Hello, I’m Savannah

Friends call me Sav or sweater gal (just kidding, but I really do wear sweaters too much). Thanks for reading some of my stories. I’ll tell ya, a lot of heart goes into them.

Though I’m a mountain gal at heart, I currently live in Fort Worth with my handsome hubby and our kitty cat Meeko. I’m an elementary special ed. teacher for Irving ISD; it’s one of my deepest joys in life. I’ve been working with autistic and other special needs children as a teacher assistant since 2013 which paved the road to my teaching career in 2018. There is nothing more rewarding in my life than seeing children making progress towards a better quality of life and using their capabilities.

Jesus is my all. My imperfect, overly sensitive, sinful self is proof I literally cannot do life without Him. My friends & family keep my heart full and my husband is God’s gift to me. We married on sweet November 4th of 2017; I thank God for his soul, that I get to breathe alongside his everyday.

“My blog is a place for people to come to just as they are and share in the beauty that comes from sharing the stories of our hearts with others. I noticed my blog started to grow when I started to become really real in my writing; when I didn’t hide my heart and I was utterly honest. I write because I simply want to encourage others that whatever season we find ourselves in that may be a struggle, we can come out of it by the grace of God. I believe there is beauty in everyone’s story and there is even more beauty when we can speak life to each other in both the trying and joyous seasons of our lives. I blog because my heart will never stop going through different chapters, and as long as my life is still flipping through its own book, I will use whatever chapter I’m in to speak love and encouragement into others going through similar walks. It’s all about climbing one mountain at a time and knowing that you’re not alone on the journey.” – Story On, (Why do You Blog Project, 2016)

 F A V O R E D  Q U O T E S

“The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. ” – Mother Teresa

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” – Forest Witcraft

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127 thoughts on “Hello, I’m Savannah

    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      I’m going through a family situation, and when I read, “Let it Fall. . .Perfect is the teardrop when it belongs to God.”
      I just started to cry. . .it really spoke to me and I’m letting it all out to the Lord. I know God is carrying my tears.
      Thank you so much Darla.

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    2. He is carrying your tears. He really is. (Psalm 56:8)

      I wrote the poem for a friend who lost her sister-in-law in a head-on collision on a rainy morning. A young man in the other car was killed, too. It’s been a tough time for that family. I hope your time soon turns from tears to joy.

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    3. Savannah Hardcastle

      Oh my heart is heavy for them. . .I am saying a special prayer for them tonight.
      Have a good night, and thank you for your kind remarks.
      In Him,
      Sav

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  1. Equipping The Saints

    Thank you for your like of my post. You are very kind.
    Pastor/Equipping The Saints
    Philippians 3:10, “That I might know Him”

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  2. Hi Sav I wanted to leave a comment about David but you have closed them, I often have people even years later commenting on my Posts, especially if I give them the link when they are sharing about something that gels with a Post I have written before, it saves my comment from being a book .

    It was a blessing to read about your friendship with David and your kindness to him, age brings with it life wisdom (see link below )and if we ask we receive God’s wisdom but this is for any age.

    Our Senior years- http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/moments-in-time/

    God does not plan evil for us or hard times but He does bring good out of everything, I live in a very ungodly Neighborhood and have often been abused and at one time physically and I can say honestly, I was not responsible, even the Police told me to move for my own protection.

    But God is bringing good out of what seemed to be a hopeless situation, both the woman that abused me, including the one that bashed me, are now my friends and also the men who abused me verbally have in their own way apologized. Their Children who live close by come and visit me often and bring their friends and I share with them about Jesus and how much He Loves them and that I do too, they use to call me Aunty Anne, now it’s Granny Annie, I think I’m getting old!….. How good is that!

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    1. That was a quick fix! I didn’t know I had that box check marked for “no responses after 2 weeks.” woopsie.
      Sorry about that.
      Thank you very much. Oh my, Anne. . .you are one of the strongest women I have come in contact with by your boldness and courage in sharing the most vulnerable times of your life. Thank you. I am glad you are well firstly, and secondly that you’re ministering to others, who anyone else could have easily kept at a distance or kept them as “enemies.”
      I am about to read your post. :)
      Blessings and a Happy New year!
      -Sav

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  3. Savannah,

    Isn’t is wonderful that God knows exactly what we need and provides it at exactly the right time. God’s precious and Eternal Word, even though it was penned thousand’s of years ago, is so relevant for today. His Word never changes and always provides His children with guidance, comfort, joy, peace, contentment, courage, faith, hope, patience, wisdom and trust to name only a few of the numerous ways that God, our Creator and Sustainer, provides for those who are His.

