Our sweet Everly Marie Hopkins

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

We have been so blessed and touched by reading all of your supportive messages and comments this past week and longer.  The prayers, offers of help and just the overall love extended to our entire family have been a great source of comfort.

We will continue to need and appreciate that same outpouring of love as we embark on this next journey.  Our sweet daughter and granddaughter, Everly Marie Hopkins, has been diagnosed with a terminal genetic condition called Trisomy 18.  We are preparing to bring her home in the next few days so that we can offer her peace, comfort and boundless love. We do not know what day she will be called home to her Father but we do know that He is with us and will be with her.   We want to learn to appreciate every second of life and by coming home we can do that with her.

So many babies with T18 do not make it to birth and so for that fact alone we feel extremely blessed to have been able to not only meet her but to get to know her as well.  She changed our lives the minute we met her and we are so grateful for each kiss we give her sweet lips, every stroke of her soft hair and every sound she makes.

I know that many of you will want to know how to help and to be perfectly honest, I do not know the answer to that.  I can say that we will be spending every second of every day at home with her, learning more about her and making family memories. When the time comes, our family will most certainly need your love and support even more then.  I know all of you love her as well and for that, we thank you.  This experience has made us stronger people and we hope that everyone around us will appreciate life just a little more.

"Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."   Isaiah  41:10

With love and appreciation,

Crystal, Jimmy, Garren and Kendan Hopkins
Kathy and Garry Mullins

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