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Playing Catch Up

31 Mar

So if you are an avid reader of my blog you are fully aware that I haven’t blogged in almost two months. I’ve taken an “unofficial” break from blogging. Life has been crazy busy. The break will most likely continue, but I had to hop on and make a post!

Before I get into the details about the busyness of life I just have to say one thing…

“God is good. God is good to me. God is good at being God. And today is just another page in our great love story.” –Lysa TerKurst, Uninvited

Now let’s just reflect on life as of late…

In mid-February we traveled to Dallas for a friend’s wedding. We had a blast meeting new friends, spending time with “old” friends, and making memories. It was a blessing to celebrate such a beautiful couple as they began the amazing journey of marriage!

Wishing them a lifetime of happiness!!! โค๏ธ

Once we got back home the rain started. It rained..and rained…and RAINED for what felt like a month. Naturally the river came up and we were flooded out of our house for almost two weeks. Thankfully we were able to go stay with my momma, but our poor pup had to go stay at my hubby’s brother’s house. We loved the time spent with momma, but there’s no place like home!

The week after we got home, my cousin Lauren gave birth to her sweet baby girl, Jordyn! ๐Ÿ’• After visiting we’re a tiny bit closer to having baby fever! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We also spent some quality time with our boy. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE our dog?! Literally obsessed with him. ๐Ÿ˜

Now we’re finally caught up to last week! As of last Wednesday, I was on Spring Break!!!! I celebrated my first full day of break by shopping with my wonderful momma! We had a blast!!! Recently I’ve been obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack. Like literally obsessed. The songs tell the story of Alexander Hamilton and you basically get a history lesson with each one. SO good! Well mom and I listened to the entire soundtrack yesterday. It was amazing and now we want to fly to New York. Well, I wanted to before this, but anyway! Some of the songs have some pretty bad language, so you’ve been warned, but it’s worth looking past that & checking it out!!

It was a blast and we both felt like we had learned so much!!! ๐Ÿค“

Thursday came and was filled with blessings. I got to have lunch with my honey, enjoyed a wonderful massage he had bought me for Christmas, played with our pup, got take out for dinner, & watched The Office! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Œ

And to finish off the week, Friday came and I spent the entire day with my best friend. We shopped a little, ate a lot, and just enjoyed each other’s company. I’m so thankful and blessed to be married to my very best friend! โค๏ธ

While out and about we tried a new restaurant, Blaze Pizza! I’ve been wanting to try it for a while so I was very excited!! At first bite it reminded us of the delicious pizza we ate on our honeymoon at Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica! ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ So of course we loved it! ๐Ÿค—

It was a busy, but wonderful Spring Break. I’m so thankful for the time off to rest before a super busy season of work starts up. I’ve been extremely stressed, busy,and exhausted lately, so it was much needed.

This coming week will be filled with busyness as we celebrate my birthday bestie turning SIX!!! I cannot deal. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

My birthday is the day after Adalyn’s…but I’m turning 27 and that is terrifying close to 30…so let’s not talk about it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, as I said earlier, I’ll probably continue with the “blog break” until life slows down a little. Between work, Grad school, church, and just life in general, I don’t have a ton of free time. ๐Ÿ˜”

So I’ll see ya when I see ya!

Blessings,

-Mrs. Hannah D. ๐Ÿ–ค

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Love

6 Feb

My heart has been so overwhelmed with love lately. โค๏ธ

You know, I wish I had time (I guess I could make time, but whatever) to blog every week. But life is just so busy and I just don’t make time like I should; resulting in blog posts such as this one that are filled with random thoughts.

These random thoughts, the ones that have been filling my heart and mind lately, come gushing like a word-waterfall and then all my dedicated readers (are there any???) read my posts and are left feeling overwhelmed by my word vomit. Okay, that was a run-on sentence. Sorry. Ahhhh.

So back to the beginning, the actual reason for this post. A few Saturday’s ago in one of my Graduate classes we talked about different movies and how we could use the theme of specific movies to tell our story. One of the movies was The Lego Movie, and the theme was “everything is awesome!” As I sat there, telling about the positive aspects in my life I realized that everything I was describing was truth. Though the theme of everything being awesome and wonderful seemed silly and unrealistic, I was inspired. It clicked right then and there that there are so many things I have to thank God for in my life.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do NOT want this blog post to come across that I have the perfect life, because I DON’T. I have internal struggles with worry and fear, stresses about finances and the future, and I’ve suffered incredible loss of loved ones. But sitting there that day, telling a complete stranger about all the wonderful things in my life, I knew that the good is what God desires that we focus on.

Since it is inching ever so closely to Valentine’s Day let me just talk about the love of my life. My husband. My soulmate. My heart.

When I was a little girl I always dreamed of marrying my Prince Charming and living happily ever after. When I was a teenager, lonely and broken hearted, I made a list of all the traits I would want in a future husband.