    While reading your response I was reminded of Provers 2:5-7, “Then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless”. Before I forget, I would like to personally thank you for reading and liking my devotional “The Wrong Diagnosis”. Here is wishing you a prosperous New Year and one that will be blessed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in all your endeavors, and that He will keep you safe and in His precious care.

    In His (Christ) Service – Mikey

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    1. It is truly wonderful how God does that.
      I loved your post. You are quite welcome.
      I wish you a Happy New Year and all my best wishes! You are so kind for your well wishes. I thank you.
      Sister in Christ, Sav

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  4. I have to tell you, when I stumbled upon this post, I had my coffee at hand because it was late at night but I also was already feeling tired. God kept me up to read it. And I needed it. I kept thinking ‘what is my life.’ I kept thinking, am I following Gods will? But then I thought, I delight in Him, I love Him, I do my best to bring Him glory. . .and I felt Gods tap on my shoulder. I felt his spirit engulf me all of a sudden and I didn’t feel lonely or doubtful- I just felt warm, and good. I’m not certain we’ll ever get the GO green light on exactly of our plans, but in a spiritual sense and what you were talking about- we know by following God, bringing Him glory in all things, saying our prayers. . .
    Thank you again,
    Sav

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  5. Jack Saunsea

    Your blog’s title, “One Mountain At A Time” reminds me of a Jason Upton quote I heard him say at a concert of his last year about that each time we reach the top of the mountain, we have to climb back down to the valley, so that we can climb that next mountain.

    Where in the world would you like to go?

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    1. Ah, he is amazing.
      When I first started my blog, it was about writing about something that was just a dream (adoption) and all the years in between until that day comes. As I kept writing, I realized I wanted to use my writing to uplift and encourage. This is where my title came in.

      I hope to go to China one day. When I can afford it, that is.
      I desire to work with disabled children who are either sick, or have any other kind of mental health or health issues. That’s my top place right now.
      Thanks for dropping by, I enjoy your blog!
      -Sav

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    2. Jack Saunsea

      Awesome! Once you get to a place where you are ready (or simply have the desire to go), I have some friends and connections in China who non-profit/ministry driven so perhaps I would be able to provide you with some connections. I would also love to go to China, but, there isn’t really a place on earth I do not want to go. I just let the wind move me where it may :)

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    3. Oh wow! Well that sounds splendidly splendid! Thank you very much. I shall let you know when this time comes.

      I notice you are a traveler. Cool life to let the wind take you but even more cool that you travel to h e l p others!
      Commendable.

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  6. I just found your blog and like what you have written in the above post. I look forward to reading more of your writings, that is why I started following your blog. I also love to share how God works in each others lives – how we get through adversity and how we prevail, especially if our faith and trust is in God our creator. I trust the Lord will continue to bless others through your inspired writings.

    I’ll share with you and your followers, I passage of Scripture that has been a blessing to my heart and soul, and recorded in Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil”. Great counsel from God’s Eternal Word!

    His servant – Mikey

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    1. Hi Mikey…thank you very much. Much of my writings are transparent and through being so open, it is my hope that I can continue to uplift others through the same things and chapters in life. God is all powerful and wonderful!
      Blessings too you, Mikey. Thanks for the follow as well!

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  7. letsenjoynow

    I just found your blog and am very excited to follow you! I loved your post above and look forward to reading more. Just a side note: I don’t go barefoot in the house either! I always put flip flops on! ;) God bless!

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  8. I love your blog design and inspiring words. Thanks for following my blog, I’m glad it led me here. I’ll follow you back! Blessings to you on your journey. Keep writing for the King!

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      I’ll be moving down there come this July!! I’m so excited! I’ll be living towards the west of CO Springs. . .any tips or words?

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    2. Sorry, no, no tips. We haven’t been back there for years & never lived near CO Springs. My daughter lived there for a few years though. Just enjoy the mountains, that’s about all I can say!

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  9. Hi Savannah,
    Nice blog. Thanks for stopping by and checking me out at throughthebibletogether. I appreciate the follow. I hope you will continue to enjoy what you see.

