Hope…As Simple As That!

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul—Emily Dickenson



Lately I’ve been dwelling on the feeling of “Hope”.  In light of the tragedies in Colorado, along with all the other bad news that we’re bombarded with, I started feeling yucky. And sad. Worried. Untrusting.  And a bit melancholy.

HOPE-n: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

           v: want something to happen or be the case.


There are “little” hopes like, “Gee, my lawn is so crisp and yellow like hay,  I hope it will rain soon.”

There are “medium” hopes, “I hope I get a new job soon because I can’t pay my rent.”

And there are really big hopes, “I hope this cancer treatment works for my mother/father/friend/relative.”

See what I’m saying?  When I hope, I pray.  Interchangeable.  Sometimes I am afraid to hope, because in most cases, I am hoping/praying for things or situations beyond my control.  And that is what’s scariest of all.

In order to hope, you have to have faith.  You have to have faith that things will work out, maybe not the way you imagine them or want them to, but along the way you will be taught lessons.

Life Lessons.

When bad things happen, there is hope something good will come from it.   There were many heroes in Aurora, CO on that awful night and in the days following.  Strangers helping strangers, communities bonding over tragedy.  They give me hope in this crazy, mixed up world.



I made this for my little friend McKenna and her family

You can learn about her here http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lovemckenna

She’s an amazing little girl with an incredible family who has taught me many life lessons.



Here’s a quick tutorial…


I purchased some letters from Hobby Lobby and some green spray paint and sprayed away.






Use the letter as a template to trace out from a sheet of moss (also from Hobby Lobby).

Take your trusty glue gun and adhere your moss to the letters.




Trim off the excess…





I found a garden gate (curbside), took it apart and created a background with wood glue and nails.




I glued the letters on, some hickey-doos, and Viola!



You can do this with any letters to make any words, but HOPE is on my mind these days.

Blessings to you and yours…