A Letter to My Mother-in-Law

I am so blessed to have a second mom in my mother-in-law, Daisy. This Mother’s Day, Edric and I wrote individual letters to her. Getting to do so made me reflect on what I appreciate about her as a mother. I wanted to share my letter to honor her for her love and example….

Dearest Mommy,

The more years that I have under my belt as a mother, the greater my appreciation and respect is for you as a mom. When I see the way Edric, Denise, Danie, and Nicky are as adults, I see the indelible imprint of your person in them. They are people of character and integrity. They have your same compassion and tenderheartedness, and your love for the Lord.

I feel so blessed to have you as a mother-in-law. Before I got married I really prayed to have a good relationship with you but the Lord superseded my expectations when I got a WONDERFUL mom in you — someone who affirms and encourages the values and principles I was raised with, who helps me to become better at that which matters — a wife, mother, a child of God. You never impose or demand but your life and example speak volumes about who a woman ought to be.

I honor you for embracing your role as a mother, for going before women like me as a kind of forerunner. So many women do not know who or what they need to be as a mom, but you have not only demonstrated the who and what but modeled a direction for women to move towards. You have become even more gracious, loving, thoughtful, sacrificial and Christ-like as a mom. I hope to become the same.

Thank you for your love and for your constant joy….and in my case, for trusting me with what is so difficult for a mother to do…to give the son she loves to another woman to love. 🙂

I love you! Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2014


19 thoughts on “A Letter to My Mother-in-Law

  1. Aww thanks for sharing, Joy 🙂 i’m so touched by the letter and especially by the picture. Your blog has really blessed me as a wife and mom. Thank you for sharing your life with us so that we can learn from your example. You have inspired me to always strive to be a better person by connecting to God which is the source of all goodness and strength, especially during those “trying” times. Happy mother’s day, Joy! 🙂

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