There’s nothing good about goodbye…

Personally I think it’s a terrible name…cause good is definitely not how you feel when you say bye. I prefer “see you soon”.
You are probably wondering…. “what brought that on?” Well, I have just embarked on the longest see you soon I’ve had to do since my hubby and I got married in 2015. It’s his turn to go out and protect our country and I am beyond proud of him for his passion and commitment to his job!
I know this time apart will pass quickly, because I have such a wonderful family and great support system/family/friends here in Jacksonville. The Lord knew just where I needed to be during this time and even though when we moved here I wasn’t thrilled, I am so very thankful now. I have been blessed with an amazing church and church family to serve with here. I have awesome friends who are so encouraging and supportive; who are already opening up their arms to spend time with me and keep me occupied while the hubby is away. Not gonna lie, I’m kind of excited for some of the new activities I’ll hopefully get to do, like babysit some really awesome and cute kiddos.
I have also been immensely blessed with my photography business here and my It Works business ( I realize I haven’t actually shared that with you guys here yet. I’ll post an update soon) as well!
I am looking forward to my mother’s day minis coming up in may, and I recently had an opportunity open to me for doing some real estate photography as well!
I have been clinging to this verse for a while now, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT)
This year, while having it’s challenges, will be so amazing. I know it might seem a little crazy, but this is my year to thrive. I can just feel it! The Lord has been so faithful and opened so many doors for me here, and I want to honor Him by doing my very best!
Something I remind myself of daily is this, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7 NLT)
This promise is true, because I have been at peace about this long “see you soon” for a while now. Not that I won’t be missing my hubby, cause of course I will. I know some days will be hard and I will cry, other days will be easy….and I will be counting down the days till I get to see him again!
I would appreciate any prayers and encouragement you’d like to send my way this year!
Thank you for sharing in my journey! If you are interested in receiving my blog posts in your inbox (I don’t post a lot, mostly just when I have sessions and if inspiration or life compels me), scroll down and click the follow button.
~Hannah

Here are some of my favorite memories we’ve shared during our 2 years of marriage so far, and can’t wait to make so many more memories when you return!

Everything I Dreamed and More

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I’m sure you’ve all looked at the date several times today, so it may seem redundant when I say it’s January 17th!  What’s so special about the 17th of January, you ask, it’s our Wedding Anniversary!!!  Our second anniversary to be exact; and as I think about all that happened in life to bring us to this place, I am so very thankful that it didn’t work out how I had planned back in 2007, when I made my 5 year plan for what being out of high school would look like on one of my class projects for senior year.

So I’m sure you’re wondering what my 5 year plan as an almost high school graduate looked like, so here it goes (well at least what I can remember).

  1. I would attend UCM (University of Central Missouri) in Warrensburg and major in Photography with a Journalism minor.
  2. I would be engaged junior year to Matt. (Who was at the time my boyfriend of almost 2 years then, and who is my wonderful husband today)
  3.  I would graduate college in 2011
  4.  Matt and I would get married sometime in 2011
  5.  I would work to becoming a Photographer Full time

That’s all I can remember, but it’s possible that #5 wasn’t there yet, but I knew that was the work goal!  I don’t even want to know what my life would look like if all those things came to pass as I had planned them back then.  I guarantee that I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now.

I am happy to say that I did attend UCM and got my Degree in Photography, graduating in 2011, as planned!  Oh and becoming a Photographer Full Time happened to, but not as soon as I had envisioned.  However my relationship plans didn’t go at all like I imagined…

During my first year of college (spring break to be exact) my boyfriend broke up with me.  I was heartbroken and, as most love struck girls do I image, thought that I would never love anyone else.  It was definitely for the best then, cause I was not ready for all the plans I had made.  I got to enjoy college without missing my boyfriend and could focus on more important things like classes and making new friends, you know all those college life things.

But back to being heartbroken, it took me a long time to put myself out there again to the idea of dating someone who could hurt me again.  It was much-needed though cause when I did start going out with people, I learned very quickly what I was looking for in a potential husband (cause I meant business, love wasn’t just for wasting time with people who had no potential to be “the one”).  I wanted someone who could make me laugh, who liked to listen to me talk and cared about what I was saying, who enjoyed my strange sense of humor and laughed along with me (even if it was only cause he was laughing at the fact that I am not very funny at all).  I could list more but you get the point, there were certain things that were important to me in someone I wanted to share life with.

Now fast forward to 2011, I was getting ready to graduate and that long-lost boyfriend (Matt) contacted me through Facebook.  He asked if I was excited to graduate and what my plans were, then said he’d be in town shortly after I graduated (he was living in Cali cause he was now a Marine) and wanted to know if I’d have lunch with him.  I said sure… and let me tell you, I was a huge skeptic to why he wanted to “reconnect” with me after breaking up with me 3 years ago. We had an enjoyable lunch, which lead to texts and talks over the next 6 months to see if this might be something for real or if it was just nothing.

