get excited...MSH posts!

I'm so sorry I have not been blogging as much as I would like to lately. I've been overloaded with reading, classes, work at Loft, and Mid-terms. Nights have not been pretty around here.

With that being said, I would like to make it pretty here...on my blog. So, I've decided to let My Sweet, Sweet Husband (MSH) answer some questions so you can get to know him. After all, you hear from me all the time, and I think it's time you get to know my husband, my leader, my confidant, my companion, and my best friend, Mathew Christopher Alexander.

1. How old are you?

As I am typing this, I am 23 years old. However, I turn 24 on November 6.

2. Summarize the story of when you met Whitney, and how you asked her out, dated her, proposed to her, and married her.

I have some pretty early memories of Whitney from being in the youth group together at FBC Boaz, then we providentially ran into each other while working camp a few times. We officially "re-met" (our preferred nomenclature) during Thanksgiving break of 2007 at JaMoka's Coffee Co. in Boaz, AL. Once again, clearly by the providence of God, Whit came to the coffee shop that night (it was out of her way), and even more serendipitous was that she even came in. However, a mutual friend (Chris Evelsizer, to whom I am forever indebted and thankful) called her as she was going through the drive-thru. She came in, we struck up a conversation, talked for an hour. After she left I sent her a text message which included some smoooooove lines: "It was good seeing you tonight. We should do it on purpose sometime." After that, I went home and talked to my dad about seeing her. I said, "Dad I am not sure why I never asked Whitney Walker out on a date." He proceeded to berate me for days over why I was such a chicken.
I went back to Mobile, and contacted Whitney every day until Christmas break, when we went on our first date. (December 21, PF Chang's, Birmingham) I told her I wanted her to be my girlfriend that night, and I asked her to marry me on March 31, 2008. We were married on August 30, 2008. To this day an infamous Clint Pressley-ism, "The Steamroll," is applied to our pre-marriage relationship. (Whitney even bought me a toy steamroller!) In reality, she steamrolled me! I could not leave the woman alone! I was smitten, and it was quite obvious to all who knew me. I still cannot believe she married me. Once again, this is chalked up to God's providential grace.

3. Why does your name only have 1 "t"?

My paternal grandfather, Winford Alexander, died when my dad was 8 years old. My grandmother later remarried to a man named Gaines Mathews. My name is Mathew in honor of them. (Whitney and I, God willing, will have a son named Winford "Ford" Alexander.)
*For the haters out there, Mathew is a time-honored name, as exemplified by Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.

4. What are you three most favorite books?

Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Future Grace by John Piper
Everything I have ever read by Carl Henry

[I love fiction too! Especially dystopian novels (i.e., Bradbury, Orwell, Huxley), Flannery O'Connor, Faulkner, Percy, etc.]

These books have shaped my sanctification and Christian mind more than any others.
(Favorite, in this context has amounted to the most influential, Christian, non-fiction books I have read.)

5. What do you like most that Whitney cooks?

Taco Soup, Chocolate Chip Cookies, White Chocolate Pound Cake, Roast and Mashed Potatoes, etc. Whitney maintains a varied menu, so I just really love her cooking in general. Her commitment to that means the world to me.

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

The Gulf Coast of Alabama: preferably in a historical home in Mobile, or in Fairhope or Magnolia Springs.

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Married to a wonderful wife, raising a houseful of children to be godly men and women, and serving the Lord as faithfully as possible in whatever capacity He sees fit. I love the local church, and I love the mission of Christian higher education; therefore, I can see myself in either of those contexts serving the Lord as a very happy man.

8. What is your fondest memory?

In all honesty, my wedding day was fantastic because it was such a collision of so many aspects of our lives, which eventually faded into a fantastic honeymoon, celebrating God's act in forming a new family. It is a fascinating thing, and it has radically changed my life for the (much) better.

9. Who do you consider to be your hero?

My Dad has always been, and by God's grace will always be my hero. He has had an incalculable influence on my life. He is a very busy man, but has never used that as an excuse to neglect his family. He also taught me to be funny. And opinonated.
Also, two other men have had a huge impact on my life. My youth minister Kevin Wilburn continues to be a steady voice and awesome example to me.
Also, my pastor Clint Pressley is one of my closest friends, and has taught me so much about what it means to honor Christ with my life. He has taken more chances with me than what most would consider reasonable, which I will always be grateful for.

Also, from afar, the thought and lives of Dr. Albert Mohler and Dr. Russell Moore have influenced my greatly. Before my conversion I attended a conference here at Southern where they both preached. I have oftened listened to all of their sermons from that weekend again, just to be reminded of how God used that weekend in my life. From that point forward I had a great respect and admiration for both of them.

10. What is your biggest problem you are facing right now in your life?

All of my problems stem from my idolatrous and wicked heart, so pride and anger rear their ugly heads quite often. Also, I struggle to make the most of my time with a pretty busy schedule, which boils back down to what my heart is worshipping. When I worship Mat, my time is about me. When Christ is in His rightful place in my heart I seek to use my time for His glory. Simple enough on a questionnaire, but not so easy in practice.

11. What is one quick, funny story about your high school years?

I was around some of the funniest people I have ever met during my high school years, which makes this tough. One of my favorite things was seceding from the junior class because our homecoming float idea, "Send a Horde of Ninjas to the Aggies" was unfairly rejected. The Junior Class Confederacy, amongst many other antics, built its own float in my dad's barn. The homecoming parade was canceled due to weather that year, but the skies were blue come parade time.

12. Describe yourself in three words.

Alpha-Male, Jackhammer, Insatiable

13. Whitney says you have funny quirks. What are some of them?

I am really funny about clothes. By funny I mean picky.
I am very odd when it comes to the television I watch. I love infomercials, and I hate the news.

I have a very strange, complex sense of humor. I usually have three or four layers to peel back before a joke makes sense.
I am really bad at whistling, riding bikes (however, contrary to popular belief, I am able to ride one), tying shoelaces, multiplication tables, and any other basic, rudimentary skill that everyone should have.
I get extraordinarily nervous before I preach to the tune of an upset stomach.
I drive slow in town because I enjoy a leisurely drive.

14. Give a bit of advice to women who are married.

Read Elisabeth Elliot's "Let me be a Woman" (I have never read it, but Whitney has and everything she has told me about it is awesome) and heed the admonition of Scripture instead of the feminist spirit of the age. When you honor and respect your husband, it is because you are honoring and respecting Christ. (Ephesians 5)

15. Tell us something about something that we have not already asked you about.

My favorite bands include, but are certainly not limited to: Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, DMB, My Morning Jacket, and Yonder Mountain String Band. However, I have been listening to the Allman Brothers while completing this survey.

I miss the people and staff of Dauphin Way Baptist Church, Moe's BBQ, seafood, and the old Southern feel of Mobile the most.

I am interested in the Civil War, History, Philosophy, and Literature.

I am a graduate of the University of Mobile, an M.Div student at the Southern Baptist Theological seminary, an intern in Dr. Mohler's office, a sales associate at Brooks Brothers, and attend Highview Baptist Church, where we have an awesome Sunday school class, Kingdom First.

Let me also say that I miss my family greatly. I have already mentioned my dad, but I also have a faithful mom who has prayed for me incessantly for my entire life. I also have two beautiful sisters who I know love me greatly, one of whom is married to my fantastic brother-in-law, and mother to my two bright, funny nephews. I also miss my mother-in-law, who dispels all mother-in-law horror stories in the greatest way possible.


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