Archive | November, 2014

With A Grateful Heart

26 Nov

In case you didn’t know…tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. Not just because we get to eat lots of fabulous food (though that is a big plus!), but because it is a national holiday that focuses on being thankful. How wonderful is that!

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So I was inspired to write about some things that I’m thankful for!

My Savior; I am humbled to be loved and cherished by a risen Savior. I am eternally grateful that God is always with me. He never leaves and He forgives me every time I fail. Wow! All glory to Him!

Worship; it is a blessing and an honor to worship Jesus! This is something I love to do and something that I live to do. And having the ability to worship my Savior every day? That is a blessing in itself.

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My Husband; This incredible man…I can’t even put into words how blessed I am to be called his wife. He is kind, loving, selfless, and so much more. He makes me want to be a better person and he loves me exactly as I am. He is an encourager and listener; the love of my life and my very best friend.

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“It doesn’t get any better than this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Family; My wonderful, beautiful, funny, and crazy awesome family. They’re my favorite people in the entire world. I could never thank God enough for them. I love them with my whole heart.

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My Trials; Yes, I said it. I’m thankful for the trials in life. I know what it is like to have pain, I know what it feels like to lose a parent, and I know what it is like to be brokenhearted. It is because of those trials and that pain that I am exceedingly grateful for all that God has blessed me with. I choose to reflect on the good things in life. Because life is far too short to always focus on the negative.

I’m also thankful for…my church, my country, my education, my health, my job, my home, memories, laughter, and so, so much more.

So this Thanksgiving whether you’re eating turkey, watching football, or spending time with family, take a minute to stop and reflect. Think about how blessed you are to just be alive another day and thank God for His goodness.

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1

“Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

God is so good, all the time!

“There is always, always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for!”

Blessings,

-Hannah D.

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Letter to My Niece

22 Nov

My niece is two. Her birthday is the day before mine…talk about the best birthday present ever! That day I became an aunt, and before she was born I had always heard about how strong a mother’s love is, but never experienced it. Then she came along. Though I am not a mom, I know that as soon as I heard her cry I knew that I had never loved anyone like I loved her. She changed our family’s world forever. And since then she’s had each of us wrapped around her little finger!

I have watched her grow into the most fun, lovable, smart, beautiful little girl. And though she’s only two, I can’t help but think…”don’t grow up so fast…just stay this little as long as you can.” To her everything is funny…she is full of joy and lots of laughter! She sees the world so innocently and life is full of wonder. Her smile is contagious and she has my whole heart!

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Even though she can’t read yet…this is a post just for her. I want her to grow up and know that she is important, that she never has to wonder if she is good enough. When you’re a teenager, and sometimes even when you’re an adult you go through things and wonder, “am I good enough?” It could be heartbreak, disappointment, a test in school, or not getting a job. There are so many things that could factor into making you feel that way. So when you get older and go through all these things that we won’t be able to protect you from, just remember that you are so important. You’re important to me, to our family, and to God.

Never lose your faith in God. Through all the ups and downs, joys and sorrows of life, God is always with you. He will never leave you. He loves you and you are so precious in His sight. Never lose your faith in people either. There are people in this world who are cruel and hurtful, but there are also people who are wonderful and kind. Don’t give up on the hope of kind people. Be kind to everyone, whether they return the kindness or not.

Cherish every second you spend with family and friends. Hold on tight to each precious memory you have with the ones who love you so much. Memories are such a beautiful part of life.

You are loved. Sweet girl you are loved more than you could ever know! You are so loved by your family…never forget that! You never got to meet him, but your Pop would have been absolutely crazy about you. He loved you even though he never got to meet you on Earth. When he found out about you, he talked about how he would take you riding around in his truck and how he would pull you in a pink wagon. You were already so special to him, just as you are to us. Always remember to love in return. Love your family always, even when you’re a teenager and being with family is the lamest thing ever…always love them and always remember we love you too.

