Sean Lowe Catherine GiudiciUh-oh. Yesterday we learned that Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici have set a wedding date of January 26, 2014, so we all figured things must be better than ever between them if they're tying the knot so soon.

But then today I heard that Sean's family didn't attend his engagement party in Seattle a couple weeks ago. It struck me as not only really odd, but also as a terrible sign for his marriage to Catherine getting off on the right foot.

I mean, why on earth would his parents and sister opt to stay in Dallas instead of flying to Seattle to help the happy couple celebrate?

There can only be one reason -- though I hate to admit it.

Duh. They simply aren't on board with this marriage and probably don't think Catherine is the one for him. And I'm sure you can guess why. One source told Radar Online that Catherine is "not Christian enough" and that "their families are not on the same page."

And while I guess it's possible that Sean's family will be throwing the couple a second engagement party back in Texas and figured there was no reason to attend two -- something just seems fishy about this whole deal.

Ugh. If there is one single solitary ounce of tension between Catherine and Sean's family, then I have a small piece of advice to offer her. "RUN FOR THE HILLS, HONEY!"

I have never been shy about the fact that my in-laws are not exactly my biggest fans (far from it). I can't help but blame myself a little for not seeing the red flags early on, warning me that I was in for a real battle when it came to doing everything in my power to try and be accepted by them. (For the record, 10 years later, it still hasn't happened. But I'm over it.)

I didn't think much of it at the time when they did not attend my bridal shower. Looking back on it now, it was an obvious sign that they never really figured my marriage to their son/brother, etc. was going to stick.

And even though I realized we didn't have a warm and fuzzy thing going on, I figured once my husband and I were married, they'd fall in love with me and I'd be part of the fam and we'd play charades in front of the fire over the holidays or some crap like that.

But sadly, that never happened, and if Sean's family hasn't accepted Catherine as one of their own yet, they never will. Like ever. If she's smart, she'll either put all her cards out on the table with them now and get things resolved, or she'll take it as a sign that maybe she and Sean aren't supposed to be together and go back to her life as a single gal in Seattle.

For her sake, I really hope their absence from the engagement party was nothing more than a logistical issue. But if it's not? Maybe 10 years from now, she and I can start our own secret club or self-help group or something.

Do you have a good relationship with your in-laws?

 

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