In 2018 Dorothy and I had the opportunity to attend the conference again. This time it was at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason Ohio as it will be in 2020. The chance to see families I met in 2008 and to meet new HoPE families was too much to miss out on so we loaded up and headed north. I’m sure some of the families got tired of me and my camera. I took hundreds of pictures during the conference. Some of the kids became favorite subjects of mine and if you see the pictures you know why. I think it is the eyes. Many of our HoPE children cannot speak, like our granddaughter, Chloe, but that doesn’t mean they cannot express themselves.
The facility has a great pool area where the families got the chance to go and spend time relaxing and be with old and new friends. It’s also right next door to Kings Island. Some of the families and a lot of the older kids made a day of it on the rides there.