Category: Stories

A Beautiful Surprise

August 12, 2021

Despite enduring the painful experience of a miscarriage, Mayra and Alex knew their family of three still felt incomplete. They longed for another child and, at the age of forty-five, Mayra and Alex received a beautiful surprise – Mayra was pregnant! Says Mayra, “We knew this could be a high-risk pregnancy and there would be a six-year age gap between our son Val and his new sibling, but we were delighted! Having coped with our previous loss, everything about this pregnancy was special.” Following a smooth delivery, Alonso Alvarez entered the world – a healthy baby boy!

A Grandmother’s Journey

August 6, 2021

I had already begun saving things I thought my daughter would need. The anticipation of a new little family member was overwhelming and joy-filled. My daughter’s pregnancy progressed unremarkably. She was a fit, healthy and happy mother-to-be. My son-in-law, Kyle, was incredibly supportive to my daughter. My son-in-law’s parents, Dave and Lynda, my husband, Jim and I, and many extended family were very eager to welcome this new baby into the world. Ruby was going to be one loved child. […]

A Pint-Sized Bit of Rhythm

April 29, 2021

Good things often come in small packages. That was definitely true of Ruby Austin. Born on January 23, 2018 weighing just 5 pounds 6 ounces, she was a happy baby, loving life and enjoying the world around her. Ruby formed an instant attraction to music, but this is no surprise as Mom and Dad are […]

A Ray of Light

April 29, 2021

On April 10, 2014, the world grew a little brighter when a sweet baby girl by the name of Elin was born. Even as a baby, Elin knew how to make an entrance, voicing her opinions with a hearty set of lungs. Her parents quickly discovered that with Elin a middle ground didn’t exist. It […]

A Treasured Connection

July 23, 2021

Evan is a five-year old boy who loves trains, with Thomas the Train being his favorite. On a recent trip to Pennsylvania, the Witter family took Evan to a Day Out with Thomas. They were unsure how he would cope with a life-sized Thomas, not to mention the crowds, but he loved it! The day was a huge success. Trips like this have not always been successful for Evan and his family though. […]

An Answered Prayer

April 29, 2021

At age five, Eliana flew from Ghana to live in Michigan with her new family. Her nickname, which she prefers, is Kosie. It is similar to her Ghanaian name, Akos. The meaning of the name Eliana is “God has answered.” To her parents, Eliana Akos Wetters is indeed an answered prayer. She has filled their […]

Endurance With a Smile

April 29, 2021

At five-months-old, Nicholas was placed into the foster home of Teresa Dood and her two daughters. It was love at first sight when these three saw his sweet face and irresistible smile. As each month passed, Nicholas knit closer into the fibers of their family. He wasn’t a placement; he was a member. As Nicholas […]

Masterpiece….A Story About Biruk

April 29, 2021

Life is a canvas that is painted by the strokes of every moment. Fourteen years ago, the mural of Biruk began in rural Ethiopia. Across his canvas, there is a story of sorrows and joys, of challenges and victories. At four-years-old, Biruk’s parents passed away due to illness, leaving his two sisters and himself in […]

Meet Our Newest Board Member – Elissa Lappenga

September 7, 2021

Family Hope Foundation is excited to welcome Elissa Lappinga to the Board of Directors. When asked what Elissa loved about the organization’s mission, she has this to say, “It’s so beautifully simple: make vital services available to the families who need them. Those impacted by disability are so often forced to adjust and adapt to environments and systems that weren’t designed with them in mind, and insurance is no different. Rather than waiting for the industry to catch up and offer the services that will make a difference, we get to offer families a different, easier path – one that was designed with them in mind. I can’t think of a better way to help reshape the world, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this mission.”