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  10. Thank you for visiting my blog. Yours is very delightful! Congratulations on your recent graduation and wonderful aspirations. I look forward to reading more as you continue to create a better future for others and a most loving and prosperous one for yourself. You go girl!!! Namaste, mary

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Mary,
      When I came across your blog, I felt a sense of peace. . .and when I saw your title, “God Is I am,” I knew I wanted to start following your work!
      Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I wish the same for you! Looking forward to your reads.
      -Sav

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Ha ha! Hey I keep a perfectly clean indoor floor!! I’m a clean nut. I don’t know why even after I clean, I HAVE to wear socks!! Outdoors, you’re right, just simply delightful indeed. =)

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Hi, Wendy. Oh you’re welcome! Thank you dearly for your kind words. I’m in ‘still’ mode listening to His voice. :)

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Thank you, Debbie! Thanks for dropping by! Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed that post of yours. Blessings to your week!

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Hi there, I enjoyed your post. :) Me too, I can not wait to be all made one in Christ! Blessings to you, and thank you for the visit to my blog!

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  11. theaspirationalagnostic

    So happy to have found your blog!
    I feel the desire to adopt too, but with 4 children of my own, a reluctant husband and the difficulties of adoption from Australia it would be difficult. Instead, I choose to sponsor 6 chidren through World Vision- I know that i’m making their lives better from afar!

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Wow!!! Their is no difference to me. God says take care of the orphans and widows, he never mentions ‘how’ too. Whether it is form afar (which some of us can only do) or by adopting or traveling too them, we’re being Gods hands for them. Blessings to you and thank you for visiting my blog. I too, hope after I graduate that I can sponsor a child. You are a great inspiration.
      -Sav

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Linda, thank you very much. Thanks for your kind hope for me.
      Blessings to you and thank you in return for dropping by as well !

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Aw thank you sooo much, God is good! This is what I hope to hear :)
      You as well have a sweet & peaceful blog. I’m following your wordpress one now! :)
      Blessings to you too, Jenny.

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  12. Savannah Hardcastle

    Thank you sooooo much for your kind heart-ed words!! Really. Yes, this is my passion in life and I’ll probably take in a few more kiddos to take care of. Wherever God leads my heart!! Thanks for the hair compliment!
    -Sav

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Love their heart for Gods children. I liked their facebook page. Love it!!! Thank you for leading me to their pages.
      Blessings to you.
      -Sav

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  13. Hello Savannah,

    Thank you for taking a look at my blog and letting me know you like it. It is all for God’s glory. After reading your “About”, I will pray that God will lead you on the adventure of your life through your love for orphans. If Athletes in Action or any of the Cru ministry can help you in that journey let us know.

    Rick

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Oh why thank you!! I really appreciate your kind words and most importantly your prayers.
      Thank you for dropping by. :)
      -Sav

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  14. Your words say so much about your self-less heart along with your genuine smile. It takes a lot to do what you have chosen, because its not easy and time consuming, but it is also very rewarding…i know because i have done that also! In the bible they talk about Jesus laying His life down for the many who have fallen, there is no greater gift than to give your life to someone to make their lives, more secure in so many ways. Believe me the rewards in my heart have been great!!!! You have all my support in your endeavors for I know you will be great at sharing your life and love to children. I know you in spirit, because I share that same spirit but i am proud of your decison! God bless Savannah…you have friend in me always my sister! Thanks for visiting my site your life-light is greatly appreciated!

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      So humbled by your gracious compliments! Thank you so much. Thank you for the encouragement in this dream of mine and blessings to you for what you have done for Gods children as well.
      Thanks for the support. So much thanks everywhere! :)

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  15. savannah! extra hot white mocha in the cold, iced caramel macchiato on hot summer days, adopted, and wish i was a twin! lol, we would so be friends! ;) love that your heart is hearing god’s call. going to go check out what you are writing about hon. –kris

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  16. Thank you for joining up with us Savannah I will look forward to sharing with you,

    We will never be perfect as the world thinks about perfection but we are to aim to be perfected in God’s Love, you don’t have as far to go as I do Savannah but we will get there, God promises it will be so, as we Trust and obey.

    God Bless you greatly – Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    1. Savannah Hardcastle

      Thank you for guiding me to your pages. Blessings to you, Anne. You have an oh so gracious heart for taking time out of your night to bless me with kind words,
      Sav

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  17. Appreciate the follow on my blog. Enjoyed reading a bit on your blog this evening. If you haven’t seen the documentary Lisa Ling did on China, it is amazing! It’s called Chinas lost girls. When you move to Colorado I would meet up for a welcome to Colorado if you would like. Absolutely enjoy living in this beautiful state! Blessings, Sarah

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    1. Hi!
      Absolutely, I’v been encountering some pretty amazing blogs upon Colorado and Adoption. Those are the main one’s I follow.
      I’ll have to check out that documentary!!
      That dinner sounds like a fantastic idea! I’ll be heading down there alone and become officially an independent ‘Coloradoan’ hopefully by next summer! Blessings!
      -Sav

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  18. Hi Savannah! Thanks for connecting through blogs. I loved reading through your blog and look forward to walking together in the journey. I’ll be praying for you … especially as you continue to seek the Lord’s will regarding adopting. Have you considered Kazakhstan? I’ve met families who have adopted very needy orphans from this region too. Blessings!!

