M often jokes that I won the in-law lottery because his family is so awesome. I have to admit that he's probably right. As far as in-laws go, mine are pretty great. M's parents are still together (40 years this year!), and he has two older brothers that are very close to his age, and a younger sister who is 7 years younger than him. His oldest brother is married and has 3 kids (the youngest is only 6 weeks older than Evie), and his other brother and sister aren't married, but they are in long-term relationships with their significant others for about 5 years.
The first time I met his mom, I was totally freaked out. I wanted to make a good impression, and I barely spoke. I figured if I didn't say much, I couldn't put my foot in my mouth (which I often do). His whole family thought that I was very shy, even though that is not me at all. Over time, I warmed up to them when I realized they are the most laid back, non-judgmental people I've ever met.
M's older brothers and dad are all jokers. They love to have a few beers and "tell stories." Usually this means repeating the same stories that they've been telling for the past decade. M's dad is not the type of guy who tells you what he's feeling very often, but when he does, it means that much more. When we called to tell them that we had gotten engaged, M's mom and dad both wanted to talk to me. M's dad told me that he couldn't wait to have me as a new daughter. I still tear up when I think about it. M couldn't believe he actually said that.
M's mom is probably my favorite of the family. She is also a teacher, so we have a lot in common. She will be retiring at the end of this school year after teaching 1st grade for 30 years. (I have NO idea how she does it!!!!) She is so supportive of her own kids, and also of her children's spouses/partners. When M and I announced that we were pregnant with Evie, everyone was a little surprised. I was teaching full time, coaching during the fall and winter seasons, and only about a 1/4 of the way done with my master's degree coursework. She said that she thought we'd wait until I finished my master's degree. I told her that we just wanted to have a baby so badly that we couldn't wait. She just said, "It's alright. I know you will do great!"
I really do love them for all of their quirkiness and for how genuine they all are. They have always made me feel like I am a member of their family. It would be difficult not having this sort of relationship with my husband's family. I really did win the "lottery."