Friday, December 21, 2007

People of the week segment

So, if you are one of the five people who reads my may remember that I am spotlighting people who are special to me each week.

This week I am going to tell you about some of Rods family. His mom and dad to be exact....they are better known and MiMi and Pop. Rod and I sort of had an on again off again relationship in the beginning days, but I will never forget the first time I met his family. One of my closest friends had dated Rod years before and she told me that Rod's parents lived in a mansion (it wasn't a mansion...they are blessed I had it all wrong thinking they were going to be some snobby people). That really made me nervous but I went on and met them anyway. We pulled up to their home and his dad was out side in the heat of the day with a red bandanna around his head and he was putting a swing set together for the grandkids. Then, I went inside their home and met the rest of the family. I had such peace when I was there. Anyway, his mom and dad have been married for 41 years and they are some of the most modest people that I know. His mom and dad would literally give you the shirt off of their backs. Sometimes I think his mom is the one that wants to give everything to her kids the most. Case in point...she gave Rod an expensive bag of shrimp a while back and Rod was mentioning how good it was and his dad chimed in asking if she gave him a bag of that to. All he has to do is say the word and she would literally try to give whatever the need was to him...or us.
I admire them for sticking it out in their marriage. Marriage is hard work and it doesn't come easy for everyone and I am sure they had hard times just like we all do. Rods dad came from a very hard home and he decided that his children were not going to live like he had to. He worked very hard for their family. I know Rod knows how blessed he is to have them for family...but from my point of view I think I see things more differently than Rod does. In a lot of ways I did not have what he has.
Nobody loves her kids or grandkids like MiMi. Morgan loves her so much that it is not even funny. MiMi is very strong willed (like me) yet very loving to her babies. Morgan almost daily picks up the phone in the kitchen and pretend to talk to gan-mommy (that is what Morgan is calling her) and Pop. Today I had to meet my sister so she could watch Morg while I worked and Morgan got so excited thinking we were meeting her MiMi and Pop. She has hardly stayed with anyone else before.
Rod's parents have spent night after night and day after day helping keep grandkids. I don't know how they don't get sick of it. If his mom sees a need and she can help meet it she will. There have been so many times that I have just needed to sleep and she has watched morgan while I take a nap. Or there have been times when I just wanted to eat a plate of food and she will almost always take Morgan and try to help feed her before she ever takes a bite of her meal. When Morgan goes to their house she doesn't even want to leave.
They are such a blessing and I can say with full assurance that their children rise and call them blessed. Proverbs 31.


HEWY said...

Sorry, six people. I just haven't been recently. Sorry.

Charity said...

What a sweet post! It is such an awesome thing to be blessed with wonderful in-laws! I KNOW!

My father-in-law was a pastor here in town forever when 9 1/2 years ago, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and passed away 7 years ago on New Year's Eve. He was 51 years old. He was the most gentle soul you would ever meet! I missed him terribly! My mother-in-law was and still is such a ROCK! I mean, her faith never wavered. She is very encouraging to me in every way! I am truly blessed as well!

YES...I am ready for Christmas...I think! Ha! My mother-in-law and her husband are coming in late Saturday night with their dogs to stay with me and my youngest brother-in-law will be staying with us as well. So to say the least, I have been BUSY trying to get my new house and boxes in some sort of order to make room for everybody! I still have several errands to run today to finish up my shopping!!

Are you ready for Morgan's Christmas? Is she excited about Santa? I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE PICS OF HER ON CHRISTMAS MORNING!!! SO FUN!!

Leigh said...

There is noone like mom and dad. It is a blessing that you have that relationship with your inlaws. I too am blessed. That was such a sweet story. I hope you show it to them. It is important for others to know how we feel about them (although I am sure they do, but to see it in print to the world...)
Sweet post!

Leigh said...

...and another thing, Morgan looks adorable in that pink towel. SO precious!

Susan said...

Hey Jenny. Send it to


He Knows My Name said...

jenny what a sweet post. you are such a grateful person. that is such a fine quality you have. your in-laws are what we are striving to be know my situation is hard. i just want to show love the way your in-laws do with our grandson and our kids. you will be like them too some day because your love overflows to everyone.

have a good evening. ~janel

ps. on my way to take the quest back and get the niv study...i just called and they have one in bonded leather...i don't know why i didn't see it. praying on the reception of this gift...his family may give him grief, but then again he may not show them either and that would be ok with me as long as he reads it. ttyl

Fran said...

You are blessed Jenny! I am so thankful too with wonderful in-laws. Give them extra hugs and kisses this Christmas!

Have a wonderful weekend. I hope you are excited, Morgan is bouncing off the walls ready for Santa, and Rod is doing whatever you ask him to do! :)

Many hugs my friend~

Faith @ The Great Adventure said...

Aww, what a beautiful tribute to some wonderful people!
And I do love that pic of Morgan you have now at the top of your blog. She is SOOOOO darling!

Kari & Kijsa said...

What a wonderful tribute- one of the best Christmas presents they could receive!

Have a very Merry Christmas!
kari & kijsa

Bev Brandon said...

I want a daughter-in-law just like you! You are unbelievable! What an honor to Rod's parents! Not perfect people, but humble giving ones.

Ang baylis said...

You are so sweet, Jenny! It's great how you appreciate them and don't take them for granted. I hope I live near my kids when they start their families. You are so blessed and you know it!
Much love and Merry Christmas!
Angie xoxo

Bev Brandon said...

Thought I was coming back to double dip but don't see my comment from last night saying how awesome for you to have in-law's like you do. And I can only hope that I would have a daughter-in-law like you with such passion for your beautiful God, such childlike faith in HIM, such a humble heart for HIM, such a ... I could go on and on about you Jenny Hope. I think the world of you and how you embrace your good God in the midst of the fray of your heart. I cannot find words to tell you how much you have meant to me this year. You have touched deep parts of my soul. I always thnik about your God Running To Me post. Thank you for opening your home on the blog to me but more than that, thank you for opening your beautiful heart to us all. It is your God we see.

connorcolesmom said...

That is a true gift to have such great in-laws.
Oh I look forward to the day I can spoil my grand babies the way your MIL spoils Morgan :)
I know today was a fun day for you, Rod, and MOrgan :)
God bless,