It is amazing what a heartfelt "Thank you" can do for one's soul, especially if your love language is words of affirmation like myself.
Tuesday night Chris had a work dinner to attend so he was not coming home after work. On his way to the restaurant from his office, Chris called me and said -- "I just wanted to call and tell you 'thank you'" He proceeded to thank me for taking care of his children, for staying home where he does not have to worry about their care or how they are being influenced.
It is nice to hear the appreciation. I would much rather stay home and raise our children full time than go to work outside of the home and leave them in someone else's care. However, hearing that you are appreciated for such a hard job is GREAT.