Learning to be loved by your in-laws when you've lost your own parents

September 9 2015 | meggyfin
Art by Etsy seller collageOrama
Art by Etsy seller collageOrama

Over on our sister site, Offbeat Home & Life, we're talking about married life again. This time it's about in-laws, but not in the way you think…

What if your in-laws are awesome, and they love you, and you them… but because of losing your own parent, finding a balance with all that love is hard?

My husband and I have been married for a couple of years now, and we recently decided to "take the plunge" into the waters of living with his mom, my mother-in-law. She's been living alone off and on in his childhood home for many years now. With some recent health scares from the last year (and, admittedly, us wanting to save more money to buy our first home), we decided this would be a symbiotic choice of happiness and growth for us all.

Of course I was concerned about our privacy as a married couple, our dogs destroying her beautifully kept lawn, and our love for loud music becoming a nuisance for her. But all those concerns subsided when I was blind-sided by my most difficult adjustment of all: learning to be loved by my mother-in-law.

Go read the rest of this lovely post about how losing a mom made gaining a mom-in-law a little emotionally tough.