With a smile and a kiss: meeting your husband at the door.

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I fail at many things. But one thing I'm consistently bad at is greeting my husband at the door with a smile and a kiss. In my defense, I could cling to the fact that I never know when my husband is coming home any given day. And I could also cling to the fact that I'm usually run ragged by the time he walks in...and maybe could be looking for a sympathetic look and hug. Maybe even a "tag-me-out" gesture or a handing off of the car keys,etc. And I suppose I could also cling to any and every "I'm a SAHM to many small children" excuse in the book and therefore I get a free pass to appear completely spent and disheveled at my husbands arrival.

Truth is, I have a whole bag worth of excuses I can and regularly do employ. But....it doesn't make it right. It doesn't make my excuses excuseable. It doesn't make my husband feel welcomed back into the kingdom he works so hard for.

I really want to challenge all of the moms that so graciously read the words on this blog: make it a point, for one week straight, to greet your husband at the door with a smile and a kiss.

Even if the kids are screaming. Even if you are in the middle of a diaper change/making a meal/separating feuding brother/sister duos. Even if you are too tired. Even if you have zero desire to stop and step away from what you've just suddenly squeezed in time for.

If your husband is anything like mine, he gives his all at work. He works with his family at the forefront of his mind. He may miss another family dinner that he would've rather been there for, he may have been stretched super thin that day, or has been discouraged by the way others words beat him up.

We have to make, as much as is possible, our homes a welcome retreat for our husbands. They deserve to come home to a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. They deserve to see home as a haven, not somewhere they want to avoid. And what makes a better haven than to see their wife smiling having happily anticipated their return.

It won't be easy to succeed in this challenge, but we must make it a healthy habit to be the leader of the welcome committee when daddy comes home. Here's to overcoming this challenge and making our husbands excited to come home.

Love, Alicia