Saturday, November 28, 2009

happy holidays

i hope everyone had a fantastic thanksgiving.
here are a few things that i am thankful for
the beautiful autumn colors.
my family.
dinner with my family.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


you've never really had a permanent location.
but i know you so well.
i know exactly where you are
and i am finally here.
It has only been a few months this time,
but my visit seems long past due.
it is good to be back
i missed you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

this is how i feel

dear tuesday evening,
 please come faster!
love, hanna marie

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Jane introduced me to Andres Cabas about a month ago.  This song has been running through my head all day.  And yes, maybe even outloud in my apartment when no one was home :)
It is so beautiful.

Friday, November 13, 2009

got my dreams, got my life, got my love

Can’t figure how
I’m gonna fix tomorrow away
If today’s still a mess
Can u tell me what’s the point man, 
It all seems meaningless
I wish that I could step away and breathe
This world’s trying to swallow me
Clear away the clouds inside my head

Someone just tell me
That it’s ok now
What are you worried about

Got my dreams, got my life, got my love
Got my friends got the sunshine above
Why am I makin
g this hard on myself
When there’s so many beautiful reasons I have to be happy

People lie, people hide, people cry, people fight 

And they don’t know why
If fear is all that we should fear
Then what are we so afraid of
Cause fear is only in our heads

Someone please say...
that it's ok now
What are you worried about

Got my dreams, got my life, got my love
Got my friends got the sunshine above
Why am I makin
g this hard on myself
When there’s so many beautiful reasons I have to be happy

Any day ill go bad thinking bad
Everyone is against me and the world wants to fight me
Preparing to battle an enemy unseen
During my stressing I’m blinded to the lesson 
That could be a blessing if Id be confessing that the enemy 
I’m trying to beat is hiding inside of me

But it’s ok now...what are you worrying about...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

the definition of hanna bennion.

the other day someone asked me to describe what kind of a person i was.  
I couldn't answer.  
Because i didn't know.
that made me think.  a lot.
I wish i could sit here and describe to you just what stereotype/personality i fit into.  Am i a sport freak? art fanatic? music junkee? math geek? shy? outgoing? lovable? intimidating? boring? crazy?
i have no idea.  I don't like to limit myself to one "type."  I feel that i am a different person when i am with different people.  BUt that doesn't make sense.  Maybe there are just too many sides to me, i like too many different things.  And therefore have several different friends that fit into each of these "categories" of people.
I am just hanna.
And very soon i will let you all know what that means.
For now, I am still pondering.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thank you, Birch Creek

This was the  staff for the Girls Session this Summer.
This Summer I spent a lot of my time in a little place called Spring City, Utah.  When i say little, i mean puny.  That's right, good ol' Sanpete County.  It was my second year as a counselor at Birch Creek Service Ranch (inspired by the Bennion Ranch) and i loved it all the more.  There is something that happens at Birch Creek, something very special.  I'm not exactly sure what it is, but everyone who has been there knows what i am talking about.
Birch is more than just a summer camp for teens, i've been to plenty of those, Birch Creek is a home.  It is a place to connect--with people, with nature, with God and with yourself.  I miss my BC family.  BC is my sanctuary, my safe place.  
Birch Creek makes me forget the world, it helps me remember to enjoy the simple things in life.  Simplicity.  Thats where all the good stuff is.  A simple sunset, a simple song, a simple game, a simple laugh.  Simple service.  I love how satisfying it is after a mornings work, to know that we spent four hours of our day helping another person.  I love how satisfying it is after a weekends hike when we look down from the top of a mountain or up from the bottom of a canyon, to know that we travelled that great distance in such a short amount of time.  I love how satisfying it is to see the growth in the campers as the weeks gradually pass on.  I love how i feel at Birch Creek!

One of the many beautiful weekend hikes.
I also love BC because of my family.  Uncle Joe, Aunt Lee, and Cousin Zina.  Can anyone ask for better role models?  I mean seriously.  If it weren't for them, i would never have found BC.  They inspire me more and more every time i spend time with them.  Whether at the Ranch or rafting down the Grand Canyon for two weeks (also one of the most amazing experiences of my life), they are always living life at its fullest.

Group shot on edge of the canyon.