Friday, April 9, 2010

Feel Good Friday: “We are back! We are back, we are back, we are back!”

I recently found the blog of The Girl Next Door Grows Up. She is awesome! So she does a weekly meme called Feel Good Fridays. So I chose the prompt: Write about something that happened to you this week that really made you smile. Was it your child, husband, or maybe a complete stranger did to you?
My husband lost his job when Thomas was six weeks old. He was devastated to say the least. Leading up to this, he was pretty miserable at this job which meant he was pretty miserable at home, too. To make a long story short, he found another job in less than two months, which is pretty unbelievable in the state of Michigan. Actually he found two jobs, and he wasn’t sure which one to take: the one that had was less money, but the company seemed like a good fit or the one that paid a bit more, but didn’t give such a warm and fuzzy feeling. It came down to the wire, and when he asked me, I told him we’d be alright with the less money because it was only temporary. He agreed, although he felt nervous about the money. He took a huge pay cut, but it was a good job with good benefits. He’s been doing really well there and the “only temporary” part is over. The company has acknowledged his hard work with some nice monetary compensation. I saw a twinkle in his eye and pep in his step that I had not seen in a long, long time. I told him over and over how proud I was of him. And then he told me, “Thanks for all of your support through the past couple of rough years. I could not have gotten here without you.”

That really made me smile. As a SAHM, I feel like a lot of my job is behind the scenes, more like the producer rather than the star actor. It felt nice that he acknowledged me during his moment of glory. It’s hard for me to remember that I actually have a part in this because I am not the one getting all dressed up and going to The Office to Work. So I feel like we pushed through a very difficult time in our marriage and came through better and stronger. I really feel like we are a team. And that makes me smile.

Happy Friday!


Lindsey said...

He sounds like he knows he is a very lucky man!
I have to agree, our SAHM status really puts us behind the scenes but we are the super glue that holds everything together. Emphasis on super!!
I am following you back and look forward to reading more of your posts :)

Bossy Betty said...

So nice to be appreciated, isn't it! What a nice post!

Kim Murray said...

Those words mean so much. I'm glad your husband was able to articulate it so well!

Krajcimama said...

Yay! How wonderful!

I wish my hubby could find a job that he loved AND that would recognize his hard work. He is very good at his job - and they are talking about flying him to Florida to train other people how to do what he does...but without any other recognition or compensation. The money isn't bad - it's the hours! Which just kills me, too. At home all day with my 4 kiddos by myself - on a SATURDAY! :(

Way to go supporting your DH - and way to go DH for noticing and telling you! :)

This is a "Feel Good" post! Have a great weekend!

Moonspun said...

Yea! A good team works together in different roles and appreciates all the other "jobs" on the team. Sounds like you did that well. Glad your husband is happy, too!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I think that is fantastic!

Also very smart of you to help him choose the one that he would enjoy more over the better paying one. He will be more successful the happier he is. I love how you called yourself a "producer" that is a neat way to look at it.

I am so glad you did FGF! Your made me really feel good! I hope you are having a great weekend with your family :-)

Anonymous said...

Aw, you guys are very sweet. It sounds like you both appreciate each other so much :o)

Kendra said...

Congratulations to both of you. And how nice to know that you're appreciated. Especially when money is tight, it can be hard to feel like your contributions are being validated when they're not financial. That's really special that your husband understands that you are both bringing something really important to your household. And it's great that he's being appreciated--and compensated--too!