Who is Whitney?
I’m Whitney, a mom blogger, the mother of a fabulous 9-year-old, adventurous 7-year-old, animated 6-year-old, spicy 4-year-old, and wife to my husband of 16 years. Our family packed up our house in North Carolina in the Spring of 2016 and moved across the country to Denver, Colorado. While I never thought we would ever move West, we love it.
When I'm not chasing kids or cleaning up messes, I love to create. Although the clean up isn't my favorite.
My favorite vacation spot is Walt Disney World because they make figuring out meals with food allergies so easy! I'm all for some pumpkin spice lattes and gluten-free pumpkin bread. I can't drink black coffee preferring it with cream and sugar instead. And, if I'm completely honest, you'll usually find me in jeans, a t-shirt, and TOMS. Yes, TOMS even in the Colorado snow. Thankfully, Stitch Fix is helping me get out of that “mommy rut.”
Believe it or not, even though we have four kids, we struggled with infertility for seven years. It was hard. The emotional rollercoaster every single month was tiring. It can take its toll on both you and your marriage. But we knew that God was sovereign and that even if His plan didn't look like ours, it would be good. That's a hard lesson to learn sometimes. I have shared some of our infertility journey on Beauty in the Mess, and you can read more in (affiliate link) my book, so I won't bore you with the details. I've also written a general post about infertility and the reality of secondary infertility because that's a real thing and there are many people who are hurting silently because no one seems to understand or want to listen. You probably know someone who is struggling or struggled with infertility, you just might not have known it. Infertility is lonely. That's why we need to talk about it more.
As of 2016, I can call myself a half-marathoner. I set a goal to run a half-marathon, and I reached that goal. As a mom of four littles, training was not an easy task, but I made it work. In 2017, I added several more medals to that one. I ran in the runDisney Princess Half Marathon in February 2017, and ran in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May 2017, which earned me the coveted PINK Coast to Coast Medal!! It's a good thing too because there are no races in Disneyland in 2018.
I didn't spend today with my family. I wasn't treated to breakfast in bed, flowers, or cards. Instead, I woke up at 3 am alone and prepared to run 13.1 miles to complete a dream goal. A dream goal I thought was unattainable. A dream goal that would require sacrifice from not only me but my family as well. Today, my dream goal became a reality. It was hard fought. At mile five my foot landed funny on a manhole and turned with sounds of pops and cracks. But I pressed on (it's not swollen, by the way. It's fine.). Then later, my feet and calves cramped up. Of course the one time I forget to bring a mustard packet. The runner community is an amazing one though. A call was put out for salt, and someone came to my aid with a salt packet, while we continued moving forward. Powerade became my drink with a little water to replace what my body had lost. What started out with ease became a battle, but a battle that would be won. Not only did I run this race to achieve my dream goal, I ran it to support Make-a-Wish Foundation through the WDW Radio Running Team. I also ran the Princess Half in February and the Tinkerbell Half today to show my kids that dreams are possible. They may be hard fought and require sacrifice, but those unattainable dreams are attainable. Dream Big. Dreams are possible.
The Beauty in the Mess Family
Life is never dull with four kids and a dog. Our family is loud, loving, and spicy. We love adventure, spending time together, and add a bit of laughter and mess everywhere we go.
Not sure where we will land, we are living the Apartment Life. In order to make that a reality, we had to downsize, a lot. I love to share our downsizing story and the surprise emotion I didn't expect to surface. For a family of six and a large breed dog to live in an apartment comes with a lot of creative organizational solutions. There just isn't enough room for everything.
Holidays and birthdays are always an adventure. We think our kids need stuff, but is that really what will make them happy? Let's come up with creative solutions to celebrate our children without more toys to clutter our living spaces.
Small space living also means that my office is in the living room which is also kind of the dining room. There is also room sharing as our oldest and youngest share space, as do our boys.
It is our dream to one day take a road trip to visit places like the Grand Canyon, the Redwood Forest in California, Yellowstone National Park, and so many other amazing places on the West Coast. If you would like to sponsor a road trip, email me at email@example.com and we can talk about details.
Our unique situation leaves us flexible and allows us to think outside the box.
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