30 Days of Giving Thanks: Day 20

Today, I am giving thanks for my Mother-in-Law.

30 Days of Giving ThanksMy Mother-in-Law is truly one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.She has a heart of gold and treats me like her own.

I’ll never forget the first time I cooked for her. {Anyone that knew me growing up should know how funny that sentence sounds.} I never had anyone to teach me how to cook. Now, if you needed to know how to order your steak at a restaurant, I’m your girl. But when it actually comes to cooking something? You didn’t want me anywhere near the kitchen.

Anyway, hubby and I had been dating for awhile and we were getting pretty serious. Once a week, we would go to my soon-to-be MIL’s house for dinner. Well, I wanted to prove to her that I could take care of her son as well as she could, so I invited her over to my house for dinner one night.

I was totally gung-ho into Pampered Chef at the time, and decided I would make one of their recipes: Roasted Chicken with Potatoes & Carrots. A friend of mine made it for me once, and it looked so easy – and tasted so good. I put the chicken, the veggies and the seasoning in the roaster and put it in the oven. The whole house smelled so good, and I couldn’t wait to serve her this amazing dinner that *I* had cooked.

I cooked the chicken for the recommended time, pulled it out, and cut into it. The chicken started bleeding. Oh my gosh. I’d never seen anything like it. My MIL calmly suggested we cook it a little longer.

We ended up cooking that sucker for another 2 hours, and it STILL wouldn’t die. Every time we’d cut into it, we’d get the same results. I was completely traumatized thinking that my MIL was never going to let me marry her son. I couldn’t even cook a darn chicken!

We ordered a pizza that night instead, and we’re still laughing about that story to this day. My MIL {and my husband} will tell you that I’ve come a loooooooong way from that first dinner. But to this day, my Pampered Chef roasting pan still sits in a box, and I have never, ever attempted to make a whole chicken again.

Thank you, Juanita, for everything. You’ve always been kind, loving, and like a mother to me from the first time I met you. I love you so much, and I am so thankful that God put you – and your son – in my life.

What are you thankful for today?

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Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I have three sons, so I hope that someday I will have daughters-in-law who feel that way toward me. Sounds like she is a wonderful lady!
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