The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Mat comes to my K-4 class once every week on Tuesdays and tells my four year olds a Bible story. They have lovingly named him Bro. Mat, and he has become quite the rock star among my kids. This Christmas, my co-teacher, Mrs. Mary, asked if we could use Mat as the main character for our annual Christmas Pageant. The thought of the hilarity of being able to put my husband on a stage with almost 65 preschoolers made my heart leap, so I had to say yes.

On Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, we had a production of the Christmas story. My nine kids in my class were the nativity characters. They all did so well. Mrs. Mary's class portrayed the animals, and the other classes had roles as well. Mat played the grandfather reading his grandchildren the Christmas story from the Bible.

The week's practice leading up to the play made me think we were headed straight for disaster, but they all did so well. Baby Jesus did fall out of the manger...naked, but my Colbe earnestly yelled for me during the middle of one of Mat's monologues, so we were able to get baby Jesus swaddled again and back into His manger. (Oh, and for the mothers in the crowd who are gasping now, baby Jesus was a doll, not a real baby.)

Anyway, it all went well. After the production we had our parties in our classrooms, and I got to mingle with some of my children's parents. It was a great day, and to top it off, Mat was a grandpa...how great is that?


Shamgar the Great

Exactly one week before we were married, Mat and I were driving down Government Street in Mobile. Of course, I couldn't wait any longer, and I finally begged him long enough to tell me what my wedding present was. Fifteen minutes later, we were parked in front of a bustling store on Airport Boulevard...PetsMart.

We went in, and I had to look at every living creature that had made the chaotic store its habitat. We finally made it back to the location of my much-anticipated gift: the kitty cat of my choice.

There were fat cats, skinny cats (the ones I felt most sorry for, naturally), grey cats, white cats, ugly cats and pretty cats. There was one Mat so lovingly named "Grey Malkin." I spotted the one I thought I wanted...want being the key word. We called the nice PetsMart worker over to us, and she unlocked the silver cage of this beautiful grey cat. Unfortunately, the cat wouldn't come to me as I tried so hard to coax it out of the back of the cage. Mat (trying to feel manly) attempted his own strategies of getting the evil feline out, but to no avail. The kitty was attached to the back of the cage, and it was not coming out any time soon. Moments later, the cat was still hissing and meowing like nothing I had ever heard.

We gave up.

Instead, I saw a cat in a cage sticking his adorable little paw out of the cage. The kitty came right out to us, purring every second we held him. He was the one.

We took him over to meet the Pressleys, and we decided we made a great choice for a new pet. We named him Shamgar, after the Biblical character. Shamgar in the Bible, specifically in Judges 3, defeated 600 Philistines with an oxgoad. Anyway, on the way home, we carried Sham in a coardboard box (which we had to PAY $8.00 for at PetsMart). About halfway home, he decided he was tired to the box, and his paw jolted out of the top of the box. I screamed and moved to the back of Mat's Calibur. The rest of the ride home was a long one.

Now, Sham is a great member of the family. He never stops meowing, and he lays on the circular rug in our hallway every single morning, waiting on Mat to come and wrestle with him. He loves the bathtub, and is currently loving the Christmas Tree as well. And I would tell you every day how much I love him, and even though Mat wouldn't tell you this, I'll let you in on a little secret-- Mat loves him, too.


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My name is Whitney, and this is my blog.

I am a pastor's wife, momma, daughter, grand-daughter, sister, cousin, daughter-in-law,
sister-in-law, aunt, and friend.

I live with my husband Mat, who is a pastor, my very best friend, and the love of my life.

We have one daughter, Amalou Watts Alexander, who was born on December 1, 2011. Ama-Watts is a blessing from above and our pride and joy. We cherish every single second with her.

We also have a son, Winford Paul, who was born on July 8, 2013. Ford is the caboose (right now!) of our family, and we couldn't imagine life without our smiley, easy going baby boy! He is an absolute treasure!!

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The most important thing you could know about me is that I am a sinner, saved by grace, and without Christ, I am nothing. But, because of Christ, I have been adopted into the family of God, and for that, I am so thankful.

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