Hey, I’m Hannah!
I’ve been married to my awesome husband, Shawn, for five years. We both grew up in Utah, met and married during college, and worked for a couple years after getting our degrees before moving to Arizona a one year ago for Shawn’s advanced master’s degree program at ASU (he just graduated! yay). We love our new life in the desert, especially because this is the place where we’ve been able to start creating our family. Four years after our struggle with unexplained infertility began, we feel so grateful and blessed to announce the birth of our miracle baby girl! Her middle name is Rose and that’s how I refer to her on my blog and social media. We’re so thankful for all the reproductive endocrinologists, nurses, IVF coordinators, embryologists, and other wonderful staff members at Boston IVF–The Arizona Center who were so instrumental in making our dream of becoming parents a reality. We never imagined that it would be so hard for us to bring children into our family, and we may never know the reasons why, but we truly feel that God led us to do IVF at the time and place when we did and that many little miracles came together in order to bring our baby girl to us. The challenge of infertility has made us stretch, break down, grow together, and rely on God in unexpected ways. For the past two years we’ve talked openly about our struggle with infertility so that others struggling with it would know they weren’t alone, and we’ll continue to speak up and talk about it 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 on the blog I write about lots of different things happening in whatever chapter of life we’re in, including parenthood, but infertility has affected every part of our lives and sharing our story is one of the main reasons this blog began, so I plan to continue sharing my thoughts and raising awareness about infertility around here. For anyone who is currently struggling with infertility in any form or stage, please know that we pray for you daily. We haven’t forgotten how it feels, and we never will. We hope with all our hearts that the babies you pray and plead for come to you as soon as possible, in whatever way is meant to be for you and them. You may suffer in silence and feel that your struggle is invisible, but we’ve been there and know that your pain is valid and real, and we pray that miracles take place in your life that bring you the children that will heal your aching heart.
If you’d like to read more about our infertility story, this post is a good summary of the medical side of things: The Medical Side of Our Infertility Story or you can check out the following older posts in (somewhat) chronological order that are more about feelings and experiences with infertility than the medical details: Why Infertility is Like an Airport, The Parable of a Poor Spot of Ground, Infertility Interview, Another Last Christmas, Merry Christmas 2015, What Inside Out Got Right About Grief, Husbands Are Hurting Too, Four Years, Someday Baby Wishlist, Worth the Wait
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).
- 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.