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1/25/13

on turning 20 + a GIVEAWAY!


today I have left the ranks of teenager-ness and feel really grown-up.
 
yes--its my birthday and I am now 20!
not sure what I think about that yet.
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 It's really a weird thing to think of myself as being this age...because, 20 sounds...well, old.
 
I've always thought of 20 as some far off thing in the future, and now it's a reality!
Time really goes quicker as you grow older...I heard people say that all the time and am realizing
 it more and more lately.
 
Wrote this in my journal the other day--
 
"I turn 20 in a few days-scary thought. Its always seemed so far off and now its on me.
Like awakening from a sleep and seeing that the far-off smudge of pink was washed away too quickly.
And a new season, sunny and full of unknowns is here."
 
Otto was running around at our church club the other night, and his smile--
so full and happy made me smile.
 We need to enjoy life more, right? There's so much to be thankful for and happy about!
"I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving.."
psalm 116:17 
 Though I don't know what all will happen in this next year of my life,
I'm excited and can rejoice in the fact that He holds the future. :)
 
a quote that has been on my mind a lot lately is this one, by Francis Chan:
"Our greatest fear should not be of failure,
 but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."
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 I don't want to come to the end of my life and find I was successful in things that will fade away,
or that I spent my time investing in an earthly, temporal endeavor.
As Christians, we have eternity to live for!
Just some things on my mind. :)
 
okay, so the real reason you're reading this post is because you heard there was a giveaway, right?! ;)
sooo, for my birthday today I've been focusing on giving to others [more on that next week]
and for part of that I'm giving away a 5x7 calendar with different quotes that I designed!
yay!
[sorry, I only have an instagram picture of it] :(
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 all you have to do is leave a comment on this post! easy enough, right?
I'm all about easy. :P
Giveaway ends Sunday night (1/27 at midnight CST) and I'll announce a winner on Monday!
 
have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

love,
~H. Elise
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54 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, sweet friend! I hope you have an amazingly beautiful and fabulous day! <3

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  2. Happy birthday!! Januaries, unite! ;) Seriously though, I think January is the best month for a birthday.
    I hope your day is beautiful and filled will lots fun, laughter and love!
    Oh, and I love the calendar you designed. Super cute.

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  3. hey.. Cute calendar! Funny- I've been quoting the "I want to be a fruit loop in a world of cheerios".. Love it. ;)

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  4. I hope you have a W O N D E R F U L Birthday!!!

    ♥Michelle

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  5. Haaaappppyyyyy birthday:)
    Hope you have an awesome day!
    You did an incredible job on the calendar. Love how it turned out!

    Emily

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  6. I didn't know you and my mom have the same birthday! Happy Birthday! She is really looking forward to her grandkid photo shoot - so am I!

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  7. I love you, I love the calendar! Happy Birthday!

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  8. Hey, these are absolutely amazing! Happy Birthday to you! Our birthdays are actually super close to eachother. Mine was on the 25th, but i only turned 15. Still practically a kiddo still ;)
    xx

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  9. ♫ joyeux anniversaire! ♫ joyeux anniversaire! ♫ joyeux anniversaire Hannah!! ♫ joyeux anniversaise!! ♫ 20 is not old!!

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  10. I hope you have a great birthday Hannah!!!:)

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  11. Ah, always loved that October quote!

    Hope today has been great so far!

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  12. Happy Birthday, Hannah! Hope you have a marvelous day. :)

    Hey, my birthday is on a Thursday this year. Nice! ;)

    Take care!

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  13. Happy 20th Birthday, Hannah!!!! I hope it's the best one yet. :)

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  14. Happy Happy Birthday Darlin! I also will be turning 20 this year!! Weird. :P <3 you!

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  15. Happy birthday! May The Lord bless you today and always. Love that quote it has such profound truth in it. Fell in love with these ever since I saw them on Instagram.

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  16. Happy happy birthday beautiful friend! I can't believe you're 20! ;) Hope this year is one of the best you've ever had!

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  17. Happy Birthday Hannah! Great, thought provoking post!

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  18. Happy Birthday, Hannah! So glad we're friends! Love you!!

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  19. I hope you have a most wonderful birthday and year, Hannah! *smile* Those photos are simply beautiful - I love the black and white. =) How thoughtful + exciting to host a giveaway...and I'm looking forward to your giving post. =) Thanks for the inspiring post, Hannah. That quote by Francis Chan was very thought-provoking and I was blessed by your thoughts. Time flies by so quickly and it is my prayer that I would honor the Lord with the life He has given to me. Blessings, Hannah, and happy birthday!! =)

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  20. Happy Birthday, Hannah! :) I hope you have a great day!

