Hannah – the gift we didn’t know we needed.
Carol-Beth didn’t know how much she wanted a girl until the second sonogram she had while she was carrying Hannah. She was so incredibly in love with each of her boys, she couldn’t imagine she wanted anything different. Hannah was shy during the first sonogram and insurance wouldn’t cover a second, but one day a nurse said, “Hop in here. Let’s try again.” They did, and sonogram showed it was a girl! Carol-Beth burst into tears. She was going to have a baby girl!
Hannah was her own person from the very beginning. She eyed challenges with determination and both David and Carol-Beth noticed the more afraid she was of something, the harder she would run toward it. For a long time, the exception was interacting with other people. She was shy and clingy around anyone outside of her family. It didn’t help that she was physically beautiful and Carol-Beth loved to dress her up and fix her hair. Everyone wanted to talk to her, but Hannah wasn’t having it. She was required to say “thank you” to a compliment, but that was it. Her daddy told anyone who made comments about pushing her out of her shyness that Hannah was allowed to do things in HER timing, not theirs. And she did!
Never one to conform, Hannah refused to consider dressing like everyone else, sounding like everyone else, being like everyone else. When she was only 4 and shopping for a princess dress to go dine with princesses at Walt Disney World, she adamantly requested she have her OWN style. Why would she dress like someone else, she asked as she stared in confusion. Her favorite dress for years was her Princess Hannah-Beth dress. Even at 14, she doesn’t want to post selfies because everyone else is doing it.
If you met Hannah today, you’d never describe her as shy. She loves performing on the stage and showing love to people. She has strong convictions and boundaries, always seeking to make the many boys interested in spending time with her feel good about themselves while understanding she doesn’t feel ready for a romantic relationship. Yet! When she struggles to eliminate sin and become a better version of herself each day, she’s tough on herself and struggles with internal grace.
Hannah is a romantic. She loves the sounds and smells of a rainy day, the heady experience of something new, and the idea of being someone’s partner for life. She aspires to be the best wife and mother she can be, determined to work only if it will not rob her of the chance to build her family.
Hannah still runs rapidly toward anything that scares her, determined to conquer it as quickly as possible. She knows who she is and what she wants. The only question remaining now is, what will she choose to go after? How far will she run? We can’t wait to find out.