Mothers and Daughters-in-Law and Love

Last Tuesday morning we went to town for a special morning tea.

“It’s just for Elvis girls,” I said. “And soon-to-be-Elvis girls. It’ll be a pre-wedding celebration.”

By the time you read this post, we will have another Elvis girl in our family. My son Callum will be married to Casey.

When the girls and I arrived at the shopping mall, I bought coffee and milkshakes and donuts and we settled ourselves around a table and chatted about the last minute wedding preparations.

Later, as we were saying goodbye to Casey, I gave her a hug and said, “I’m so glad you and Callum are getting married. It will be wonderful having you as part of our family.”

In this week’s podcast I talk about mothers and daughters-in-law and love.

I answer the following questions:

  • Why is it so important we tell people in words we love and accept them?
  • What have I learned from being a daughter-in-law?
  • How am I going to be a good mother-in-law?
  • What is real love?

I also share some resources appropriate to the theme of love!

Podcast Notes

My Blog Posts

Imogen’s Blog Post

Novels/ Plays



Love Comes Softly (there might be episodes available on Youtube)


Thank you for listening!

Images: The top photo was taken a few days before Callum and Casey got married. (Callum hadn’t yet had his beard trim and hair cut!) Of course, the bottom one was taken on their wedding day.

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    • Faith
    • September 14, 2015

    Congratulations to your son!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Faith!

  1. Reply

    Another great podcast Sue. I especially loved your heartfelt sharing about the relationship between you and your mum in law. On the whole I have a good relationship with my MIL, but she really struggles regarding health issues of which there are many in our family. She has this annoying trick of changing the subject when she can longer cope with hearing the truth :-).

    I hope the wedding and subsequent family time went well. Looking forward to seeing more photos of the big day!

    Thank you for leaving encouraging words yesterday, most particularly your thoughts regarding living on the margins. I am not using Facebook at all so feel free to email me anytime

    San xx

    1. Reply


      I'm so glad you enjoyed listening to this episode. Thank you for listening and for sharing your own mother-in-law story.

      We've had a wonderful week with the wedding and my daughter's visit, and today my son Duncan graduated. He completed a Masters of Teaching (primary) degree. Lots of celebrations! No doubt, I shall write about all these events and post some photos soon.

      It's good to share thoughts, ponder together and encourage each other along, isn't it? I'm glad we can do that together. I still have my personal Facebook account but don't visit very often. I can't keep up with everything. Yes, emails are better! Hope to chat soon. xxx

    • Wendy
    • September 16, 2015

    Congratulations! I am sure you will be a loving and lovely MIL!

    I also was not close to my MIL at first. It wasn't until my baby daughter had to undergo major surgery for a life threatening birth defect, that we really bonded. But then we really bonded! God really seems to like bringing great things out of the hardest points in our lives, doesn't he?

    It is almost 6 months since she passed, and I miss her so much, but I am so grateful for the closeness we had!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Wendy!

      I didn't realise you also have a child who was born with a life-threatening defect. I'm so glad your daughter was able to have successful surgery. I can imagine what a stressful time that was for you. Some things seem so unimportant when we are facing crises involving our children. It's a time to put aside our differences and pull together. Yes, God does indeed bring great things out of our difficult times!

      I bet you have lots of happy memories of your MIL. May her soul rest in peace.

      Thank you for listening to my podcast!

    • Maria
    • October 24, 2017

    Thanks for this podcast. I highly recommend reading the book called “Reluctantly Related” to understand the MIL/DIL dynammic. Thanks for sharing about your own relationship with your MIL.

    1. Reply


      Thanks for the book recommendation. I had a look at it on Amazon. Yes, it looks good. There are a lot of mother-in-law jokes. Maybe most people think a bad relationship is inevitable. That’s sad. Maybe if we understand the dynamics better and work at it, we can actually enjoy having or being a mother-in-law. Anyway, that’s what I hope!

      Thank you so much for listening to my podcast and stopping by to chat!

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