Guess what! I found him.

I found my prince, the man God made for me, the one who exceeded every expectation.

Now let’s also take into account the fact that God made Houston EXTRA patient because He knew I would be a handful. I mean, God is all-knowing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My husband is loving in every sense of the word. He is good. He is kind. He is selfless. He works hard. He is more than I could have ever wanted, and everything I need.

Yes, I realize this is very mushy. But when you love someone so much, you can’t help but tell the world how wonderful they are.

Our love and our marriage never ceases to bring my thoughts and heart back to God. Back to our Savior, the One who gave us the ability to love. The One who’s love for US is far greater than our human minds could comprehend. The Creator, the King of Kings, the good, good Father.

My heart could just burst.

My life isn’t perfect, my marriage isn’t perfect; but it is wonderful despite the trials and God has poured out His blessings in more ways than I could count.

Find ways to look for the good in YOUR life today. You’ll be amazed at how much your perspective will change when you do.

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ๐Ÿ–ค

A Sunday Well Spent

17 Jan

I’m a little ashamed that this is the first time I’ve blogged all year. ๐Ÿ˜› Hehe!!

This Sunday, I was so inspired by life that I knew I had to compile all my thoughts into this blog.

Almost a year ago, Sunday’s were filled with anxiety, stress, and tears. It was one of my least favorite days of the week. Nowadays, Sunday’s are quite different. A really good different.

Within the last year, my momma started an unspoken tradition of lunch at her house every Sunday after church. Previously we would just go to a restaurant in town, but being in a small town we were very limited with our choices.

It isn’t the food (though it is always delicious!) that makes Sunday lunch so special; it is time with the people I love. We all sit at the dining room table, eat, talk, laugh. It’s perfect.

Our conversations are sometimes filled with tears, sometimes laughter, but always smiles.

After lunch my nieces play and we all lay around and relax.

Sunday morning church fills my soul and Sunday lunch fills my heart (& stomach! ๐Ÿ˜‹)

This time with family is something I so cherish. God is so good and I am so thankful.

Find time to cherish the little things.

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. โค๏ธ

Reflections

30 Dec

Every New Years I write a blog reflecting on the previous year and finding myself in disbelief that it went by so quickly.

I should probably write something different this year. Ya know, change it up a little.

Nah, I’ll pass! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wow. I truly cannot believe this year has come and gone. Time seems to pass faster and faster the older I get. There are so many wonderful things that happened in 2017. There were also difficulties and challenges.

Let’s do a month-by-month recap:

January; started a brand new job that I LOVE!

February; adopted our sweet puppy Creed!

March; had my first Spring Break in years & got to spend it with my momma; & met new friends!

April; turned 26 & started my journey as a Rodan + Fields Consultant!

May; watched my cousin marry the love of her life and said a final goodbye to my sweet grandpa.

June; celebrated my 3 year wedding anniversary!

July; took an awesome road trip with my hubby!

August; started teaching my first class & started my first Graduate class!

September; received free tickets to see Brad Paisley in concert at the Grand Opening of MAD!

October; broke my foot leading to this being a VERY difficult month emotionally.

November; celebrated our Creed turning ONE & spent Thanksgiving with family!

December; found out some of the most amazing news on one of the hardest days of my life, the 6 year anniversary of my Daddy going to Heaven. Celebrated my hubby’s birthday & spent so much time with the people I love during our almost two week Christmas break.

This year I’ve learned that life is truly full of hills and valleys. I spent a lot of unnecessary time and tears worrying about things I couldn’t control, all to finally realize that God is in control. I just needed to sit back and TRUST Him. TRUST that He is good. TRUST that He is full of love. TRUST that He has great plans for our future. I spent too much time and energy worrying when in reality I just needed to TRUST my Savior.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” -James 1:17

โ€œHe says, โ€œBe still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.โ€โ€ -Psalmโ€ฌ โ€ญ46:10โ€ฌ

My “word” for 2018 is TRUST.

What is your word?

See ya next year!

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ๐Ÿ–ค

A Good Man

16 Dec

This Monday is my husband’s birthday. I love birthdays, more specifically I love HIS birthday. I love celebrating his life and giving him gifts. He is so deserving of celebration and blessings.

There are so many “definitions” of what society deems to be a “good” man. But the truth is, my husband is the epitome of a good man by every definition to exist.

He is godly. As a deacon in our church and a Christ-loving man, he only desires God’s will in his life, my life, and our family. He pushes me to go to church even when I don’t “feel” like it. Yeah, you read that right, sometimes I just don’t “feel” like going to church. I’m human, sue me. Him on the other hand, well let’s just say, this is one of the many ways he’s better than me. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

He is kind. I am quick to judge and even talk negatively. He carries on the daily “be nice Hannah” for my mom. I know she’s proud. ๐Ÿ˜

He works hard. In everything he does, whether it be his full time job or working on a project for someone, he’s going to work hard. His dedication to working hard and helping others inspires my heart daily.