You are beautiful. Inside and out, you are so beautiful! And you better not listen to anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

Keep laughing and keep making people laugh. You’re so funny…you always make us laugh and smile! Don’t ever grow out of that. Laughter is good for the soul and life is way too short not to smile and laugh.

Do good. When you get older and go out into the world, do good. Never be afraid to be who you are and stand up for what you believe in. Be a good person; be kind to people and truly care about others.

I know you’re still so young, but as you get older never stop singing and dancing along to the radio, hug the ones you love every chance you get, remember all the fun times you have at MeMe’s house and Nana’s house, remember what it sounds like when your Daddy gets home, and always stay Momma’s sweet girl. And always remember that Uncle Houston and Aunt Hannah love you lots and lots. As do everyone else!

-Hannah D

Seasons Change

14 Nov

I love fall. I love watching the leaves change from green to orange to red to yellow. I love the smell of crisp cool air and bonfires on a chilly Saturday night. And most of all, I love the memories this season brings. Seasons are so much more than changes in the weather though. There are sad seasons, happy ones, and difficult ones…life is full of them.

Fall in Arkansas :)

Fall in Arkansas 🙂

Fall is one of my favorite seasons; it brings back wonderful memories and hope of joys to come. Sometimes it’s hard to not think of past memories or events. Sometimes it is so hard to live and be fully present in the here and now. Every year I think of where I was three years ago during this season and each time brings back painful memories. Memories I cannot erase, nightmares I cannot wake up from. You see, it was this time three years ago that my dad was in the hospital. His 50 day journey began on October 24, 2011 and our lives were shattered when it ended on December 12, 2011. The pain doesn’t go away, the hurt is always there, and the realization that one of the people who helped make you who you are is no longer with you. When my daddy died a part of us died too. And though he is in Heaven and no longer suffering, my heart hurts around this time every year.

I will always remember my Daddy and I will always miss him so much. But this year will be different.

It is so easy to live in the past and to hold on to things that have already happened, but that is not truly living. This year I want it to be different. I want to be fully present in the present.

This is my first Thanksgiving and Christmas as a wife! I have spent the last three Thanksgivings and Christmases with Houston (my now husband), but this year will be different! I am so beyond excited about spending these special days with him. This year we both started new jobs that will allow us both to have 2 weeks off for Christmas! I am so blessed and thankful that we will get to spend time together enjoying this beautiful season.

Not only do I love fall, I love the season of life that I am in now. Life I said earlier, life is full of different seasons. While life will always have problems, choosing to enjoy each day is so important. This season of life has brought many new and exciting things. Houston and I got married five months ago on June 7th. Life changed in a lot of ways that day. I would be moving out of my mom’s house, moving to a different town (only 20 minutes away, thankfully!), starting a new life with bills and adjustments. Things were changing and it was scary at first and a little overwhelming too! I had no idea on that June day how beautiful and happy the upcoming season was going to be. While there have been many adjustments, this has been such a wonderful time in my life.

Houston and I have always had such a great relationship. We dated for four years before getting married and during that time we were able to go through the ups and downs of life together. He has been there through so many seasons. I never imagined that the season would be so incredible. I am blessed to be married to a wonderful, godly, handsome man. My best friend and the one special person God made just for me. As we continue on in life I look forward to spending every single season with him by my side.

Christmas 2013; our last Christmas before getting married! Can't wait until our first "married" Christmas! :)

Christmas 2013; our last Christmas before getting married! Can’t wait until our first “married” Christmas! 🙂

So whatever season of life you’re in right now, whether it be good or bad, happy or sad; find the good in the midst of your greatest pain and heartache, there is good to be found somewhere. And have faith in knowing that God is with you each step of the way. I hope this post encourages someone in some way. Enjoy each moment of life that you’re given, because it is too short and goes by too fast not to.

Season’s Greetings! 🙂

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-Mrs. Hannah D.