Day 5… November 5
Today I am grateful for parents.
This includes my own parents, my mother and father in-law, and the bonus people that have come into my life.
My mother and father-in-law were some of the best people I have known. That is not to say they were perfect people. I loved them and they were REAL people.
My mother-in-law was born and raised in Belfast, Ireland. The challenges she over came and the stories she shared of moving from Belfast, Ireland to Auckland, New Zealand when she was about 16 years old were fascinating.
My father-in-law had his share of adventures. Moving from Apia, Samoa to Auckland, New Zealand to further his education. There meeting my mother-in-law and they eloped.
Then moving their family to the United States for a new life, leaving family and friends behind, they settled in California which is where I met them and got to know them while my husband and dated, had our engagement and wedding, and then lived next door to them for the first 2 years we were married.
Even though we moved to Arizona and felt so far away from them in California, it wasn’t too long before they followed us and moved to Arizona too.
My mother-in-law passed away on December 1, 2004. I knew that she loved me and my family and always wanted the best for us.
When his wife passed away, after a time, my father-in-law started sharing his life with someone new. She was one of the bonus people I was referring to. They were good to us and our kids. We loved family dinners and holidays and time spent together.
My father-in-law passed away on January 18, 2019. Sadly we have not been able to keep in close contact with our bonus person the past few years. I still love her and am so grateful for all she did for my father-in-law and for each of our families.
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My parents met in Chicago, Illinois at my mother’s birthday party. My dad went uninvited with one of his friends. The rest is history!!!
I can’t even begin to express all I think and feel about my parents. They have been the greatest examples to me in my life and I hope to continue to make them proud through the way I live my life and interact with my own family.
With 13 kids (yes you read that correctly!! I have 10 brothers and 2 sisters!) their life was very full and very busy and they served so many people. It is something I hope to emulate in my own life. (Not the 13 kids part!!)
After so many wonderful years together, my mom passed away on March 29, 2020. It has been a challenging 2 1/2 years for the whole world but for our family and my dad specifically.
Just last month we were able to welcome another bonus person into our family and lives!! She is wonderful and we are so happy to have her join our special brand of crazy!
I am grateful for all these people in my life. I miss the ones who has gone on before me but I like to think that they get to hang out with our son Loren 🙂
The work is GRATITUDE, and I want to become a master!!
And as always…..Remember…..It’s ALL good!!