“The Shack” and My Thoughts 

11 Mar

Let me start this by saying, if you have yet to see the movie The Shack or have not read the book, then stop reading right now. I want you to see this for yourself and not spoil anything. That was your disclaimer.

This post is quite different than anything I’ve ever written. My sweet husband and I went to see The Shack last night; my one word to describe it? Phenomenal. It was hands down one of the best movies I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I was so inspired that I had to write about it. There is a lot of criticism surrounding this movie right now, I was skeptical before seeing this because of all of the criticism. I knew that people had criticized the book and the movie as well saying certain things about it and how they disagreed on some of the ways that it portrayed God. But let me tell you I was so impressed. In the movie God was often referred to as Papa, the representation of Papa in this movie was a very sweet black lady. I really think that that is why so many people were upset, they didn’t understand why in the world God would be portrayed as a woman. At first I didn’t understand it either, until last night. 

The main character had been through terrible things in his life. No point in going into great detail here, check it out for yourself. The way this movie portrayed God as someone so familiar, someone you knew and were close to, a Papa. It was beautiful. God wants to be that to us. He wants to have a daily relationship with each of us; I believe He wants us to be familiar, so much so that we could refer to Him as our Papa. Because He is, He is our Father. 

You know God can reveal Himself to us in whatever form He wants. He came to Moses in the form of a burning bush.

 The movie dealt with many issues that are really hard to talk about, for example death of a loved one. Being someone that has gone through a tragedy like that this movie absolutely touched my heart. The main character didn’t understand the reason behind the tragedy of losing his daughter. Understandably so. Often times we don’t understand why we have to lose a loved one. But in my short life I’ve come to discover, that maybe we don’t have to understand. Maybe we just need to step back and let God be God and know that He is working everything for our good. He is a God that can bring goodness out of the darkest tragedy.

We spend so much of our life judging others and trying to understand and make sense of what happens in our lives, but we really need to just trust God. And trust me when I say that that is a lot easier said than done, why? I don’t know. For some it’s hard for us to trust our lives to the God that created them. 

I could talk about this movie and all that it meant to me for hours. But I know that not everyone would have time to read it. So my suggestion to you is to go see this for yourself. Form your own opinion, go in with an open mind, and bring lots of Kleenex. 

I’m not writing this to start a debate or to argue my opinion with anyone else’s. You are all entitled to think whatever you want. I was simply just so inspired that I had to share my thoughts.

Now I can’t wait to read the book!

Blessings, 

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

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All Things New

5 Mar

Well, what a shock, it’s been about a month since I last blogged. #fail 

Anyway, a lot has been going on in such a short amount of time. So let me start from the beginning…

I mentioned in my last post about a new season of life that I was about to start. This came in the form of a brand new job. 

So I’ve been at my new job for about a month and a half. It is very different than where I was. Like night and day different. I’m at this point where I’m still trying to learn as much as I possibly can. I think that will be the case for a while though. Without going into details, I am so happy there. This job has been nothing short of an answer to prayer and I am very thankful that God opened the door in His perfect timing. 

Another major milestone is that we got a puppy!!!!! My hubby & I have had puppy fever for a very long time. I saw on Facebook one day that a girl we knew was giving away some lab/catahoula mix puppies, so I sent her a message and told her we were super interested! 

We picked up our sweet boy on February 16th (our 7 year dating anniversary!) and we are head over heels in love with him! 😍

Creed is three months old and as smart as they come!! Every time we come outside to see him he is SO excited to see us!!! We can’t wait to see what the future holds and to watch him grow. I may be a little biased, but he is the cutest dog ever! 😍 

Lastly, this weekend we went to Texas to surprise one of Houston’s good friends for his birthday! 🎉 We were able to meet his friend’s girlfriend and a couple of their other friends that flew in for the weekend as well. It was a great time getting to relax and hang out with new friends! 🤗 

Us girls! 👯

The guys!

Thankful for new/old friends! 😊

Our last night in town!

If you can’t tell, they were super stoked about taking this picture! 😏

The guys had a great time bass fishing! 🎣

 

Sometimes you need a weekend away to meet new friends, make new memories, and just have fun. That was this weekend for us. 

This is such a beautiful life that God has blessed us with. I could not be more thankful! 

God is good!

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

A New Season 

21 Jan

A new season has started and I’ve been warring with myself on just what I would say (or write) about it. 

