Think four:eight {day 23}

Mr. & Mrs. James & Allene Jones  {09.02.1960}

My mother and father-in-law are getting ready to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 2nd! I have had so much fun going through their photos as we prepare to celebrate their special day. Every photograph brings to mind what amazing people they are!

Their story has been such and example of living out Philippians 4:8. They have touched so many lives over the years through their love and care for others.

As a daughter-in-law, I couldn’t have asked for better in-laws! Because I never had a father figure in my life growing up, James stepped in from day one and embraced me as his own daughter. (Having two sons of his own, it turned out to be a great fit for both me and my sister-in-law, Janet!) Allene embraced me as her own as well. Quickly recognizing my complete lack of homemaking skills, she was so patient and kind in all her interactions with me. Even to this day, we can laugh about my shortcomings as a cook and I never feel ashamed or judged… just completely accepted!

As for grandparents… well, just ask our kids! I have been so amazed how Grandma and Grandpa Jones could be so actively involved in our kids lives over the years, many times on a daily basis, yet they didn’t “cross the line” in regards to respecting our wishes as parents. To me, that shows such great character and love. (OK… I’m sure the kids occasionally got candy and treats when they weren’t suppose to… but isn’t that to be expected?)

I am so honored and blessed to have been welcomed into such an amazing family. Their love and faith for God has been a source of strength and comfort to me over the years. I am forever grateful to know that our children have been given such an incredible legacy to carry on for generations to come.

I could go on and on sharing all of the blessings my mother and father-in-law have given me, but I think I can some up in one word the greatest blessing of all… my husband, Neil.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

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