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A Glimmer of Hope and Tribute to an Angel (the true story of Hope)

Updated on October 21, 2016
Hope Angelina Nelson - Photo by Maureen Shuler
Hope Angelina Nelson - Photo by Maureen Shuler | Source

by Shyron E. Shenko, 11/15/2012

About six months ago a dear friend e-mailed me asking that I pray for her daughter, who has been unable to carry a baby to term and had found out she was pregnant.

This is the true story in a poem, of the birth and death of an angel.



A Glimmer of Hope

© By Shyron Shenko


Maria was happy and filled with joy.

Would she be having a girl or a boy?

Carrying a baby for her would be hard

But, for a glimmer of Hope she let down her guard.


I had Maria put on every prayer chain I knew

And asked all my e-mail friends and family to pray for her too.

We all need a glimmer of Hope

To help us through bad times to cope.


While retching through many a sleepless night

In pain and never feeling quite right.

Maria was holding on tight

For a glimmer of Hope she was willing to fight


A beautiful Angel came to visit today,

So Precious and Beautiful in everyway

Although she is tired she is fighting to stay

And, this glimmer of Hope, got people to pray.


All of our wishes are to find a way

For eight days we prayed our Angel could stay

But for Hope Angel the pain was too great a price to pay

And the glimmer of Hope passed away.


If you look towards Heaven on any night

You will catch a glimmer of Hope in sight

If we are sad, we must always remember,

Not what we lost, but the glimmer of Hope that we had

To my Friend Maureen, I have written this Tribute to an Angel.

To my Friend Maureen, I have written this Tribute to an Angel.

Although, face to face we have never met.

We are close as friends can get


How did we become friends, Maureen and I?

Some years ago I worked in a call center for Avon.Maureen, an Avon Rep. called her orders in weekly.I don't know how she always got me and, after taking her order, sometimes we would chat a few minutes, then we exchanged phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and the rest is history.

Maureen told me about her life and I told her about mine.

We shared our dreams,

Our heart aches and heart breaks

And our life stories in between.


Here is what inspired me to write the poem: "The Glimmer of Hope"


Updated e-mail From Maureen

6/14/2012 "Thank you so much for all you do and for caring so much to send this to others to help support us and Pray for us. It's so appreciated."

Maria tried for years to get pregnant but couldn't. She was PG prior to this baby. It would have been born now in June. That was so traumatic on her.

9/14/ 2012 Maria is now 6 months along, she is carrying our little girl, whose name is going to be Hope. Hope has given Maria hope after losing several babies.

The baby is growing fine but they are concerned she has water in her Kidneys and lungs and, Maria is to be on Bed rest possibly, for duration of her Pregnancy. Or she will lose Hope.

"Please lift Hope and Maria in Prayer that everything will continue as Normal as possible.Thank you so much for being there and for your Prayers.

Maureen"

10/8/2012The doctors are amazed, Maria has a 90% chance to deliver and she is holding her own but, on total bed rest.They said if she made it to 28 weeks the baby's survival would be much better.That is this week "yahoo" Says Maureen.

10/17/2012"This is the latest of my Granddaughter's pictures.""She's starting to look like her mom when she was young."

Baby Hope Angelina - 10/15/12
Baby Hope Angelina - 10/15/12

For Maureen - More prayers are needed, please

11/1/2012 Maria is in the hospital. And Baby Hope has problems. My friend Maureen is asking for more prayers.

11/2/2012 "I got to hold a 3lb baby doll. (This tears me up) It was so real." "This is it. they have to do the C-Section because of the water in Little Hope." "This is so dangerous for her and Mom. I am scared but holding onto Jesus' hand." "I hope I have good news to tell you next.........."

11/3/2012, Hope Angelina was born.

Per Maureen: They were doing an emergency C-Section Sat at 9:30. "At 10:06 Hope Angelina (means little Angel) was born."

"Both mother and baby are still in the Intensive Care unit." "Both are NOT doing well." "Hope may be there till her actual due date, DEC. 28."

"Now I am glad it is over Maria was suffering too much.." "I AM A PROUD GRANDMA, YOU GUYS!!!!" "Hope is beautiful." "She was born 6lbs 8 oz. she has lost already 6 oz. that's good." "She was 18 in long, lots of dark hair, all around her head but very thin on top." "Dark eyes." Hope has a few things wrong with her Liver but they believe she may out-grow that."

11/7/2012 Message from Maureen: "Hope went from 3lbs to 7lbs." They didn't know what cause this and still don't."

