• Happy Birthday Hopey!

    Date: 2013.04.11 | Category: Hope | Tags:

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but most of our babies have birthday buddies.  🙂  It’s funny how that has worked out.  Codey & Kyle (4/30) were the original birthday buddies, then we have Dan (8/8) and Zach (8/5),  Gracie (3/23) and Evie (3/25),  Maisey (4/9) and Hopey (4/11),  Cassie (5/29) and Min (6/1),  Eli (1/17) and Gramp, gramps (1/20), and little Lainey (12/27) – We were talking about her not having a birthday buddy and Pastor said, “She has the best one yet, Jesus!”  🙂   Anyway…..

    My sweet little Hopey turns 14 today.  How is that even possible?  It seems only yesterday that Dan was calling me to tell me how he fell in love with a baby in the NICU!  Hopey’s story was and is amazing.  I love how God brought her to us. I have said over and over again that there were so many things that had to line up for Hope to come into our lives.  It was truly a miracle.  I have written about her story many times so I won’t go into things I’ve covered before (you can read more here Hope’s story ), but I will say I love how Dan’s heart was so moved by a baby that was left alone in the NICU.

    He fell head over heels for this sweet little girl!  I mean who wouldn’t, just look at that face.  We took a chance, trusted God’s plan and were blessed beyond measure!


    She’s been through a lot.  Three open heart surgeries, numerous caths, a broken stent in her left pulmonary artery, but overall she has done wonderfully.



    Hopey has a unique sense of style.  You never know what she will do to get a laugh.  She is full of fun and goofiness.

    She loves dragons, video games, How to Train Your Dragon, Skylanders, Pokemon, and her “wall of epicness”.


    She is very talented with her artwork and can make a computer do amazing things.


    She loves her puppy and her new siblings.

    I’m not sure what God has in store for her, but I know He has blessed us by allowing us to have her in our lives for these past 14 years.


    And because my blog has become their journal (because who has time to type all of this twice), I would be remiss to not mention how teenage boys respond to my Hopey.  (Heaven help daddy. You can stop reading now honey.)  Hope is not allowed to date until she is 16, but it doesn’t stop boys from talking to her because we are officially past the cootey stage.  Every single time they start talking to her, someone asks her what she likes.  The look on these boys’ faces when this little, blonde girl mentions that she loves dragons and video games, is pretty funny.   Well, it’s funny because those same boys start out with “Oh you like Barbie and Littlest Pet Shop?” and she gets that disgusted look on her face and states the games that she loves to play.  I mean, seriously now, Zach is her brother.  She plays “real” games.   She is a wonderful combination of girly girlness and uniqueness.  I love that about her.

    Happy birthday Hopey Girl (as Ben would say).  Wishing you all the best as you continue to grow in God’s word.  May He lead you and direct you.  I’m looking forward to all the years ahead as Daddy and I continue to be blessed with having you in our lives.   Love you sweetheart!