Happy Earth Day, the audacity of Hope (& if you are looking for my lipstick it is in the freezer)

April 22, 2019 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Grief, life lessons, Love, silver lining | 7 Comments
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Happy Earth day to you all!  I found the picture below in my daughter’s room this morning.  It made me so happy and hopeful.  She said I could post it as long as I give her credit.  All artistic credit goes to @lyssa_and_art on instagram.


As many of you know Evan, the twins and I have been waiting for him to get a call for new lungs.  The waiting is excruciating.  Despite everything, Evan continues to hope.  Not only does he hope for new lungs but he also still dares to hope that no parent will have to outlive their child/children.  He is still on the board of the Atlanta March of Dimes.  Although our family will not actually be walking this year Evan has not given up.  Jake’s Journey and Sawyer’s Strides is still hoping.

Thank you to all those who supported our team this year and in past years.  Thank you also to the hospital for matching funds.  We appreciate all of your kindness and generosity.   If you would like to support Jake’s Journey & Sawyer’s Strides please click this link.

As for me, i am still hoping too.  Hoping for the earth.  Hoping for Evan’s new lungs.  Hoping that no parent has to bury their child/children.

I am no longer hoping to find my lipstick because after searching for a week I found it in the freezer.  Seems like as good a place as any to keep it.



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  1. So cute. She is talented. Hope you are well.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Sorry you are all still waiting. I believe that a new set of lungs will arrive. Alyssa is so very talented. Was it Evan’s mom that was an artist. It seems she inherited the artistic gene. Take care, love Patty

  3. Wow, Alyssa that drawing is amazing! You have developed quite a skill, and I am super impressed with you! Keep drawing, because we all need to see beautiful things like your drawings! Lanie, I will keep hoping for, and with you all. And I think that the freezer sounds like an excellent place to store makeup, you may be onto something there…it probably extends the life of it or something. My love to you all!

  4. Alyssa’s Earth Day message drawing is beautiful! Love to y’all!

  5. I love watching Alyssa’s art every day – she’s a talented and beautiful soul. I’m hoping along with you that your waiting is soon over and that the other side of this is a beautiful journey forward. Love you!

  6. What a beautiful drawing! Thank you and big hugs to you all 💕

  7. i am still laughing about the lipstick in the freezer. that is a riot and deserves a good smile.

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