I have two sisters-in-law who remember everyone's birthdays. Everyone. That is no small feat in a large extended family. I figured that this year I could at least send a birthday card to all of my siblings-in-law. And my brothers. And my parent-in-laws. Whew - we're up to 16, but I should be able to handle that many. We've got a lot when you factor in my family, Jay's family, and now Trent's, too. I thought it might be fun lettering practice, too, and it was.
I say "was" in the past tense because I did really well at sending out cards (February was a killer!) until the summer, then I just forgot. I think it had something to do with getting a new planner so I didn't have my birthday list to remind me. But mostly I just got summer-busy and forgot. Mea culpa. I'll try to finish out the year better!
I didn't forget my own children's birthdays though, because that would be mother demerits and I have enough of those. Today, I'm celebrating the birthday of my first daughter-in-law. I wasn't in a good place when she came into our lives. I desperately wanted to be warm and welcoming, but I was so wrapped up in a big wad of anxiety that I didn't always reach out like I should have. Regrets. I wish I would have been warmer and welcoming-er.
I still love her to bits, though. She has the most beautiful smile, and I love the sparkle in her eyes when she's excited about something. I love how my son loves her, and how she makes him happy. It was so fun to see him get excited/stressed about getting her just the right engagement ring. He had a hard time even holding still when he got it, and it wasn't but a moment later that he popped the question. Happy memories.
Happy birthday, my dear. Thank you for bringing some light into this corner of our family. May your day be as lovely as you are, and many more to come!