Saturday, December 29, 2007

She Doesn't Have To

This woman does not have to love the girl, that her son brought home.
She does not have to open her arms and her heart to someone else's child.
She does not have to accept that girl, faults and all.
She does not have to help, in every way possible, when things get tough.
She does not have to teach that girl of faith and love and understanding.
She does not have to make that girl feel as though she always belongs.
She does not have to be patient and kind and forgiving, when that girl is foolish.
She does not have to be compassionate, when silly mistakes are made.
She does not have to love her, as much as her own.

But she does.


Mom said...

That is so beautiful Leeann. I'm glad you have someone in your life like her. Believe it or not, I felt the same way about my mother-in-law. She always seemed to calm my nerves when I was around her.

Steph said...

Um.. you always make me CRY lately. This is SOOO sweet!

Pam said...

I saw that picture and I KNEW who you were talking about! There are so many things to say--I am so glad you have felt such unconditional and supportive love. I'm so glad you can love the way you do! You truly have a gift with words!

Annie said...

Wow, beautifully written! That is awesome that you have such a relationship with her. Bless you both!

Candygirlflies said...


Oh, that we could all be so blessed to be able to give and to receive such unconditional love.

Hugs to you and your mom...

xo CGF

Andrea said...

You did it again...gave me chills! That is a beautiful photo of the two of you, and a wonderfully written post.

p.s. in case you didn't go back and read my answer to your question about my collages...go to and do the free download and from there it's pretty self explanatory...but let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to help you out.

Rachel said...

Im sure she feels the same about you....
You didnt have to do all that you have done...offering her such an enormous amount of support.

...but you did.

TheVasquez3 said...

yea my mother in law rocks too!!

we are the lucky ones huh?

so blessed, beautiful post!

Crys said...

Like I said... You have such a big heart. I am inspired every time we talk or I read your blog.

Regina said...

Awesome post Leeann! You are so blessed to have her!
Happy New Year to you and yours!