SURPRISE!!! (I wish I could see your face Hannah, when you first see this post).
Do you love giving thanks? Recently we celebrated Hannah’s 26 birthday! As I thought back over the last 26 years of Hannah’s life, I decided in the spirit of this thanksgiving season, to come up with a collection of memories, facts and interesting info about her. She has been a great inspiration and joy in my life, and I look forward to many more years together 🙂
1. Hannah was conceived on our parents honeymoon! If my parents had gone the traditional, recommended “wait a year or more” for children, Hannah would not be here today. I would probably be the oldest, and the world would lack a daughter, sister and friend. There would be no editress,
business owner, web designing, chocolate lovin’, coffee drinkin’ girl named Hannah… what a difference one life can make!
2. Abba worked a corporate office job when Hannah was young. The family lived in a townhouse apartment and he had limited physical work to do. He and Ima (mama) read to Hannah all the time, and by the time she was 4 years old, she was reading adult books on her own… 20 years later, she edits them 🙂
3. Hannah went from being a prissy, city girl that whined if her hands got dirty, to living in a trailer stuck in a field, in the middle-of nowhere Virginia 🙂
4. When Hannah was 22 months, she remembers eating popcorn with the midwife after Tommy, her 12 pound brother was born. For all of you cringing, Ima (who has only had natural births) says his was the easiest of them all! I love the picture below. How is an 18 pound girl supposed to hold her 12 pound brother?
5. While living in Virginia, Ima started buying sweet potatoes, that had not been sprayed with chemicals. She would try to feed Hannah the skins but Hannah’s response was “me don’t like the skins, me don’t like the skins”. One day, Tommy was eating the peel and started to barely choke. Hannah said matter-of-factley: “He don’t like the skins”!
6. When Hannah was almost 4, I (Ruthie) was born. Hannah excitedly called our grandmother who was at our uncle’s place. She said “oh Ma! She is so beautiful, she’s so beautiful, and we will call her Rooffi! Since you have a Naomi [my cousin], we will call her Rooffi!” I have loved and looked up to her ever since (well, “up” might be an incorrect word, I passed her in hight awhile back) 🙂
7. When Hannah was 6, Sarah was born. Hannah has always been very mature for her age, and was an incredible help to Ima. Below is the first cobbler she made.
8. While in Virginia, we got a trampoline! I would cling onto the edge, while Hannah and Tommy jumped. As soon as they bonked heads and started crying, I would jump up and start bouncing, by myself. Years later, Hannah still enjoys the trampoline… even though she rarely gets on it anymore.
9. We moved from Virginia to Tennessee and Hannah became even more responsible and helpful as we moved from place to place and Abigail, Samuel, Lydia and Baby Yosef were born. She cooked, did school, and milked our goat with Tommy. Mindy the goat didn’t like rain and the only way to calm her, was singing. Hannah came up with a an extra verse to the “Its Raining It’s Pouring” song, and we still chant occasionally. It went something like this: “… So he hired a girl and a boy, named Hannah Washburn and Tommy Washburn, to milk his goat named Mindy, then he sold her to us… Oh, oh, oh, what a good girl Mindy is, Oh, oh, oh, what a good girl Mindy is” 🙂 Thankfully her song writing skills have improved since then.
10. Eventually, we built a home in west Tennessee and Hannah decorated the rafters and walls with stories about us, and what we were doing. Sometimes, we would climb up in the rafters and she would read her handywork to us.
11. Hannah used to play outside, climb trees and hike! There was one tree she would climb up really high. Then she would sway back and forth, terrifying Tommy and I.
She also loves competitive games. Soccer, volleyball and spoons might be her favorite. She use to always win Kings Base, ’cause she would never dash off her base very far. Cautious and smart she was… but not a whole lot of fun for the rest of us impatient children 🙂
12. Us children used to be divided into 2 groups. There were the “3 oldest”, and the “4 youngest” (Sarah eventually learned how to work that though, if the “3 oldest” got a privilege she tried to become one of the “4 oldest”, if the younger ones got a treat, she was definitely one of them 🙂 ). I was so glad Hannah and Tommy welcomed me, as one of the “big people”, and let me in on their thoughts, projects and fun. You older siblings have an important role to play in shaping your siblings lives.
13. Hannah would get frustrated with me, because I couldn’t seem to clean my stuff up (we’ve shared rooms our whole life)! Somehow life has a way of switching things around and now I’m the one that can’t understand, why she would prefer to let her clean laundry pile up THEN put it away.
14. One day, Hannah and Tommy were building a fort. Tommy happened to nail into a maple tree and sap started dripping out! They decided to make maple syrup. The first year, they only wound up with a cup or so of syrup, but that fed the fire of interest, and now we get nearly enough syrup, to last a whole year! Best of all, we have many good memories of tapping trees together, hiking up and down treacherous hills to gathering sap, cooking it down and eating together. Maple syrup is very hard work… but it is so much fun too!
15. As a girl, Hannah watched Abba play his guitar. She started teaching herself to play by ear and now plays the guitar or piano more days than not. She loves music and enjoys using her talents to bless others.
16. At age 16, Hannah started a magazine for girls. She wanted to encourage them to embrace the Biblical role of womanhood… not just float along in the engulfing current of modern feminism. Shining Stars Magazine has helped many girls find answers and encouragement in their counter cultural, but very rewarding calling.
17. Hannah also uses her writing skills to spread awareness and support for our beloved Israel. Check out her powerful and touching post: Israel… What Does It Matter? also, Reply To Comment: Israel … What Does It Matter?
18. She loves the land and especially the people of Israel. She would love to live there permanently, but in the meantime, she just visits, serves and shares the Good News whenever possible.
19. Hannah can cook! Although our likes and dislikes vary, I enjoy some of her unique creations and love when she makes the regular family favorites. The eggplant dip below might be my favorite thing she makes, her falafel are incredible and the almond flour pancakes are delicious too!
20. Hannah is not afraid to speak out on touchy topics including:
21. I am thankful that while Hannah can be very clear and vocal about right and wrong, she is also kind and considerate towards others with a different opinion… unless they are belligerent… she can have a tough side to her 🙂 She used to be a bossy, stubborn, controlling gal, now…
… now she is quite a fine lady!
22. Hannah’s favorite days are the cold rainy ones, when she can curl up with a book. She loves dark chocolate, candles, calico kittens, hot drinks (especially coffee) and sleeping on the floor.
23. Hannah is a born leader and fun to be around. She is our moderator-of-choice when we play Occupation (perhaps our favorite group game).
24. She also loves to dance! Whether she is helping a friend teach a presentation dance, leading a group, or showing someone a new step, she is truly a blessing! You can see some of the dances on Dance, Worship and Praise!
25. Hannah has spent many years building our family’s puppy business. Although everyone works hard, we would not be where we are now, without the dedication, knowledge, communication skills, web designing skills and business ethic, our heavenly Father has blessed her with.
26. Perhaps one of the greatest blessings about my sister, is her example of wanting the Father’s best for her- and everyone else’s lives. Especially when it comes to guys. Her love and commitment to her future husband is rare, challenging and special… I know she will make some guy an incredible wife one of these days 🙂
I love you Hannah! Thank you for being such a good sister!