Dear Mother-In-Law

Dear Mother-In-Law:

I remember when I was a child and watched my Mom battle it out with her MIL. And listened to the never-ending complaint about her. I have heard all the Mother-In-Law jokes. I have heard horror stories of these relationships between DIL and MIL. But I have to say, none of the previous applies here.

I had a very hard and unhappy time growing up. I don’t know what it’s like to have a good, close relationship with my Mom. I didn’t and don’t have one with her. I am sad when I see other grown daughters with their Mom’s and I feel so jealous as well.

I need you to know how much you mean to me and how much you have healed some of the broken parts of me. You don’t call me your DIL. You call me your daughter. I don’t call you my MIL. I call you my Mom. You have shown some of what it’s like to have a close relationship with a Mom.

Thank you for loving me and being who I need.

Love Always,

A very grateful daughter

Hobbies and Emotions

How can you use your emotions in your hobbies? Well, for me, I take whatever emotion I am feeling and pour it into my art journal page or canvas that I am working on. It inspires me to create and I end up with successful projects. Viewers see a piece of art, but when I look at it I see the emotion(s) that I was feeling that drove me from start to finish.

I am by know means an artist! I can barely draw a stick figure. But I can trace. I can use a ruler to measure and draw evenly. I just start with a blank slate and create. I rarely know what I am going to make or who I am going to give it to. I just begin and figure it out as I go. And it usually comes out just right.

If I can do it, it is certain that ANYONE else can do it! So go ahead……give it a try!