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From a Glimmer of Hope to Keeping Faith (update) A true story

Updated on November 15, 2016

Keeping Faith

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It broke my heart when my friend Maureen and her family lost their little Angel Hope.

When I wrote "A Glimmer of Hope and Tribute to an Angel" for my friend Maureen and her daughter Maria, I wondered and worried about them many a day always hoping everything is okay.

Email from Maureen

June 25th 2013 I received an email from my friend Maureen which, reads: From my daughter Maria, I wanted to share this with you, now that she is letting the cat out of the bag. These months since the loss of my granddaughter have been very hard on her. We are praying she will now get her little girl...Faith.

From a Glimmer of Hope to Keeping Faith

© by Shyron Shenko

Losing Hope is like half a song

Just the memory and melody lingers on

Hope wasn't with us very long

But sharing our loss has kept us strong

Note from Maria

First, Gary and I want to thank everyone who has been praying for us these last few months. It's been the hardest thing losing our daughter Hope and we will forever miss her.

So here is what God has been doing in our life.

Maria's note continued: So here is what God has been doing in our life.

At the end of April Maria's friend and boss called her into her office and wanting to talk to her. Maria thought, oh great, what did I do? But her friend said it was personal. Something she had been praying about, something she needs to share with her and doesn't know how.

Maria's friend and boss told her that her friend Kathy knew of her situation with Hope and that her daughter's 19 year old sister-in-law was having a baby. The sister-in-law wanted to know if Maria and her husband would like to have her baby.

Poem (Continued)

Maria, this message is for you

A young woman is pregnant, her baby soon due

She has heard of you loss

And she wants to give her little one to you


Maria said Wow!

After lot's of prayer and knowing this could only come from God since Maria and her husband were not looking for a baby, still, they decided to become the parents to their little girl. They planned on naming her Faith.


Poem (Continued)

The young mother out of unselfish love

Surely had guidance from above

Though no one could ever take Hope's place

Faith would be a saving grace


Prayers for God to fill Maria's empty arms

Maria's mother-in-law had been praying for God to fill her daughter-in-law's empty Arms, it has been so hard for her to be around other babies. It looks like God has answered all our prayers to give them more children.

"Ask, and it shall be given you" Luke 11:9

So they are in the final days of welcoming their little girl Faith and they are so grateful for the birthparents for their gift.

The baby is due July 11, 2013. The birth mom still has 2 days after the birth to change her mind, So Maria and her family will continue to walk in faith, that this is God's will for their life with baby Faith.

"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:16

The dream of Hope

When baby Hope was in the hospital, Maria had a dream.

Maria had been up all night long and the minister told us she fell asleep for just 2 minuets. In that 2 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 asked if she wanted to hold her. She died in Gary's arms.

I really believe this dream was Hope telling her mother, she must keep Faith.


Poem (Continued)

As the child within her grew

The young mother knew what she must do

She had already planted the seed of Faith in you

Then just as Hope had prophesied

Faith was born on the 4th of July

Maureen & Maria this poem is for you

For Keeping Faith in Love and Truth

Dad and Faith Bonding

Hello Faith, welcome to the world
Hello Faith, welcome to the world | Source

In a Peaceful Moment

Maria keeping Faith
Maria keeping Faith | Source

Keeping Faith

Showered with Blessings from above

We are keeping our Faith

And keeping His Love


Gary, Maria and Grandma Maureen are all Content

Knowing that Faith was Heaven sent

And Grandma Glowing with Pride

The Love in her eyes she cannot hide

Glowing Grandma

Grandma Maureen
Grandma Maureen | Source

And the greatest of these is love

Our Faith is Growing

Our Faith is Growing in Peace and Love
Our Faith is Growing in Peace and Love | Source

From Grandma Maureen

This is my Darling Precious Granddaughter. The joy in our lives.

She truly is a miracle the way she came to us. God truly delivered her on Angel's wings to us.

My Daughter Maria and Her husband Gary are so on Cloud 9. Faith is doing so much healing for everyone. It is the hardest thing to go thru is to loose your child, my Granddaughter Hope.

As you all know she passed on my Birthday but now she continues to live on thru Faith.

Faith Angelina

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I Corinthians 13:13

There are in the end three things that last: Faith, Hope and Love and the greatest of these is Love

Little Angel Faith Angelina 8/20/2013 "Hi, everybody, its me Faith, please keep me and my sister Hope in your hearts and prayers"
Little Angel Faith Angelina 8/20/2013 "Hi, everybody, its me Faith, please keep me and my sister Hope in your hearts and prayers" | Source

As our Faith grows so does our Love

You are so funny Grandma
You are so funny Grandma | Source

See how much our Faith has grown

Like Love, our Faith keeps growing day by day, she is so beautiful in every way.
Like Love, our Faith keeps growing day by day, she is so beautiful in every way. | Source

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patricia, thank you for the comments, up votes and sharing. The little girl Faith is amazing, she is so precious. After "A Glimmer of Hope" and Hope was gone, I believe that Hope became Faith's guardian angel.

      Thank you for sending the angels, they will return with hugs from me to you.

      Shyron

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O my...you should have warned us we would overflow with emotion as we read this. What a story for the ages....reaching out to others when it is most needed is one of the greatest gifts we can give...

      and Hope and Faith too played into this scenario....as they always do....

