I’m Hannah and I’m so thankful you’re here. I’m a late-twenties creative writer, married to a hunk named Aaron and mom to twins, Cason and Gracie. We live in Houston where Aaron has his counseling practice and I write in this space and make crazy YouTube videos on my YouTube channel.
I’m a passionate story-teller. I’ve always dreamed of changing the world through my story-telling. Some days those stories are rip-roaring hilarious – like the time I went sailing and figured out God unmistakenly made me for land. Some stories examine pretensions and destroy them – like when a lady went crazy on me in the post office. Other days I’m telling these stories sobbing into a bowl of ice cream – like all the times Aaron and I tried our damnedest to make a person and it just wasn’t working. And other times, those stories are filled with happy endings – like the day that we adopted our twins.
I believe that all stories, the good ones and the ugly ones, have a purpose. And I’m passionate about telling them all so that someone out there will be encouraged to know their story matters too.
Here on the blog, along with telling stories, I want to share my passion for creating from limited resources and the things that we already have. I enjoy looking at the things we see every day and viewing them from a different perspective to see the beauty in all the ways it can be used. I also want to share my passion for photography, my feelings about faith and Jesus, my journey through parenthood, and our experience as a transracial adoptive family.
I love people. but I’m violently allergic to small talk. If you need me, I’ll be the introvert in the corner observing everyone else. Feel free to approach me and talk about the meaning of life or your hopes and dreams because those types of deep conversations are what energize me. Dreaming about the future is a special skill of mine and I can’t help but be your cheerleader for reaching your goals.
The things that make my tummy flutter: My husband. My children. Jesus. Gourmet coffee. Watching an incredible story with dynamic characters and dissecting it with people equally as nerdy passionate about communicating through story telling. Technology. A Broadway musical power ballad.
New around these parts? Feel free to do a little blog stalking here. (It’s okay, we all do it)
What adoption agency did you use?
Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services in Houston, TX. And I couldn’t give a more stellar review. They were incredible to work with.
Can you offer any Christian infertility support resources?
Yes! Dancing Upon Barren Land is an online infertility support ministry run by my dear friend, Lesli Westfall. You can find her here on Instagram. Also The Carry Camp is an encouraging resources as well. Here is their Instagram.
I hear that you take professional photos; I’d love to hire you to take my photo. Where can I get more info?
Thanks for your interest but I’m taking a seasonal break from taking on photo sessions. I can recommend some great photographers – Londyn Layne or Adam Nyholt if you’re in the Houston area.
What camera equipment do you use?
Nikon D5000, 17-55mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/1.8 are my two favorite lenses.
How long have you been taking photos?
I took control of my dad’s SLR camera when I was 14 and have been an enthusiast since. I started taking photos professionally (aka, charging people money for my skills) in January 2010.
What photo editing software do you use?
I use Lightroom for workflow and my favorite presets are by VSCO. For everything else I use Photoshop. Some of my favorite actions are from The Coffeeshop Blog and A Beautiful Mess.
What blog photo software do you use to format all of your photos for your blog?
I use Blogstomp software to reduce my image size (for faster loading time), watermark all of my photos, and even make collages. All in one click of a button.
Do you use a blog template?
Yes, I use Prophoto 5. It’s fantastic and Prophoto’s customer service is the best!
Do you do graphic design?
I have a very minimal knowledge of graphic design in the grand scheme of things and I do it for my own personal fun.