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Nice to meet you! I’m Hannah, and welcome to my blog “Refresh This Mess”. I am so happy you’re here!

Refresh This Mess Day at the Beach with the BoysHere’s the deal, I use exclamation points entirely too much. Let’s just get that out there now. No, I’m not yelling at you! I’m just really excited, or happy, or dramatic, or I feel like a period at times makes me sound snobby and dull.

Refresh This Mess is a sweet little spot where you can come (I recommend with a glass of coffee or tea), relax, learn, laugh, and maybe snag a healthy recipe here and there.

I have been blessed to be surrounded with some amazing and talented people in my life, so this is my place to share what I’ve learned about health, wellness, naturopathic remedies (especially for your little ones), food (oh my goodness I love’ll find that out if you haven’t already), and a whole slew of other things to keep your life, family, and home fresh, healthy, and inspired.Refresh This Mess Natural Mama

So now let me tell you a little about me! First and foremost, I’m a follower of Christ. I’m also a wife to an out of this world husband named Joshua. We met in high school, and guess what? It lasted! I’m also the mother to my two absolutely precious boys named Elias Bobby and Enoch Peter. If there was ever anything I was the most proud of, it’s being a mama to these boys. They’re adorable, crazy, intense, hilarious, and usually messy, and I love it.

Joshua and I dated through high school. Then he left for the United States Air Force, and I left for college. I was working on a Pre-Med degree (the goal was to be a Surgeon), but it just didn’t fit. I have always been surrounded by a more “natural-minded” family, and while I still have an immense respect for the work surgeons do, I knew I wanted to be more holistic. I also knew I wanted to be a mom and was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time as I’d like with little ones if I went the medical degree route.

Well things work out. I was feeling like I wasn’t where God wanted me. I also felt like Joshua and I were entering a transition in our relationship. Months of writing back and forth to Josh while he was in basic training had me feeling like he was the man for me. We had been together for 4 years prior to being apart, and we both didn’t know how we would do with the distance. Let’s just say the distance sealed the deal. He had grown in his faith so much, and I knew that was the type of man I wanted to marry.

Refresh This Mess Wedding Photo Well he must have felt the same, because on December 11th, 2011 I got a phone call I’ll never forget! Josh explained that he had received orders for South Korea after he finished Tech School, and he wanted to marry me before he went overseas for a year. The catch? He was coming home for Christmas in 18 days. So what did we do? We planned a wedding in 18 days, that’s what! We ended up having a tiny little gathering in my parents’ backyard. (We couldn’t do our entire extended families and friends because there wasn’t enough time, money, or even a venue on that short of notice right around Christmas…especially since our families are HUGE.)

I got hitched in my backyard, by my dad, barefoot. And it was absolutelyRefresh This Mess Baby Photo beautiful.

We then spent the next few years being separated for mostly 3-6 months at a time. However, the time we had together we cherished, and we traveled to so many neat places. I especially enjoyed staying with him in South Korea for a month!

Fast forward seven years and we are now out of the military, have an almost 3 year old (Elias) and 9 month old (Enoch). Time flies!

Anyhow, I realize I’m ranting. Geesh! Save it for the blog, right?

I hope you enjoy, I hope you’re inspired, and I hope we get to know each other.