For a long while I’ve been in a season of waiting. I have felt a little lost and unsure about the future. Not knowing what I wanted to do or what my purpose was (is). I’ve spent many sleepless nights praying and feeling unsure about things. My anxiety has been the worst in my whole life and I just didn’t understand when God was going to bring me out of this season.  Or what the purpose of it was for that matter. It had even gotten to the point where I chose to visit my doctor and begin taking anxiety medicine. On a side note, I fully believe that God can (and does) help us through modern medicine. And I’ve learned that it’s nothing to be ashamed of if you do have to take it. I simply chose to keep it to myself and my immediate family. 

Through these uncertainties I’ve come to realize (and appreciate) the constants that I do have in my life.

•My Savior; He remains a constant in my life. I am reminded daily of His grace and His peace. Two things I couldn’t live without.

•My husband; he loves me when I don’t deserve it and accepts me as I am. 

•My family; I couldn’t live without them. 

So here I am on the verge of entering into a new season…and you know what I feel? Nervous. Many may already know this, but Thursday was my last day at my job. I’ve been there three years and I have learned so much. Not just about my position, but about myself, my goals, and my dreams. Leaving a job can be scary. You become comfortable and complacent making any type of change utterly terrifying. As I walked out of the building of my job I felt so many emotions. Excitement about the new opportunity, nervous about the unknown, and hope for the future. But the best emotion of all was a complete peace. That’s how I knew this was the right decision. That is how I knew this was the door God was opening. 

See I spent a long time searching, praying, and waiting for God to open the door. Now that He has, I still don’t know what the future holds, but you know what I do know? The One who holds my future.

So if you are waiting too, don’t give up. God has plans far greater than we could imagine. He wants to give us a beautiful life. He is such a good God. 



Don’t give up. 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤

2016

31 Dec

Can you believe that 2016 is coming to a close?! I feel that the older I get, the faster time goes by! 

So many memories to look back on in 2016…

Weekend getaways with my hubby, our TWO year anniversary, Adalyn turns four, Emery turns one, an incredible family beach vacation, Houston & I buying land, birthday trip to the Magnolia Market Silos, jumping on the Young Living essential oil bandwagon, southernchicwife cooking IG was born…just to name a few!! 

There have been lots of beautiful memories this year. 

I’ve also been quite discouraged this year as well; wondering God’s plan for my life and what my purpose is. Trying to hold on to His promises and listen to those who encourage me (hubby & family!). But if I’m being honest, I still don’t know what His plan is for me. Maybe it’s a quarter of a century life crisis? Maybe it’s just a season? Who knows! One thing I do know without a shadow of a doubt is that God is good. He has blessed me with the best husband and family ever and I certainly don’t feel I deserve either! 

So cheers to 2017! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this coming year. I am hopeful and looking so forward to His promises unfolding! 

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 

-‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬

Here’s the year in review:

It is so difficult to choose only a few pictures to represent the numerous memories throughout the year! 

Happy New Year to you all!! 

Thank you for taking time to read & share my blog. Can’t wait for 2017!!!!

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤

Such A Long Time

10 Dec

Well, here we are, two days away from the five year anniversary of the hardest day of my life. I can’t believe it has been that long, but then again, it feels like a lifetime. 

I know that this time of year I always blog about losing my Daddy. I’m not sure that will ever change though. I can’t help but think about it and how very different life is now. 

Losing a loved one, especially a parent, is something that you can never “get over.” I’ve learned that firsthand. I know that by the grace of God I’m better and stronger, but over it? Not a chance. 

My heart longs for one more hug, one more time to hear him say “I love you Britches.” I would even love to hear him crunch ice again! Ha! Things like that, that used to drive me crazy, I find myself missing. 

If I’m honest, I worry that I will forget his voice. Forget what he sounded like when he laughed or sneezed (he had the loudest sneeze ever! Haha!). I know in my heart that I will never forget him. He is part of who I am. 

“The hardest thing in life is losing someone…the impossible thing to handle is losing the one who helped make you who you are.” 

I try to be encouraging on this blog, but sometimes you have to be completely real about what you’re feeling. Even if it is hurt. 

So this Christmas (and always) cherish the time you have with your loved ones. Don’t let foolish arguments or disagreements keep you from making memories. Trust me when I say that life is way to short for all that. Enjoy the moments you have on this Earth with the ones you love. And be encouraged that this isn’t the end. How comforting to know that we will be with our loved ones forever in Heaven! 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”‭‭ -Psalm‬ ‭34:18‬

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”‭‭ -Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬

I am grateful for the wonderful memories I have with my Daddy. I will never forget them. 


