Last night, Tim & I stayed up too late (even for us). We've been playing "catch up" for awhile with our inboxes and we have a million projects on our plates. I think the red numbers on the clock flickered 2:35am the last time I checked.
This morning, when the girls stirred - my body ached. My eyes fluttered open, but wanted to stay shut. Without saying a word, Tim got the girls up and let me stay in bed.
Later that afternoon, I put our youngest down for a nap and he said, "Why don't you just take a nap with her?" I started to protest, but the moment I laid my head on the pillow, my head thanked me. He played with our 4-year-old that whole time, nary a complaint on his lips.
Sometimes it's easy to think about giving "out there." We consider ways to give to the OUTSIDE world. But it is equally important (no - MORE important) to remember to give to our spouses - to extend thoughtfulness in the simple things.
When was the last time you took extra care to CARE FOR your spouse? Perhaps you woke up early to make him a cup of coffee, pumped gas in her car so she wouldn't have to, offered to take the kids grocery shopping to give him an hour of solitude, bought her favorite chocolate bar just because, etc.
Love isn't a loud thing, all sparkly and dramatic as the movies would have us believe. On the contrary - It is the quiet, daily sacrifices of choosing someone else's needs above your own.
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