Sunday, May 13, 2018


Mom is just a three letter word, but it means the world to me...
 This Mother’s Day I am feeling even more grateful for my wonderful mother! 

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, loving family and at the very center of that is mom! She leads by example, is compassionate and caring and would give anything for us! I seriously don’t know how she has done it all these years. Next week my brother will graduate high school- meaning my parents have had kids in the house for almost three decades on end! Moms commitment to daddy, all of us kids and the church is so impressive - and one day (very soon!!) 
I hope I can be half as amazing as she is! 
I am so close to my mom- we literally have been inseparable since day one. She taught me to love music and how to be the best cheerleader and dancer around, taught me from a young age how to host the best parties and get togethers, grounded me with lots of home town pride, and most importantly challenged me to be the best Whitney I could! The endless sleepovers, pool parties and shenanigans she supported and made happen are too numbered to count. She made our house and backyard the place to be, and I hope I can do the same for our kids! 

In some ways we are identical but it many we are so different. Mom is super laid back (I wish I would have gotten that!) and also reminds me that all the things in life don’t matter. I love our time together in the kitchen, planning our next event, decorating and shopping, and grabbing iced teas together from Dunkin! A zillion things have changed over the years, but my love for mom has never wavered. 
 My best day ever
We have lots of memories behind this picture//it was the night of my wedding rehearsal dinner and I had just gotten out of the hospital hours earlier. Mom put me together, and we made it! 

Tyler and I are both blessed to be raised my amazing families with strong mothers, and loving grandmothers! I have a wonderful mother-in-law who loves me like I am her own, and I was able to add in some fabulous grandparents as well when I took my new last name! People always say a guy marries someone who reminds him of his mother, and if that’s the case I consider that an honor! My MIL is the sweetest, she is tiny and cute but loves big. She is always so inviting, loves to chat and loves spending time with both me and Tyler! I’m so thankful to have Lisa in my life. 
Same night with my future SIL and MIL!
My sweet grandmothers have also been an instrumental roll in my life! 

Grandma Peggy is one of the strongest women I know. Her love for her family, church and her community are so obvious. She loves big and I am so glad to be one of the grandkid dozen! A get together at Pegs House means we’re probably making the front page of the Clay County Courier - and I wouldn’t change that for the world! 
told you we know how to celebrate! 

My Nanny is now just a walk down the street from my parents house instead of living in West Texas like she did when I was a little girl. My Nan loves us so much and taught me from a young age it’s totally fine to be fancy!! She loves shop with me, talk in the kitchen and treats us to the best Sunday lunch (she bakes the best strawberry pie) I am so lucky to have my Nan so close! 
 Me with my fabulous Nan

This Mother’s Day will be my last flying solo- hopefully by this time next year we will be holding sweet baby Barnett! I am truly honored to have been given the roll as mom, and my prayer each day is that I can use the wonderful examples set before me to “mom” to the best of my abilities. 
Thank you again to my momma, and to all the wonderful mothers in my life! 

Ps. up writing this at 3am now 4am because apparently baby Barnett doesn’t know it’s Mother’s Day and isn’t grateful I’m his/her momma yet! 

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