Sunday, October 11, 2009

It's me......Hope's Dad

Hi, I'm Hope's Dad and I've been given the honor of writing the final blog before surgery. Thirty days ago marked the beginning of a countdown to a heart procedure that will shape Hope's life, we pray, for the better. Instead of dwelling on the negative, our family chose to give thanks to the Father for Hope, an extraordinary blessing in a less than perfect package. Lest you think I am referring to her down syndrome, that's not it at all. That extra chromosone defines her little personality in such a beautiful and appealing way. It was only her heart that didn't turn out perfectly.
The 30 day blog--what a neat way to share the goodness that God has manifested through Hope's life these past four years. I am so proud of my wife, Melanie, for figuring out how to set up the blog on her own, introducing Hope to many new faces, enlisting prayer support, and being honest with the struggles she has had. I am amazed and moved by her writing skills and her ability to connect. I'm also so proud of my other children for embracing this quest to have a meaningful celebration of Hope's life. Their ideas made for a fun experience.
For those of you who have followed the blog and have continually lifted Hope up in prayer, I thank you and I pray many blessings for you and your families. Your faithfulness has encouraged us on a daily basis. Thanks, also, for everyone who wrote or painted in Hope's Love Shack as well as those of you from out of town who sent signed cards and paintings. We will be forever grateful. Many thanks to those who were able to come and march with us tonight.
My heart is heavy as tomorrow is fast approaching. I know the Father is in control and I trust Him, but as a parent I hurt for my child. I wish I could step in her stead and take all the pain that is coming her way.......Father, please hear my cry for mercy on little Hope, restore her heart, and give her many more years on this earth. I remind you of your Word in Deuteronomy 7:6 that says" Out of all the people on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you(Hope) to be His special, treasured possession" and that you are the God of "Hope" filling all that trust in you with joy and peace so that we may overflow with "Hope" by the power of your Spirit(Romans 15:13). I trust in You, the God of Hope for our little Hope. Amen.


  1. The Lord has put Hope on my heart since early this morning and I'm up praying for her journey today. "I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord" Psalm 27:13-14

  2. Praying even now. love, Sarah

  3. Hey guys.. I was going to come to the hospital today to pray for you all but I remember just not being able to focus or really wanting to talk to anyone during those 4 hours Cooper was in I just want to say that I have prayed and begged to our Great God for Hope. I'm sure she is in surgery at this moment and I will be praying for the next few hours as well.

  4. I am sending you prayers of comfort strength and healing from snowy North Dakota! God be with you all in the days and weeks to come! Hope is in good hands and not only am I praying for you but for God to guide the surgeon with a steady hand!! God Bless You!
    Angela Steffan

  5. Chappy and Melanie-
    We are praying for Hope today! We love you guys!
    Maggie and Brendan

  6. Chappy and Melanie...What a wonderful way to end this 30 day journey for Hope's miracle! I am going to be checking for updates regularly....

    Still praying for everyone there....


    (PS: I found out last night that my son, Shawn, has a dear friend, Maggie, who is your cousin....Small world!)