Back to my point though... I was thinking how in my job I hear almost daily from women ( or often myself venting) that cannot find a single moment to shower much less do something for themselves like sew or read a book. In fact... Their moments to themselves are often just to make or do things for those they love ( such as the five pair of Stephen undies that I've been slowly working on in my 'free time' for months now. )
Women are expected to not only work but also carry the rest of the household burdens on their shoulders. They have to clean the house, do the laundry, many homeschool their kids, do the grocery shopping, play mom taxi, and give attention to their husbands... And most women that I've talked to don't get any help with the everyday running of the household. Then they start feeling guilty that the book case needs dusted and the laundry mound has become a MountEverest replica, yet if they are like me, they are clueless how to do it all.
So this is why I am writing this post ladies. I assure you that you will never get the appreciation that you deserve from your family members. In fact, you will most likely never get that dream of getting so sick that you land yourself in a hospital for a mini retreat, but not so sick you can't enjoy the break. ( ha! You know that you've dreamt about it before! And even if you do get a retreat.. hospital or otherwise...guess what? The housework just accumulates while you are gone! )
But what I can assure you is this... We women are a large army. We stick together. We know that each of us carries the world on our shoulders and we willingly march on. Be encouraged because each of us appreciate what the other does. I appreciate that you sew your little girl a dress in your spare moments or that you whip up a quilt for the local VA. I appreciate that you do your best to do it all...and I understand when you are in the dumps because you can't. I i appreciate that you often encourage and inspire one another. and mostly, I appreciate your prayers, and I pray for you.
Be encouraged ladies..march on knowing you ARE appreciated!