Slava isusu Christu!
This is what my mother-in-law feels right now and it has driven a wedge between us. I attempted to mend fences with her, but I can still sense a very uncomfortable tension. She outright said that either one is in the Catholic church or they are not, and anyone outside of it is Hellbound.
She told me that it's odd for me to leave Catholicism because I was a convert, and usually converts have so much zeal for their religion that they don't leave it. Believe me, if someone had mentioned to me 11 years ago that I'd be Orthodox, I'd have had many choice words for them, as I was truly on fire for Christ and for the RCC. It was not my plan to leave the RCC and subsequently, the Byzantine CC, but God's plan. It may have started out as a way for us to escape a negative relationship with our priest, but it has ultimately developed into something more.
FWIW, my own parent accepts my decision, and is just glad that I'm "in someone's church on Sunday".
(That parent is Baptist, btw.)
A strange thing for me to sort out is that my husband's family is both Byzantine Catholic and Orthodox on both sides. My MIL grew up with one grandmother being Orthodox and the other BC. Her very close cousin is and has always been Orthodox -- they are like sisters! Yet MIL will not accept our conversion as valid.
Anyone deal with issues with close relatives? Advice?