Archive | December, 2015

Home for Christmas

29 Dec

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone. The Christmas season is one that brings much anticipation and joy throughout the year. I have always been blessed to be home every year for Christmas; which is often something that I have taken for granted, that is, until this year.

My sweet husband’s 30th birthday was December 18th. Being his 30th, I wanted to do something really special for him. Something that would make this birthday unforgettable. So let’s rewind to June of this year. That is when the idea originated; take him on a surprise trip to peacock bass fish in Florida. This has always been a dream of his. See he LOVES to bass fish. Seriously though, love is probably an understatement. Anyway, being from the South, we don’t have these special type of bass anywhere. The closest they are is the southern most part of Florida. The water can’t get below 60 degrees in order for them to survive. They’re actually kind of pretty…but don’t tell him I said that! 😉

Peacock Bass

So the day after his birthday, we set off for our great Florida adventure! We flew out on a Saturday and he fished that Sunday and Monday. I think he had a blast!

See what I mean? 🙂

While he was fishing, I stayed at the resort to enjoy the beach and relax.

I didn’t mind this view at all…honest! 😉

Fast forward now to Tuesday; it was three days before Christmas and we were both exhausted and ready to be home. We had a long day of flying, busy airports, and a two hour drive ahead of us before we’d finally be home.

 

Exhausted in the Atlanta airport ✈️😴


We finally made it home about 1:30 that morning and needless to say we were SO glad!

The next few days were filled with cooking, eating, presents, family, and most important, celebrating our Savior’s birth! Here are a few highlights from Christmas this year:

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Adalyn was so excited about her cookies for Santa! 🎅🏼🎄😄


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My sweet husband got me a new Bible with my married last name printed on it…such a special gift that I will always cherish.

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Emery’s first Christmas morning! 🙂

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MeMe and sweet Emery Kate Christmas morning!

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She wasn’t sure what to think about everything! 🙂

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Opening presents Christmas morning!

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The wrapping paper was her favorite part! 🙂

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Love these three so much.

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Trying to get a good picture in front of our Christmas tree! 🎄❤️


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Opening presents at MeMe’s house Christmas night! 🎄

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Beautiful Adalyn in her new dress! ❤️

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Chels & Emery; love them lots!

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Adalyn helping unwrap MeMe’s presents! 🎁


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Adam taking a picture of me taking a picture of him taking a picture.. 😏

 

My sweet hubby & me; Christmas Day 2015! 🎄❤️

This year was my first time to ever travel around Christmas. It got me to thinking about the millions of people that travel every year for this holiday. The rush of the airports and the busyness of traveling makes it easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas and the blessing of spending time with the ones you love. I know that Christmas is over and we are closer than ever to the New Year, but I encourage you to take some time this holiday season to remember that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Thank Him for the blessing of family and cherish each second spent with the ones you love! 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

Plans Change

12 Dec

It has been a few weeks since my last post. My apologies to any faithful readers…I promise to do better! 🙂

I’ve been thinking about plans a lot lately. You see, I’m a planner in pretty much every aspect of the word.  I enjoy making plans ahead of time and making sure I’m prepared for anything. I’m a planner in my career as well. However, sometimes plans fall through. It is that aspect of planning that I don’t deal with very well.

As I get older, I learn more and more that plans change. This happens whether we want it to or not. It is when things don’t go the way you want or expect them to that you have to make a choice as to how you react. Reacting to change is a big part of your character. This is something I’m still learning.

Today is one of the best examples of dealing with “plan changes.” It was four years ago on this day that my Daddy went to Heaven to be with Jesus. Losing a loved one, especially a parent, is not something you can ever plan or prepare for. That was the worst day of my life. My daddy had been sick for a long time. When we got to the hospital to visit him that day we learned that he might not make it much longer. He had been very touch and go for a while, but there was something different about this day. We spent the entire day by his side; telling him often that it was “okay to let go” and that we would be okay. And in that moment you don’t really realize what you’re saying. We knew that he was going to Heaven, that we were completely sure of. But we had no idea how hard it would be when he was gone. And we certainly weren’t emotionally prepared.

Our family...May 2011. <3

Our family…May 2011.

So let’s fast forward to today. Four years has passed and by God’s wonderful grace, we are doing much better. When you lose a loved one, you never ever get over it and you never move on completely. It is something that you adjust to, something that you just learn to live with each day. Just recently, this week as a matter of fact, I discovered something though. When we go through trials it is important that we use what we went through to help others. We must use our pain and grief to bring encouragement to someone else. If we don’t do this, we become emotionally stagnant.

I know that each person and circumstance is different. I’m not sure what you’re going through or what you have gone through in the past, but please let me encourage you. If you have lost someone you love, whether it was one year or 10 years ago; you can get through it. No you will never get over that loss and you will never forget your loved one, but it is so important that you strive to keep moving forward. Surround yourself with the ones you love. Hold on to each memory you have with the loved one that passed and cherish each new memory made with those still here. Don’t be afraid of making new memories either and don’t give up on something that you’ve been working towards. When my Daddy passed I had just finished my first semester of my junior year of college and the last thing I wanted to do was go back to school. But I knew that he would never want me to quit college. He would want me to keep going. And because I did, I know that he is looking down from Heaven smiling because I didn’t give up.

So when you feel like giving up, take heart knowing that God will never leave you. By His grace, He will carry you through each trial in life. Trust in Him. Keep moving forward.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know.

May God bless you and keep you, always.

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D.