Hello and welcome!
I’m so happy you’re here! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Hannah, or more commonly called, “Mom”. I was once a high school graduate by a mere three months, brand new wife, and an overwhelmed nursing student… That was, until they laid a baby in my arms about a year and a half after that, and my heart was forever changed.
I immediately knew God had made me a mom first, and that was that. Fast forward a year, we were a family of four… and I was utterly lost.
In those first few formative years of motherhood, I had two under two, two in diapers, I was 120lbs overweight, my husband was on second shift, I felt isolated and alone, I was so incredibly unsure of myself, and I had no earthly idea what I was doing.
I didn’t know how to be a good mom. I didn’t know how to be a good wife. Shoot, I didn’t even know how to grow as a person to keep up with my biologically aging body.
I was so lost those first few years.
I didn’t know what it was, but something had to give. I needed change or I knew I was going to remain unhappy, unsure, and was certain I would not live into the full potential I had and into God’s calling for my life, and I couldn’t think of a worse thing than to not live up to my calling and the woman God made me to be.
I did a few things.
» I joined Weight Watchers.
» I started prioritizing Jesus in my life and not riding on the coattails of someone else’s faith and relationship with Him. I went after my own and I started to see things shift.
» Then a few years later, through much learning through life, wifehood (is that a word?), and motherhood and growth inside of that, I discovered the concept of personal growth, and my life was truly changed.
So basically, prioritizing God in my life, and caring about myself and my family enough to want to show up well and love my family to the best of my ability, molded me into the mom and wife I am today. I have changed, learned, and grown in an exponential way since I was a new mom, so primarily, that’s who I talk to: new, overwhelmed moms.
It might be in the form of labor and delivery advice, personal growth that honors God first and yourself second, postpartum care, baby care, sibling molding, character building in kids, how to take care of yourself, homeschooling dilemmas, meaningful moments, favorites tools that have helped me, how to grow in your relationship with God and honor Him through your life, or something in the middle. I want to give you the tools to succeed that I didn’t have.
I primarily talk to young, overwhelmed moms, yes; but I also talk to wives, women who are neither, and the family unit as a whole. But primarily, I want to speak life into her… Who I was a mere 8 years ago. I talk to her because I was her. I understand her. I can help her. And if you are her, my sweet friend, you’re among your people.
Joey and I defy the odds a little bit. Our love story starts in 2012, in 11th grade English, when the shy kid that sat two seats in front of me shyly started talking to me. That blossomed into being best friends, and the rest is history.
We were married a little over a year later when we were just 18, and becoming his wife has been the very best thing I have ever done in my life.
Getting married young gave us the opportunity to grow up together, instead of growing up separately, then coming together.
Do I recommend it for everyone? Absolutely, 100% no.
But for us, it worked out beautifully, and it taught us so much about love, life, and what really matters in this life.
How TJT was born
Allow me to paint a picture.
My third baby was three weeks old. She was literally constantly nursing due to a lot of issues that made that a rocky road for us.
I barely got 45 minutes in between pumping and feedings.
I was at the mercy of my hormones.
I didn’t recognize myself when I looked in the mirror.
I was struggling to find myself in a new normal of three kids under four. I was struggling as my hormones were all over the map and my body was healing.
I was trying to learn this baby and meet her needs while my three and two year olds knew they were still important to me.
Now, let me back up just a smidge. I have always been a bit of an impulsive planner.
I can be impulsive. I go with my gut, make decisions quickly, and it has rarely steered me wrong. But I am also incredibly detail oriented and a total planner to my core.
These qualities in combination have, at times, driven me to plan something out in excruciating detail, get overwhelmed, and quit before I have a chance to fail.
I had had the fleeting thought a few years before Lexi’s birth, “What if I started a blog?” I knew it could be lucrative. Writing has always been something that came easy to me. It would allow me to stay home with our kids but keep an income.
So naturally, I planned it out in excruciating detail (we’re talking a five page Word doc) with everything I could find on SEO, blog design, pitching, writing blog posts, content creation; you name it.
And I looked at it, got overwhelmed, and quit before I’d even started.
Fast forward a few years, mix postpartum hormones, a three week old breastfeeding baby (literally as I started my blog 😂), and a little bit of impulsivity, and it seemed like the perfect time.
I told Joey something to the effect of, “If I don’t do it, I’m never going to do it. If I don’t just bite the bullet and start somewhere, it’s never going to happen.”
Without missing a beat, he said, “Then do it.”
And with that and a nursing baby attached to me, I hopped on Siteground and typed “Tinyjoyfultreasures.com” for the first time.
It was one of the very best things I’ve ever done. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, God had this for my life.
I had to be a wife and a mom to see that I am supposed to help her, encourage her, make her laugh, and know that she is not alone, and that isn’t something I could have done or known before I was her. I first had to learn what God had for me to teach.
That’s why I’m here. I’m here to teach. And if you stick around, it’s my hope and dream that I can teach you how to press into Jesus, live a life on fire for Him, and allow that to trickle into every area of your life.
When you do that, your marriage will change. The way you parent will change. The person you are will change at the root.
You will blossom, and your life will truly begin.
Here you can expect to find:
· Practical marriage and parenting tips through a Biblical worldview.
I believe in weaving Jesus in on a day to day and moment by moment level. We parent, live our lives, and love in our home through His love and truly wouldn’t have it any other way.
I have learned more in the last five years as a mom than I ever thought possible, and while I realize I still have years of learning ahead of me, I love sharing what I have learned so far.
My goal for you is to be the friend I wish I had had when I needed her and give you the tools to succeed and thrive that I didn’t have.
· My culmination of what three pregnancies have taught me.
I’ve learned so much through three very different pregnancies and labors about pregnancy itself, babies, the fourth trimester, labor and birth, and everything in between, and I love sharing what I’ve learned.
· What I’ve learned about goal getting, dream chasing, and loving yourself in the process of loving Jesus first and yourself and others second.
Losing yourself in motherhood is easy to do, but my goal is to give you real life tips on how to head that off before it starts.
· The weaving together of personal growth with the love of Jesus.
It’s easy for personal growth to become selfish quickly, but truth be told, Jesus is love and abiding in Him is the ultimate act of self love and self care.
Jesus is love, so self love should truly be the weaving together of Jesus with self.
I specialize in encouraging women to pursue the best version of themselves while putting Jesus at the very center and letting Him be her solid Rock on which to build her life.
I started Tiny Joyful Treasures three weeks postpartum in April of 2019 (literally while nursing at the dining room table) with a goal, dream, and vision to encourage and inspire women through the love of Christ.
I want to make you laugh, be your friend, answer your questions, and help you in any way that I can.
I want to give you tools to reduce overwhelm, enrich your life, live your live well, and start to tap into your God given potential.
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