Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:7)
Scripture is clear that we should HONOR our parents.
Well, while we want things to "go well with us" and we need to give "honor to whom is owed," we want to recall God's goodness, faithfulness, grace, and abundant provision to us through Carolyn Whitney, our Mom.
What can be said to convey how amazing the Lord God is by allowing us to have Mom as Mom. And we're not talking about the things she gives us (although always exceedingly generous). We're talking about deeper, way more meaningful things.
Mom prays for us more than we do and is a source of constant encouragement in our walk of faith.
Mom cares for us by asking us about our lives and having an understanding and gentle heart in listening to our struggles and giving helpful advice.
Mom watches the whitney kiddos and saves us from losing our minds. She even takes them home with her and allows us time to do projects like buying a new house and getting it ready for moving into.
Mom clips us coupons for restaurants then pays for us to go to them! She blesses us with "big" and "little" things that we don't usually have to have but sure make life easier.
Mom teaches us about the love of Christ by modeling it every day!!!
Mom, we want to honor you on your birthday, but we're a day late. So if you don't mind, please change your birthday to June 23rd. Seriously, please forgive us for being forgetful and being too busy with things that don't matter. God cares about relationships and our relationship with you is worth more than most of the things we fill our days with. You are one of our heroes and we are so grateful to God that your are our Mom/Grammy (on behalf of kiddos).
Much love from all of us,
William & Kia
Joshua, Saraina, Kadin