Abundance of Cuteness

Hello family and friends!

I can only imagine that y’all have been (impatiently) waiting for little Miss Annalise’s Easter dress picture….so wait no longer! Here is our beautiful little angel in her Easter dress:

Easter weekend was spent with my entire family and it was so so good. We went out to eat (Annalise’s first time eating at a restaurant!) and went to church together- where Kev got to do his first baptism!!!! I was so proud of him and I’m sure Annalise was too! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ

Annalise is still doing so incredibly well! Her eating is picking up, her body temperature is improving still, she’s slowing getting accustomed to sleeping in her crib, and her personality is getting stronger! 😊

Since I don’t really have much to say since nothing has really changed in the past week… I’ll just put up lots of pictures. Mainly because I know y’all enjoy seeing them πŸ˜‰ And she’s too cute not too! (I may be a tad bit biased though!)

This first set of pictures amuses me. Before surgery, she hated anything touching her face. She would never put her hands anywhere near her face. Now post surgery… She always has at least one hand touching her face somehow. I just think it’s adorable.

Finally, we just have a bunch of random photos that show off the many faces of Annalise Hope. Some are of her many different smiles while some were just snapped at the right time. πŸ˜› There are a few that are just too funny not to share! So…… enjoy! πŸ™‚

This week we have her follow up with the neurosurgeon and her pediatrician on Wednesday. This will be the day she also gets her stitches out! Pray that everything checks outΒ that day and that the shunt is doing what it is supposed to do (accurately).

Thank you all for the continued prayers as we walk this journey with Annalise! They are so greatly appreciated! πŸ™‚

As always…. don’t forget to spread the word around about our site to help with bills and whatever else Annalise may need to live the best life possible! (http://www.gofundme.com/hopeforannalise)

May you all have a blessed week full of cherishable memories!

—Anchoring our hope to the One who has already scripted the perfect ending—



  1. Lacie Hogan · April 7, 2015

    Hello, just wanted to let you know that though you don’t know me I’m praying for her. One question that pops into my head if you don’t mind…will they fit her with a helmet to protect her head as it heals and fuses together?


  2. Jennifer · April 7, 2015

    She is so beautiful! It brings tears to my eyes. I can’t remember if I mentioned it before, but my niece was born with the same condition. She is a beautiful Angel now. God bless.


  3. momof3lilmen · April 7, 2015

    I’ve been praying for your beautiful little girl! God Bless You!!


  4. larisha · April 7, 2015

    she is soooo cute I love her pictures I am wondering if me and you can be friends on facebook if not that will be ok


  5. Lorri · April 7, 2015

    beautiful princess! My little one ava, who is nine months with trisomy 5 also has hydrocephalus and had a vp shunt placed I can’t remeber now if it was feb or March! Ava doesn’t have hydrancephalus, but has global delays and we couldn’t be happier that we had the shunt placed. Her leaps and bounds in development since the surgery continue to amaze us. Her case is not as severe as your little ones, but we have another friend with trisomy 5 whose daughters head soze looks similar to your beautiful girl and is now going on four years old! So much to hope for when we place our trust in Christ! Your family will be in our prayers!


  6. Jean · April 7, 2015

    The Yawn Picture! SO CUTE! Happy Easter!!


  7. Kerrie Marquart · April 7, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing!! Annalise is just beautiful in her Easter Dress. What a wonderful blessing she is! ❀


  8. Kriss · April 7, 2015

    Simply precious in her easter dress! I was so happy when I realized you updated the blog! Her little face just brightens my day. A reminder that God is aways good even in uncertain times. He always has a better bigger picture! Thank you for sharing her with all of us. Prayers for her to continue doing so well! Loving all her facial expressions!


  9. dee steinbach · April 7, 2015

    We wish you all the blessings and few challenges than we have had with our son. God will use this beautiful baby to further His kingdom. She has a place and a purpose. I wish so much we could meet and I could hug you. If you want another mom to talk with who has been down this road, please use this contact to email me.
    Blessings to all of you.


  10. Becky Brown · April 7, 2015

    Thanks for the updates. Your baby is beautiful in her Easter dress!


  11. notacrazyexwife · April 8, 2015

    Oh my gosh, I love her! How do you not just snuggle her all day long?


  12. Hannah · April 13, 2015

    Wow. These pictures fill my heart with so much joy. I am so glad for these moments you are getting to share with her. I just want to scoop her off the screen and smooch her up! I pray her follow up went perfectly. Having experience with a daughter with VP shunt, make sure they are getting you started in physical and occupational therapy. The earlier the better! May your days be filled with many more joys!


  13. Shelby · April 14, 2015

    Oh my goodness, she is the cutest little peanut I’ve ever seen!!! What an amazing and strong baby girl. Prayers from Iowa πŸ™‚


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