What HoPE means to us

What is it really…this HOPE? And why is it so important?

Hope is something we can feel, but hope is also an intentional choice.

hope  /hōp/
a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information”

synonyms:  aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, plan, dream, daydream, pipe dream

verb – want something to happen or be the case.”he’s hoping for an offer of compensation”

synonyms:  expect, anticipate, look for, wait for, be hopeful of, pin one’s hopes on, want

Hope.  It’s a simple word and yet can mean so much to anyone going through a difficult time. It can mean the difference between hanging on and giving up. It can mean a tiny smile in the face of a devastating diagnosis. It’s one word with no true definition — hope can mean anything you want it to.

With the lens of hope, we can see right through life’s quandaries.

“HoPE means making sacrifices and finding patience I never thought I had. It means finding everything I NEVER knew I needed, everything I needed to be a better me. It means rising above average and being that unicorn in a field of horses!”  Jennifer Hull

“HoPE means never giving up, that my son is a fighter. Small, but mighty miracle.”  Nikki Tuma

“To me, HoPE means even on the darkest days I can still see some light. In a sea full of ‘no’s HoPE is the float that keeps my head above water!”  Laura Findeison

“HoPE is a glimmer of light where light is absent. It’s a fight against darkness.”  Larisa M Denney

“Miracles happen. Our kids are stronger, more resilient and stronger then many, many people will be in their lifetimes.”  Gemma-Sarah McCusker

“HoPE means living life anyway.”  Stephanie Benigno Bley

“I guess it’s kind of like faith. Without it, what do you have? And it kind of makes me think of something that we’ve always said…no matter what, everything will be okay.”  Tawnya Maxwell Skaggs

“The possibility of a better tomorrow.”  Rebecca Lou Smith McGee

“Never give up.”  Monica Finch

“HoPE is a small word with a big meaning to my family and me. Hope is seeing light despite the darkness. It means never giving up, means family and love. It’s the glue that holds us together.”  Tonja Ross

“Believing in the unbelievable.”  Jolee Krause

“HoPE is the strength and trust of knowing God is working in my child, to be who He intended him to be.”  Laura Hamilton Callaway

“A different kind of normal.  Determined. Fighter. Miracle.”  Leigh Grinter

“Believing there is more out there to find to become better.”  Pete Lawler

“Always a chance”  Dorothy Lawler

“A confident expectation despite all odds.”  Andrea Curtis

…I’ve learned that as long as I have breath, hope is available.