      Amazing

      Angels are rejoicing at this kind of love....hugs and Angels are on the way ps

      Voted up ++++ and shared

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the compliments, reading my hub, up votes and sharing.

      Most of all thank you for being my best friend also, I hope you and Kate have a wonder Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is a beautiful story for Christmas Eve Day. Voting it up and BAI and sharing it again.

      Hope you and John have a wonderful happy Christmas, Shyron. Thank you for being my best friend both here on HP and all the time.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comment, voting this up, pinning and sharing. I think it is a beautiful story also and a true one.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I think this is another beautiful story of how God can turn bad things around and make them good. A great story anytime, but especially for the Christmas season.

      Voting this up, BAI, pinning to 'Awesome Hubpages,' and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for sharing, voting this up and pinning. You are so much appreciated.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again because it seems perfect for the season of miracles. Voted up and awesome too and pinned to 'Awesome Hubpages.'

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Victoria, for reading and commenting on my article.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a beautiful story--and none are better than those that really happen. I'm so happy for you and your family.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the votes up (BAUI) and for sharing. You are appreciated.

      Yes, Faith, Hope and Love are all miracles, and I am very Blessed. And you my dear friend are a Blessing.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is a wonderful story for this time of year when people are giving thanks and we are upon the magical holiday season. Miracles do happen all around us if only we open our eyes and see. The Lord has a million ways we could never imagine of turning bad things into good things.

      Voted up, BAUI, and shared!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devonka, DDE, I really appreciate your reading and commenting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for the awesome vote and reading it again.

      I really appreciate it.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      From a Glimmer of Hope to Keeping Faith (update) truly amazing and so well presented. As beautiful as ever, the photos and so much more to think of in this wonderfully thought of hub

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this beautiful story again. Also, another awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Sueswan, for the comment, compliment, up votes and for sharing, and most of all for the Blessing. (I need all the Blessings I can get).

      God Bless you also.

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Shyron,

      Beautiful!

      God Bless

      Voted up +++ and sharing

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you again Au fait for reading and sharing this story. It is amazing the Faith, Hope and Love that my friend Maureen and her family have, and that she allowed me to share it here on HP, I feel so close to them.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      A beautiful and touching story with such sweet pictures! Going to share this again in case some of my followers haven't read it yet. So nice to read such an amazing story when there is so much bad news in the media all the time.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Nell, I really appreciate your comments.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the up-vote and for sharing, I really appreciate you.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      What a wonderful story, and so inspirational too, wonderful photos and the poems were amazing, nell

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      What a pretty baby! A very touching story and I'm going to vote it up again and awesome as well as share it with my followers.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Lyricwriter for your kind words, comments, up-votes and for sharing, I appreciate you very much.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Shyron, what a wonderful gesture, beautiful poem, and very inspirational. This shows the greatness of God and all his glory. When you pray from the heart and soul, I believe it will be answered. I've been in the world 30 short years, but when I pray from the heart, it has always been answered. Very thoughtful and kind Shyron, shows your true colors, which are beautiful. Loved the poem and the story, as well as the message. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jo, my friend, I am so happy that you liked it, thank you for the tweet and Up-vote.

      Shalom

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Right on! This is fantastic! wow! I am so happy that I am dancing around my office shouting, Amen! Amen!

      You have done a beautiful job with the poem, I was so moved I cried! Your presentation with this, is out of the park!

      You go girlfriend! :-) Voted this Up +++ Five stars for how you really did a nice job here. And tweeted too.

      Many blessings for the new family!

      I am so glad they have Faith as the center of their lives.

      Shalom

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for sharing this true story of one family's lose of a precious little one. And the miracle that brought them another little one.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again because it's such a beautiful story. I look forward to reading more as time goes on to keep up with this little one.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Suzanne, thanks for stopping in and the up-vote.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Very lovely! :) Voted up and awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the complement, comment and for sharing, It is appreciated very much.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the complement, comment and for sharing, It is appreciated very much.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is such a beautiful story that I want to share it again. In a world where we are bombarded with bad news all day long, this story is a testament that good things are still happening every now and then.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes, she is loved and wanted. Very much so.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Going to share this again with my followers because I agree with billybuc, this is a beautiful tribute and a touching keepsake for little Faith and a copy of it should be hung where she can always see it should she ever wonder if she is wanted and loved.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Bill for the compliment and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful! Nothing else need be said. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for the compliments, comments and the sharing.

      I am hoping that we can follow Faith's progress as she grows.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      What a beautiful poem and a keepsake for Faith, too. I hope her parents will keep a copy of it for her so that she will have it when she's old enough to understand.

      So wonderful that things are turning out well for Maria and her husband, and for Maureen too.

      Voting this up, beautiful, and awesome. Will share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Michele, I am glad you enjoyed it. And thank you for the comments, and prayers and most of all thank you for the Blessings.

      God's blessing back to you.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      How amazing that God can help us in so many way. Even though it is very sad they lost Hope, God still gave them Faith. The picture of your friends husband, bonding with Faith is beautiful. This is the first hub I read this morning. If is so beautiful.

      I am going to pray, not only for your friend, but for the woman who gave her child to them.

      Thank you so much for writing this hub.

      God bless you, your friend, her family and their child.