Hey, I’m Hannah!
I’ve been married to my awesome husband, Shawn, for 4 years. We both grew up in Utah, met and married during college, and worked for a couple years after getting our degrees before our recent move to Arizona for Shawn’s grad school. We love our new life in the desert and are excited for the adventures we’ll have here and we really hope that includes becoming parents. For almost 3 years we’ve been struggling with unexplained infertility (we’ve done lots of testing and treatments but have no firm answers yet as to the medical cause of our inability to conceive). We never imagined that it would be so hard for us to bring children into our family. The challenge of infertility is making us stretch, break down, grow together, and rely on God in unexpected ways. We talk openly about our struggle with infertility so that others struggling with it will know that they’re not alone, and in the hopes that someday infertility will be regarded in society as the medical disease it is, and not as a taboo topic or something that couples should be ashamed of. Here at hannahbook I write about lots of different things happening in the chapter of life we’re in right now, but infertility affects every part of our lives and sharing our story is one of the main reasons this blog began, so I share my thoughts about and experiences with infertility pretty often around here.
Fun facts about me:
- My one and only claim to fame is that when I was in elementary school, the Winter Olympics happened in Salt Lake City so there were all kinds of celebrations and programs going on with that throughout Utah. I entered a contest at school for designing an Olympic pin and I WON! My little cartoon drawing of the state of Utah giving the world a hug & welcoming the world for the Olympics was made into a real Olympic trading pin and there was a special assembly at my school and I got a bunch of copies of my pin and everyone in my class at school got one too. This may seem like such a little thing to be proud of, but looking back, I think that was the very first time I realized, “Hey, maybe I’m pretty good at this art thing,” which led me to keep drawing and taking lots of art classes when I got older. My passion for art has shaped my career more than I ever imagined, so that one little spotlight with the Olympic pin really impacted my life.
- Before we moved, I was an elementary school art teacher. It was fun, fast-paced, crazy but rewarding, and every day was a totally different day. It was also really challenging and stressful, which is why I’m seeking other job opportunities here in Arizona, but I’ll always remember my students (most very fondly, some not-so-fondly!) and I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to be a teacher for two years and to be able to look back and see that I DID THAT and I grew so much as a teacher even though it was really really hard sometimes.
- I’m a nerd. I can’t remember learning how to read, in fact my mom isn’t sure how I learned how to read. But I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember and I have too many favorites to list them all (I did talk about a few of them here though if you’re interested). I also read Wikipedia and history textbooks for fun and I just really like learning new things. If I was a Disney princess I would most definitely be Belle–not only do I identify with her the most but Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite movie and I have every line memorized due to watching it daily for a few years as a small child. You have NO IDEA how excited I am for the 2017 live version with Emma Watson! I can’t even stand how perfect it’s going to be, I about passed out when I watched the teaser trailer.
- I am obsessed with several other things besides Beauty and the Beast, including but not limited to: Harry Potter, vintage travel posters, musicals, the 1940’s–1960’s, old picture books, British dramas, pretty stationery, and good old black and white movies (Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, the classics.)
- I love photography, watercolor painting, graphic design, interior design, and all kinds of DIY projects. Right now I’m having a lot of fun figuring out how to make our new little apartment look and feel more like a home while working within a grad student budget, and I may or may not be juggling a few more major DIY’s at one time than my husband is really comfortable with! But things are starting to come together and I’ll be sharing photos here soon.
- I’m 25 but I keep getting mistaken for a teenager. It’s a good thing, I know, but slightly annoying when I can’t buy spray paint at Home Depot without having to pull out my ID (apparently it’s illegal to sell spray paint to anyone under 18 in Arizona, who knew).
- Annnd…I’m a Mormon (aka member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). I know that God lives, I know that I am His daughter & that He knows me, loves me, and has a plan for me, I know that Jesus Christ atoned for me, and I know that the Book of Mormon is true. If you’re interested in knowing more about my faith, I’m an open book, ask me about it any time, or click here.