To my husband,
Thank you for giving the kids a bath, even when you feel like you have nothing left to give at the end of the day.
When we are wrangling kids and trying to get out the house and you say, “What can I do to help?” Thank you for that.
I am constantly needed throughout the day. When you come home and see that the house is a hot mess – instead of saying, “What did you do all day?” You start picking things up and putting things away. That is what I need. That is what our family needs. Thank you.
I can’t tell you how much it means when you say, “Go take a break, I’ve got the kids.” It is very difficult for me to say “I need a break” when I know you’ve had a long day too. Words cannot express how much I need you to say it.
Thank you for loving me, even at my worst. I try so hard, so stinkin’ hard to do this mom and wife thing well. When I fail, I appreciate you being there as a helping hand, rather than being disappointed in me.
The kids are dying to spend time with you. Thank you for prioritizing time with each one of them. And thank you for treating them like the gifts that they are, rather than a bother.
Thank you for listening when the kids tell you about their day, even if you have no idea what they are saying. Thank you for being excited with them.
Please know that I don’t need much, I just need to know that you appreciate me too. Thank you for letting me know that I am doing a good job. It keeps me going.
Thank you for doing the dishes. When I hear that you’re doing them and I didn’t even have to ask you to do them, I get those same butterflies you gave me when we first met.
Thank you for not letting your job stop when you are done working. And thank you for understanding that just because I’m not away at a job everyday, I am working very hard.
Thank you for showing our kids that I am first, and they are second.
Thank you for leading us in prayer throughout the day. And thank you for showing our kids what it means for you to love me like Christ loves the church. You are setting the standard for their future spouses.
Thank you for loving me so well, day in and day out.
Thank you for supporting my dreams.
Thank you for hearing me, really hearing me when I need it most.
Nothing makes me happier than watching you play with our kids. Thank you for being a horsey, helicopter and every Disney character under the sun to put a smile on their face.
Thank you for being an honest man. A hardworking man. And a godly man.
Thank you for going along with my crazy ideas – like going camping for two nights with two toddlers. It’s going to be fun, I just know it.
Thank you for making me feel beautiful, when we both know I’m on day three of dry shampoo and sweatpants are my jam.
I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow.
– Your stay at home wife
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