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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. 🙃😬

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! 😂 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.

Blessings,

MRS. Hannah D. 🖤

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Who Am I?!

24 Apr

I have had this blog for roughly 6ish years. It has gone from “Hannah B’s” blog, to the current Southernchicwife and throughout the name changes there have been a lot of life changes since the start up of this blog. One thing I did realize though…I have never formally introduced myself to my beloved readers! So, here we go…

My name is Hannah and I’m 27 years old. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and my life would be absolutely nothing without Him.

I am married to the most incredible man on planet Earth. If you’ve been reading my blog posts for any time at all you know that I am head over heels in love with him & he’s my very best friend. We’ve been married almost 4 years and together for 8. We live in a really small southern town with our sweet pup Creed, who is half lab and half Catahoula! I never realized how much you could love a dog until Creed came into our lives. I often wonder what in the world we ever did without him?!

My husband and I are VERY involved in our local church. He is a Deacon and I sing on the worship team. We love our church family so much and feel so blessed to be part of a church full of so many wonderful people.

Our families mean everything to us. We live very close to both of our families and truly wouldn’t have it any other way. I always like to say that our roots run very deep. Family is something so sacred to me. Many of you know that when I was 20 I lost my Daddy to heart failure. That was the hardest, darkest time in my life. I had just finished up my first semester of my junior year of college when it happened. I’ve gone through so many stages of grief and though it has been almost 7 years, my heart still aches. I cannot wait to see him in Heaven someday. Losing him opened my heart to so much love and appreciation for my family. My family is my heartbeat.

I am working full time at a local community college in my town. My Daddy worked here my whole life so when I got the job as an Academic Advisor I truly felt like I was coming “home.” Just 6 months after beginning my new career I was accepted into Graduate School. As a sophomore in college, I had thought about going to Grad School someday, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to or not. Four years passed after graduating with my Bachelor’s and I finally took the leap. I am working towards my Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Affairs. I seriously LOVE it. I love what I am learning and I’m excited about the potential doors this level of education will open. I have also been accepted in to the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society for being in the top 10% of my class. Such an honor!!!

So a few more details about ME…

  • I LOVE music…seriously couldn’t live without it
  • I have a lot of insecurities and have always struggled with my body image
  • I am a Weight Watcher and I love the freedom of the program
  • Binge watching TV shows is my jam…I’m obsessed with The Office, This Is Us, Law & Order: SVU, and The Walking Dead
  • I’m a homebody
  • I am an introvert and I do not like being the “center of attention”
  • Social situations with a lot of people usually make me uncomfortable
  • Worrying is one of my biggest downfalls (there are MANY)
  • Baking is one of my favorite things to do
  • Shopping is another one of my favorite activities (hellooooo Home Goods & TJ Maxx)
  • The Pioneer Woman is my spirit animal; I dream of meeting her someday. I’m pretty sure we’d be best friends.
  • I’m obsessed with jewelry (mainly Kendra Scott)
  • I went through a pretty dark time after college where I struggled tremendously with anxiety. I was on medication and everything. I’m so thankful to have overcome that!
  • I could literally eat crusty bread with a warm soft center & whipped salted butter, pizza, pasta, ice cream, chocolate chunk cookies (Pioneer Woman recipe only!), and warm brownies every. single. day. I don’t…but I COULD!
  • Destin, FL is my favorite place in the world. My husband proposed to me there and when we go there with my family my heart could literally explode from happiness.
  • Clearly the beach is my happy place
  • I would chose a small town over a big city any day (hello stargazing!)
  • I love taking pictures and have 9,000+ photos on my phone that I just cannot delete. I’ve even bought extra GB of storage on the Cloud. Said photos date back to 2011.
  • I seriously LOVE Broadway shows. I’ve been to several in my home state, but I dream of going to New York someday and seeing one. Preferably Hamilton and Wicked.
  • Speaking of travel…I dream of going to Hawaii someday, eating my way through Italy (give me ALL the pasta!), and going to New York City around Christmas to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree!
  • I don’t drink or smoke. Never had any interest in either. Besides, why waste calories on alcoholic drinks when you could have food instead?!
  • My husband and I dream of building a house on our land (hopefully within the next two years) and having a family of our own.
  • We LOVE our life as husband and wife, but we absolutely want children someday. I’m thinking at least two…possibly more. I have a boy name and girl name already picked out. 🙂
  • My life is FAR from perfect, but it is wonderful and God has blessed me far more than I could ever ask, think, or imagine.

Thanks so much for reading!!! What’s a fun fact about you??? 🤗

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

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!!! ❤️

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! 💕 After visiting we’re a tiny bit closer to having baby fever! 😉

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

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!!! 🤓

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! 🤗😊💆🏻😌

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! ❤️

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! 🇯🇲 So of course we loved it! 🤗

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. 😭

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. 😀

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. 😔

So I’ll see ya when I see ya!

Blessings,

-Mrs. Hannah D. 🖤

Love

6 Feb

My heart has been so overwhelmed with love lately. ❤️

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! 😉

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. 🖤

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! 😉

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

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”” -Psalm‬ ‭46:10‬

My “word” for 2018 is TRUST.

What is your word?

See ya next year!

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. 🖤

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. 💔

“Through All of It”

24 Oct

“There are days I’ve taken more than I can give, and there are choices that I made that I wouldn’t make again

I’ve had my share of laughter, of tears and troubled times 

This has been the story of my life

I have won and I have lost, I got it right sometimes but sometimes I did not, life’s been a journey, I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret 

Oh and You have been my God through all of it…”

–“Through All of It” by: Colton Dixon

 
This song has been on my heart the last few days. I was actually listening to it on repeat last night. Don’t you just love songs like that? 

I’ve been filled with a lot of stress and anxiety lately. A lot of it has been all in my head, some not so much. When I’m stressed and anxious I tend to cry and even feel sick at my stomach. It’s just what happens. 

The purpose of this post is not to bring anyone down though. Even though I’ve been stressed and anxious, there have been constant reminders of God’s goodness. 

First, there was an excellent sermon and praise and worship in church Wednesday night. The sermon talked about standing firm and waiting on God. How so often in life we want to fight our own battles against the enemy, but God is fighting for us. He will go before us and fight on our behalf. He is such a good God.

Second, encouragement from my wonderful hubby and family. They listen and give the best advice. They pray for me. I’m so blessed.

Last, but not least, God’s peace. A few scriptures I’m leaning on:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ‭‭-1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ 

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” -John‬ ‭16:33‬ 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” -Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ 

And this scripture, which has been an encouragement to me for a very long time:

“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.” -‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭

Never forget, no matter what you’re going through in this life, that God will never leave you. He will go before you. He loves you so much and He has a great plan for your life.

Blessings,

-Mrs. Hannah D. 😊