How I Became a Mother-in-Law! To my DIL

Mark married Erika. What a beautiful bride.  But more importantly, a beautiful person. That was ten years ago.

Bill McC gave me lessons on how to to be a mother-in-law, or how to NOT be a bad mother-in-law…

The very words (MIL) can send a shudder through you-there I said it- mother-in-law!

We all know how the older generation (me) can annoy the younger generation.

Even if you try your best to not be annoying or try to not give unwanted advice or commentary.  Joanne B suggested Duct Tape.

But this post is really about my daughter-in-law, Erika.

She is a lot of fun and tolerant and loving towards me, teasing and trying to update my wardrobe and style constantly.  In a good way!  She is one terrific mom, too.  An organic gardener  whose specialty is Japanese Eggplant, Kale and tomatoes and now has a new found interest in photography.

Today’s her birthday.

I wish I had the photo of her in the hot air balloon  last May with my sister. She is brave and adventuresome.

Here’s Erika as an amazing mother to my four grandchildren and a loving wife to my son Mark and a terrific sister to my daughter and son Laura and Matthew and James.  She’s really patient and is always thoughtful and kind to me, calling me up and telling me about the family happenings, keeping me up to date.

Love to my DIL Erika from your MIL!

(MIL sounds less awful than Mother-in-Law) and thanks Bill for the handy tips. You’ll have to ask Erika is I learned from you on how to be a good MIL.

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26 thoughts on “How I Became a Mother-in-Law! To my DIL

  1. Happy Birthday Erika. Thanks to Ruthie we all feel like your extended family. What joy your family has brought to all of our lives. You truly have it all. What a beautiful life you and Mark have built.

  2. Those are beautiful pictures of a beautiful young lady. I wish Bill McC would have given me some advice.

  3. Happy Birthday Erika. I don’t know you well, but what I do know about you is you deserve all the praise given to you on your special day. Be blessed.

  4. BEST wishes for another wonderful year ahead. A request – I have only 1 good recipe for the kale I’ve tried – a lovely soup -; but would appreciate just1 more alternative to work it into my menus.

  5. Happy Birthday Erika, you have a wonderful MIL. Inspiring tribute to your DIL. Looks like one big happy family to me. I am happy for all of you.


  6. You are truly blessed Rutheh!
    “Happy Belated Birthday to you Erica! 🙂
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  7. I know the pleasure you must get from your DILs. I have two and after two boys it is fantastic to finally have two wonderful daughters.

  8. It is more than good luck that makes such a strong family. Blessing upon you all, and especially the birthday girl. What a lovely tribute, that great series of photos!

  9. Happy Bday to Erika!
    Nice that you two get along so well. I love my MIL & am blessed that we get a long too 🙂

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