I’m Lainey Hope. I decided to journal here this summer, between freshman and sophomore year, in honor of my middle name and to honor the four hope-filled ladies in my family who share the name Hope:
- My grandmother’s aunt, who lost her life at an early age
- My grandmother, who lost her life when I was 2 months old
- My mother, who is a ‘junior’ to my grandmother but goes by Holly
- My one-year-old cousin, who is named chiefly for my grandmother
Each journal entry will first consist of my photography. I take some pictures on my phone, but most pictures come from a DSLR camera and 50 mm fixed lens that my uncle generously gifted to me, to my total surprise, three years ago on no special occasion. The photos will be accompanied by an explanation of one habit for cultivating a Hope-Filled Heart.
To all my friends from school/other places: thank you for coming! I encourage you to stock up on hope like it is on a crazy sale.
To all my family members: thank you for coming! I encourage you to dwell on the name Hope that we have so wholeheartedly embraced.