The Proposal Idea

“I have a GREAT idea for how you should propose,” my then-future MIL said to Jack as they ate lunch at his parent’s house one day. Jack looked at his mother skeptically, but she continued on undaunted, “You should invite all of us – your dad and me, Emily’s parents, and Emily – all out…

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The Emails

My in-laws are not the most tech savvy people on the planet. They don’t have smartphones. They struggle with using their point and shoot digital camera. They don’t understand much about computers, but they do know how to get on to the internet. My MIL is a prodigious emailer. When she has a bee in…

The Tatting Kit

For my 30th birthday, we went out to dinner with my in-laws. When it came time to give gifts, my MIL hands a bag to me. I reach inside and pull out a covered basket made from raffia. My husband snorts, “Isn’t that the basket you guys got in Jamaica that one time?” When I…

The Best

Guess who was born in June? And guess who posted this to Facebook a week before her birthday? You only get one answer. Choose wisely.

The Car Accident

Many years ago, my MIL got into a car accident. When the light turned yellow at a 4-way intersection, she turned left in front of an oncoming car and got broadsided. The next day, my husband got this email: Dear Jack, I got in a car accident yesterday! As I turned left at the intersection…

Words to Live By

When I got married, my MIL gave me a couple books that were gathering dust in her basement. (Giving gifts from her basement is something my MIL loves to do. She sees it as a win-win. She gets crap out of her basement, and you get the crap. How is this not wonderful?!) The first…

The Wedding Dress

When Jack and I got married, MIL desperately wanted a say in everything related to the wedding. However, she knew her status as MIL only gave her so much say in certain things, like my wedding dress. This led to a couple amusing situations in which MIL resorted to creative solutions in order to get…