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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  • Jessica says:

    Hahahah – I would be shocked to see anything in my husbands bathroom that way. Yes, he has a bathroom, and no, it is not organized at all! I’m so impressed with how he had those lined up!

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Oh!  I took them out of the cupboard to take the picture… although he did have them somewhat organized, this was for picture purposes only. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • ElizaBeth says:

    How sweet of him! I can’t imagine that you’d put them away like that ;)! If there comes a time that these little soaps and such are not useful to you- many homeless and women’s shelters make use of them too.

  • Traci says:

    Oh I can so relate! (My hubby doesn’t even travel much!) But we have the same kind of set up and I too, recently went in for something and saw his mini stash. I admit, my first response wasn’t yours. It wasn’t terrible, but I felt like he thought we are poor, which, my pride had a problem with (long history). Thank you for posting about this because now I know how I SHOULD have seen this. I know a man who’s gonna get a big hug when he gets home!

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    What a fantastic suggestion ElizaBeth!!  Thank you!

  • Sal B says:

    How sweet! Oh my goodness. It really is the simple things in life that make us happy and want to SING! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think sometimes our hubbies think they have to do extravagant things, but really something little like this has “i love you” written all over it. I hope you feel better soon!

  • jenney says:

    My dad could tell you exactly WHICH hotel your hubby stayed at. He use to (until last spring) be out of town at least 4 nights a week. I recognize your stash as some he gave me to keep on hand when company comes!

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    That is awesome. What a collection he has going there. I think he may stay clean until 2012.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    That is awesome. What a collection he has going there. I think he may stay clean until 2012.

  • Michelle says:

    Aww, what an awesome hubby you have. And what a great wife you are for recognizing him!

  • Sarah says:

    Those are the romantic gestures that mean more than flowers. Well I think so anyway xxxx

  • Ruth says:

    Ohhhh, I hope your husband isn’t all anal about his organization or you’re in trouble!
    That’s cool though. I understand pinching pennies and that would a an easy way to do it.

  • gianna says:

    that’s awesome! way to take a minute and think about your husband and love him even more! i LOVE it when that happens. Oh, no! i gotta go. i hear disaster happening in the girls’ room! AAAHHHH! That was a thunk! and another. i gotta! i’ll see ya! ahhhh, another!

  • Kate says:

    Bless his heart. I love that he did this and that you bragged about him today ๐Ÿ™‚ Way to lift up and honour your husband!

  • Christina says:

    Awww this is a very sweet post. I completely understand, it IS the little things that our husbands do that mean a whole lot.
    Man oh man do we understand a tight budget. But God always is faithful.
    Such a sweet husband you have.
    God Bless you and Your family!

  • Tina Fisher says:

    He’s a great hubby….he actually lines them up like that or did you perhaps put those pictures in the wrong order?
    Either way which ever I love it!
    God’s blessings to you and your family.

  • Kristin says:

    So sweet. Doesn’t it mean so much more that he did it without mentioning it, too? You know, just did because it would help out, not because he wanted the praise?

  • Cop Mama says:

    Ha, that’s so cool! What a sweet hubby.
    By the way, awesome pics! You are so creative. I like the different angles and then at the end, all mixed up. Seriously, you have a talent! You’re gonna rock at your class! Or did u go already, I can’t remember?

  • darcie says:

    What a sweetie! It’s amazing how just how far one of those little bottles will go!
    How cute of your hubs!! And GREAT photography too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ginger says:

    Oh Amanda, what a huge and beautiful expression of LOVE!!!!

  • Christy says:

    That’s so sweet that he’s doing that and that he doesn’t even mention it, just humbly is doing it!!
    We have BOXES of hotel soaps and shampoo’s because of one kind church that sent Chad care packages while deployed and that’s what they sent him! The smell of those boxes are insanely overwhelming (there’s various scents of soaps), I told him to keep them boxed up and when he deploys he can take them with him and hand them out either to fellow soldiers or the Afagns (since that’s most likely where he’ll deploy to next).

  • Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    Gotta love a guy who helps out ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s LOVE!

  • Laura says:

    So your saying I need to go on vacations more often and take the little bottles they leave. Going to tell hubby now… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tracie says:

    I take the soap, shampoo, etc. home whenever we travel. We use some, but they are also good for when we camp, so we can pack as little as possible.
    There is a commercial for (no clue what) but they are talking about saving money, and the woman says she hasn’t bought shampoo in three years because she saves the hotel stuff.

  • Katie says:

    I’m guessing the last picture represents how you found them, right?
    That’s ao thoughtful but I’m sorry he has to be gone so much in order to have collected that much of a stash. That would be a bummer.