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If I’m Being Real…

15 Nov

I’m a terrible blogger. Seriously the worst. I haven’t blogged in well over a month.

Want to know why??

Because I haven’t felt like it.

There, I said it. Ever since I broke my foot on October 9th, I have been in the worst funk. I’ve been discouraged, frustrated, exhausted, etc. And frankly, I haven’t felt like encouraging anyone. Let’s not forget to mention having a really bad cold and falling TWICE since the incident. Can’t win for losing.

I’ve also been very stressed. Work has been busy, grad school has been, well, not high on the motivation list, and adult-ing has been stressful. I’m just tired and I think I need a break. Maybe a vacation. To a Caribbean island. Any volunteers to pay for said vacation? *crickets* …yeah I didn’t think so. I won’t even go into financial stresses…not the time or place.

And let’s not even talking about my eating habits. You know what you really don’t feel like doing when you have a broken foot? Cooking. Yep.

Okay, okay, I’m done now. I know you didn’t come here to “listen” to me complain about life and being an adult.

Guys let me be real with you. It’s okay to not always be encouraging. It’s okay to have seasons of life where YOU are the one that needs encouragement. Sometimes you just have to depend on the ones you love to be there for you.  And there are times when you are NOT going to be the strong one. I hope in times like these you have a loving spouse to be strong for you or that you have a family that loves and supports you in EVERY season.

I’m SO insanely thankful that I do.

Even if you’re not married or maybe your family doesn’t live close by, you know who you DO have? Jesus. He is always strong. He is always good. He always cares.

It’s an interesting thing, faith that is. I know with all of my being that God is good. That He has the best plans for my life and for my marriage and family. I know that He won’t let me go. But sometimes…I doubt. More often than not, worry clouds my mind and peace seems so distant. Ever feel that way too? Good, I’m glad I’m not alone in this.

Maybe you want peace, but there’s war in your head? (yes those are Switchfoot lyrics..credit where is due!) Sometimes the pain and stress is what opens the door to the promise ahead. The promise God gives us in His unchanging Word…

“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

“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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” -Jeremiah 29:11-12

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. 🖤

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Grad School, Marriage, & The Office

20 Sep

What a title right? It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. I seriously am the worst. If you still read my posts THANK YOU! 😃

So what has been happening lately…well let’s see…LIFE.

Work and Grad School has been taking up a great deal of time each week and weekend. I don’t think I’ve mentioned on here that I decided to go back to school to earn my Masters. I know, I know, I’m crazy. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I’ve been out of college for FOUR years and the thought of taking classes again literally terrified me. Like, feeling sick at my stomach terrified. But with the encouragement of my incredible husband, family, and co-workers, I jumped in.

I’m only taking one class right now, but it was truly the best way for me to get my feet wet again and get back in the groove of things. So far, so good. I LOVE what I’m learning and I feel like I’m starting to find my “place” and what I want to do in this life. For those interested, my major is College Counseling and Student Affairs. My first class is simply an introduction to counseling and I have truly enjoyed it. I cannot wait to learn more, grow more, and HELP more!

Would you be surprised to know that my sweet husband has been a huge supporter of this? Of course you wouldn’t because he’s amazing. Which brings me to my next thought for this post…marriage.

‼️WARNING: sappy statements ahead‼️

Words literally cannot describe how much my marriage has been a dream come true. I remember being a little girl, dreaming of marrying Prince Charming and living happily ever after. Well, life is certainly not a fairytale in the sense that everything is always perfect and wonderful. However, we face the uncertainties and the issues of life TOGETHER and that makes all the difference.

Thank you God for this incredible love and life. Thank you Houston for being everything I could ever need or want. You are truly the answer to every prayer. SHMILY.

You know what else is awesome about marriage? Binge-watching TV shows. I’ve blogged before about us having TV show marathons, but the latest one has got to be my most favorite. Last night, we finished The Office. We’ve spent probably a good 3 months off and on watching every single episode. We’ve laughed hysterically and I’ve cried multiple times. For those that have never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. It is one of the best TV shows ever made. #JimAndPamForever #BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica

There was one really awesome takeaway that I had from the season finale last night. Jim and Pam met at the office, became friends, eventually dated and got married. Their wedding made me cry. 😭 Anyway, without giving details away, in the final season of the series some issues arose. But, unlike most modern-day couples, they didn’t let the problems tear them completely apart. They reflected back to their wedding day and the vows that were read. One of those vows being “Love never fails.” Which is from this Bible verse: 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. …It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

-1 Corinthians 13:5, 7-8

That Bible verse is a testament to true love, not just the love between husband and wife, but the love our Father in Heaven has for each one of us. 

