Monday, November 20, 2017

March 15, 2014 -- Hopeism

The other day, while driving the girls to school one morning, this conversation occurred. . .

Hope:  "Mom, what do you think I'll be when I grow up?"

Mom:  "I don't know honey, but I sure can't wait to see what God has planned for your life!"

Hope:  "I sure hope that He wants me to be an author and an illustrator!"

Mom:  "That would be fan-tas-tic!!!"


I still remember clearly asking Hope at 4 years old what she wanted to be when she grew up. . . she responded quickly and simply with this, "Whatever God wants me to be!"  We are so very thankful that from such a young age, God has impressed on Hope's heart that her life belongs to Him and she trusts Him explicitly with her future!  How He has prepared her for the circumstances that have come into her life robbing her of so many abilities. . . yet, nothing can take away our ability to rest in the hope that our Saviour gives!

March 2013 -- Fun Hope-ism

We never cease to be amazed at the sense of humour that God has given to Hope, even through her awareness of the daily challenges that she faces.  So it is a great delight for me to continue to share with you what we have coined, Hope-isms!  And as you share in a smile or laugh with us, please also remember with us, that although Hope is beyond special to us as her parents and such a joy to all who know her, the greatest joy is in the God who lovingly created her, fashioned her with uniqueness even in the midst of a severe brain injury, and most importantly is merciful and faithful to do a work in her heart!  May God be glorified in her life now and always!!!

Trev was getting Hope ready for school one morning.  He turned to grab the deodorant to put under her arms, without saying anything to indicate that this was what he was doing.  When he turned around, deodorant in hand, Hope was laying on the her bed with both her arms stretched high above her head, ready for that deodorant!  Trev was surprised and curious as to how she knew that he was grabbing the deodorant and so he asked her a question and received a GREAT answer. . .

Trev:  "Hope, how did you know that I was grabbing the deodorant?  Did you use your sense of smell, your sense of hearing, or your sense of sight?"

Hope (with a big grin on her face):  "Daddy, I used my SENSE OF HUMOUR!!!"


Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 16, 2017--Hope is a Big Buddy!!!

Hello all!  Hope asked me to share this with you as she would so love to have your prayer support for her as she strives to glorify God in this endeavor . . . 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 -- Piano on My Back?

Hello dear and faithful friends and prayer warriors!  It has been so long since I have been able to sit down and write a post.  Thank you for the many sweet notes and reminders that although I have failed to keep you updated, you have continued to remind us of God's unfailing love as you kept us in your thoughts and prayers . . . we are blessed by you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 27, 2016 -- Update on Virus

Thank you so much everyone for your prayers and encouraging notes for Hope as she battles this virus I mentioned on Christmas Day.  She gave us a scare yesterday morning. . . 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

December 25, 2016 -- Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!  Just a quick note to say how much we love and appreciate each one of you and your continued love and prayers for our sweet girlie, and our family!  You are such a blessing to us!!!  We pray that each one of you had a blessed Christmas celebration today and as you continue this week into the New Year, that you would know and be reminded daily of the precious gift of our Saviour who came to earth so that sinners might be reconciled to God, as they believe, repent, and call upon the name of Jesus!  We love you and praise God for each one of you, dear ones!  You are so loved!!!

P.S.  Hope started feeling unwell this afternoon, on Christmas Day.  She started running a fever and feeling pretty crummy as the day continued.  She stated several times today that her chest has been burning, and we're not sure exactly where that symptom is coming from.  Please pray that whatever illness she has will pass quickly and that it will not cause any seizures, especially with the fever.  She hasn't had a fever since the acute infection she had in the surgical site after her Baclofen pump was removed in April 2014.  She has been a sweet cuddly girl today and thankful we can enjoy the gift that she is, even when she's feeling so lousy!  Thank you dear ones!

Family Picture Taken June 2016 at our Nephew's Graduation!

We have not been good at getting family pictures over the last few years . . . we'll have to get better at that . . . so we were thankful for this opportunity, and it was fun to try a first family picture minus Hope's wheelchair!  She was a little stressed about standing with only support from her daddio, as you can see the tension in her shoulders, but it turned out pretty good, none the less!  Thanks dear Auntie Leanne for arranging this!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 14, 2016 -- Five Years Ago . . .

So today has been an incredible day of sorts . . . filled with tears of joy and sorrow, observing the Lord giving and the Lord taking away, being reminded of how fragile life is and yet how mighty, faithful, and loving is the God sovereign over it all!  Let me share a bit of my heart in response to today, a day that marks the 5 year anniversary of our lives changing forever . . . the day our Hope didn't wake up . . .

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 -- Update on Hope's Seizure Saga

Well, I promised an update on Hope's seizures and here we are another 2 months down the road . . . where does the time go?!?!  So I have entitled this an update on the seizure saga, and SAGA it is!  It certainly does seem to go on and on and on . . . hmmm, kinda like me!  Ha ha!  But one thing is certain, our God remains good, able, and faithful, even as the storms continue, eh!  That is always the biggest "saga" of Hope's story indeed!!!  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August 31, 2016 -- Goodbye Summer . . . Back to School We Go!

Sniff, sniff . . . always so hard to say goodbye to summer break and back to school.  I so love having the girls home full time all summer!  And thus, why you haven't heard from me for so long.  I had good intentions . . . but there were just so many other things to pull my attention away from the computer . . . namely two sweet girls named, Hope and Gabi!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 2nd, 2016 -- Quick Update

Hope is super excited to be attending the Umbrella Conference beginning tomorrow!  Joni Eareckson Tada will be speaking at the conference and she is really hoping she can meet her.  

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016 -- Operation: Bring on the Seizures is Finished!

We're home!!!  Hope was discharged home from the hospital today.  Here's an update on the results of the long term monitoring for seizure activity that we know for now . . . 

Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016 -- Update on Operation: Bring It On, Seizures!!!

It's hard to find time to send updates, but Hope is enjoying one of her daily visits with her bestest bud at the hospital, Sarah, a music therapist!  Today they are writing and singing mad libs . . . one of Hope's favorite activities . . .

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016 -- Bring It On, Seizures!!!

This post comes from another room and hallway of the Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH)!  So we counted up all the different rooms and hallways Hope has been in over the course of the last 4+ years . . . 

Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016 -- Adjusting Our Plans to God's Plans

It's been one of those days . . . the ones where you eventually just wish it would end and you could start fresh tomorrow, or hit a rewind button and have a "do-over!"  Either way, the day doesn't go as planned . . . I'm sure everyone relates to those days, eh!  In the big picture, we've had much harder days than today, but today is just that . . .TODAY!  It's the day that we're in now, and the troubles of today feel big, frustrating, disappointing, and outside of our understanding!