22 Week {Pregnancy Update!}

On Sunday, we hit 22 weeks with Baby #2! What?!?! How in the world am I over halfway? It’s crazy how much faster pregnancy seems when chasing after a toddler….I just hope I’m ready for when this crazy boy comes! ❤

22 Week Update

The past week….

I’ve been craving- chocolate milkshakes and ALL THE CARBS. Seriously.

I’ve gained- a total of ~5lbs so far, thank the Lord! I started the pregnancy higher than I wanted, so I’m thankful I’ve kept the weight gain down, and the midwives are pleased, too!

I’m feeling- HUGE! Ha! I’m so much bigger in the belly than I was with Caleb. Guess that comes with having 2 in 2 years.

I’m looking forward to- the splash pad opening in a month. I know….not baby related. But it’s SO hot and humid but still a little too chilly to swim.

I’m wearing- maternity clothes alllllllll the way. Except dresses- the dress above is a regular dress and I can still wear a few non-maternity tops. But yeah….bring on the stretchy pants!

Favorite snack this week- carbs. Ha! Protein bars are my go-to, but trying to incorporate some carrots & hummus or apples & PB.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Super Easy DIY Cloth Baby Wipes

Happy Monday! Did you know I started using cloth diapers on Caleb a couple months ago? We’re loving it! I love that we’re using less chemicals, easier on the environment, and they are better for his skin!

DIY Cloth Wipes

But then, we ran into a problem. What do we do about wipes? You’ll have to have a separate bag for the disposable wipes and the cloth diapers….and it just wasn’t fun! So, my friend who taught me all about cloth diapers helped me out with making my own wipes. It’s so cheap, easy and chemical free!


You’ll need:

24 baby washclothes

Wipe container

Epsom salts

Young Living Lavender Oil

Water

Quart Jar

Directions:

Mix 6-10 drops of lavender oil & 2 tablespoons Epsom salts in a quart jar. Slowly add 2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved. Put 6 washcloths in the bottom of the wipe container, then pour 1/2 cup of the mixture over the 6 washcloths. Continue with the rest of the washcloths. You might have to play around with the amount of water for your desired “wetness” of the wipes.


Wipes

It’s that quick, easy & affordable!

And now through June 30, 2016, the Premium Starter Kit (which includes lavender!) is 10% off! You can sign up HERE, or learn more HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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A Vision? What’s That?

So many people, especially young people, ask me this. When I tell them the reason behind what we do is because of our vision, I get blank stares.

A Vision

“But, what vision? What’s a vision?”
Let me just say right now, this is not some “God-came-to-me-in-a-dream” deal. This is what our whole scope, our whole life is about. The Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 1 is “What is the chief end of man?” The answer? “To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”.
THAT is our vision. To glorify God in our lives. What does that have to do with our daily tasks, our roles, our mundane? Everything. You have to have a vision for the future. If you’re a wife of a godly man, he will have a vision and your role is to further his vision.
There will be different aspects to your vision, or visions for different areas of your life. Luke and I have a vision for how we want to parent; for the atmosphere of our home. Luke has a vision for his company; I have jobs and duties to further that. We have a vision for hospitality and servanthood in our family, so I have to be proactive in reaching out and inviting people over.
Your vision may be different.
Different seasons of life will call for different areas to work on.
But, we must remember that our chief end, our biggest vision, should be to glorify God. To further HIS Kingdom.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Mommy’s Little Helper

Hey y’all! I know I’ve been MIA lately….but who can blame me? I’ve been spending my days with my sweet man!

Caleb

This is what my wonderful boy does while I cook or clean- play happily! I’m so thankful for these little years! ❤

Cookies

I promise I’ve got some yummy recipes coming up- plus I’m working on a new series for all my THM peeps out there!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Two Ways I {try!} to Stay Organized

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I do not feel like this year is half-way done, do you? I seriously cannot believe we’re in the middle of June. Craziness.
Today, I want to share with you two little dollar section items that have helped me stay on track with my weekly and monthly planning.

Organized

These two things may seem simple and kinda….well…..duh. But! So many people don’t do this, and I know it helps me keep each week straight and I know what’s actually going on in my life. Lol.

Monthly Calender

You have to keep a monthly calender handy! I like an actual, hardback, real life version. When I’m out and about, I add things on my phone, then put them into my calender when I get home. I also keep a copy of my monthly calender on my phone, so it’s there too.

Weekly

I found this amazing little magnetic weekly calender at Target for $3 and it has saved me! Ha! On Sunday night or Monday morning after breakfast, I transfer all my things for that week from my monthly calender onto my weekly calender, so that way there is no question if my chiropractic appointment is this week or next week…..and I know exactly what time, too.

How do you stay (or try to stay….) organized? Do you keep an real-life calender handy?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Currently {vol. 2}

Happy Monday, people! I had a crazy good, but work-filled week. Luke had Saturday off of work, so we spent the day working around the house….and he took me out for a late lunch at Olive Garden. Isn’t he sweet? 🙂

I haven’t done a Currently in a while, so I thought I’d give you a little peek into what I’ve been doing lately.

Scrapbooking

Currently been working on our wedding scrapbook. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year! I’d better get this finished before Caleb comes….