We ended up starting what I call round 2 of dating in October of 2011, right before his first deployment.  So long distance got even longer and more challenging, but it was so worth it.  In 2012 I was ready to be married, and I started secretly planning my dream wedding.  I won’t even lie to you, I bought a dress around then too, the dress I wore on my wedding day.  I know you think I’m crazy, but as crazy as it sounds, I’m so glad I did, cause my Grandma Linda got to see me in my wedding dress, even though she didn’t get to see me in it on my wedding day ( she passed away in 2013).

He finally proposed to me in October of 2014 and we were married on January 17, 2015!!!  See it was a good thing I already had it all planned out!  We got to go on a beautiful honeymoon cruise to Nausea, St. Martin, and St. Thomas!

In March of 2015 I moved to Missouri so we could live together, yes we did live apart for a month and a half after being married. California was the first time I had lived outside of Missouri. I was so happy to be with my husband but it was a lot of life change, and I struggle with change… but I was with my hubby and we were enjoying the married life and learning how to live together. If you’re not married, living together isn’t as easy as it sounds. It is kinda hard cause you are molding two separate lives into one…and after 26 years of doing things the way you like them, adjusting to someone else is challenging, but so worth it!

In the 2 years we’ve been married we’ve done a lot together. Two cross the long road trips: Missouri to California, and California to North Carolina. You really learn a lot about each other and what gets to you on a long road trip. We’ve explored California while we lived there with a trip to San Francisco, and the East coast a little in 2016 with a trip to Boston and some adventures in North Carolina (where we live now).

If you would have told me in 2011, this would be my life with all these wonderful adventure with the man I love and our dog. I would have been amazed, cause I never imaged a life so full of what I didn’t know I wanted. Back then I would have been content to live in Missouri, be married to the one I love, and be a photographer, but God knew there was so much more He had in store for my life! I am so thankful that I don’t always get what I want in life, because what I didn’t know I wanted has been so much better than I could have imagined!

If you stuck through this to the end thank you so much! I know I have a lot of words, but I hope maybe they have been helpful.

If things are going as planned, don’t worry, cause trust me one day you’ll look back and life will be more than you imagined!

~Hannah

Adventures in North Carolina | Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Shortly after my husband and I moved to North Carolina we marked off the first of many state adventures by going to Cape Lookout Lighthouse!

I didn’t know what to expect cause I’ve only seen lighthouses in pictures, and what I saw far exceeded my expectations. Pictures are wonderful, obviously I’m all for capturing the moments and places we go in our lives, however there is just something about being there in person that you just can’t replace.

I am continually in awe of the wonderful world we live in and all the beauty it holds! So when I say this place is breathtaking, it seriously is. I could have stared at this historic landmark all day, from every different view! To me it is a testament to the dreams and visions God puts inside each of us. Someone had to think, “there must be a way to keep ships from crashing into the shore” and bam someone thought up the lighthouse. Well technically the first type were beacons (fires on hilltops), and towers built by Rome. If you want to read more you can check out the history of the Lighthouse from britannica.com.

I captured some different views and some other details of Cape Lookout National Seashores. I hope you enjoy!

Want to Plan a trip to see it for yourself?

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We plan on visiting several more lighthouses while here on the east coast. http://www.lighthousefriends.com/nc.html has a great visual map, it’s one of the sites I used when planning our trip to Cape Lookout!

Happy Travels!

 

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The Good Life

Hey guys,

Things in my life have been exciting. I moved this past March to California to be with my husband and have been working at target out here. It’s been a busy few months, and I wish I would have posted more.

I have been busy being a wife, you know all the good stuff, cooking, cleaning, baking (a little),  taking care of my husband and our dog. Oh, and working. I am so thankful for this new chapter in my life.  My husband is such a wonderful encouragement to me. He keeps me sane when I am feeling the pressure of life, and makes me feel secure and loved when I’m sad. I couldn’t have asked for a more caring and supportive man.

I went back to Missouri to visit and celebrate in May.  My Friend Lindsey had a baby shower for her coming baby girl, I got to spend most of the first weekend home with her!  I also got to see my cousin Kati graduate from High School, I can’t believe it. She has grown into a beautiful and smart young woman, and I am so proud of her.

Speaking of Missouri, I miss it there. You don’t realize how truly different each state in our country is till you move there….for all the beauty that California holds, it is just missing the warmth of our families.  Both mine and my husband’s family live in Missouri, and we definitely miss them.  It really is true that you should treasure the small things, like the time you spend with family and loved ones, for one day you realize they were the most important things.

Life is about to get even more exciting as we get ready to move in the fall, for the second time this year, to North Carolina. People, this is more moving than I have done my entire life. My parents and I have lived in the same house since I turned one, and the only thing slightly close to a move I’ve done since then, was going to college at UCM in Warrensburg, MO.  So two moves cross-country in one year is craziness! We are however really excited for this move. Hoping and Praying it feels a little more like home there.

Once we get to North Carolina I will be starting up my business again in full force! I am really excited about this, so ready!

I have been missing all my Missouri clients and hope you are all doing well. I should be back around Christmas if anyone want a holiday session, I will keep you posted on specifics when it gets closer.

Thank you for all you support during all this change.  I really appreciate it!

Excited to be posting some pics next of my last session that I got to do while I was back in May.