Both Mom and baby have high blood pressure. The Dr's are amazed when they do a skin on skin contact laying the baby on her mother's chest, instantly both Mom and Baby are normal. Hope's chest and head are very swollen but some of that has come down. Maria is still asking for prayers because she is not out of the woods yet. Maria says God still might take her home.

"Thank you for all your prayers and support."

"Love you all. Maureen"


The cutiest baby I have ever seen

11/11/2012 From Maureen: "Baby Hope Angelina, born Nov. 3rd, 2012." "This is the little Angel you all have been Praying for." "I hope the Good Lord lets us keep her for many, many years, born just a little over 6 months, 3 weeks along. "Maybe because I AM HER GRANDMA she is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen."

"Precious is just the right word."


"Only her mom has held her, not even her Dad." "Because of germs and being in Intensive Care, she is very fragile."


"The above was written on my Birthday Monday Nov. 11th. It never got sent out to you. That morning we were called to come to the hospital right away. Little Hope had been crying all night."

We all prayed for Maria as she fell to the floor Praying to God to PLEASE SAVE HER BABY.

Maria had been up all night long and the minister told us she fell asleep for just 2minuets. In that two minuets Maria told us she felt such peace and saw hope about 4 years old running away from her. She said it was a bright sunny day. Hope was wearing pig tails. Just then they woke Maria up to tell her the baby was going and if she wanted to hold her. She died in Gary's arms.

So much this little one was enduring. So Much!!!At 7:15 the minister announced she had past. I lost it, her sister started wailing . Then Maria asked the birth Mothers to come in. For the 1st time we got to hold and touch her. I had the best birthday present a Grandmother could ever have. I couldn't help but kiss her forehead, her little delicate hands.

The hospital gave Maria a memory box. It had where she could take a locket of Hopes hair and leave a locket of hair of Mom and Dad with Hope.She could make clay hand prints and their was an *Angel* dress for Hope. An Angel dress is an old wedding gown that someone has made little dresses for babies when they pass on. it was satin white with little pearl beads.

Thank you for all your Prayers, Love and Support. Its been an extremely difficult time for all of us. She was so wanted..

A memorial will be on Sat. Nov 17th a 4:00 followed by a dinner at Rainier Church in Parkland on Steel St.

© 2012 Shyron E Shenko

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      C E Clark 14 hours ago from North Texas

      Bringing some attention to this poem story. Anyone who hasn't already done so should be sure to read it.

      Hope all is well with you and John and Chipper. Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you again for reading my articles and commenting on them. I appreciate you.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I had to read about Hope after reading about Faith. A glimmer of hope is a beautiful way to tell her story.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Anna for your comment and compliment on my poem.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      So very sad. Your poem was a beautiful tribute.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you moonlake for reading about Precious Hope. She is missed and will forever be missed.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      So very sad. I know it was awhile ago but babies like Hope are never forgotten or any child that is lost.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Your prayers and hugs are always appreciated!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jo, for your prayers and hugs and yes it is very sad and my heart hurts for my friend and her family.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      This is a very touching and beautifully written details about a very sad event. I send prayers and hugs your way and for the mother and father of Hope. Wishing you comfort and peace.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peggy for you comment. Yes Maria has an angel waiting for her, and Maureen also.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh how sad...and yet that gift of a dream of seeing little Hope running away with pigtails was surely a gift to Maria to cherish forever. She has a little angel in heaven waiting for her now. Up and beautiful votes.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for your comment Debbie. It is sad, I guess God just could not let her go.

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      Debbie Wares 4 years ago

      A beautiful poem and tribute. So sad when such a tiny new person isn't strong enough to survive.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks aykianink, for your condolence.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, it is so sad. My heart breaks for this family.

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      Oh man...sad face. I didn't mean that you were writing a chain letter. Thank you so much for sharing. Sorry to hear the little one passed away:-(

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Such a beautiful tribute to a much wanted baby. So sad that she couldn't survive . . . sharing . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you aykianink for your visit. However this is not a chain letter. This really happened to my friend Maureen, her daughter Maria and her granddaughter, Hope.

      Hope passed away November 11th. This is all fact.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you aykianink for your visit. However this is not a chain letter. This really happened to my friend Maureen, her daughter Maria and her granddaughter, Hope.

      Hope passed away November 11th. This is all fact.

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      Now THAT'S a chain letter people can get behind.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for reading my poem, and for your comments. As always appreciated.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for reading my poem, and for your comments. As always appreciated.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      What a beautiful tribute to Hope. I'm so sorry things turned out the way they did at the end.

      Up, beautiful, and awesome . . .

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