9. When it comes to gifts, we often appreciate you fulfilling a need or providing experiences over things.
One of the greatest gifts my in-laws have gifted my family is the opportunity to join them on family vacations. For most of our marriage, we have had just enough to make ends meet and never enough to pay for our own vacations. We have been so blessed to be invited to tag along when my in-laws rented beach or mountain lodges. Our kids most favorite memories have taken place on these amazing trips! Not to mention the concentrated family time with their grandparents and cousins is priceless.
Most of us have more “things” in our homes than we know what do with! We are drowning in toys, gadgets, clothes, and more! The generosity of grandparents is an amazing blessing to their kids and grandkids, but instead of loading everyone up with more stuff, consider fulfilling a specific need or gifting an experience.
Another great gift from my in-laws was money for our kids to enroll in a Karate class. My boys absolutely loved this class and we honestly would not have been able to enroll them without the help of Mimi and PawPaw. Helping create opportunities for your children and grandchildren is an amazingly generous gift and is so appreciated!
10. We want your support when it comes to parenting and decision making.
Your support means the world to us! We relish your compliments, advice, and encouragement. When you see we need an encouraging word or when you see us excel don’t hold back in cheering us on. We value your opinion so much and hearing from you that we can do something or maybe that we are doing something in our lives well means the world to us!
We need to hear that we are doing a good job as wives, in our careers, and as mothers. Don’t shy away from expressing your pride, love, or giving us some loving advice. Hearing that you believe in us is a great blessing to our lives. Having your support when we make decisions in our marriage, work, homes, parenting, and more helps us feel loved by you.
Genesis 2:24 tells us that in marriage two join together to make one flesh. This also implies that two families join together to make one new family. What a blessing it is to grow a family through marriage! Supporting one another in our marriages and parenting is so important. In-laws are such a gift when they are able to embrace those who marry into the family fully. Lean in and grow closer so you can better enjoy the gift of family.
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