Archive | August, 2014

Continuing On

28 Aug

“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”

I love that quote. Like REALLY love it.

We all fail; it’s inevitable. At some point in time we fail at something, big or small. 

Me? I fail on a daily basis…seriously! You probably already knew that, but bear with me, I have a point behind this! I fail daily in my walk with Christ. There are times when I’m not kind, or forgiving, or loving. When the stresses of life are on my shoulders, I tend to get wrapped up in my own self. I get selfish and only think about what I want. It’s days like that when I’m EXTRA thankful for God’s grace, ’cause guess what?!

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23

So when I know I fall short…when I know that I have sinned..I know that I can run to God with a sincere heart and He will forgive me. And so I continue on…

I often fail in my career as well. I started a new job in February working for a really awesome company. However, it was literally ALL new to me. This job was something that I had never done before; it was a learning experience in every way possible. The first few months I knew that since I was still new to the position and the company that my “failures” were just part of the learning process. But then came August…I was six months in and by this time I thought “I should really understand all of this!” Well guess what….I didn’t! Yes I understood so much more than I did previously…but there were things that just weren’t “clicking” with me. I was discouraged, disappointed in myself, and felt like a failure. I questioned my intelligence, my purpose, and more.

You’ve probably heard it said, “you are your own worst critic.” That is SO true. I was down and out. However, it was then that I realized how big of a support system I have. My family and boss encouraged me. And finally, after a few weeks of being encouraged, I started to believe it. And guess what! I began understanding more at work; I was feeling more confident and I knew that I was there for a reason. I felt almost “unstoppable!” Not in a literal sense of course…but unstoppable because even though I had doubts, even though I had failed, I continued on.

Truthfully, giving up is easy. Like really easy. And sometimes it may seem like you should just give up…but don’t! Keep pushing forward…work hard…learn as much as you can…be kind…and be confident.

You are where you are for a reason. The Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Don’t give up; you’ll thank yourself later.

Blessings and love,

Hannah D. 🙂

“Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you into the person you are. He compares you to no one else–you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.”

 

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Missed Flight and Memories

19 Aug

It was June 8th, the day after our beautiful wedding. The flight was scheduled to board at 6:30 A.M. I opened my eyes and glanced at the clock; 4:09 A.M., knowing we still had at least 45 minutes until the alarm would go off I closed my eyes and went back to sleep. Waking up again, I looked at the clock and this time it read 6:34 A.M. My first thought was: “please be two hours fast!” so I jumped up quickly, ran to look at my phone and sure enough, the time was right. Houston woke up and I screamed “our flight is boarding right now!” He jumped up and began getting ready. I was in a complete panic, crying frantically knowing we had just missed our flight to Jamaica.

It was then, in the midst of my panic and frustration that my husband of 16 hours took me in his arms and said, “Baby, everything is going to be fine!” He’s always been the calm one…at least someone is! 😉 Anyway, we called Cheryl (AKA our wedding planner, travel agent, organizer, and cousin) and Houston told her what was going on. I just knew that I had ruined our honeymoon and that we would never make it to Jamaica. Boy was I a mess! Cheryl made some phone calls and after about 45 minutes of not knowing what was going to happen, she called us back. Our flight would leave the following day at 6 A.M. on the dot. The Sandals resort worked with us and extended our stay until Friday that week instead of Thursday, free of charge. So the rest of the day was ours!

We checked out of our hotel around 10 and headed to eat breakfast at IHOP. After breakfast we hung out and did a little shopping. We decided to catch an afternoon movie and headed to the theater to see the romantic comedy, Blended. We then headed to our next hotel to unload our bags and prepare for the next day.

After checking into our hotel, we decided it would be best to go to the airport and get everything ready for our early flight the next day. We found our terminal and printed our itenerary. We then headed out for dinner and soon called it a night.

Looking back on that day, I wouldn’t change a single thing. At that moment, missing our flight seemed like the end of the world…but it wasn’t. The last few months had been so busy and crazy planning for our wedding and then on our wedding day we were going constantly and running on almost no sleep. The day off was more than appreciated. We got to spend our first official day as husband and wife just enjoying each other’s company. We had no agenda and nowhere to be. And through it all, God was so evident. He took care of everything. Funny how He always does that. 🙂

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

Next stop…Jamaica…for real this time! 😉

 

Blessings and love,

Mrs. Hannah D. 🙂

A Blissful June Day

9 Aug

Welcome to my blog!

If you’re taking time to read this then I must say THANK YOU! This blog is just a way for me to share my stories and thoughts as I journey through my interestingly blessed life. Hopefully I can encourage and inspire you!

“A Blissful June Day”

The day had finally arrived. June 7, 2014; the day I have waited for my whole life…my wedding day! It was hard to believe that after all the stress, sweat, and tears the day was finally here. You know how you have days where you have some sort of expectation as to how they will play out; and then you have days that exceed any expectation you could have possibly thought up? This was one of those day…a day that exceeded all the expectations I had.

The warm, sunny Saturday started early. On your wedding day you kind of get up in a rush knowing there is so much to be done in the upcoming hours. When I woke up that day I felt all kinds of different emotions; nervous, excited, and anxious..just to name a few! I was scheduled to get my hair rolled at 8 that morning and to be at the church by 9:30. Upon arriving at the church several people were already there…my wedding planner (aka my cousin Cheryl), a few of my bridesmaids, and several more. I walked into the “Bride’s Room” to be greeted by a few of my awesome bridesmaids. Music was playing, breakfast was waiting, makeup was everywhere, and the room was soon filled with chatter and laughter. We were all excited about the afternoon! We spent most of the day getting our makeup on and putting the finishing touches on our hair. SO FUN!

Let’s fast forward a few hours…

The dress was on, the church was full, and music started playing. Slowly but surely the bridesmaids made their way down the aisle and soon it would be my turn. I was SO nervous! Here it was…the moment I had waited for all my life…the moment I would finally marry the man God blessed me with…the one that was there for me, everyday through the darkest and the brightest moments of my life. And as I stood there, arm in arm with my brother, he looked at me and said, “are you ready?” I took a deep breath and as the doors opened I responded, “let’s do this!”

We walked through the door of the sanctuary and as 200 people looked my way my eyes focused on my best friend, the man at the altar waiting on me to walk down the aisle to him. He was all I could see and in that moment, my nerves were gone. I more than likely had this big goofy smile on my face, but I honestly don’t remember. All I remember was being so excited to start this journey as husband and wife!

The wedding was perfect in every way. The pictures were taken and now it was time to head to the reception. The whole reception is pretty much a blur. All I remember was smiling, posing for pictures, and walking throughout the gym with my new husband meeting and talking to several people. After mingling, cutting the cakes, and getting the marriage license signed, we were hurried out the door to go change and head to Little Rock.

We changed clothes (separately of course!) and it was time to say our goodbyes. Saying goodbye to my mom was the hardest…not just because I would be gone a week, but because we both knew that this new chapter of my life meant I was moving out and starting a whole new journey. We cried and smiled and it was perfect.

We gave hugs and ran out the door to be greeted with bubbles and a VERY messy truck! After cleaning up the truck and making it somewhat bearable to ride in, we were off!

Next stop…Jamaica! 😉

God is good…ALL the time.

Blessings & Love,

Mrs. Hannah D. 🙂