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. ❤️

Recently

11 Nov

It has been way too long since I’ve blogged. I’m sorry to any dedicated readers. Just a lot going on.

Where to start?! This time of year brings back a lot of memories. Some good, some bad. 

Just a warning, things are about to get real…

Take Halloween for example. This year brought back so many painful memories. A loved one had surgery a couple of weeks ago (on Halloween) at the very same hospital my Daddy spent the last 50 days of his life. We spent the day there, praying for good results. Surgery went well but my heart hurt all day. Everything about that hospital made me sad. I couldn’t understand why it panned out the way it did. Why there? Why that day? Was God using this to bring closure? I’m still not sure. I’ve been pretty off ever since. 

Remember several months ago when I blogged about weakness? And how Houston had been my should to cry on?  Well that is still pretty accurate. I’ve been pretty discouraged lately. 

However, on Sunday I heard a sermon I believe was written just for me. It was titled “Not An Expert.” Our pastor spoke about how God has a plan for us and how our current location (physical or emotional) is not a mystery or barrier to God. 

I think what touched my heart most was this:

“Realize that God sees what you see. He hears what you hear. God cares far deeper than we care. And He has a great plan.” 

Hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed that. 

How do people live this life without the hope of God? I will never know. 


Anyway, on a lighter note…I’m so excited that Thanksgiving & Christmas are just around the corner!! 

You know what I’m most excited about? Spending time with the people I love most. More and more I realize how blessed and thankful I am to have the family I have. Nothing makes my heart happier than spending time with them. I could never thank God enough. He has truly blessed me beyond measure! 

I know I say that a lot…and probably sound like a broken record, but…I don’t care! 😏 

Well you’ve made it to the end of the post…sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written! Hopefully that will change. 😊 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

Time is Precious

9 Sep

A lot has been going on lately; staying busy with work and family. It has always been easy for me to get stressed and caught up in everything that is happening in the world around me. 

A few weeks ago I wrote about my husband and I purchasing our land. We are still so excited about this new adventure! We went to a local credit union to get our loan. We worked with a very sweet lady. She helped us tremendously and was always willing to explain anything we didn’t fully understand. She spoke about her son starting Youth at our church and how nervous she was about him playing football. Casual small talk, nothing out of the ordinary. 

Then on Sunday, a couple of weeks later, we found out the tragic news that she had passed away. We couldn’t believe this because we had just recently talked to her and she was so helpful and kind. 

It was the same day that we found out that someone else we knew passed away. Someone we had seen at a restaurant just the month before. Two people, in such a short amount of time, gone. 


My heart is broken for the families directly affected by these two losses. Two families, changed forever. It is extremely hard to understand why things like this happen. Especially so sudden. 

I know full well the pain of losing a loved one. It is something that you never get over. The pain gets easier to bear, but it never goes away. 

Learning about the loss of someone you know really makes you appreciate life and the loved ones you have. You cherish each moment and every memory you get to make. You learn to never let the sun set on an argument. You make sure they know how much you love and appreciate them. And you thank God for every second. 

But it is inevitable that we (I) will get caught back up in the busyness and chaos then once again, forget to cherish those we love. At times, it can be a tragedy to remind us, but sometimes it can be the birth of a loved one that can reveal to us God’s continual goodness and grace. This last Friday, we welcomed a new cousin into the family. This sweet baby boy came a few weeks early, but he is healthy and precious. 

Welcome Bentley James! 💙

This new life brings hope and joy, as well as a new perspective. 

Time and life is are both so precious and they are something that cannot be taken for granted. So love those you’re close to and cherish each moment, because each one is a gift that God has so graciously given to us. 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

“Let’s Build Some Dreams”

20 Aug

“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 ‭NIV‬‬

I have held tight to this verse for several years now. From graduating high school, through college, career, marriage, etc. I’ve never doubted that the Lord has great plans for my life and my family. 

So let me give you a little background…

Houston & I have been looking to buy land for about a year now. We knew the area we wanted to live in, but haven’t had much luck in finding the right place. We looked at a 3 acre plot six or so months ago. We really consider purchasing it, but something didn’t feel right about it. 

Then about 3 months ago, something was mentioned to us about 9+ acres being for sale in the exact area we wanted. We went to look at it and fell in love. There were some questions and reservations at first. Several aspects must be considered when buying land. Would it be a good location? Is it the right school district for our kids someday? Will we be close to family? 

So we took the plunge. Houston called the gentleman who owned the land and told him we were interested in the 9 acres. We told him how much we were willing to pay and he agreed that it was a fair price. Then came time to start the process of buying it. 

We got it surveyed, checked out interest rates at the local banks and credit union, prayed about it and moved forward with the process. 

“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

During all this we found out that right after Houston called the owner, someone else called and offered to buy everything. Meaning the 9+ acres we wanted as well as two houses and another 3 acres. But since we called first, he wasn’t going to go back on his word to us. 

If we had waited any longer to call it would be possible that we wouldn’t get this land. But God had it all planned out. 

So it is now August 16th. It was finally time to sign the papers. The land would be ours. 

We signed the papers, made the down payment, and shook the hand of the gentleman who sold it to us. This is such a big deal! This land is the very first thing we have ever purchased together as husband and wife. And the fact that we signed the papers on the 6 1/2 year anniversary of when we started dating? Made it even sweeter. 

Can you tell we’re excited?? 😄❤️

 
We are so very blessed, excited, and happy! We cannot wait to see all the beautiful plans God has in store for us. He is a good, good Father! 


The second picture is the plot where we hope to build a house someday. I promise the pictures don’t do it justice! It’s so pretty out there!! We will be 10 minutes from town, 5 minutes from his parents, and 15 minutes from my family. So blessed & happy! ❤️

“Hey pretty girl let’s build some dreams, and a house on a piece of land; we’ll plant some roots and some apple trees, hey pretty girl let’s build some dreams..” -Hey Pretty Girl; Kip Moore

I’ve had that same lyric stuck in my head through this whole process; I wonder why? 😏

Now we start the clean up! Can’t wait! 😄🏡❤️

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ☺️