He loves. This man loves so well. He loves me, my family, his family, our dog, friends, church family. He just loves so well. I am honored to be a receiver of the love he gives.

I could go on and on about all the qualities that make my husband a good man, but I have a feeling you may not read them all. ๐Ÿ˜›

When I was a teenager, single and wishing so bad to fall in love, I made a list. This list was every trait that I wanted in a future husband. And guess what! My husband exceeds that list. The only “criteria” he doesn’t meet is “play guitar” ๐ŸŽธ but he has plenty of time to learn still! Hehe!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Houston, you are everything I ever prayed and hoped for in a husband and so much more. Our marriage is more than a dream come true and our love story is written on my heart forever. Thank you for loving me so well, praying with me, believing in me, caring for me, and so much more. I don’t deserve you but I’m so glad to have you. You are everything I never knew I always wanted and everything God knew that I would need.

Happy Birthday! The world is a MUCH better place because you’re in it.

Those are just a FEW of my most favorite pictures of the most handsome, wonderful, loving husband in the universe. ๐Ÿ’™

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ๐Ÿ–ค

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 meย be real with you. It’s okay to not always be encouraging. It’s okay to have seasons of life whereย YOU are theย one that needs encouragement. Sometimes you just have to depend on theย ones you love to be there for you. ย 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 orย 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. ๐Ÿ–ค

This is Us

21 Oct

Have you ever watched the NBC television show This is Us? If not, you are seriously missing out. It has easily become one of our most favorite TV shows!

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There are so many wonderful things about this show. We’re midway in to season 2 and it has been nothing but good, wholesome, real life episodes. I have so much love for this show (clearly) that it has inspired me to write a blog about it.

Let’s start with Jack and Rebecca. The original parents. Mom and Dad to the big three. Crazy in love, but completely real in the way they work through hard, realistic issues. Jack is a good man. He is a hard worker, and he pushes Rebecca to take risks and work towards her dreams. He loves her unconditionally. He reminds me of my husband in those aspects. Rebecca says often that “he’s not perfect, but he’s as close as they come.” That’s Houston. He’s not perfect, but goodness he’s close.

Engagement picture from 2013; and I thought I loved him then. โค๏ธ


He is crazy about their kids and he’s a good dad. That trait reminds me so much of my dad. He was crazy about my brother and me. He worked tirelessly until he absolutely couldn’t. Like Jack’s character, he wasn’t perfect. He had his vices. But even though the vices caused some hardships, they didn’t split our family apart. If anything, my brother and I learned from them, and my mom and dad stuck together despite it all.

My momma & daddy! โค๏ธ


Kate. She’s one of the twins and one of the big three. Goodness I see so much of myself in her character. She has struggled all her life with her weight. She was always different in school from the other girls because she didn’t fit the cookie-cutter mold that most everyone else did. Her character had gotten to a point in life where she had pretty much stopped looking for a special someone. Then she met Toby. He loves her despite her flaws and issues. He sees her for who she truly is, not just what everyone else thinks. Every woman deserves to find a man who loves her for who she is and encourages her to be the best possible version of herself. I’m so glad I found mine.

But truly, what has hit me the hardest lately is the fact that Jack, their dad, has passed away. The show goes to flashbacks from when the characters were younger and the memories they have of their father. We as viewers don’t know yet how he died, but we do know that it happened while the big three were young. Most likely in their teenage years. You see the impacts the death has had on them even as adults in their late 30s. Revealing that the death of a parent is not something that you ever “get over.”

I so often think back to when I was younger and the memories I have with my Daddy. Whether it was him picking me up from school every Friday afternoon or him telling me “bye britches, I love you!” each morning when he left for work. I remember his favorite cologne and the little things he used to do that would drive me nuts. Things that I now find myself wishing for again. Though he’s only been gone 6 years (in December), it feels like it’s been a lifetime. I see so much in my own self and in my family’s life that has changed and I can’t help but wonder what life would be like if he were still here.

Always a Daddyโ€™s girl; miss him tremendously. ๐Ÿ’”


The final thing this show has revealed to me, that I actually already knew, is the impact parents have on the life of their children. You see the impact of Jack and Rebecca in the lives of Kate, Kevin, and Randall (the big three). And goodness has it made me realize the impact that my parents have always had on my life. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today if it wasn’t for the incredible, positive, Godly impact my parents have made in my life. I am eternally grateful. The show also touches on the negative impacts parents can have on their children. Specifically Jack’s character and the fact that his father was an alcoholic. Parents have such important roles of influence, even if they don’t realize it.


Anyway, I think I’ve rambled on enough. Go watch this show though. You will need a few tissues, but man its good.

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ๐Ÿ–ค