So, for the past eight months, we have been living with my mother-in-law. For some of you the thought of that makes your stomach turn. You may be fine with the occasional visit but you couldn’t think of being under the same roof with her for more than a week. I’ve seen the chic flick stereotypes of the “monster-in-law” and could imagine how impossible it would be to live in that kind of situation. Thankfully, I have the polar opposite relationship with mine.

Back in August Gigi (Grandma Gail) opened her quiet clean home to our noisy and messy family of five. She cleared out every space and made it available to us and we have put every square foot to use. As our time here comes to a close, I am filled with the deepest sense of gratitude. She hasn’t just opened her house, but she has joined with us in every part of our adventure. From grocery shopping and working at the new house to brainstorming the renovation budget and washing clothes she has been willing to jump in and help in any way she can. Her carport and storage shed have been the headquarters for Song and Story Millworks since we started. What used to be a nice clean place for her to park her car has become a sea of junked up piano shells and saw dust. I’m sure she won’t be complaining about that when we move out!


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Through everything, I have not heard one word of complaint from her. She has shown us what it means to find joy in serving others. It is a humbling thing to be the recipient of such kindness. I could seriously fill ten blog posts with all that she has done for us, but suffice it to say that she has been beyond generous. The other day I apologized to her for all the craziness and she simply replied, “We’re in this together.”

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She hasn’t just watched from the sidelines. She has joined us. In fact, so many of our family members have jumped in and helped us on this adventure. My heart is filled up when I think of how God has given us a family like this.

As for Gigi, I am happy to call her my mother-in-law, but even more, I am grateful to call her my friend.

We love you Gigi! Thank you is not enough.



P.S. Things at the house are really coming together. Don’t miss Jen’s post coming this week with reno updates. We have some super cool stuff to show you!

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