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    1. Savannah 希望 Hardcastle

      Hi there, Sharon. I have not, but I will surely look into it and learn more about the region. I enjoy your blog and your service to orphans and more.
      Blessings to you, and thank you for your sweet remarks.

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  19. Bridgestone Jones

    Thanks for following my blog! I love that you have a heart for adoption, I will be praying for you and your future daughter!

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    1. Savannah 希望 Hardcastle

      I dearly thank you for your sweet remarks!! I LOVE your page, orphans hold a special place in my heart-clearly you saw that I wish to adopt. I cant wait to travel, your family is inspiring! I’m looking forward to your posts.

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  20. Thanks for following my blog. All the best to your future endeavors. I am a student of Psychology and Sociology (more of anthro but likely the same) sad to say I never got to finish it but im happy as a photographer now. I apply some theories on Psychology and Sociology to my photo shoots and to tell you the truth, it does work. Sociology and Psychology is definitely applicable in real life situations.

    Kind Regards,

    Sam

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    1. Savannah 希望 Hardcastle

      I love your photography. I’m following some pretty awesome blogs and ones that I enjoy the best. Yours is great. Soci and Psych are very interesting to me, I’m still debating what I will do with my degree in a year but will see where God leads me.
      Thanks for your kinds words.

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  21. Savannah,
    Thanks for visiting my site and subscribing! I wish you all the best on your life journey. I have found that hope and faith gives us great strength and power and is the key for a happy life. God definitely has a plan for each of us individually. Perhaps the hardest thing, that it seems I have to continually learn, is being willing to align His will to mine, and accept His timing! (I’ve lived 45 years so far, and it’s still a daily challenge!) No matter what happens, life is a precious gift, and there’s so much around us to take joy in. I love that you have that perspective. Hope is such a precious principle by which to live! May we all find the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philip. 4:7), which can be found only through charity, faith, and hope.
    :)
    Your Friend, MoSop

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    1. Savannah 希望 Hardcastle

      I truly thank you for stopping by as well. I thank you for your kind words. I hope that as I grow older, I can still have this perspective. It’s what keeps me going! Blessings to you

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  22. Hello Savannah. How wonderful to find another real well-centered Christian on WordPress!
    I loved reading this. Beautifully written. I invite you to read my “About” page,. You and I are very much alike. I like solitude as well. I invite you to read my post “First Voice”. May it bless you. http://simplysage.org/2012/05/13/first-voice/
    I am honored you chose to follow my blog. I will keep in touch!
    Peace of Christ to you,
    Alexandria

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    1. Savannah 希望 Hardcastle

      Alexandria, indeed!! I will surely check it out right after this.
      Thank you for your kind words, may God keep you and I hope we can share more and more about what God does in our lives and how awesome He is to us.

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  23. Savannah, thank you for following my blog! We share a deep interest in China. I’ve written three fiction novels focusing on China and, if you’re interested in adoption, the first novel is a must read. You can find it on Amazon or B&N–wherever. Title: Daughter of China. This novel is based on true stories of people I interviewed, and shares the religious persecution in China as well as the one child policy and the children who were left in the dying rooms. The time period is the late 90’s early 2000’s. Your writing here is so personable. Don’t quit!

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    1. Savannah 希望 Hardcastle

      Oh wow, I truly thank you for pointing me in the direction of that!
      Yes, China just continues to grow in my heart. I hope to continue to learn a lot more while I’m there.
      Blessings

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  24. God has plans for our lives even after the wilderness. Jer. 29 vs 11 is a wonderful reminder of this. The verses prior speak about tough times, and then, a powerful promise. :)

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  25. J. R. Hamilton

    Savanah, thank you for leaving your fingerprints on my page. They’ve led me back to your page. I like what you’re doing here. Your heart comes through. I’m looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Savannah 希望 Hardcastle

      Thank you so much, J.R. I truly appreciate it. I am like an open book, never mind sharing whats on my heart and mind.

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    1. kavishv

      I’m glad you do :) Might I recommend Azure & Skye. It’s a brilliant read, and I hope you keep coming back for more :)

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