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  21. I love the fruit loop and cheerio quote :) Happy birthday!

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  22. Happy Birthday Hannah!! I hope you have a wonderful, blessed year. I know I have told you this before, but I so appreciate you taking the time to write Reaghan, you have been such a great blessing to our family.
    Blessings,
    Emily

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  23. Happiest of happy, happy birthdays to you, girl!! I'll be turning 20 in a few months...and yep, it's scarey!

    I love LOVE the calendars!! You are so gifted. :o)

    I love that quote from Francis Chan. It sums up some of my thoughts of late as well. :o)

    Have a blessed birthday!

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  24. Happy happy birthday dear hannah!
    Ok I'm gonna try to do something I like about you with your name :).
    H-Happy
    A-Amazing
    N-Nice
    N-Neat
    A-Awesome
    H-Helpful
    I hope you had an absolutely special birthday just like you!
    Love,
    Mary

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  25. aw, happy birthday! wow... i thought you were younger. ;) (don't take that wrong--i just thought you were more like 17. ;)) but this is lovely... and so is the lady in those pictures. :)

    and what a darling calender! ;) easy is the way to go, eh? ;)

    xoxo

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  26. Happiest Birthday to you all the way from Australia !

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  27. Happy Birthday Hannah!!! I can't wait to read of the wondrous things God is going to do in your life and in your business this year.

    You are beautiful inside and out girl!

    And that calendar is just too cute!

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  28. UMMMMM AWESOME. :) 20 is a little scary at first...I mean the whole realization that you are no longer a teenager. It really hits you. I know you had a happy happy happy day :) love you! xoxo
    p.s. you know i wanna win!

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  29. Happy Birthday Hannah. 20 is not old. 30 is. Ha-ha! Have a blessed rest of your day! :)

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  30. Happy Birthday Hannah!! I'm turning 18 in less then 2 weeks,its scary to think I'm going to be an 'adult' I feel old too.

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  31. Happy Birthday Hannah!! I hope you have a blessed year. :)

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  32. Happy Birthday Hannah!! :)) I hope your day was amazing, I defs want to do the random acts of kindness thing on my birthday this year :) your inspiring :)) love you girly!

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  33. Happy birthday Hannah! I hope you had a wonderful day filled with many friends and family! I remember when I was younger and I though "Wow 16 is like SO old" Now I'm 17...Enough said.
    XOXO, Anna Rose

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  34. oh.happy.day! My friend Hannah hits the big two-oh! Hope this next year is full of good surprises and exciting adventures! Love you much! <>< LAE
    PS::you're gorgeous ;)

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  35. Happy birthday! I'm 25 and got told by a 14 yr old the other day: "you look so... old." haha. Hugs!

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  36. Happy Birthday Hannah! Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

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  37. Happy Bday Hannah <3
    Please enter me in the giveaway...thanks :D I would love to receive some of your work!!!!!!!!!!!

    Serving HIM,
    Alisha

    www.alishainprogress.blogspot.com

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  38. Happy Birthday yesterday friend! I was thinking of you all day. I would love to have the calendar if I'm picked, because I love the things you make. They turn out BEAUTIFUl!
    -Jennifer H.

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  39. Happy 20th Birthday Hannah!!!! :D I can't wait to see what this year holds for you :)

    xo
    summer

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  40. Happy birthday hannah!!!
    I sure wouldnt mind seeing this calender every day. (:

    ps. I think it's fun to stalk you on instagram.hehe

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  41. Happy Birthday Hannah! You are beautiful, talented, kind soul that we have been fortunate enough to have gotten to know a bit over the last few years. Thank you for all of your dedication, kindness, and compassion! Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Heres to the 20's and all the wonderful things they have in store for you! Haley King

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  42. Happy birthday, Hannah! What a cute calendar! :)

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  43. Krista (Duffy) GatesJanuary 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Happy Birthday! Cute calendar

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  44. Hannah,
    Happy birthday to an awesome YOUNG lady (whom I've known since July)!! :)

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  45. Happy Birthday Hannah!!

    Those calendars are so cute =)
    Anna♥

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  46. Hey Hannah!! I just saw that you were doing this give-away. I agree with Anna the calendars are so cute! Miss you!

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  47. Happy birthday again.

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