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A Life Well Lived

9 Jun

Our lives are like a crashing wave, here one moment and gone the next.

When going through the day-to-day of life it may seem as though time drags on. But when you look back, you realize how quickly this life goes by.

My family’s world was shaken recently by the passing of my sweet grandfather. He was 88 years old and boy did he live each one of those years. Losing a loved one is the hardest thing a person could go through. Death has removed that person from your day-to-day, week-to-week life and there is no getting them back physically.

On May 6th, my grandfather was dancing and singing to Frank Sinatra (his favorite) at my beautiful cousin’s wedding. We danced as an extended family; we laughed, sang, and made memories we soon realized would be our last happy ones with my grandpa. He was full of life. Always telling a story, always making people laugh, and always making each person feel important.

The following Monday evening, my grandpa fell and broke his hip. Naturally, we were worried, but never imagined the outcome would be so terrible. He was scheduled to have surgery that Wednesday. Surgery went fine, but that afternoon he was having a difficult time coming out of his anesthesia.

On that Thursday morning, there was no improvement. That afternoon, we found out the terrible news that he had suffered a massive stroke and had lost all use/feeling of his right side. We had almost lost all hope that he would get better. The doctors certainly didn’t give us any reassurance.

Minutes turned to hours and hours turned to days. He made no improvement and he never woke up from the deep “sleep” he was in. The decision was made to place him on Hospice.

My eyes are filled with tears as I type that word. Hospice. I’ve had such a bad experience with it before when losing my Daddy. Speaking of that, through all of this so many terrible memories have resurfaced as I watched my once full of life grandpa slowly slip away from us. The noises of the hospital, the smells, the tears; it all brings back such painful memories of the 50 days my Daddy was hospitalized.

And then, on May 14th, my grandpa went to be with Jesus. Our hearts are shattered. Just a week before he was dancing and laughing. I truly believe that the shock of it all has made the situation that much harder.

Through all of this, the words from Even If by MercyMe have been on my heart and in my mind:

“But God, when You choose to leave mountains unmovable, oh give me the strength to be able to sing “it is well with my soul

I know You’re able and I know You can, save through the fire with Your mighty hand, but even if You don’t, my hope is You alone…”

I was honored with the privilege of writing the eulogy and creating the slideshow for my Grandpa’s funeral. As I began writing, learning, and reflecting on his life, I realized something I already knew; my Grandpa lived such a full life! While I still feel 88 years wasn’t long enough, I realized that he truly lived each one of those 88 years. He has traveled the world, owned and managed his own business, and so much more.

I can’t wait to give my Daddy and him the biggest hug when I get to Heaven someday.

Hug your loved ones a little tighter. 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. 💔

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.

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. ❤️