I announced several months ago that my oldest child, a boy, got engaged. I knew then I would become a mother-in-law, but my second oldest child, a girl, surprised me this week. She made me a MIL a little early.
Yes, she up and got married.
She is my oldeset daughter and will be 24 years old in January. She's old enough to get married. She doesn't need my permission but I was still a little sad and hurt that she got married and let me know afterwards.
I haven't talked much about this daughter. She was my problem child. Not as a little girl, but as a teenager. As a small girl she was absolutely precious. She only wanted to please everyone and was almost perfect. She got her feelings hurt easily and never wanted to disappoint. Unfortunately, as a teenager she got involved with a bad crowd and got into some trouble and become very angry and rebellious. I was a single mom at the time and she didn't have the advantage of having a male role model in her life that would help guide her and love her.
To make a long story short, she left home as soon as she was 18, went into one bad relationship after another and I rescued her until I had to move out of state with my new husband. Leaving her behind in a terrible abusive relationship was one of the hardest things I had ever done, but she was an adult and I couldn't make her go with me.
She has grown up so much. She has lost most of her anger and has made better choices. Bless her heart, she has learned every lesson life has the hard way. She's smart and beautiful and I've prayed and hoped that she would just find someone that would love and appreciate her so I could stop worrying. I think she's done that.
I haven't met him, but my youngest daughter has. She says he's amazing. He's a Soldier and a very successful one. He loves her and takes care of her. That's really all I could hope for. I look forward to meeting my son-in-law at some point.
Here's a photo I stole off her facebook. She's not big on email and sending photos, but a facebook geek, she is.
Here's to my daughter and her new husband. May you be blessed and stay crazy in love for the rest of your lives.