I have what might be an unusual situation. I have never met my sister-in-law. Actually, I have three sisters-in-law and I have met and know well two of them, but not one. Laura lives in Iowa. That right there is a barrier to getting to know her. I have never been to Iowa and see no getting there in the future. She is my brother's third wife. Wife number one was a disaster and he divorced her. Wife number two (who I really liked and would have been friends with had she lived) died and left my brother a divorced man with child from wife number one and a widower. When he married Laura, they married on the same day as another family member married. We had already accepted the first wedding invite and my brother married in Utah, also a place to far to go. I did send a present and a note with explanation. Also, my brother does not like me too much.
Right after they married, my sister began calling Laura. One day my sister called to tell me that Laura told her she would call the next time and then hadn't heard from her again. That was literally the last I heard for a couple of years. Since my sister never said otherwise, I assumed that Laura never called back. Well, she did and they have been chatty for years. Now, my sister has a relationship with Laura, but I do not.
Tonight, my sister tells me that Laura has mention an interest in quilting. That was the good news. I also understand that her dad, has cancer in his pancreas. Not good. In fact, my aunt found out she had that cancer and died five weeks later. I pray that there have been advances since my aunt died twenty some years ago. While I am keeping him in prayer, I did write a note to Laura and I am sending her my favorite quilt book, Miss Rosie's quilt collection. It has one of my favorite quilts, Tag Sale, inside. I hope she likes it. I hope she likes quilting.