Wednesday

Meet Whitney



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I'm nauseous-literally nauseous. How do I introduce myself? Seriously. What would you really want to know about me? What could I write that wouldn't sound fake and fluffy or so self-depricating that it appears I'm soliciting approval. You know what I mean. It's like a gal who is a size minus four saying she hates her thighs. Sure she may feel that way, but who really wants to hear about that?

I'm a wife and mommy-in-the-trenches. I love deep conversations. I kind of stink at small talk. I don't particularly like other people's children. I eat ice like an addict. Without the extreme attention, I have a uni-brow. I'm sexy like that.

I like to think that above all else I am genuine-genuinely Whitney. So, as best I can tell, this is me. I am a follower after Christ. Loving God has always come easily for me. I fell in love with God because my earthly Dad is simply amazing. I can honestly say that my early inclinations towards God were that if He loves me like my Daddy does, I'll love him forever. How ridiculously blessed am I? Loving God is easy; submitting to God isn't. However, for the most part I have mostly good days in my journey of faith, but that's only because I don't like to think about, admit or confess lingering, long-held, too-often repeated sins. I'm working on that. Genuinely.

I am a good wife, but that's only because I'm the only wife my husband ("the CEO") has ever had, and well, he doesn't know any better. I'm learning that my primary call in life is to promote, encourage and serve him, and that this is serving Christ. God has shown me quite clearly and painfully that I lived the first six or so years of my marriage thinking he was lucky to have me. Man those first years are hard! I'm not proud of that, but it's true. Every argument, every assertion that I was more forgiving, less stubborn, more flexible were my veiled attempts at saying "you have no idea how good you have it mister." I will live the next sixty years with this amazing man (God willing) trying to make up for my prideful, hard heart. I am the lucky one. Genuinely.



I am a fabulous mom, but only because my boys are two, four, six and eight. Not only are they too young to refute my rock star status as a mom, but also they are too young to embarrass me in ways that state the obvious-I'm making this up as I go. I figure I have a little while longer to live in denial at least until the two year-old says something horrifying in public. Then I'll be outed. I'm not naturally gifted to be a Mom. I really do have to work at it. This kind of makes me secretly hate all my best friends. I try to focus on just one thing for a period of time in hopes of eventually mastering other Mommy aptitudes. Right now I'm trying to teach (and show, which consequently is harder than teaching) that in our house Daddy is most important and valued. I tell them that we all, including Mommy love and obey Daddy. God is first and Daddy is second. Check back often to see how I'm progressing. I figure I'll move on to other Mommy aptitudes about the time my boys head to college-maybe.





For the other particulars, I am a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministry Team. God made me to build the Kingdom by mothering four boys first, and encouraging women through the teaching of His Word, second. I love both! His dreams were WAY better than mine. I had hoped to be the sideline chick on ESPN for college football. Erin Andrews stole my life. Yeah, this is so much better. It's a great feeling to wake up and realize you have the life you never dreamt of having...




12 comments:

Amy Carroll said...

Whitney,
I've been waiting for a devo from you, because I knew it would be great. I love your gorgeous blog, too! I'm so excited about your membership on our team!!

Amy

Vern said...

Awww...I love the family pictures and your sweet details about your precious parents!

I was doing an event the other day and thought of you when I was FREEEZING!! Wish there was a hand dryer near by!!

Hugs,
Vern

tiggerdaisy said...

Hi there! I popped over from the P31 devo. Your site is beautiful and I think I'm going to like your quirkiness (yes, that is a compliment)! :)

Prayers and blessings,
Rebecca

Anna said...

Just wait until your son pulls down his pants in the middle of the park to go potty in front of no less than a hundred people. We've had 3 such occurrences! Potty training in the back yard seems a great idea until you come up against trying to explain why the playground at the park is NOT a good place to "go" to a 3 year old. A word from the wise, have a game plan when you enter any public place! Those little guys don't need words to completely embarrass you! Believe me!

fivedesigns said...

praise God!
I read your post on "Encouragement for today" Never to give up because God will always provide...I felt like doing that today but I am not because He who dwells in the most high will provide and rescue me from fear..
Amen

love donna

Anonymous said...

I am a mother of four girls and I love your page! I have a little advice from an "experienced" mom. Don't lose yourself and your identity in serving a house full of boys. You are an equal partner with your husband and taking care of yourself should be one of your top priorities. Watch out that you don't get resentful because your own needs aren't being met. I admire my mom because she always did the things that made her truly happy while serving God with all of her heart, soul and mind!
Thanks for your transparency and beautiful servant heart! You have inspired me this morning!
Julie
daizymaizy.com

Anonymous said...

I loved your devotional today at P31 about the clutter in our homes and our hearts. I will think back on it when my own internal clutter crowds out the better things I could be thinking about. Philippians 4:8-9, one of my all time favorites, is also helpful when trying to rid ourselves of the junk. Love your blog - beautiful to look at and beautiful to read. Good luck with #3.
Michelle

lisasmith said...

you just keep getting cuter and cuter. the more i read, the more i like!! love to you, new friend!
lisa xoxo

Anonymous said...

Whitney, with respect, I feel like you devalue yourself and your equality/contributions to your family and husband by stating that all is done in your house in favor of your husband. In my family it is evident that my husband and I are equal partners in our journey and respect each other wholy in that partnership. We demonstrate that to our kids and I feel as if you are belittling the role a woman plays in her family. Does your husband value you the way you do him? And is that respect toward their mother demonstrated?

AliaK said...

Thank you for your devotional today! I have 3 boys ages 7, 2, and 1 and it was definitely what I needed to read!

Sue Detweiler said...

Enjoy this season when your kids are young and you ARE the rock star mom!

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