Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.

You can read the start of my journey here.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It all started off with flowers.

The night before her wedding, our beautiful daughter brought me tulips. They're my favorite flower ever, and they were even before I read Welcome To Holland. The poem just made them even more special. She even picked yellow, which has always been my favorite color.

We put them in a pitcher my parents gave me years ago. They looked perfect together.

She said she wanted us to know she'd always be our little girl. :::sniff:::

The following morning, the doorbell rang. There was a delivery for both me and my husband.

I have to say that I really do adore Children of the Inner Light.

I have quite the collection of mugs and large vases thanks to our oldest. She and her new husband added to that collection with these:

Hopefully, we can do better than the stereotypical in-laws.

I know we'll give it our best shot, and we hope he feels welcome and part of the family. I know we're up to the challenge!


  1. That is sooo sweet! You'll do fine as a mother-in-law as long as you think before you say anything, and decide what is more important, having a good relationship or telling them what to do. You already know the answer and will be great!

  2. How lovely. :)

    More pictures!! More!!!

  3. LOVE the yellow tulips... and the poem, too :)

    Sounds like things are certainly starting on a positive note, and that's terrific!


  4. thoughtful and generous. I would have been blubbering all over the place. I'm sure you will be a fabulous MIL. I can't wait to hear more stories.

  5. What a totally SWEET thing to do!! I hope everything else went well!

  6. I know lots of people who like their inlaws. You're going to do great. I'm pretty sure that wanting a good relationship is the first step to getting one.


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