Welcome to Quest4Hope

Here you will find my personal quests that give my life meaning. As I have searched for purpose, it is my hope that my life becomes everything it was destined for- first for my family and then for my friends that God has been so gracious to send to me.

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The 5 Chaps

The 5 Chaps

Sunday, December 30, 2007


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Holiday Reflections

Christmas '07 has been the best yet for The 5 Chaps! Filled with a family focus more so than any other year, the opportunity to zero in on our little nest has been a worthwhile investment! We have been able to make some wonderful memories with our old traditions and the beginning of new ones!

Santa kept his word for "Lil' Caboose"--- A Big Red Car! He specifically told me, "I've got to tell Santa thanks!" What a thoughtful kid!

Kit meets Lily's new American Girl doll. Lily named her Grace!

G-man works on his Mission To Mars Lego sets for a good part of the day!

But we also have time for some fun rounds of Twister!

This year we also began the tradition of Christmas Fondue to end our Christmas day fun using some of our leftovers from our Christmas Steak Lunch! What a treat!

I am so thankful for the Lord's goodness to us this year! We have taken the wonderful times we have shared and stored them as treasured memories. God is so good and has been so gracious to my family! I truly love what He is doing in my life!

Christmas Blessings!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas 2007

I would have to say that I am quite excited about calling 2007 to a close! It has been quite a year! It definitely superceded every expectation that I had for it- some in good ways and in others, well let's just say it was unexpected.

For The 5 Chaps, this Christmas is all about focusing in on family. And what a wonderful treat it is! My dh and I celebrated 13 years of marriage! I was surprised with a wonderful dinner out---WITHOUT CHILDREN--- to "The Melting Pot" which is a fondue restaurant that I have wanted to go to for over a year! And I thought I was going to make a turkey dinner and go to the gym!

This past weekend, our Lily made some wonderful memories for herself. She performed in our church's Christmas musical "Go Light Your World." She was one of the main orphans who gets adopted by the end of the play and gets a town thinking about the true meaning of Christmas.

Here she is at the end of the play after she is adopted. I was so proud. She didn't act nervous at all and really performed perfectly. I think she has found her niche!

Our 2 year old went to see Santa! This is the first year he would actually sat in Santa' s lap. He told him we wanted a "big, red car." We'll see what happens.

From Our Family To Yours!

The 5 Chaps

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bloggin' Away

I have enjoyed using this blog for educational purposes. Now, what I hope to do is continue to post specifically to keep in touch with family and friends posting accomplishments of my children's work and life- and mine of course.

I would also love for my children to add to the blog to give their 2 cents. Then could invite their friends to look and comment as well!

To continue my post, here is some exciting events happening on Hope4Tomorrow!

G-man won his first flag football game! He is learning the plays well and I am sure will improve through the season. He had to be the most enthusiastic player on the field.

Lily auditioned for the church Christmas musical and got one of the lead child's roles. I am quite proud of her considering she is new there and had never auditioned for anything! I bought her a shirt that says "Future Celebrity".

And the Caboose, my 2 year old. He gave himself a haircut this week! Some of his beautiful surfer boy's locks are gone! Luckily, we are able to conceal the damage! That child keeps be busier than the other 2 put together!

But I love it and I am thankful that I am able to share the time that I have with them!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Seasonal Changes

I have definitely found myself in technology overload! The Read/Write Web class is very informative, but it has left my mind spinning! I now know what and can use an RSS feed, an aggregator, a blog, social bookmarking, and a wiki. I have subscribed to all of them. I think my hope will be to continue to use my bookmarks and aggregator on a regular basis and I hope that I will continue to blog beyond this class.

I really would love for this to showcase my kids and their work. Their work is my work! So we all can feel successful as we post!

This week, here are some things that we have accomplished-

1. G-man began flag football. He is so excited. He loves his coach and has some friends already on his team. I think this is going to be a great experience. He also started piano this week. He is growing up fast! He reminds me every week that he is half way to 20!

2. Lily is making strides in her reading program. We changed again, but I do believe we are going to see great progress. The program is really suited for her learning style. I have discovered that she is very kinestetic. My expectation is that we are getting ready to soar with learning!

3. And of course, our little Caboose! He is going to the potty!!!!!!!!!!!!! He doesn't have it all the way down pat, but he is getting the hang of it!

I really do love my life!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Finding the Niche for my Blog

This blog is really becoming a self discovery process. What I hope to do is begin to include my world in it. If you have read my 2 previous blogs, you have already figured out that my world is all about my 3 little "Chaps!"

I plan on getting them involved with this little blogging experiment. I would like to include special excerpts from their day, the books they are reading, and the concepts they are studying. I am sure they will be excited to "publish their own records" for the world to see! At least for the world that I approve of! :0) And we, as a homeschool family, can chronicle our schooling fun as a way to remember when...

So stay tuned for more on Hope4tomorrow!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Live to Love; Love to Live!

As I create my blog, I am beginning to realize that my life right now is totally centered on my 3 growing children. Movies I watch, music I listen to, books I read, places I go are chosen as a result of these 3 incredible personalities. Surely I will move out of that phase soon enough; but right at this moment I do not want to take for granted what I have now.

Sure, I have seen High School Musical more times than I can count and the lyrics are stuck in my head when it is time to sing a cheery tune. I know every name to the engines of Thomas the Tank due to my 2 year old! And I have read most of the Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House books!

My life is for my kids for now, but that's okay. That is my assigment for life now. I live to love them so that we all will love to live! In the living, I find myself breathing a prayer-- "Let my love be patient, let my love be kind, let my love be a reflection of how my Father, God loves me."

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sitting on a Plateau

My name is Hope and I turn 34 tomorrow. I always had looked forward to my mid-years for some reason growing up. I suppose it was because I had a lot of goals I had wanted to accomplish by my mid-years-- go to college, get married, become a teacher, have a family, be a stay at home mom, own a home, etc.

Now that I am here, it seems surreal, although sometimes it has been nightmarish. Have I really accomplished what I wanted? It certainly came with its bumps. There are many unexpected turns that took place on this journey, and now I find myself looking to the future aksing God "what's next?"

Today I am sitting on a plateau not sure about what the future holds. I continue to take classes to further my education and retain my teaching certificate. As I take these classes, I am reminded how much I truly love teaching and being in the classroom.

I dedicate my everyday to my 3 fun-loving children who make me laugh at life daily. Who would I be without them? As a mother it is my responsibility to shape them, but the truth is they have impacted my life more than they will ever know. Having the opportunity to be as involved in their lives as I am is priceless.

I have a wonderful part-time venture through FOCUS Co-op. I have been able to have the best of both worlds as an educator and as a homeschool parent. I love being an educational advocate for the community offering exciting, out-of-the-box learning experiences for homeschool students. The opportunities for this type of resource center is really on a new curve for a growing community of parents and students.

I pray and inquire of the Lord of the purposes of my life. I truly want to fulfill them all. I want to come to the end of my days knowing that I didn't miss it- and that my life was full and meaningful. Tomorrow is important for me. It is a reminder to move foward no matter what is behind me-- good or bad.

So today, I sit on a plateau looking toward the future, preparing to make my move. But for now, I am going to sit on this flat-top for a bit. This plateau is about me enjoying where I am in life at this moment. And being completely satisfied right now with the good things in life I have in front of me- a loving husband, great kids, a supportive family, kind-hearted friends, and a wonderful God who has everything under control!