My name is Hannah, and this is my first blog.
I have wanted one for some time now, and finally have the time.
Please be patient with me, I have never done anything like this and will probably make a TON of mistakes.
I guess I should start at the beginning.
It started in Arizona. I was born into a christian home.
My dad was the administrative pastor at our church.(Sovereign Grace Ministries)
We lived in our first house for 3 or 4 years,then moved to a house that was closer to the church. We lived there until I was about 6 1/2 or so, then the church sent my dad to something called the Pastor’s College, or PC. My dad had wanted to go there so that he could eventually plant a church.
The PC is in MD, so we had to pack our bags, our belongings, and my younger brother into our van, and drove for ten days to get there. We moved into our host family’s house and lived there for 1 year. We had left behind everything I had ever known, and gone to a strange new place.
That year I saw my first snow. I FINALLY had a white Christmas!
Once my dad finished the PC, the Sovereign Grace sent him to another one of their churches, this time in PH for his internship.
That is were I met my best friend, OK*.
One day, on our exploration trip to see what PH was like,
we lost track of time. Before we knew it, it was to late to get back to MD with 5 people in the car.(I now had 2 younger brothers.) We called the church office, and it just so happened that there was a family that had offered to be a host family, and would be glad to let us spend the night.
When we arrived, I got out of the car, went up the walkway, and rung the door bell.
OK, not allowed to answer the door, looked through the window to see who was there. My eyes met hers, and we immediately clicked. When her mom let us in, the first question out of both of our mouths was “Have I met you before?”.
I grabbed my bag and we ran up to her room. She opened the door,
and my mouth drooped open. Her room was filled to the gills with horses. She loved horses to!
Little did we know, this was the start of a VERY long and loving relationship.
We lived in PH for a year. We started off in another host family’s house, but decided that we couldn’t live with someone else’s family for another year. We searched around and found out that there was a family in the church that needed someone to stay at there house while they were gone for the year.
It was perfect!
Once my dads year long intern ship was up, he had a BIG decision to make. He could plant a church in CA, where we had friends and were close to family, or we could plant a church in NY city, where we didn’t know anyone, or where anything was.
We started off with 12 people in a school building in Parkslope. We rented a small apartment there, and lived there for a year.
When that year was up, we moved to another apartment in Brooklyn Heights. This is were I got my 3rd dog.(I’d had one in AZ and one in Parkslope, the second I gave to OK).
After living in Brooklyn for a year, we decided it time to stay in one place for a while and renewed our lease for another year. In this, the second year, my grandpa Wally (as we called him), whom I was very close to, passed away. Thank the Lord, Before he died, my dad brought him to christ.
Our 2nd year over, the price per month on our apartment was going to skyrocket if we renewed, so we found a place in Long Island that worked perfectly for us and signed a lease for 2 years. It has now been just about 1 year and we have 2 parents, 2 little brothers, 2 dogs, (My city dog Libby and my new puppy Harley), and me.
But you can’t go counting chickens before they hatch!
During this year, my dad has been put under a LOT of stress,
having my Grandpa Wally and My Uncle Scott die from the same heart condition only four months apart, and then finding out that he also has this heart condition.
We moved… again, this time having to break our lease to do it.
We now live in Akron, OH, where I have a new job at the horse barn around the corner from our house. I have made many new friends already, and I cannot wait to learn more about them.
See ya soon!