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“Apps” That Make the Heart Grow Fonder


Last week my husband had to travel for work. Since I loathe staying home without him, I went to stay with my parents for a week. It was the longest we have been apart since our daughter was born, 3 years ago. You know the old saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder”? I am pretty sure we all already know the truth of that statement, but I believe part of that is realizing the things we take for granted…the things we should appreciate.

A while back my sister-in-law told me about a smartphone app called Avacado. It is an app for couples. It features a communication feed, personalized emoticons (my favorite), kisses, hugs and shared “to do” lists. Nick and I have been using it for about a month now and we LOVE it. It has been so fun to keep up with him throughout the day with this app. Sometimes, if I haven’t heard from him and have been super busy myself I will just send him a “hug” or a funny picture to let him know I am thinking about him. He does the same thing with me. If you have a smartphone…and a husband…I highly recommend this app. Thanks, Beck! 🙂


During his trip we didn’t have much time to talk on the phone because he was traveling with a co-worker and customers most of the day. I missed him more than I imagined I would. About the third day into the trip I started thinking about all of the things that I missed about him and decided to let him know. I created a new “to-do” list, but it wasn’t filled with things I had to do. I titled it “Things I Love About My Husband.” I added about twenty things to the list and he got a notification right away. He loved it! I added to the list as things came to mind, so the list grew quite a bit throughout the week. As sentimental as I was creating the list, we had so much fun with it the rest of the week. If he really liked something I said, he would star it. Later he told me it was the sweetest most encouraging thing I had ever done for him. In fact, he is the one who suggested I tell you all about it.

I have to tell you that I am not always trying to think of ways to encourage my husband. I wish I were… When I look back on the day, after the kids are put in bed, I realize that so much of myself was given to them and so little is left for my husband. When I stop and think about it, I justify putting my children first by thinking about the needy stage they are in or thinking about how little time I have with them to influence their little lives… and those are both true things… but they need to know that their daddy is the most important person in my life. I want my daughter to learn how to be a blessing to her husband. I want my son to know what to look for in a wife. Neither one of those things can happen until I appreciate the wonderful man God has blessed my life with. I know we all take things for granted, but while we have time and opportunity, let’s let our husbands know how much they are appreciated.

Love and Blessings,




3 thoughts on ““Apps” That Make the Heart Grow Fonder

  1. Love this Sarah! I always need reminders of sweet things to do for my hubby. Because, like you said, by the time the kids are in bed, I don’t want to exert one more ounce of energy. Thank you for this sweet post!

  2. Thanks for sharing this app 🙂 My sweet hubby is in the Marine Corps. This is great! We downloaded it and have both really enjoyed it. Thanks again! Blessing to you and your family.

    In Christ,
    Brittany Brown
    Isaiah 40:31

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