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More Than Just Fireworks πŸ’₯

7 Jul

Oh it has been sooooooo long since I last blogged. Don’t even remember when the last time was? I think it was for my wedding anniversary…yes that’s it! That was the last time I posted!! So I guess I’m technically doing good…it’s been less than a month! Haha πŸ˜†

Anywayyy…I’ve been so inspired the last ten days. So much joy in the midst of a very busy, stressful season in life.

Let’s start with last Thursday, June 28th…I became an Aunt (again!!! 😍) to a precious, perfect little boy. πŸ’™

Cole Daniel πŸ’™

I’m completely in love with him just like I am his sisters. And may I add, they are just the best big sisters to him already. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’™

When I became an aunt 6 years ago I had no idea how much love my heart would hold for these babies. My heart could just burst! I can’t imagine what it will be like with my own babies someday! ❀️

Now let’s jump forward a few days to the Fourth of July. It was a day spent with family! That night Houston & I headed back home from my mom’s and I mentioned something about the annual fireworks show they do each year in our town. He asked if I wanted to watch them and I suggested driving to our land to see if we could see them from there.

We haven’t been over to our land in a really long time. Life has been so dang busy and we just never make time to go over there. We saw that the hay had been cut on our first section of land (in front of where we want to build our house someday) so we drove out on it.

As we waited on the fireworks to start we listened to music and talked about events of the day. Our latest song, “I Like Me Better” by Lauv came on and it was perfect. We discovered that song on the radio on our anniversary getaway back in June. The lyrics couldn’t be more true…

“To not know who I am but still know that I’m good long as you’re here with me…

I like me better when I’m with you

I knew from the first time, I’d stay for a long time ’cause

I like me better when

I like me better when I’m with you”

The fireworks started and my heart began to swell as I realized we had a perfect view!!

We watched for a while and began to talk about the future. When our house is built we will be able to invite all our family over for the Fourth of July. The girls and Cole can run in the yard and play with Creed, maybe we’ll have a baby by then and we can all sit on the porch and talk as we watch the fireworks. I was almost in tears thinking about how wonderful that will be. My heart is so happy. ❀️

More often than not the dream of building a house has seemed more and more distant. Between life and finances, it just seems hard to fathom. God has realllllyyyy been dealing with my heart on this. It seems that each week at church the sermon is meant just for me. Whether it’s about believing in the dreams that God has given you or speaking life over your situation…it’s stepped all over my toes.

I cannot wait to build our dream house. 🏑 It will be OUR house on OUR land. It will be perfect and it will be a huge blessing. God is working behind the scenes and He is going to make a way. I just need to sit back and TRUST in Him.

And don’t worry…when we begin this house-building journey, I’ll take you all along for the ride! πŸ€—

What are your God-given dreams?

Never give up on them!


Mrs. Hannah D. πŸ’œ


1,461 ❀️

7 Jun

I am the worst. I haven’t posted on here since April 23rd. If any of you read this, you’re probably not surprised. But as I usually say, life has been so busy and I truly haven’t had time to blog as much as I’d like.

Things have been very, very stressful this last month or so. Work has been busy, Grad School has just started back up for the summer, and we’ve been stretched so thin lately. I constantly feel like I’m running in 100 different directions but not really “getting” anywhere. Know what I mean? And then, about two weeks ago, my car messed up. I’ve had my car for a little over 9 years…yes NINE, and it has been such a good car. But you know that saying “when it rains, it pours!”? Well, yeah, that’s accurate. We were able to get it fixed (thank God), but not without a HEFTY price to pay. Anyone in need of a kidney? Ha. πŸ™ƒπŸ˜¬

But I am not writing this post to talk about my stresses. Life is stressful enough for everyone else in this world, the last thing you want to read about it MY stress. This post is in honor of my FOUR year Wedding Anniversary. ❀️

One thousand four hundred sixty one days as husband and wife. To be quite honest, I’m surprised he’s put up with me this long! πŸ˜‚ He is such a good man. I say that all the time, but it couldn’t be more true.

