My Incredible Shrinking Pantry

After 33 years of marriage, I should know better by now.

I have this habit of giving my husband Rick helpful little hints.

“You forgot to…”

“Why don’t you…?”

“That would look a whole lot better if you’d just…”

A few weeks ago he said, “I think I’ll shrink the pantry and buy a counter-depth refrigerator. It’ll give us more space in the kitchen.”

“You can’t shrink a pantry. That’s impossible.”

“It’s doable. Trust me, Julie.”

Here’s how it looked a few days ago. Full of tools and sawdust. I doubted it would work and asked lots of questions.


The new refrigerator came last week and Rick finished the pantry Saturday. Don’t you love it! He also added a new florescent light on the inside so now I can see my spices.

Marveling over our extra kitchen space I thought I really should nag less and praise more.

He wasn’t too thrilled with me taking a picture of him in his jammies cooking breakfast Saturday morning, but isn’t this the stuff real love is made of?

The quiet faithful deeds I tend to overlook.

After he cooked bacon and eggs, he fixed my coffee and my broken reading glasses.

I have an incredible new pantry, and I’ve always had an incredible husband. I’m going to tell him more often. And work hard at nagging less.

I thank my God every time I remember you.” Phil 1:3 (NIV)




  1. grinning from ear to ear! Love love love that husband of yours! And thank you for the pic of him cooking breakfast, it made me tear up. Tell Ricky, I’m showing his BFF this post! xoxoxo

  2. Aww…how sweet! What a precious man! You and I are so blessed, aren’t we? 🙂

  3. How cool! At first, I though how could you give up pantry space???!!! But I guess you much have had more than I do. LOL And if you hadn’t told us those were his jammies, I never would have known. LOL Beautiful job and I’ll bet you’re loving the extra fridge. 🙂

    • It’s several inches more narrow. He somehow took the door off and made the shelves thinner–if that makes sense. Can’t wait to see you today!!

  4. What a pretty blue mug for your coffee. What a handsome man for your husband. What a blessed girl you truly are. Thanks for sharing how to look for the good. I have to zip my lip lots of times and let things happen before I comment. More often than not, it turns out really sweet!
    Much hugs and love,

  5. Good words, B.J. Thanks my friend. Love you!

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