“I’m gonna wrap my arms around my daddy’s neck and tell him that I’ve missed him…tell him him all about the man that I became and hope that it pleased him. So much I wanna say, so much I wanted you to know…when I finally make it Home..” –Finally Home; MercyMe 

Blessings, 

-Mrs. Hannah D.

So Glad You Were Born

9 Dec

Houston,

This weekend we celebrate YOU! I am immeasurably grateful for you. 

You are kind, so very kind. I am very grateful for that.

You are a giver. Giver of love, your talent, and most importantly your time. So often you are stretched far too thin because you want nothing more than to help others, even if that means having no time for yourself. I admire that too. 

I love everything about this photo. ❤

When we met, I had no idea you would be my husband. You see, we’re so different. I honestly believe that is what makes us work so well though. You are patient and understanding, two things I oftentimes am not. You have a way of calming me down when I’m upset. You know when to talk and when I just need you to listen. Another rare trait. 

See what I mean about different? 😏

You are an encourager. You always support my dreams and goals. When I’m feeling beat down and defeated, you help me push forward. 

Can you believe we’ve been together almost seven years?!?! I truly could not imagine my life without you in it. And I never, ever want to. You are my very best friend. You are the love of my life. You are my soulmate. I’m not fully me without you. When I’m with you I can be myself. 

One of our first pictures together! We look like such babies! 🙃

Such a perfect day. 😘

You love so well. You show me such a Christlike love. One that sacrifices, one that puts me first, one that I don’t feel I deserve. And I’m not the only one you show love to; you show everyone respect and understanding. Especially our nieces and my family. I could not be more thankful for how much you love them. It makes me love you all the more. ❤️ 

Us and our sweet nieces! 💕


Thank you for loving me, leading me, making me smile and laugh, always making me feel wanted and appreciated. Thank you for always being a gentleman (in every aspect of the word). Thank you for making me so happy and for always caring so deeply. 

Thank you for your constant support and patience.

I am so very glad you were born and I’m so very honored to be your wife.

I love every memory and moment with you. I am so glad I get to spend forever by your side. 

Happiest Birthday my love. I am eternally grateful for your life. 

“Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ❤️

-Mrs. Hannah D. ☺️

Long Weekends

28 Nov

I am exceedingly thankful for weekends, even more thankful for long weekends! 

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we are now officially in the Christmas season! 🎄 

Let me recap on my beautiful Thanksgiving…

I got off work early on Wednesday and spent the whole afternoon cooking! I decided it would be easiest to prep all my food ahead of time so that on Thanksgiving morning I wouldn’t be too stressed. 😝 

I prepped four green bean casseroles , party mashed potatoes, a lemon pie, and a four layer delight! So yum! Check out the links! ☺️

Now comes Thanksgiving day! If I’m honest, I was really dreading it this year. It was my Daddy’s birthday and I couldn’t help but think about where we were on his birthday 5 years ago (also Thanksgiving). The day turned out to be such a blessing though. 

First we had lunch with my husband’s family. There were several of us there, lots of good food and laughs! I’m so thankful that they have always welcomed me as part of the family. ☺️ 

He’s my favorite. ❤️

Next we headed to my aunt’s for my family Thanksgiving! I can’t even tell you how many people were there. There were tons of people and tons of food! I was able to see family that I haven’t seen in a long time and that was such a blessing. We ended the evening by dancing for hours with all the kids (and some of us adults too!). It was a blast!

My precious Emery Kate! 💕

Dancing away! 💃🏻🤗

Oh Adalyn Britt, you’re growing so fast! 💕

It was one of the best Thanksgivings I’ve had. Goodness I’m so thankful!!! 

Friday was spent Black Friday shopping with my momma!! We got lots of good deals, stayed out way too late, laughed, and talked. I couldn’t be more blessed to call her my momma and bestie. 💚

Then on Saturday I got to spend the whole day with my sweet hubby!!! We had lunch in town, he let me do a little more Christmas shopping, and then we listened to Christmas music and decorated the house!!! 🎄❤️🤗 

I even made some Pioneer Woman Chocolate Chunk Cookies!!  They’re our favorite! 😋🍪 

Then today has consisted of church this morning, relaxing, & babysitting our sweet nieces!! 💕 It has been a much needed long weekend and I can’t help but thank God for all His many blessings. He is so, so good to me. 

Hope you have a beautiful Sunday!! 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️