Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happy Birthday

WOW!!!  Today my beautiful princess turns one year old.  At 10:01 pm one year ago, Hope came into the world kicking and screaming.  She was and still is the most beautiful baby girl I have ever seen.  It amazes me all that we have been through this year.  We have been through every emotion possible and felt the hand of God so many times over the year.  I wrote the following note to Hope when she was first born and wanted to share it with everyone:

To the most beautiful baby girl,

You are my hero!  I can't begin to tell you how much you have taught me in such a short amount of time.  You have taught me to believe stronger than I have ever believed.  You have shown me God and the miracles He is able to grant.  You have filled my heart with a love so strong I thought I might burst.  You have taught me patience and understanding.  You have shown me how to stop and appreciate every single second of every single minute of every single day.  I definitely don't run through life anymore...I stop and smell the roses all the time. 

I know you will read this and so much more when you get older.  I hope you feel as blessed at your life and everything you have gone through as we feel.  I hope you feel the hand of God and know that He is watching and holding you in His light.  You are a special little girl and you are and always will be MY HERO!

I love you,


I hope everyone that reads this will leave a message for Hope.  I plan to print them off and share them with her in her baby book.  I will also be sharing this blog with her when she gets older and I hope she will start one and share her experiences. 


  1. Happy Birthday Hope & the entire family!!! Enjoy your day sweet baby girl, I'm sure your Mommy, Daddy and brothers will spoil you rotten. :)
    Heart Hugs,

  2. Wow is right! I remember the day last September I came across your blog, Hope, and I've been reading your story with great interest ever since. I now have a beautiful baby girl of my own with HLHS, nearly 9.5 months old, and you have provided our family with much inspiration and hope. You are an amazing little girl!

    Happy Birthday!

    Hannah, Mom to Cora

  3. Hi Hope! I met you one year ago today when I took photographs of you after birth. You've been on my heart since that day. I am so glad you are doing so well!

    I will never forget meeting you and your family that evening.
    Best wishes and God bless!
    Amy Cameron

  4. Happy 1st Birthday Hope. What a precious miracle you are and I hope that today is a wonderful celebration of that.

  5. Hope, You are a precious Daughter of the Most High and truly loved by everyone who meets you and hears of your story. You are an truly an inspiration!

    Happy 1st Birthday Hope! Blessings!

  6. I have been following your blog since before Hope was born and I just wanted to wish her a Happy Birthday. Enjoy your day, Hope.

  7. Happy 1st birthday Hope!!!! What a journey you have had. In this year you have been through more than most people have in a lifetime. You are my little hero. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God continues to bless your precious life. I share your story all the time to my family and friends, they always ask me about you. I tell them how beautiful you are. Happy Birthday once again precious one.

    Paula, what a year huh? I am so proud of you. You and your husband have been through so much, you both inspire me. THANK YOU for sharing Hope with me ((HUGS)).

    Lova ya!

  8. Happy Happy 1st Birthday Hope! You are a strong and tough kiddo! Look forward to seeing you grow and prosper, and can't wait to wish you MANY MANY more HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!

  9. Happy First of Many Birthdays, Miss Hope!

  10. Happy 1st Birthday Hope! You are an amazing, strong and beautiful little girl and I'm so glad we have gotten to watch you grow so far. Can't wait to watch you keep growing!! :) :)
    Heart hugs,
    Jenny and Aly

  11. Happy Birthday, Hope! Praying for many, many more wonderful birthdays!

  12. Happy 1st Birthday Hope!!! Wishing you a wonderful year filled with all of the joys you and your family deserve!
    Heart hugs,
    Katie & Maddie (HRHS)

  13. Happy Birthday Baby Girl! You are an amazing and strong kiddo! Praying for many many more!

    Tracey, Jeremy, Riley, Drew and Jordan Snyder

  14. You are truly an inspiration! I love it when these kiddos reach these milestones. Happy Birthday Hope! What a year, right?

  15. Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl! You keep showing them!