Dr. Phil & the Sisters-in-Law

Hubby & I are closet Dr. Phil fanatics.

Okay, with that said, I guess we’re outed.

One of our mindless indulgences when we’re off from school is to watch the “Dr. Phil” show each day. Yesterday’s episode really bothered me.

It led off with two sisters-in-law that have been seriously feuding since they were in high school together. Terri married Dana’s brother. Dana hates Terri so much that she wishes her dead.


I turned to hubby and asked how she could say she loves her brother and yet wish his wife dead. It seriously boggles the mind.

All that said, let’s move on. This post is a tribute to three unique, strong women: my sisters-in-law.

The Writer. One of my closest friends. I can’t imagine my life without her friendship, love, & support.

She was my chief motivator while we were training for our first half marathon in November. She was there, even when I was ready to chunk it all in the trash and give up because my schedule was WAY past full. And even though I never said it, I seriously lived for those Sunday afternoon phone calls/pep talks/strategy sessions because that was, at times, the only thing that kept me on track to head out the door each morning and watch my feet move steadily closer toward the starting line.

When she had to stop running during the race because of an injury, I hurt for her. There weren’t any words that passed between us, but I knew her pain wasn’t just physical.

When I had to turn in my timing chip for the February race because of my back injury, she knew how I felt and really was the only one that I looked to for support and understanding while I dealt with feelings of failure and “what if.”

Writer, I totally love and appreciate you!

The Pilot’s wife. I admire her because she tries so hard to be a good mom. And she’s doing a good job of it, too.

The Pilot’s wife is having surgery on Thursday to correct a herniated belly button. Sounds painful and I know she’s anxious about the procedure … more so about how her three boys will do when Daddy has to fly out on day 5 of her recovery. I’m sure everything will be okay. I’m guessing they’ll surprise her with how well they’ll do getting themselves to school and helping out around the house while she’s on the mend.

Hubby’s sister. She’s the only one of the three that is older than me and is already a grandmother of four.

She & hubby are the youngest siblings and because of this, they talk a lot and tend to team up against their older brothers when it comes to family affairs. She put her busy life on hold to take care of hubby’s mom after her heart surgery.

At Christmas, she told hubby and me about all that she does for her mom and for her grandchildren. She is always at everybody’s beck & call and she was beyond exhaustion at that point. Hubby & I told her that she needs to turn her cell phone off once in a while so she can have some “me” time. She looked at us with one of those “I have NO earthly idea why you would say a thing like that” looks and asked, “But if I turn it off, how will anyone be able to reach me?” My response? “If it’s important, they’ll leave a message and you can call them back.”

These are my sisters-in-law. And I love them all.

I only add the “in-law” because society tends to dictate it.

In reality, they’re my sisters.


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