Meet Jeanie Whinghter

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Hi there! I’m Jeanie Whinghter (wing-tur). I’m a I/O Psychology professional transplanted to Memphis, where my husband, Matt, and I have lived for ten years – the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere! I grew up moving around quite a bit, with North Carolina as what I most consider “home.” I met Matt in Clemson, South Carolina and dragged him with me to Ohio as I pursued my PhD. Memphis was supposed to be a “short” stop in my corporate career, but after job changes and too many attempts to move than I can count, we got “stuck” here. Now we (gasp) don’t want to leave.

We just can’t quit you, Memphis!

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A bit about me: I am a coffee-loving mom of three little gingers, ranging in age from 2 to 8. Most people think we have a pretty foxy milkman, because neither my husband nor I have naturally red hair. As you can imagine, this gets us tons of random conversations from strangers. Although I often feel inept at the hugeness of this parenting gig, I am grateful for every day. Even the days when I think I might lose my mind or pride. {Just kidding – both have been gone for a long time}

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You see, my kids remind me of why I love my beautifully chaotic life. My older two (Wayland and Bella) were my grounding forces when I went through cancer a few years ago, and my youngest (AnnaClaire) is my little miracle post-cancer-baby I thought might never exist. Thanks to early detection, my cancer experience was a relatively small roller coaster, but it still shifted my perspective in the best possible way. It presented me with an opportunity to focus on the really, really important things – my family and my faith. So, if you really want to know what makes me tick, that’s it.

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Not surprisingly, I have evolved into “That Mom” – y’know, the one I swore I’d never be, because I was going to “stay cool”. The funny thing is that I feel more cool and more content, now that I’m officially NOT cool anymore. Perhaps it’s less pressure. Perhaps it is tip toeing toward the big 4-0. Whatever it is, here’s the Top 5 on what it looks like in my world:

1. I drive a minivan. And I’m obsessed with it. Seeing a commercial for the newest minivan makes my heart pitter patter like a fancy romantic Valentine. Although my dancing skills are questionable at best, I have perfected the art of car dancing (AKA: child embarrassment). It’s arguably my most underappreciated talent.
2. I don’t own bikinis anymore. This is partly due to the magnificent figure changes brought by pregnancy (shout out to my offspring!) and partly because my children find humor in inappropriate displays of nudity. After extended breastfeeding with each of my sweet children, I don’t think Memphis can handle any more sneak peeks of my private areas.
3. I homeschool my kids. That totally wasn’t in “The Plan.” Never, ever EVER. Although I teach graduate school online for my “real job,” the thought of teaching my own kids left me completely overwhelmed. I’m humbled and grateful for the inspiring and encouraging network of homeschool mamas in Memphis. They’re truly one of this town’s best treasures.
4. I’m pretty awesome at pep talks. If you get a bad haircut, lose your job or feel “touched out” today, I’m the lady that will make you feel #Amazing, #Blessed, and #Fierce. Being a high school cheerleader totally comes in handy as a parent. My kids don’t appreciate this just yet, but when puberty happens, I’m positive hopeful they will realize what a gift this is.
5. I’m a work in progress, constantly striving to be less frumpy and cook better. That said, you’ll usually find me in yoga pants making PB&J’s for my kids (sorry, Pinterest). I know the fine art of getting ready to leave the house in 5 minutes, thanks to tinted moisturizer, dry shampoo and eyelash curling, but I’m still working on my culinary skills. If you’re fine dining at my house, you’ll probably be getting take-n-bake pizza. Trust me, you’ll be thankful for that.

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I’m perfectly imperfect, with more Pinterest fails than I can count, and I can’t wait to share the good, bad and ugly with y’all!

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Jeanie is a perfectly imperfect mama, transplanted to Cordova fresh out of graduate school. She and her husband, Matt, had no intent on making Memphis “home” – but ten years later, they’re still here (and love it!). They have three saucy gingers, along with three “fur babies”. Between homeschooling and chairing graduate Psychology departments online, life is never boring in the Whinghter house. It’s no surprise that Jeanie fancies coffee, but she also loves bargain shopping and embarrassing her children with her questionable singing/dancing skills. She’s had more #PinterestFails that she can count and has perfected the art of giving a good pep talk (watch out, puberty!). Motherhood has slowly transformed her into the “uncool” Mom she thought she’d never be, yet she’s never felt cooler or more content with her life.

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  1. You really are good at pep talks, Jeanie! I don’t think I’ve ever heard you say a negative thing. You’re an amazing mom, too.

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