only because he didn’t want to pay child support).
We visit regularly. I am lucky to have had them be part of my life and so are my kids.
Post # 4
I must say I am blessed with great in-laws…so far hehehhe.
My MIL is the sweetest woman…sweet as honey. My FI gets his sweetness from her. My FIL is gruff but has a good heart. My step MIL is great too. So are my new BIL and SIL.
Post # 5
Even though my FILs and I don’t have a lot in common, they are wonderful people who have embraced me with open arms. FMIL tells me she loves me every time I see her and how glad she is I’m joining the family.
I wish it was easier for me to have comfortable conversation with them, but I’m just so grateful that they’re good, kind, welcoming people.
Post # 6
My FIL’s are amazing. My FFIL used to be a real hardass but he’s a completely different person now and my FMIL loves the crap out of me. They’re really good people and I definitely lucked out.
Just last week my FMIL gave me the most amazing coach handbag. She knows me so well! One of my best friends got stuck with the MIL from hell and she is soooo jealous of my relationship with my FMIL! She’s awesome, what can I say?
Post # 7
@LuvMySailor: SAME! My MIL is the sweetest woman! I talk to her weekly and she is just so pleasant…I hope it lasts. Her husband is not as sweet,,,he’s gruff as you described it but with a good heart. but I am blessed because youre worse off having a mean MIL than a mean FIL!
Post # 8
My FMIL is amazing, I love her to pieces. She is actually currently my boss (for another week or so, I just took a position with a new company) and we are very close. I think I talk to her more than I talk to my own mom. She is not a crazy mother-in-law at all, which I am beyond thankful for!
Post # 9
I don’t know my FMIL very well… I have actually only talked to her less times than I can count on both hands… but she was recently in the hospital for major surgery and my grandmother (who never met her) wrote her a good well note.
She wrote back to my grandmother about just said how excited she was about the wedding and how great of a job I’ve done raising my son to be the sweet little boy he is.
I just thought that was the sweetest thing because she’s had lunch with my son and I twice. =D
I like my FI’s step dad too, very sweet man. He asked me to come over and paint with him and gave me a hand stretched canvas =)
…now his real father is something else. He’s a sweet man and I liked him (met him once) we stayed at his house for 4 days. I felt kind of strange around him for some reason I can’t put my finger on… He did take us out for expensive dinners each night we were there but we haven’t heard from them since we visited (last July). He ended up ending it with his long term 10 year boyfriend so I’m sure that contributed to the lost communication but I still don’t know. I loved his SO sooo much, I feel so bad they ended it.
Overall all of my future in laws rock!
Post # 10
Before I met my husband’s family for the first time, his 84 year old grandmother decided to completely renovate her house. Grandma has lived in the same house for over 40 years and hasn’t done anything to update her home except to install air conditioning in the 80s. My in-laws are very frugal, hard-working people so it totally even shocked my husband that she would do something like that. He’s brought home other girlfriends before, but I guess bringing home the woman he wanted to marry was different. She bought a brand new couch, had new carpeting installed and rearranged all the furniture in her living room so that I would think her home looked nice! It was so touching and the whole family was involved because its too hard for her to do it all by herself. When we got there, she gave me a little cross necklace as a gift and when we got married, she gave us a silver platter that’s been in her family since the Civil War and had been passed down from grandmother to granddaughter. I was shocked! I thought she would have given it to DH’s sister, but she gave it to us AND had our names and wedding date engraved on that 150 year old beauty!
I am Korean American and the first non-white person in my husband’s family is all Irish-European family. They have been totally welcoming and have been so wonderful about trying to learn about Korean culture, especially since my parents don’t speak English. They adored the traditional Korean dresses my relatives wore to our wedding and DH’s aunt even found someone to translate a thank you note into Korean for my mom.
My MIL is a sweet tiny little bird of a woman and she sends the funniest text messages, which she always signs “Love, Mom” because she thinks they’re like little letters. She gets so excited every time we call or visit and always says she loves me when we talk. My FIL is funny in a quiet, dry-witted kind of way and my husband says he must really like me because he’s usually very silent, but we talk and joke around whenever we see each other.
I feel very lucky to have great in-laws! And my husband is lucky too – my parents adore him!
Post # 11
My in-laws are amazing! They have welcomed me into their family since the first day I met them and have treated me like their own daughter. They always call and make sure I am settling (I moved to be with my FI and live very far away from my family and friends) and always go out of their way to make me feel included.
After reading some negative in-law stories, I am sooooooooo happy and thankful that my in-laws are so great!
@kt23525 – so glad you started this thread – great idea!
Post # 12
My in-laws are amazing people. My MIL gave me her own wedding and e-ring from her previous marriage and welcomed me to the family like her own daughter. She keeps saying how much she loves me and how perfect DH and I are for each other. She was extremely supportive during the whole immigration process, encouraging me any time I was feeling down and stressed out. And she is very picky when it comes to people so I really appreciate her approval.
My FIL is one crazy boy so it’s easy to get along with.
Being so far away from my family can be really hard at times but they are always present and I’m so grateful and happy about having them around. They are truly my family and I love them to death!