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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. 💔

Three. Beautiful. Years.

6 Jun

You know what is amazing? Love. Love is amazing and crazy wonderful. And you know what else is amazing and crazy wonderful? Marriage. But being married and in love is the best there is.


Three years of marriage has flown by. When my husband and I first met, I never imagined he was the one for me. You see we are pretty different, which I’ve talked about on here before. But these three years have been better than I could have imagined…being married has been more than a dream come true.


A lot has happened since our last anniversary. We’ve had vacations and weekend getaways, purchased land for our future home, climbed a mountain, eaten endless amounts of pizza, watched hours of our favorite TV shows, laughed, made memories, cried, celebrated victories and leaned on each other during the hardest times.

I’ve learned more about myself than ever before. I have felt such a constant love and support from the best husband. In these 1,096 days, I’ve become more myself than ever before and each day I’m realizing more and more how incredibly blessed I am.

You see my husband is THE definition of a good man. He is kind and compassionate, he shows me such a Christ-like love, he is respectful, patient, funny, intelligent, and gentle. He loves me exactly as I am and never tries to change me. He is supportive and encouraging. He’s my shoulder to cry on. He is exactly what I never knew I always wanted and everything I could ever need in a husband. He is my answered prayer.


He is also sooooooooo handsome and the BEST dog dad ever.


I have loved each moment spent with you and I can’t wait to spend every single day for the rest of my life learning, growing, and loving with YOU.

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” –Emily Bronte

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. ❤️

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. ❤

Two Years

6 Jun

Two years. 731 days (this includes Leap Day). This Tuesday will mark two wonderful years of marriage! Time has flown by, as it always does when you’re having fun! 

A lot has happened in the two years we’ve been married. From a new job to the birth of our second niece and everything in between. I could write a book on all the memories we’ve made in the last couple of years! So many wonderful times. ❤️ 

I honestly can’t thank God enough for blessing me with the husband I have. Being married to him has been easy, natural, and a joy. He is different than me in a lot of ways. Very laid back, never worries, and not easily angered. He has many traits I wish I had. God knew exactly what He was doing when He brought us together. Funny how He always knows what we need, right?!

I’ve talked before about being in a season of waiting. Well, I still am. I know God has a plan, but goodness it isn’t easy to wait. Our timing is so different than His; ours is imperfect, His is just the opposite.

Houston has really been there for me throughout this season. When I’ve cried, he’s been my shoulder. When my anxiety got the best of me, he assured me God was in control. He’s prayed with me and for me. He has encouraged me and listened. He is truly the definition of a wonderful husband.

So this post is dedicated to him. He’s my best friend and the love of my life. I never, ever want to imagine life without him. I thank God for blessing me with much more than I could ever deserve. Houston, I love you forever and ever. I truly cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for us. 

Happy Anniversary. You have my heart. ❤️


Blessings, 

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

Weakness

5 Feb

This has been one of those weeks. A terrible one for sure. It was by the grace of God that I made it to the weekend. 

I’ve been sick every single day, been exhausted beyond belief, and had multiple obstacles to overcome (or trip over). I do believe I’ve come home and cried everyday. Let’s just say, it hasn’t been easy this week. 

So let’s switch gears and let me take a minute to brag. My sweet husband, bless his heart, has had to deal with the hundreds of emotions and tears this week has brought. He has been so good to me (he always is). He has listened, he has given advice, he’s prayed, and he’s been my shoulder to cry on each day. More and more I realize how blessed and thankful I am for this love we have. Thank You Jesus! ❤️ 

He has been the strong one this week. Who am I kidding, he’s always the strong one! But truthfully, I’m so thankful for his loving heart and his patience. 

  
Also, huge shoutout to the rest of my family. Thank you for listening to me complain and cry each day, and thank you for your words of encouragement. 

Through it all, I cannot give enough thanks and praise to God for carrying me through each day. I realize more every day that I would truly be lost, in every sense of the word, without my Savior. I have cried to Him, praised Him, and even questioned His plans for me; but He still carries me through and He still has such great things in store. Thank You Jesus!!!! ☺️ 

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”‭‭

–Psalm‬ ‭55:22‬

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

–‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬

“He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever.”

–‭‭Psalms‬ ‭136:23‬

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

–‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬

Blessings & love,

-Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️