Salads

I’ve been eating tons of salads. I love seasoning them with salt, pepper and garlic, then drizzling olive oil on top. Amazing!

Garden

I am so excited to have the ground tilled for our garden this year! Our garden is about 5x as big as last year’s….I plan on doing a lot of freezing and canning the fresh foods to eat year round. 🙂

Gentle Baby

This oil has been used SO much lately! It helps me sleep, and it’s amazing on my growing belly!

BibleTime

It’s been so rainy here lately, I’ve enjoyed extra time spent in bed, under the covers, having time with my Lord. 🙂

What have you been up to lately? I’d love for you to follow along on Instagram!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

5 Things

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing 5 thoughts I have right now…..

Snow!

ONE// Y’all….we got snow!! Over a foot of that fluffy goodness. Two days of snow fun, and now it’s almost all gone. Okay, South, I’m ready for Spring.

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TWO // Speaking of Spring…I am SO ready for it! I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil and start on our HUGE garden this year. I spent quite some time pinning garden ideas HERE if you want to check them out….

Biscuits

THREE // Have your tried your hand at making these amazing fluffy biscuits? You totally should! 🙂

tv commercial workout

FOUR // I am loving all of Mary’s workouts….but especially this commercial one! You’ll have to check them out!  

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FIVE // All this being at home has given me more time for Bible reading and journaling…..it’s been such a blessing! What has the Lord been teaching you lately?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

[5 on Friday]

TGIF! Y’all…..I am so thankful for today!

{ONE}
This amazing man’s 24’th birthday is today. We started courting when he was 21. I can’t believe I’ve had 3 years with this man. ❤ Happy birthday, Honey!!

Happy Birthday!

{TWO}
We’re going out for our Valentine’s Day date tonight. We’ll be able to spend the day together tomorrow- so happy!

{THREE}
I am so obsessed with this song right now. It’s the sweetest!

{FOUR}
I reread my post on trying your hardest in marriage. Yep. I still stand by it.

Trying Your Hardest

{FIVE}
I am super pumped to have our girls’ Valentine’s Tea Party today at my house! Come back next week to see what we did, or just follow along on Instagram!

What are you doing this weekend?
Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Trying Your Hardest

Y’all, marriage is hard work. Sometimes. I love being married. Yes, I’ve only been married for 6 months, but we’ve had a lot happen in that time. Things we didn’t plan for– like getting pregnant twice and miscarrying twice. Anyone who has miscarried or lost a baby understand…there’s a lot of emotions- good and bad- that happen in that time. But do you know what the biggest thing I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been married?

Trying your hardest…your best efforts….they aren’t good enough.

Trying Your Hardest

As with anything in life- trying our hardest, doing our best, isn’t going to cut it. We need lots of help, lots of grace. Grace given from your spouse, given to your spouse and grace from God!

You have to lean fully, wholly, on Christ. A marriage will not work without Him. It won’t. And we’re not suppose to carry the weight of our whole marriage on our shoulders. Or feel like we can’t give unless we will get something back. Marriage is not 50/50. It will crumble that way. It has to be 100/100 with both the husband and wife leaning on Christ for fulfillment and complete peace.

Because, you know what? Your spouse isn’t perfect. And I don’t figure you are either. So, for the sake of your marriage (and the sanity of yourself and your spouse), look to Christ for fulfillment and lean fully on Him.

Oh, and show lots of grace. And love.

Because Christ shows you grace and love. Your spouse may not show you grace and love, but you are still called to give it to them.

Single people– marriage is great, but it’s not perfect. Just like anything else, it has it’s ups and downs.

Enjoy life– where ever God has put you. He put you there for a reason.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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P.S. I have the most loving, grace-showing husband. And I am so thankful. ❤

How I “Make Time” to be in God’s Word

Do you ever struggle to fit everything into your day? Does it ever seem like your devotions or Bible reading get pushed to the end of your “to-do” list or you just rush through them? Raises both hands Sometimes, it’s really, really hard! But do you know what I’ve realized? I don’t have a good day….at all….if I haven’t spent time with my heavenly Father. But, how do you make time and make it a habit?

Be in God's Word Daily

Most mornings Luke and I have time for reading a Proverb, a devotional and time for prayer. And I love those times with the Lord and Luke first thing in the morning. But I also have to have my own time with the Lord. We all do. But sometimes we just don’t have time to sit down and read.

A couple weeks ago, as I was doing my (sometimes) weekly routine of checking out the thrift store in town, I found some Bible on CDs! And, surprise, they were KJV! I had to get them! For $.50 a piece, it was well worth my money. My vehicle doesn’t have a CD player, but I can now listen to the Bible while I’m in the shower, folding laundry, doing dishes or cleaning the bathroom. And let me tell you, it is such a blessing!

If having your sit down Bible time is difficult, I would suggest getting the Bible on CD. I found the whole KJV Bible on amazon for $35 here.

Now, I still have my sit down Bible time almost every day, too. Nothing beats sitting down, in the quiet, with your Lord. But this helps keep me in God’s Word during moments where my mind could wander. It’s my way of “writing them upon the table of my heart” (Proverbs 7:3).

How do you stay in God’s Word?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane