(Closed) Let’s celebrate the little things your in-laws do!

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Well I just had my shower this weekend, and my Future Mother-In-Law flew herself and my Future Sister-In-Law to Ohio from NY (on a holiday weekend no less) to be here for it! I was pretty surprised/happy because I told them I absolutely did not expect them to come due to the cost of flying, but she just said she wouldn’t miss it for the world. πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My Future Mother-In-Law gets out the littler flatware that I like to use (I don’t like using the big forks, I like using the salad forks).  A big thing is that she’s making me my veil for the wedding since I couldn’t afford the one I loved.  She also works in the shoe section of a department store and when a shoe in my size (9.5 – hard to find) is on sale a lot she’ll get it for me (I have Lacoste sandals she got for $5).  Both her and Future Father-In-Law like to help us out with little things like toilet paper and paper towels when they can too and they have extra since they know how little we both make.  

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@CorgiTales: Aww! That is so sweet Corgi!

Mine cook things for me from time to time. They also call me frequently just to chat. They joke around with me and want to spend time with me, which is a great feeling!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My in laws send me flowers for my birthday every year. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I like this topic. πŸ™‚

My inlaws-to-be live across the country and my Fiance isn’t close to them (not estranged or anything; they just don’t have a lot in common).  But his parents have always been welcoming to me. His mom tells me she loves me and how happy she is that I’m going to “take care of her little boy.” Although that phrasing squicks me out a little bit, I can recognize and appreciate the sentiment behind it. πŸ™‚  She is also making us a quilt as a wedding gift. Finally, although I know she’s super excited about the wedding, she’s been really careful not to intrude or do anything that might seem overbearing.  (And I try to include her wherever I can, but it’s hard since she lives so far away and my mom is hosting the wedding at her house.)

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Mine hosted a mini Thanksgiving for me last year when then-FI was away in Africa so I wouldn’t be alone on such a big American holiday.

I was having a meltdown last night (hormones) and my Mother-In-Law met me in their village when I got off the bus, gave me a hug, brought me to their house for dinner and Father-In-Law drove me home when we finished (DH had to work overnight).

Anytime they’re going to a concert or show they offer to get us tickets and invite us to join them.

When we went to their house to announce we were engaged DH’s mom flipped out and jumped around the kitchen screaming.  DH’s dad had to excuse himself because he got so emotional (happy I hope!)  And we got the same reaction when we told them we were expecting a baby (before we knew we were expecting two!)

They both gave speeches over our wedding weekend – Mother-In-Law at our rehearsal dinner and Father-In-Law at the reception – and both were so kind and so happy that I was marrying their precious son.

They also went above and beyond in contributing to our wedding fund (as did my parents).  Because of them we were able to celebrate two weddings and go on a fabulous honeymoon.

They’re not perfect (who is??) but I am really blessed to have them.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My inlaws are great people and so supportive of Fiance and I. They do a lot of things that really help us out.

For our wedding they traded in their time share for a condo in Napa and gifted that to us for our honeymoon. They also gave us a bunch of frquent flier miles to pay for our flights. So generous and nice!

Day to day they do a lot for us as well. My Mother-In-Law bought me a sewing machine for my birthday in August and is teaching me how to sew.

We were also hosted by them for Thanksgiving which was an awesome time.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My mother-in-law sends my husband and I little “care packages” every so often. She’s a workaholic whose hobby is shopping, so every other month or so, she sends us new tops/sweaters/wine glasses/wallets/whatever. She has great taste in clothing….and honestly, at this point like 60% of my work wardrobe was purchased by my MIL!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

As much as my Mother-In-Law stressed me out during wedding planning, we are back to normal again…phew! She does so much for us, as does my Father-In-Law. They help take the kids to school and pick them up so we don’t have to take time off work or pay for daycare. We can call them and they will drop whatever it is they are doing to help us out in any way. I cannot even express how much they do for us, very fortunate to have great in-laws.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We live about 10 minutes away from my Future In-Laws and 3 hours away from my parents. I get very homesick and Future In-Laws have really accepted me into their family as another daughter. But… specific litte things… well, his mom just bought me a Harry Potter shirt for my birthday.. it’s the dumbest thing, but might have been one of my favorite gifts EVER. Haha.. they also just drove 3 hours up to my parent’s house for our engagement party and bought us the most beautiful toasting glasses…. I started to tear up, it was just so unexpected and sweet.

Haha, they are a little crazy and do get on my nerves sometimes… but what family doesn’t? I really love them and appreciate everything they done for us. Yay for in-law love!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My in laws are amazing.  My Mother-In-Law and SIL’s and I get pedicures together monthly… so special to be including in their mother/daughter time.

My Father-In-Law wants to be super involved in the wedding planning, which weirded me out at first, but I think it’s really sweet!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

At first things weren’t perfect with the FIL’s but things have warmed up and I feel a lot more confortable aroung them.

Something Future Mother-In-Law does that I think is adorable is that she gives people gift bags/gift baskets for Holidays. Easter, Halloween, Fourth of July, you name it she has a gift for it. I am in my mid 20’s and I get so excited to get a Halloween bag.

At Thanksgiving dinner she gave SO and me a bag full of Christmas decorations because SO and I just moved into a place together. We have a Christmas tree but we don’t have any little decorations.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Aw…I LOVE this thread.  It’s nice to see some positives mixed in with all the inlaw complaints.

 

FI’s parents have NEVER complained about the fact that we visit my family on holidays MUCH more often than we visit them.  My family is really high maintainance about holidays, and I really appreciate the fact that his family just lets it be.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My future in-laws are great. I appreciate how they immediately (even before we were engaged) considered me a part of the family. I also love how SUPER excited his parents were when we did get engaged. My mom never really shows emotion (good or bad…) so it really helped that his mom was SO animated and excited for us.

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