Take Care of Them, They Will Take Care of You
As a wife and parent my days are filled with taking care of my family. Getting our morning started on-time and efficiently, making sure our days run smoothly and on-schedule, and then tucking our days in at night. I can easily complain about how much thankless work it all is, any mom can – a working-mom or a stay-at-home-mom. Most days I feel unappreciated and my efforts overlooked. Sometimes I resent the people I love most because I feel like they don’t understand the heart and energy I put into their lives. But then on days like Day 4, 5 and 6 of the 30 Day Marriage challenge there are bright moments that make choosing an unpaid career more rewarding than any paycheck can provide.
Kiss your husband the first time you see him in the morning.
Actually, he kissed me… on the forehead, then tucked me back into bed. I made a kissy-sound back; that counts, right?
I had a rough night, catching a bout of the notorious stomach virus had me spending more time at the toilet than in bed. So really I shouldn’t be kissing anyone. I slept the rest of the day, and he took care of the kids.
I am not a meme!
Tell yourself, “He really loves his family and he is doing his best for us.”
After finally crawling out of my sick-cave, I discovered my house (when not under my control) is complete disarray! I wanted to turn around and run right back under my covers. So, I had to repeat this sentence to myself several times while I attempted to clean up after my children and man-child.
But let’s look at the big picture… I was sick and my husband had no issues stepping up. He took care of the kids, he took care of me and, most importantly, he had the kids learn to take care of me too (checking on me, bringing me water, etc.). He loves us. He didn’t do everything MY way (the right way 😜), but he did his best. (And not just today – every day.) So, “bless this mess.”
Bake, make or buy his favorite food.
This was a tough one. He’s so picky. And I can’t cook (read: About Me).
He was only going to be home for breakfast today because he’s going into the office late and staying late. So after dropping off my older one at school, I made a quick run to the market. Operative word: quick. No one got sleep in our house last night. While I’m still weak and recovering, our younger one caught the virus and had been puking since 3am. I got the ingredients to make his favorite breakfast dish – loaded hash browns. And since I can finally eat solids, I made a little extra for myself.
Unexpectedly the husband ended up coming home in time for dinner. He was hopeful that today’s Marriage Challenge task would cover two meals. He’s lucky I was in a good mood.
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