Monday, November 12, 2007

Clothed with humility

Whew, what a week! I missed you all!

We had a nice visit with Dennis's parents (and yes, the fudge turned out incredible, thank you!).

It was a crazy week, but I just have to brag on my hubby for a moment here. First of all, he started a new job on Monday, so right off the bat he was feeling extra stress. Then, his parents were here, which was a blessing, but he couldn't take off work like he usually does to spend time with them, which I know was very hard for him. On top of that, it was a crazy sports week. He managed to make it to a softball game, football game, and a volleyball tournament.

Through all that he had such a great attitude. He called to check on me, answered my phone calls, and took what time he had to love on his mama.

On Friday, our mailbox fell over. The base had rusted, and it broke completely off, falling pitifully prostrate into the street. So Saturday, in between volleyball tournament games, he got the supplies he needed to replace the post. "I don't want to leave you next week without a mailbox," he said graciously, not even hinting to his knowledge that my love-language is "acts of service," and that I find him irresistibly attractive when he does nice things for me. He worked on that thing until well after dark, and finally got it done.

About the time he finished the mailbox (just in time to prepare his Sunday school lesson) the shocking horror hit us both: working on the mailbox had taken so much time, we had completely forgotten to get his dry cleaning. Not such a big deal, except that at the cleaners were ALL of his rather slim selection of work clothes, including his favorite clothes. The clothes he was planning on taking to a professional conference Sunday afternoon. A conference at which he was a speaker!


Now, if that had been MY clothes at the now-closed-for-the-weekend cleaners (knowing my shopping incapacity), I'm not so sure things wouldn't have been a bit dicey around here - maybe even panic-stricken - at the thought of trying to come up with something to wear (from nothing) on a few hours' notice. Amazingly, however, Dennis was VERY cool about it, and did not offer one moment of blame or resentment.

So Sunday after church, instead of relaxing before his trip, Dennis went shopping. I was home with the kids and called to check on him. "I'm at Sam's Club," he said.

Sam's Club? I thought. You are kidding, right? Hundreds of people are going to see my husband at this conference, and he'll be wearing Sam's pants?

"Why don't you just go to the mall?" I offered. "You need to look nice for this conference."

Then the line that proves he is (a) a man, (b) confident in his manhood, and (c) EVEN tighter than I am:

"Nah. Too many choices. I already got my shirts at Target. Besides, I still have all my clothes at the cleaners. It's just one conference." At which point he broke out in a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday to Me," obviously thrilled with his extravagant purchase of two pairs of pants and two shirts.

He brought home his finds, and I was impressed at what a good job he did. And when I talked with him today, he said things went well at the conference. Seems nobody shunned him, even dressed in his Sam's pants and Target shirts, purchased under extreme duress.

Man, I love that guy.
Clothe yourselves with humility.
1 Peter 5:5


Julie said...

I love me a man who doesn't sweat the small stuff. How great. I'm impressed he fixes things too. You better hang on tight to your sweet man. Not to many like him out there. (Except mine of course)

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

That is hilarious...I had no idea you were shopping challenged! Three cheers for any man who can take care of an errand like that on his own. He has earned his stripes!

Jen said...

As much as I love Scott he could have never done it by himself. He would have fell apart....good for Dennis. I'm glad you had a nice visit with the in laws.

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

That's so sweet. What a guy!

Andrea said...

You got a good one, Kath. :) He sounds like my husband.
Great story.
Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

HA! I am laughing because my hubby buys his clothes at Sam's too! His job is going well, so either no one knows or no one cares that he bought his dress shirt for $4 off a table! :)

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

So glad you're back! I was just thinking of sending out a search party. :>)

Sounds like your Dennis is quite a catch! How we react under stress is such a test of our character, isn't it?

And did I mention that I'm glad you're back?

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

That's a great guy you've got there! Happy to see you back.

Dimple Queen said...

Glad you're back too! My man is the shopper in the house too! I usually let him pick out my clothes as well! I am SHOPPING CHALLENGED!!!! Anyway, he is usually a "Mall" shopper himself, but this summer right before one of his MANY camps, he needed some new shirts and shorts. He set out on his own one day and came home with bags from Walmart and Academy!!! I just about fell over! I could see Academy, but WALMART! I've bought clothes there for years, but I would have NEVER even dared to buy him anything there in the clothing department. But he did and he was happy about his purchases!!! I immediately called my mother and she almost passed out...she and I are garage sale, consignment shop, Walmart, and Target shoppers and never thought this day would come!! It was great!

Jill said...

This seemed like a scene from our lives! More often or not this is how life goes around here. I am glad to see that we are not the only ones. I agree on how nice it is to have a man that really just rolls with the punches...It's a good thing since I don't so well.

Susanne said...

Wow, I'm impressed. It would have been me running around shopping to pick up the things hubby needed.

Elspeth said...

Welcome back! And great husbands are one of the many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. A toast to good husbands and the in-laws who raised them!

Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

Man, have I missed your posts! More than you know! Welcome back!

And I'm glad to hear that you hubby had such a successful business trip. Hope this week is as uneventful as possible.

Etta said...

Wow. I'm impressed. My hubby is wary of anything that doesn't have a polo player on it. Of course, he will buy the shirts with the little horses at SAM's if they happen to have them.

Brenda said...

Oh it would have been the biggest horror if it had been me! But my husband was asked recently to do a funeral (that was a first!) on Sunday and he was asked on Friday night. He owns no suits anymore.

One shopping trip and we were done. Amazing.

Kat said...

Wow! What a trooper. He really is a keeper, huh?