First a story.  Yesterday, I stood in front of my fridge magically trying to make up some miracle of a dinner for my family.  I’m not sure what I was expecting.  I hadn’t been offically grocery shopping and somehow was getting by since we returned from our vacation a week ago (mostly on the huge bag of potstickers that we picked up from Costco before we left).  After a few minutes, from behind two half jars of the same salsa, I pulled out some Polish Kielbasa victoriously, only to then realize it had expired in October.

Big sigh.

A few minutes later, my husband walked up and seeing the whole scene graciously said, “Let’s just eat out tonight.”  To which I replied, “Thank you so much, that would be wonderful.”

And it’s funny.  Because the first thought that entered my mind after this whole food fiasco, was, “I’m definitely NOT my mother in law.”

My mother in law, Nancy Herr, or Nana as we love to call her, is a magician in the kitchen.  I’m pretty sure she was a Home Ec teacher back in the day and since I’ve known her it’s been quite clear that she is truly gifted when it comes to food.  While Jeremy and I were away, both she and Papa were here to watch our kids.  Right before we left, we took a huge trip to Costco, where she purchased all sorts of chicken and beef and pork chops to freeze and use while we were away.  As I watched her, I thought to myself that it would totally be much easier to do that, then to do my bi-weekly runs to King Kullen.  She definitely has a planned and focused approach to preparing food, which is something that I definitely lack.

When we returned from our trip, on the Wednesday before they left, she offered to cook dinner.  Knowing I had Hangtime that night, it was a huge blessing to know that I wouldn’t have to worry about making dinner after a busy afternoon.

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With quiet finesse, she prepared and created and cooked up a beautiful feast for us to enjoy.  Complimented with my mom’s homemade applesauce, the dinner came out absolutely amazing.  It was a true blessing and a delicious one as well.

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After dinner, we enjoyed an early Christmas with Nana and Papa.

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That’s another thing about Nana.  She loves Christmas.  She passed that on to her kids and it was so special to be able to enjoy a sweet time that evening opening her carefully selected presents.

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I’m not my mother in law.  But tonight, I wanted to say how very thankful I am for her.  I’m thankful for her skills and talents in the kitchen, and for her gracious heart in coming out to spend time with our family and to watch our kids so we could get away for a vacation.  I’m most thankful for the amazing way that she raised her son, to love God and to love his family.  So tonight, I give a huge thanks to Nana, for being the beautiful blessing that God has made you to be!

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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