Hope = Glass Half Full

School is starting everywhere and I have an assignment.  Miranda from Scattering Moments wrote an amazing blog post about hope.  As it turns out it is part of a bigger thing going on in the blogosphere where some tagging is going on.  She tagged me.  I am trying to rise to the challenge though there is no way I will ever be able to come close to touching her story of hope—I offer you my own perspective.

Hope is both a verb and a noun which should tell you something about the word itself.  It can be both an action and a thing.  Pretty cool.  Not every word can boast that trait. Hope is the belief that things are going to turn out okay regardless of the current state of affairs.  Hope is glass half full.

As a Christian hope may take on a slightly different meaning for me than for a non Christian.  I don’t try to “preach” on my blog but this word has gotten me thinking about hope in my life and how I view it.  Hope, to me, is the belief that with God’s help and guidance everything will be okay.  Hope is the certainty that heaven awaits

Hope was there when our youngest child was delivered six weeks premature and had to have a little extra tender loving care in NICU until he figured it all out.  Hope was definitely there as today I marvel at the amazing 24 year old that he has become.

Hope was present when my husband’s job situation went from fabulous to not so fabulous.  Hope that tomorrow would be better, that God was there, and a lot of love and support from family is what got us through.

But perhaps the most vivid example of hope has hit me smack in the face the past couple of weeks as we have had my brother in law, Carlton, staying with us.  If you have followed me for awhile you know that Chris’s dad passed away just a year ago.  Carlton, 43, has Down Syndrome and has always lived at home.  All of the sudden he was going through things that the rest of us were having a difficult time dealing with.  His world was turned upside down.  So we stepped up and stepped in.  Because we love him and because we have hope that ultimately all things that we hope for are for the best and that is what we want for him.

The past two weeks I have seen hope in action—as a verb.  Carlton has blossomed in the past year, thanks mainly to my sister in law, Colleen.  He has gained back a lot of his social skills that had been lost over the years of living with parents whose health prevented them from doing the things they once did for and with him.   Hope was the overwhelming theme as we spent time together enjoying craft projects and baking and of course his favorite—eating out!   Hope was the pervasive theme as we talked about how much he missed his parents.  Hope was in the day to day conversations and actions that we were able to include him in.

So many times we place limitations on others.  People who are handicapable  are often limited. If  only we give them a chance and foster the hope that is inside them we can see a difference. The past two weeks we offered a bit of hope to a loved one. In return he showed us hope as a verb.  Glass half full on the way to being glass full.  What a marvelous thing hope is.  The world needs more of it.

My beautiful note I found on top of the stepping stone he created.


P.S.  Along with this challenge comes three rules:

1.  Write a post about hope and publish it to your blog.

2.  Invite at least one person to blog about it, too.

3.  Link back to the person who invited you at the top of your post.

There are so many folks I would love to read what they would have to say about hope and I have to narrow it down. Darn it!!!   But I decided to follow Miranda’s lead and choose three. So here you go!!!!  If you accept the challenge (in your own time, of course—we are all busy!) please let me know when you post it so I don’t miss it!!!

Jake from Poems and Ponderings

Patti from A New Day Dawns 

Audrey from Minnesota Prairie Roots



  1. Oh, so happy to see you do your hope post. I need to do mine, as well. Love also what you’ve written about Carlton–the hope he represents–the hope be brings to you so ofen. Lovely post, my friend! Hope you have a happy Monday!

  2. I love your posts about Carlton.

  3. Made me cry and I needed to! Hope is a great idea for a blog – I may use this idea!
    I love you so much.

  4. Beth Ann, this is beautiful. You did a wonderful job writing about hope. Funny how the timing of Carlton’s visit seemed perfect. I loved the picture of him doing the artwork he gave you, too. Thank God for hope.

  5. A wonderful post. All of us can learn from it.

  6. Miranda Gargasz says:

    This is a lovely post, Beth Ann. My favorite thing about you is your positivity. Could you teach me how to be like that? I’m a glass half empty kind of girl.

    • My life is full of positives and life is so much easier if you are a half full kind of person. I have had a great life. Of course there have been pitfalls and times of trial but to be honest— my faith has gotten me through. I hope that somehow I will be able toile a difference in the world and leave my mark in a good way. 🙂

  7. This is such a cool concept. It sounds like Carlton is not the only one who has benefited from this friendship. 🙂

  8. Georgiana Hill says:

    And some times we put limits on ourselves. May we all live with hope that God will always be there for us.

  9. I was totally surprised to see my name and blog at the bottom of your post! You have issued a challenge and set the bar high! Will let you know when it’s done. 🙂

    • Thank you, Patti! You are a person who is full of hope and I immediately thought of you when I got this ” challenge”. Can’t wait to see what you write!!!

  10. I accept the challenge and hereby inform you that tomorrow 8/21/12 I will, in accordance with the said and stated rules, reply to; Hope=Glass Half Full.


  11. This was beautiful and I have tears in my eyes from reading it. It’s a beautiful thing to see someone blossom like that. Carlton is very lucky to have all of you. As I’m sure you feel lucky to have him in your life.

  12. A beatiful story of Hope. Thank you.

  13. Helen Brown says:

    I was taught to be a half full person by my mother and this has helped me all my life.


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