He Surprised Me Today

filed under: Miscellaneous on January 7, 2010

So I went into my *hubby's bathroom this morning.

*When I say hubby's I mean the 'downstairs' bathroom the he just happens to keep all his very manly toiletries in.

I have been using the sauna that's in there about five times a day the last three days, as I seemed to have developed a head cold that rendered me completely unable to smell or breathe.  Well.  Sometimes I can breathe.  But its been tough.

Today I needed to grab an extra towel so I opened up his cupboard.

And found this.


What is that?

Bottles upon bottles upon bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel.  Not to mention soap.  Body and facial you know.



I was shocked at first, as my dear hubby is a devoted minimalist.  I mean, he has three drawers in his bathroom that have remained empty since we built our house in 2001. 



In a bathroom.

For 9 years.

But anyway, I saw there staring at the *thousands of bottles he had accumulated through his work travels, and was thinking to myself, why on earth?

*I might be exaggerating.  Its my first time though.  Really.

And then it dawned on me.

We, like so many, have had to make some cutbacks in our budget this year.  And with me doing 90% of the household spending,  most of the cutbacks and new budget restrictions have had an immediate and overwhelming impact on me.  Its been hard.

Totally unable to remove my eyes from the site before me, it dawned on me that  this my was dear husbands way of trying to help out. 

That he hadn't asked me to buy him soap or shampoo for a long time now.

This small gesture… this tiniest of efforts, meant the world to me today.

It sorta gave me me a renewed sense of hope that we are in this together and through God, can do anything we need to.

So thank you, sweet husband of mine, for all the little things you do.

I just hope he doesn't mind that I put them away a little differently. 😉


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  • BJ_Mama says:

    It’s the little things, isn’t it? WHat a GREAT HUBBY!

  • sue says:

    I travel for work a lot too, and bring home the extra shampoos, soaps, etc. I store them like you do!! LOL!

  • janmary, n ireland says:

    How sweet.
    My dh brings them back for my daughters!

  • bp says:

    I was going to say the same thing about the shelters, we get a lot of those at the center to give out to people.

  • Bethany says:

    Way to honor your hubby! And what lens did you use? I’ve saved enough to buy one and I can’t decide which I need. HELP!!!! (I have the standard Canon lens and a 70-300)

  • Anonymous says:

    Aww, how sweet! Hope you and your family are well and you have a wonderful year.

  • Carrie says:

    What a sweet guy…and so neat! I love it! Dan never has me buy shampoo either…but he doesn’t have much hair to wash, so it lasts forever! haha! What a great find! 😉

  • Carrie @ Martin Manor says:

    What a sweet guy…and so neat! I love it! Dan never has me buy shampoo either…but he doesn’t have much hair to wash, so it lasts forever! haha! What a great find! 😉

  • Kelly Burstow says:

    That is so sweet. Love it. And, oh, so neat. hehe

  • Anne McD says:

    isn’t it amazing how they can quietly do something small like this, and its such a big gesture of love? I don’t know about you, but if I had been collecting the bottles, I would have been announcing every morning, “Look! Look at what I’m doing!!!”

  • denise says:

    cool shot…love it! my husband is also a minimalist and would be happy to have many empty drawers (literally and symbolically) in our life…what a thoughtful gesture…

  • olivia says:

    awww…i like hearing about your husband. tell us more! he sounds like a great guy but too bad he has to be away so much. 🙁
    we still have our stash from our honeymoon stay at the bellagio hotel in las vegas from…TWO years ago. do those things expire?
    great job with the lighting and camera angles!

  • Andrea says:

    oh too sweet. as a single mom who’s solely responsible for the cost-saving measures in our house, i really appreciate him trying to do something, anything to help. i bear the burdens alone these days and it’s stuff like this that make me miss having a partner. remember these moments the next he leaves the toilet seat up or doesn’t get around to fixing something. value him!

  • Keri says:

    Oh my word – those neat little rows of travel toiletries look JUST like my husband’s bathroom cabinet! The first time I saw them I was mesmerized – I rarely go in that bathroom, and I really never have a need to open the cabinet, but when I did – I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of those perfect lines of matching products. No wonder he never needs me to buy him shampoo!! (Guess traveling for work has it’s perks.)

  • Bethany says:

    Aw how sweet of him! What a thoughtful thing to do to make life easier and cheaper for you all 🙂

  • Kate says:

    What a lovely husband you have. I hope you honour him.

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