for laura

Losing Grace

I was thinking about my awesome sister in law Laura today so I decided to write a post about her.

Jim has three siblings: 2 sisters and a brother. He is the oldest in his family, just like me. When we got married and I moved to Plainview with him, his youngest sister, Laura, was a stranger to me. Jim and Laura’s relationship was strained at best.  She grew up thinking Jim was putting their parents through hell for no good reason, and sucking up all their attention and resources. She did not understand mental illness, and therefore she kind of hated Jim. But all of that changed when Laura had a breakdown of her own, an eye opening experience for her. She moved back home with her parents for a while, and I started to get to know her. I was actually kind of terrified of her at first…

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