a tribute to the author on her birthday

Hey y'all, this is Mat. I happen to be married to the author of this blog, and today is her birthday.

She is not one to talk about how awesome she is--and that happens to be one of her charms. Whitney is one of the most humble women I have ever met. She is a polymath, yet is extremely self-effacing when one tries to praise her for her abilities. Therefore, unbeknownst to her, I have decided to write a little tribute to her on her birthday. (If this posts to her Twitter account, it is not because she wanted everyone to see this post, but because she has the blogs set to automatically post to Twitter.)
Whitney has a wonderful sense of aesthetics that are windows into her understanding and love for the glory of God. From the way she dresses herself to the way she decorates our home, Whitney is able to make things look tasteful and beautiful. For that I am thankful, because I truly believe that God's order, majesty and beauty are reflected in the ways that we beautify the plots of the world He has given us stewardship over. This has most recently been revealed in the way she has decorated our unborn daughter's nursery. She did not require the most expensive things to put in there, but made the room beautiful with what we were generously given and what we can afford.
Whitney is loving and compassionate. Her love for animals is a window into her sweet and compassionate heart. She also has an unwavering love for her family. Furthermore, she already loves the daughter that we both longed and prayed for. She is a faithful and true friend to all those she loves and cares about. This is also a reflection of the work of God in her life. Her compassion and love stems from the love and compassion of our Father.
She does not realize this, but Whitney is also really funny. She cracks me up on a regular basis. In fact, she is just generally a joy to be around. She is fun and laid back, quick with opinions and a great conversationalist. Yet she is also able to be quiet and introspective (something I still find difficult to do!) when the time comes. She is wise and honest, yet always gracious with her most strongly held opinions and thoughts.
Yet she also has conviction and courage. She does not let others make her mind up for her when she believes in something. She is not afraid to stand on truth no matter who may stand against it.
If you read this blog, then know that you are reading the blog of a woman who has influenced me more than anyone else in the world. We have been some iteration of a couple for almost 4 years now, and they have been without a doubt the best of my life. Today, as Whitney celebrates her 25th birthday, I can honestly say that I can't wait for her 100th--and every day that lies in between. To my best friend, companion, sidekick, and wife: Happy Birthday! I love you!


  1. Aww! This brought tears to my eyes! You ARE married to a special woman Mat! Happy birthday Whitney, and Mat, you do nail her quite well in this blog, as you should! We love you both!

    Adina, Jeremy, Elijah, Merry, Micah and Jonathan

  2. Mat, you have an amazing wife. I so enjoyed seeing her last weekend. It meant a lot to get to shower her with some love. You are an awesome husband and a blessing to her as well! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WHITNEY! Much love from Alabama....

  3. Such a sweet post, Mat! As hard as it is to describe how fabulous Whitney is, I must say you did a pretty good job. Happy Birthday, Whitney! Excited for all of the new things this next year will bring!