It is appropriate that at the beginning of a New Year and a new decade that we look forward to the future with HOPE.  The optimism with which we face life keeps us going.  As I thought about this value, I reflected on how HOPE is the stabilizer in a mothers' life.  When we first have those desires to be mothers we hope we'll have that opportunity.  When we first find out we are expecting a child, we hope that child will develop and grow healthy.  At each stage of our child's life we HOPE that they will be happy, that they will have the best life offers. May our hope warm and enrich our lives.
Hope is a feeling that what is wanted, is likely to happen. It is also someone or something on which expectations are centered. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.   To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence, to believe, desire, or trust. 
And our Nation’s President said:  “Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent and heal a nation; what led young women and young men to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through Selma and Montgomery for freedom's cause. 
Hope is what led me here today -- with a father from Kenya, a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”  Barack Obama (1-03-2008)

 In the Bible, there are many readings on hope, such as: Psalms 146:5:  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God; Hebrews 6:19:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. Romans 15:13: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 8:25: But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy. 

By Raelene Hill, Past National President, AMIConnect, Jan 18, 2010, issue 61.  (Edited by Yolanda Pérez, Puerto Rico State Young Mother 2007, member, AMI National Education Committee)