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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. ❤️

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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!

 

hubby baseball

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. 💜

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. 💜

“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. ❤️

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.