Thanks! This should actually be dh's busy time of year for his business. However, he hasn't had any work for quite some time. Normally, he is really bothered and depressed by the lack of work. (Typical for men when they tend to see their worth wrapped up in their job.) However, I haven't noticed him acting that way, so I guess the benefits of me working out are helping out in that way too!
Where it used to be that I would try to get the house in order every night before he came home from work, now he is making sure the dishes are done and that any errands are done. (DD helps with the laundry, but mostly, I take care of putting it in the dryer since so many things must hang dry.) Dh and dd will help with the vacuuming. And both will help with the meals if I give instructions.
On top of that, I will usually get a back rub every night. It used to be that I would use the massager on dh's back every night after he got home. Now times have changed. Since I'm the one gone most of the time, I'm the one who gets pampering every night.
I have to say, with the financial crunch really hitting his business, I am so blessed to have found a job that I love so much. On top of that, I just had my annual review. God has really granted me favor because I got more than a 15% raise, and that is simply unheard of in these hard times. I have worked hard to show myself as a team player, to go above and beyond, to help find ways to make our system flow better, and I don't get caught up in the drama here at work. If people need to vent, they can come vent to me, but I'm not going to share that with anyone else because I don't ever want them to find a reason to approach me and say, "I told you that in confidence, and you went and told so-and-so....." It's a nice feeling to come in to work every day and know that I have not slandered my coworkers to other coworkers. There's enough stress on the job without adding that kind of stress.
Sorry, I didn't mean to write a book! :-) But I guess when you feel so blessed, it's hard not to share it!