Monday, May 28, 2012

Diversions For A Little Appreciation

A couple of times a month I like to bake cookies or create fun personalized gifts for close friends.  There are times when these gestures take away from time with KLV and the Husband. Last night I wondered why I don’t mind doing these things for other people and some days I have to talk myself into making dinner or do a load of laundry.  Reason:  People outside my house don’t expect it therefore they appreciate it.

Every stay at home mom gets a little blue from time to time feeling underappreciated.  It’s normal because it’s our job and everyone feels ill appreciated at their job occasionally. 

So while these diversions of baking a batch of cookies for a friend (and letting KLV crack the eggs) may appear like I’m taking away from puzzle time with KLV, perhaps I’ll look at it as a way to show her how to love beyond the walls of our home. And without a doubt there are moments I'll drop everything just to hang with her.

Fun with the water table
Do you do this? 

12 comments:

  1. I think when you are able to things for other people it makes you feel good...and at home you are expected to do things so it feels more like a chore. Totally normal girl!

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  2. I am tired of the laundry too TV! I am sitting next to a pile of it, but have spent the day and night fixing my network. It is fixed, by the way. What an annoying this to deal with! But it is all better now. I think that it is always easier to do things for others, because like you said, they do not expect it. So they do appreciate it more. Your daughter is learning how to be kind and do something for others when she wathces and helps you bake and give. You are a great mommy! Have a good night!

    Mama Hen

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  3. Hey by the way, I think I want to start refreshing my Nestwork and doing some new things with it. Would you like to help? Let me know if you have any ideas. have a great night!

    Mama Hen

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  4. Yes, it's always good to feel appreciated. I started sending special gifts to my friends on their birthdays. It really surprised them, and I loved the feeling of having done something unexpected for them. I think you're being an awesome role model for KLV. It always feels good to spread love and kindness even if it means foregoing a puzzle night or two.

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  5. I love those moments...I'll be busy doing laundry, cooking dinner, etc but when I see my boys playing, they look up at me and say, Hey Mom wanna play baseball with us...NOTHING else seems to matter AT ALL!!!

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  6. It's the little things in life that make us feel appreciated. And I'm glad KLV gets to help bake! My favorite memories are usually made in the kitchen :)

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  7. This is an amazing idea, TV! I haven't done this specifically, although I love baking banana bread and then sharing half with my bff. Does that count? And though it takes away some puzzle time, I bet KLV gets to help you out and that she loves it too :-)

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  8. "perhaps I’ll look at it as a way to show her how to love beyond the walls of our home."

    So true!

    When our son was 4 or 5 (he is now 26) he heard an announcement at church about someone being sick. He came home and told Cheryl, "Sounds like we need to bake some brownies and take them to ... (the sick person mentioned that morning). You know where he learned that - from his mom.

    Good work.

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  9. I hope you are doing well my friend. Just stopped by to say hi! :)

    Mama Hen

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  10. oh yes of course I can relate to this. It's funny because I don't enjoy cooking at all but, somehow I find it quite wonderful to prepare a warm meal for guests when they visit for a night. It isn't just the appreciation factor so much as it is doing something different and out of the mundane routine that makes it so much more enjoyable! lol. And I love that KLV got soaked in her water table. Daisy hates getting her face wet. Were still working on that! lol Hope you are well!

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  11. Absolutely! You are teaching her such a great life lesson. I can't believe how much she has grown. Can't wait to meet ya!

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  12. She is so cute!! I was hoping to stumble across a recent photo! Growing so big!

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