Now I know full well that the show was not making any sort of Biblical reference, however, I thought it was pretty amazing that of all the quotes about love out there they chose a section from a Bible verse! 😍

I hope and pray that you not only find the love that the Savior of the world has for you, but that you also find a love in marriage that is beyond your wildest dreams. A love so great that even watching Netflix on the weekend feels like a dream come true. ☺️

Blessings and Love,

-Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

I’ll Go Anywhere With You

5 Aug

Vacation is something I look forward to every single summer. That one week away from the day to day routine is good for the soul! It helps you to rest and refocus so you come back to normal life with a renewed outlook!

My favorite place to vacation is the white sand beach of Destin, FL. It has and will always be my happy place.

This year we decided to save some money and go on a week long road trip! We are trying to build a house ya know! 😏
Our journey started in Fayetteville. I’ve never been before so we travelled about 4 hours north to see the home of the Razorbacks! We visited a couple of popular stores I’d always wanted to go to and then settled in for the night.

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Our first stop; Fayetteville…home of the Razorbacks!!

Don’t let the face fool you, he was excited!!

 

 

 

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Our next stop was Eureka Springs to see the gorgeous Thorncrown Chapel and the Christ of the Ozarks statue. Eureka Springs is such a different and very eclectic city. The homes and businesses have the look of those you’d imagine to be in a storybook. Such a unique place. The Chapel was one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen. My cousin, E. Fay Jones, was the architects on this beautiful building. Pretty cool right?! And the Christ statue was massive and beautiful. It overlooked the Ozark mountains!

 

 

 

 

Having lunch downtown in Eureka Springs!

Such a cute restaurant with yummy food!

 

 

Branson, MO was our third stop on our trip! We stayed one night, and while we were there we saw Moses at the Sight & Sound Theater and had some awesome seafood at Landry’s! Moses was such a fantastic show. It was a depiction of the life and purpose of Moses and how he, with God’s guidance and strength, helped to free the Hebrew slaves from Pharoah’s ruling. So awesome!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our fourth stop was the small town of Pawhuska, OK. You may be wondering, “what in the world would take you to that part of Oklahoma?!” Well, anyone that knows me knows my LOVE for all things Pioneer Woman. 😍 Whether it be her dishes, cookbooks, recipes, or TV show, the Pioneer Woman is basically my spirit animal!!! 🤗 My incredible husband agreed to take me to her new Mercantile that opened in October 2016. It was EVERYTHING I imagined it to be and so much more. There were thousands of items in the store, an incredible deli with amazing food (such as the best biscuit I’ve ever eaten, which I know will be in Heaven someday!), and a bakery with more homemade baked goods than I can count!!! We even stumbled upon the entrance to their Ranch!!!! Ahhh!!! 😍😍😍

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Our fourth stop!!!!

 

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AHHHH!!!!!!

 

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The store was HUGE!!

 

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And the best husband EVER award goes to…..

 

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Trying to contain my excitement!!!!

 

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Take a wile guess who was most excited about our 7 AM breakfast at the Mercantile!!!

 

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Our fifth and final stop was the DFW area to spend a few days with friends!! We arrived late that Thursday evening. That Friday Houston & his buddy went fishing while my friend Tiffany and I hung out! It was so good to catch up! Then that night we went to the Texas Rangers game to watch them win against the Baltimore Oriole’s!! So fun!!! Saturday Tiffany & I did some shopping (hello new Kate Spade purse! 😍) then we had church that night and some super delish Italian food! We had the best time hanging out and catching up with friends!

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Last but not least, visiting friends in the DFW area!! My sweet friend Tiffany & me!

 

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great seats

Heck of a view!!! (The field is nice too! Ha)

 

rangers win

Woohoo!!!