We have been together for just over 8 years. Over that time, we have celebrated and mourned, learned, grew, struggled, laughed, smiled, watched endless hours of TV, and so much more…TOGETHER. My husband has been with me through the most devastatingly heartbreaking times and the most wonderful, joyous times.

It has never once been him or me, it has always been US. When he’s not with me I don’t feel like myself. He is truly my much better half. He is the encourager when I feel discouraged, he is the one that pushes me to be more like Jesus, he believes in me, he supports me, and so much more. I’m his biggest fan.

When God made him, I know that He was making him just for me. Our love and our relationship has been God ordained from the beginning. I pray that He is glorified in us and through us all the days of our life and that when people look at our marriage, they see Jesus’ love shining through.

I can’t wait to build a house with you someday.

I can’t wait to continue spoiling our nieces and nephew with you.

I can’t wait to have babies with you someday.

I can’t wait to see you smiling at me as I graduate with my Master’s.

I can’t wait to travel the world with you.

I can’t wait to continue loving and celebrating this beautiful life with you. Forever and ever and ever.

Thank you for being you.

Let’s grab some ice cream and run away together.

I love you eternally.


MRS. Hannah D. πŸ–€

A Sunday Well Spent

17 Jan

I’m a little ashamed that this is the first time I’ve blogged all year. πŸ˜› 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! πŸ˜‹)

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.


Mrs. Hannah D. ❀️


7 Nov

I know I say this a LOT but, I love the weekends. They’re my most favorite. This Friday, 11.6.15, was one of the best. So much so, I have been inspired to blog about it! 

I got to sleep in a little (yay!) today. Friday’s off work are big blessing when you’re so tired from the first part of the week. What is so different about sleeping in this Friday is that I had a dream about my Daddy. You see, I don’t remember my dreams very often, but this one, I remember quite vividly. It goes like this;  I remember receiving a text message from him that said:

“No star in the sky is as pretty as you.”

Then I remember going somewhere (I was late, of course) and sitting down beside momma in what seemed to be an audience, like we were going to watch a play or something. Daddy was there too, beside me on my right. He was upright on what seemed to be a bed or gurney. He was asleep, but he was there. Then I woke up…

When I woke up that morning my heart was filled with sadness. It will be four years next month since he went to Heaven to be with Jesus. My heart still aches, especially this time of the year. The “text message” he sent me wasn’t anything I’ve heard before. It was like a real message from him. That makes my heart happy. I miss him more than words can say. My eyes are filled with tears as I type this, but I have hope in knowing that I will see him again in Heaven someday. 


The best parents in the universe.


I love this picture so much.

Today was also a day of firsts! Adam & Chelsey took Adalyn to see her very first movie in theaters!! From what I hear she absolutely loved it! I’m so glad that she got to go on a “date” with her mommy and daddy! ☺️  

Such a little cutie & so grown up!!! ❀️

While they were at the movies momma kept sweet Emery Kate! And…she rolled over for the first time!!!! Can’t believe how fast she’s growing up!!  

Precious little angel!!! ❀️

And last, but certainly not least, my sweet hubby took me out for a “date day” today. We spent the entire afternoon and evening together talking, laughing, making memories, and having so much fun!!! I believe it is SO important to continue to date your spouse even after marriage! Beyond blessed and thankful to have such a wonderful husband to share this life with.  

Date day, plaid day. ❀️

See why I love the weekends so much? God is so good, everyday, in all ways! He is a good, good Father! 

Until next time…


Mrs. Hannah D. ☺️


A Year Later

16 Jun

Well I haven’t blogged in a good *almost* three months. Shame on me!! It isn’t that I wasn’t inspired, on the contrary! However, time passes SO quickly and well you know the rest!

So a lot has happened in the last three months (duh!)! In my last post, I talked about getting cut off from our house by the river…well believe or not that has happened a least a couple more times since that last post. I’m beginning to think it’s a test since according to my sweet husband it usually doesn’t happen this often! –hopefully I’m passing! 😏

Speaking of my sweet husband…we have officially been married 374 days!!! We had our one year anniversary just over a week ago. It is so hard to believe that we have been married a year already! Time has flown by! This first year of marriage has been nothing short of wonderful. A year full of fun, lots of love, laughter,  adjustments, family, adventures, pictures, memories, weekend getaways, TV show marathons at home, learning, and growing–together! Looking back over the last year, my heart is full of joy. It has truly been a blessing from God, and I am eternally grateful for this life He has so graciously given me. 

