Grandma Edna's primary care provider is her daughter, my husband's Aunt. Erik's dad passed away a few years ago, leaving the care of Grandma to fall on his 2 sisters. One lives in California, the other lives right there in Minnesota, just 30 minutes from Grandma. You can guess which one does the brunt of the work.
When it came time to clean out the condo, Aunty called for back up, she needed help. So we went. Erik, myself and 2 of the 3 kids. And we helped. Because she needed it. But what she needed even more than the physical help, which she honestly did need. Was for someone to say to her, "I see what you are doing. I see the burden you are carrying and I see all that you have done for Grandma. I know that she doesn't say thank you. But what you are doing has not gone unnoticed. We have noticed. And we so sincerely thank you, and we love you so very much!" Erik's Aunty needed to hear that. She isn't married, she doesn't have children, there is no one in her corner cheering her on, recognizing the good things she does. She cares for a women who rarely thanks her for all that she does and Aunty simply needed to hear the words "I see what you are doing, it hasn't gone unnoticed, and you are dearly loved!"
I'm sure you can relate, it is something we all need in life. So let me encourage you, whomever you are and whatever you are doing, it hasn't gone unnoticed. There is someone who sees you everyday. He knows the good things you do for others, for the people you love and for the strangers you meet.
He sees you, stay at home mom who just cleaned up yet another mess that somehow no one made. It didn't go unnoticed. He loves what you are doing for your family and He loves you.
He sees you, the one who made the dinner the kids complained about eating. Your work did not go unnoticed. He loves the meal you prepared on a rushed schedule and He loves you.
He sees you, mommy who showed immeasurable patience to her child today, and you too, mommy who didn't. He loves you both equally, your work has not gone unnoticed.
He sees you, woman who longs for a mess to clean up and a nose to wipe, but whose arms remain empty. Those arms have not gone unnoticed and He loves you.
He sees you, man in the grocery store who was so kind to a stranger today. It didn't go unnoticed. He loves what you did and He loves you.
He sees you, the one at the gas station who let the other car go in front of you. It didn't go unnoticed. He loves what you did and He loves you.
He sees you, dad who travels all week long or juggles multiple jobs just to provide for your family. He loves how hard you are working, it hasn't gone unnoticed and He loves you.
He sees you, single person longing for someone to share your life with. He knows what you long for, you have not gone unnoticed and He loves you.
He sees you, one whose reality is so hard, for whatever reason, that you choose to do anything you can to numb the pain. You have not gone unnoticed and He loves you.
Whoever you may be, whatever you might be struggling with or whatever you might be doing that you feel no one notices and no one appreciates. I promise you, you have not gone unnoticed. He sees you. He loves you.