 

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fireworks

awesome friends

So, so, so thankful for their friendship & hospitality!!

 

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Shopping!

 

We got home on Sunday and we’re welcomed by our sweet pup that we missed terribly!!! 😍😍😍 It was a wonderful vacation, but truly there is no place like home!

On this trip we were able to save money, see new places, laugh and make lots of memories! We drove just over 1,500 total miles in just 6 days! I am so thankful I get to travel the world with my best friend/husband. ❤️

“I could travel the world and the ocean blue, but I’ll never be home until I’m with you.”

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ☺️

My Rodan + Fields Story

1 Jun

Have you ever heard of Rodan + Fields? Some have, some haven’t. I had not heard of this amazing skincare company until last year. 

It was close to Christmas and they were about to launch Lash Boost! When I first heard about the product, I was very intrigued. You see, I have always had really short eyelashes and I had always used an eyelash curler and mascara to try to get the look that I desired, so when I heard about Lash Boost I immediately wanted to know more!!! A product that can make your natural eyelashes grow and thicken?! This would completely alleviate the need for an eyelash curler and would definitely save me time when getting ready!! 

I messaged Cassi, asking her the details. We had become Facebook friends based on the fact that she knew my husband. They had attended the same high school! She gave me the scoop and some info on ordering. She mentioned the business side of R+F to me but I politely turned her down. My thought was “I’m not a salesperson and I really don’t have time!” Ha! 
So I received the Lash Boost for Christmas and immediately fell in love with it!! In just three weeks I started seeing some serious results!! See below:: 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

I chatted with Cassi in February about my results and how much I loved the product. I also mentioned how envious I was because she seemed like she loved her job so much! She mentioned the business again and once again I politely said, “I really don’t think I have time.” Goodness I was not getting the hint! 🙄

Fast forward to April. I messaged Cassi about Rodan + Fields, expressing a little bit of interest in the business side of it. You see my sweet husband and I want to build our dream house very soon, so I wanted a way to speed up the savings process and my very first thought was R+F!!! We chatted, I talked with my hubby, and we prayed about it. I had so many thoughts about failing and not being successful, but Houston encouraged me. He told me that he fully supported me and that I was in excellent hands with Cassi as my sponsor. So I dove in…

In the first month, I have been promoted to Executive Consultant and have become so passionate about these amazing products! I never imagined loving this as much as I do. It’s funny to me how God can bring people into your life to encourage you and help you discover dreams you didn’t know you had! 

I cannot wait to see what the future holds with Rodan + Fields. With God first, the possibilities are endless! I am also so thankful that Cassi is my sponsor, I know that her help and encouragement are such a blessing! 

One final thing I have discovered, I LOVE helping women feel beautiful in their own skin. These products are amazing and everyone deserves to feel beautiful, because that is how God created you. You are made in His image! 

I would love to help you realize how beautiful you are and help you feel good in your own skin. Comment with any questions! 

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. ☺️

Brand New Year

2 Jan

2016. 

  
Wow! I cannot believe that it is already 2016! I’ve learned that the older I get, the faster time seems to fly. 

2015 was a beautiful year in many ways. I can’t help but look back and smile at all the memories this last year held. There were trials and there were blessings. Looking back I know without a doubt that the blessings outweigh the trials. All glory to God for that! 

But on this first day of 2016, my heart is hopeful for all that God has in store. Like most people, I have goals and “resolutions” for the new year. The typical are lose weight, exercise more, and eat better; but all that aside, I have many other hopes as well. 

I hope to grow closer to God. I am a sinner saved by Grace and my life would be nowhere without the Lord. 

I hope to always chose happiness. 

I hope to love my husband and family more deeply. 

I hope to be an inspiration; not just on my blog, but in everyday life. 

I hope to enjoy and cherish each moment of life; the good of course, and even look for the good in the midst of trials. God is with us through it all.

I hope to stop worrying and having anxiety about things that are out of my control. 

And last, but not least, I hope to trust in the Lord more each day. He is a good, good Father and so worthy of our praise. 

I hope and pray that each of you have a blessed, safe, and wonderful new year! 

Glory to God!

Blessings, 

-Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

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! 😉

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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. ❤️