The last year has also been filled with learning experiences and growth. We have learned budgeting, communicating, working together, being completely there for one another, listening, and serving. The best part of the adjustments and learning experiences in this first year of marriage? Doing it all together. Living this life with my best friend–I could not ask for more! 

Anniversary weekend memories! ❀️

I am so glad I get to spend the rest of my life with this man! SO much to look forward to!!! ❀️❀️❀️

So coming up within the next couple of months… 

July we will welcome our second niece into this world!!! 

Love this family of four! Can’t wait to meet our sweet Emery Kate!! πŸ’–

In August we will take our first official vacation together (other than our honeymoon of course!) in Destin, FL!! 

A few memories from our Jamaican honeymoon! πŸŒΊπŸŒ΄πŸ β˜€οΈ

Until next time…

God is good!! 


-Mrs. Hannah D. 😊

Letter to My Niece

22 Nov

My niece is two. Her birthday is the day before mine…talk about the best birthday present ever! That day I became an aunt, and before she was born I had always heard about how strong a mother’s love is, but never experienced it. Then she came along. Though I am not a mom, I know that as soon as I heard her cry I knew that I had never loved anyone like I loved her. She changed our family’s world forever. And since then she’s had each of us wrapped around her little finger!

I have watched her grow into the most fun, lovable, smart, beautiful little girl. And though she’s only two, I can’t help but think…”don’t grow up so fast…just stay this little as long as you can.” To her everything is funny…she is full of joy and lots of laughter! She sees the world so innocently and life is full of wonder. Her smile is contagious and she has my whole heart!




Even though she can’t read yet…this is a post just for her. I want her to grow up and know that she is important, that she never has to wonder if she is good enough. When you’re a teenager, and sometimes even when you’re an adult you go through things and wonder, “am I good enough?” It could be heartbreak, disappointment, a test in school, or not getting a job. There are so many things that could factor into making you feel that way. So when you get older and go through all these things that we won’t be able to protect you from, just remember that you are so important. You’re important to me, to our family, and to God.

Never lose your faith in God. Through all the ups and downs, joys and sorrows of life, God is always with you. He will never leave you. He loves you and you are so precious in His sight. Never lose your faith in people either. There are people in this world who are cruel and hurtful, but there are also people who are wonderful and kind. Don’t give up on the hope of kind people. Be kind to everyone, whether they return the kindness or not.

Cherish every second you spend with family and friends. Hold on tight to each precious memory you have with the ones who love you so much. Memories are such a beautiful part of life.

You are loved. Sweet girl you are loved more than you could ever know! You are so loved by your family…never forget that! You never got to meet him, but your Pop would have been absolutely crazy about you. He loved you even though he never got to meet you on Earth. When he found out about you, he talked about how he would take you riding around in his truck and how he would pull you in a pink wagon. You were already so special to him, just as you are to us. Always remember to love in return. Love your family always, even when you’re a teenager and being with family is the lamest thing ever…always love them and always remember we love you too.

You are beautiful. Inside and out, you are so beautiful! And you better not listen to anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

Keep laughing and keep making people laugh. You’re so funny…you always make us laugh and smile! Don’t ever grow out of that. Laughter is good for the soul and life is way too short not to smile and laugh.

Do good. When you get older and go out into the world, do good. Never be afraid to be who you are and stand up for what you believe in. Be a good person; be kind to people and truly care about others.

I know you’re still so young, but as you get older never stop singing and dancing along to the radio, hug the ones you love every chance you get, remember all the fun times you have at MeMe’s house and Nana’s house, remember what it sounds like when your Daddy gets home, and always stay Momma’s sweet girl. And always remember that Uncle Houston and Aunt Hannah love you lots and lots. As do everyone else!

-Hannah D