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More Me Than I Used to Be

27 Apr

First blog post coming to you as a 26 year old. I know, hold the phone, alert the media, there’s a new 26 year old in town!

Ha, basically I’ve had a birthday since my last post. Turning 26 has pretty much felt the same as 25. No big deal. Until I started thinking about it.

I’m FOUR years from 30.

Yep. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Because when you turn 30 you’re supposed to have your life together right? Let’s hope that’s not the case…the odds of that happening are pretty slim.

Whatever, I’m just thankful that God has allowed me to see another year. Super thankful for that!!!

When I realized this, about a week or so after my birthday, I discovered something else… Within the last 3 months of my life, I’ve become more me than I used to be. As many of my readers may know, I got a new job towards the end of January. Leaving where I was and arriving where I am was like whiplash. The differences are night and day. For (nearly) three years I was in such an unhappy place. A place that wasn’t for me. A place that I wasn’t meant for.

Saying that my current job, location, company, supervisor, and coworkers are an answer to prayer would be a huge understatement.

My friend and business partner Cassi, said it best in a post she made on Facebook/Instagram the other day.

“in His time”

Those three words resonate with me to the core. For what seemed like a very long time, I waited for God to open the door to a different job. My husband and family kept saying, “it will happen in His timing.” And let me just say, when you’re in the middle of waiting, that is not what you want to hear. But I waited (…and waited, and waited, and waited…) and guess what?! In His time, He opened the door. I am so thankful and blessed.

So did you catch that I said Cassi was my business partner?! That’s right, I am now officially a Rodan + Fields Consultant! I could not be more excited about this!!! I started about two weeks ago and goodness have I learned so much. I’m still learning in fact. One of the topics that comes up a lot is “what is your WHY?” My “why” is because my sweet hubby and I can’t wait to build our dream house! We have the land and now we are itching to build our forever home. A place that will be ours. My hopes for this new opportunity is to speed up the saving process. Amazing how God gives us dreams and opportunities we never knew we always wanted. He’s such a good Father.

Speaking of my “why,” I also decided to join Weight Watchers. I’m 9 days in. I’m feeling so great and excited about becoming the best version of myself. It isn’t a diet and it certainly isn’t easy (lets be honest, it’s down right difficult!). But I can’t wait to get to goal and feel better than ever. I’m not doing this because anyone wants me to or has told me I need to. I’m doing this because I want to. I want to love the skin I’m in and feel as beautiful as my incredible husband says I am.

Through all of these new “changes,” I could not be more thankful for my incredible husband and family. I truly have the best support system ever.

I also serve the most incredible God. He is such a good, good Father. I am constantly in awe of His never-ending grace and love for me. Last thing, also since I “turned 26,” I have started getting so emotional when thinking about God’s love and the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross for me and YOU. When I was younger, my mom would just abutly start crying in church and I never understood why. She would always tell me, “I’m just so amazed at God’s love and grace.” I get it. Now I know, now I feel the same way. Side note, I have the best momma in the universe. Thank you to her and my Daddy for instilling God’s love in every part of who I am.


Mrs. Hannah D. πŸ’œ


So Glad You Were Born

9 Dec


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! πŸ™ƒ

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! πŸ’•

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. ☺️

The Best. Day. Ever.

14 Apr

My niece Adalyn’s birthday is the day before mine, on April 4th. In the last couple of years we’ve started calling each other “birthday besties,” and it makes my heart smile to see her excitement around our birthdays! 

She has many “sayings,” one of them being “this is the best day ever!!” Now keep in mind she has said this on multiple occasions, about multiple days! Haha. I found myself saying this just last week, and it was true about more than one day! 

Adalyn’s 4th birthday “tea” party was the Sunday before her birthday. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon…perfect day for a family birthday party! She was surrounded by people who love her and she got tons of gifts! She even said “this is the best party ever!!” Precious. Let me share a few pictures… πŸ’•


Birthday Besties!! πŸ’•πŸ˜„πŸ’πŸ»


Goodness she’s so grown up! πŸ˜­πŸ’•


Sweet Emery Kate!! 😍


Love this little angel!!! ❀️☺️


She loved her tea party!! ☺️


Love my beautiful nieces! πŸ’•


Sweet girl! ☺️


Emery was a big fan of big sister’s cupcakes!! πŸ˜œπŸ˜„


Sweet Southern Belle πŸ’•


The next two days were full of family time…my favorite!!! We went out to eat for our birthdays that Monday night, then had cookies & birthday presents! Here’s a few pictures… πŸ˜„


Blowing out her birthday cookie candles! πŸ˜„


I am completely in love with this picture!!! Three of my most favorite people in the universe. ❀️


Someone loves bandaids! πŸ˜‚


Best nieces ever. 😘


Photo-bombed! πŸ˜‚


The girls helping me blow out the candles! πŸŽ‚


Always so thankful for my wonderful hunby!! ❀️


Such a beautiful girl! πŸ’•

Birthdays have always been a big deal to me and even to our family. For most of my young adult life I always had a “birthday week,” sometimes even a “birthday month!” Haha. But in 2012 that all changed. I became an aunt on April 4, 2012, the day before my 21st birthday. The day Adalyn Britt was born my life also changed forever. I finally “grew up” in a sense and realized that there was someone else that all the birthday thunder would go to! 

So now I look forward to making her birthday so special and I can’t wait to make Emery’s birthday special each July. God has blessed me with wonderful, beautiful people to share this life with. It makes my heart so happy to celebrate the people I love. 

It is awesome to serve a God who loves us so much that He blesses our lives with family and friends to love. God is so good.

β€œI thank my God every time I remember you.” -‭Philippians‬ ‭1:3‬


-Mrs. Hannah D. ❀️