Do you feel appreciated? (How do you cope if you don’t?)

It’s summertime and life at the Jefferson household is chaotic beyond words. We’re both working late every night, with my husband coming home at 11, midnight most days of the week. We’ve got projects on top of projects, and all types of things on our to-do list that just need to get done.
We are no different than many other families out there and I’m sure many of you are in the same boat, juggling everything at once while trying to maintain your sanity.
But what really made a difference for me this past week was when I asked my husband to go to the store to buy some diapers. He came back with some diapers and a card.

Inside the card he wrote a little note of appreciation, thanking me for my love and support during his crazy busy work schedule. 

Let me tell you – I melted. I had been so busy I hadn’t even had time to think about all the overtime I’d been putting in or if he appreciated all the extra effort I’ve made to make sure everyone stays within their regular schedule and everything is running smoothly.
Feeling unappreciated is about one of the worst things that can happen to you as a mom, because it festers and causes so much resentment.  It gets in the way of giving your best effort, of making you feel like what you do is important.

Let me tell you, if you hear it from no one else. You ARE appreciated. Every book you read to your kids, every meal you cook, every time you pick your kids up from daycare, everytime you give them a bath or chaperone their field trip – it’s appreciated. I’m here to give you two snaps AND a twist because you are just.that.good.


  1. Michelle says:

    That was a very sweet and thoughtful thing for your husband to do!

  2. Nice
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  3. It is so true that a little appreciation goes a long way. That was so sweet of your husband to recognize your efforts!
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  4. How very sweet of your husband to get you that card! It is nice to be appreciated, especially when you are feeling like you are being pulled in every direction.

  5. Okay… so there are literally tears in my eyes as I type. I keep having to press the backspace button. Okay. Let me compose myself. Okay. Good. I’m in Starbucks for petesake!

    Wow… what an amazing post! I think that some times I (as a woman and mother) get so “caught up” in the daily particulars and technicalities of life that I just go through the motions. No matter how much there is to do, I just do it. Not gonna lie, sometimes it DOES lead to resentment and then my boyfriend and I have to work it out and then everything is better again.

    Thanks for lettin us know that we are appreciated and that everything that we do counts for something.
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  6. Great post! It’s funny, because as soon as I’m starting to feel unappreciated and that tiny little spark of resentment that starts to flare up…. DH comes along and down something super sweet to remind me that I really am. You are right, it is the little things that matter so much. They are so important!
    .-= Yakini´s last blog ..Celebrating the Best 18 Months of My Life =-.

  7. What a great guy!
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