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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. πŸ’”

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. πŸ’œ

All Things New

5 Mar

Well, what a shock, it’s been about a month since I last blogged. #fail 

Anyway, a lot has been going on in such a short amount of time. So let me start from the beginning…

I mentioned in my last post about a new season of life that I was about to start. This came in the form of a brand new job. 

So I’ve been at my new job for about a month and a half. It is very different than where I was. Like night and day different. I’m at this point where I’m still trying to learn as much as I possibly can. I think that will be the case for a while though. Without going into details, I am so happy there. This job has been nothing short of an answer to prayer and I am very thankful that God opened the door in His perfect timing. 

Another major milestone is that we got a puppy!!!!! My hubby & I have had puppy fever for a very long time. I saw on Facebook one day that a girl we knew was giving away some lab/catahoula mix puppies, so I sent her a message and told her we were super interested! 

We picked up our sweet boy on February 16th (our 7 year dating anniversary!) and we are head over heels in love with him! 😍

Creed is three months old and as smart as they come!! Every time we come outside to see him he is SO excited to see us!!! We can’t wait to see what the future holds and to watch him grow. I may be a little biased, but he is the cutest dog ever! 😍 

Lastly, this weekend we went to Texas to surprise one of Houston’s good friends for his birthday! πŸŽ‰ We were able to meet his friend’s girlfriend and a couple of their other friends that flew in for the weekend as well. It was a great time getting to relax and hang out with new friends! πŸ€— 

Us girls! πŸ‘―

The guys!

Thankful for new/old friends! 😊

Our last night in town!

If you can’t tell, they were super stoked about taking this picture! 😏

The guys had a great time bass fishing! 🎣

 

Sometimes you need a weekend away to meet new friends, make new memories, and just have fun. That was this weekend for us. 

This is such a beautiful life that God has blessed us with. I could not be more thankful! 

God is good!

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❀️

A New SeasonΒ 

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.

β€’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.

β€’My husband; he loves me when I don’t deserve it and accepts me as I am. 

β€’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. ❀

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! 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. ☺️

Recently

11 Nov

It has been way too long since I’ve blogged. I’m sorry to any dedicated readers. Just a lot going on.

Where to start?! This time of year brings back a lot of memories. Some good, some bad. 

Just a warning, things are about to get real…

Take Halloween for example. This year brought back so many painful memories. A loved one had surgery a couple of weeks ago (on Halloween) at the very same hospital my Daddy spent the last 50 days of his life. We spent the day there, praying for good results. Surgery went well but my heart hurt all day. Everything about that hospital made me sad. I couldn’t understand why it panned out the way it did. Why there? Why that day? Was God using this to bring closure? I’m still not sure. I’ve been pretty off ever since. 

Remember several months ago when I blogged about weakness? And how Houston had been my should to cry on?  Well that is still pretty accurate. I’ve been pretty discouraged lately. 

However, on Sunday I heard a sermon I believe was written just for me. It was titled “Not An Expert.” Our pastor spoke about how God has a plan for us and how our current location (physical or emotional) is not a mystery or barrier to God. 

I think what touched my heart most was this:

“Realize that God sees what you see. He hears what you hear. God cares far deeper than we care. And He has a great plan.” 

Hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed that. 

How do people live this life without the hope of God? I will never know. 


Anyway, on a lighter note…I’m so excited that Thanksgiving & Christmas are just around the corner!! 

You know what I’m most excited about? Spending time with the people I love most. More and more I realize how blessed and thankful I am to have the family I have. Nothing makes my heart happier than spending time with them. I could never thank God enough. He has truly blessed me beyond measure! 

I know I say that a lot…and probably sound like a broken record, but…I don’t care! 😏 

Well you’ve made it to the end of the post…sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written! Hopefully that will change. 😊 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❀️