Allow me to introduce my inlaws...Dave and Cindie Cotton. These two people are my second parents, and the only other people in this world that could possibly love my husband as much as I do. So they're pretty special:)
My father-in-law is a towering man, very tall. He walks with his cane by his side, one that he crafted himself from an elk horn, he's very talented with tools and the like. I've always felt as if he is watching me, trying to figure me out when we are together. You see, I'm this Texas girl that won the heart of his son. With that comes the expectation and facination of the "Texas twang". Every thing I say or do, is met with a huge close-mouthed grin and sparkling eyes, and sometimes even a chuckle. And now I see the same response to my kids. Dave is very strong-willed:) I put a smiley face at the end of that remark because it is no secret in our family, that all Cotton men are strong-willed. It is something that I have grown to love about my husband, a trait he undoubtably got from his dad:) He loves the Lord with all his heart.
My mother-in-law is a lovely homemaker. She has had a professional career in school administration, but this is the job that stands out to me most. She has always made the house they lived in a home, wherever that house may have been. She has a real talent for decorating, and has blessed other's homes with this talent many times...including mine:) She has a servant heart, and is always concerned with other's needs. She is the perfect host, and it drives her crazy if she can't be taking care of everyone else. When Ben and I were dating, every time I visited their home in Farmington, NM she would have a "welcome basket" on the bed that I would be using. It would have socks, cards, holiday themed items, and would most certainly be decorated adorably. That small gift always made me feel special. She loves to shop thrift stores and garage sales...half of my shoes, bags etc are from her awesome finds! We enjoy wonderful 'girl talk' together:) She too loves the Lord with all her heart.
These two have always been so special to me. Many of you know that recently Cindie was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and the past few months have been difficult to say the least. We are learning some valubla life lessons. We know the importance of loving each other and each day to the fullest. We know life is short and Heaven is eternal. We are much more aware of the small wonderful things we each have to offer. Like the closed-mouth grin or the welcome baskets:) I love them dearly, and will love each day I have with them to the fullest.
Here are a few from an impromtu session we did in their backyard last weekend in Sweetwater. Cindie has never liked me snapping pictures of her, but this time was so very different. She was so natural and happy to do it...they are definately still very much in love after all these years...