But that made me think of my sweet little sister-in-law, Paula. I have told you before about my niece, Becca. She has rett syndrome (a severe form of autism) so her body just doesn't function as it should. She can't move much on her own and so every day -- every single day -- Paula faces this dressing challenge that my little daughter thinks is so funny.
Every day Paula gets Becca dressed, and Becca is not so small anymore so it isn't as easy as it used to be. Every day she helps Becca's legs stretch into pants. Every day she carefully, tenderly puts socks and sometimes shoes on tiny feet that will never push back to make the job easier.
But she doesn't complain, she doesn't whine. She loves that little girl to pieces and I am grateful for her sweet example. I wish I was more like that. Paula is kind and loving and gentle, but she fights fiercely for her daughter to have what she needs. From pre-school to vacations to hospital stays she stands up for what will be best for her baby no matter what anyone else tells her is right.
She is the kind of person who makes the world a better place. Actually I have a whole bunch of sisters-in-law (especially because Josh and I have four brothers a piece and no sisters at all) who do that and I love them all. They are amazing women and I'm grateful for the chance to learn from them.
But today I'm grateful for Paula. She's pretty incredible.