Saturday, February 7, 2009

A rainy day filled with Hope


I finally finished Hope early this morning, while listening to the rain fall, and I wondered if sometimes, the rain is God crying. After I took Hope's photos, I left to go work on photos of another kind. My friend's 16 year old daughter was murdered this week. I just got home from a very, very long day putting together photo boards for her funeral tomorrow morning.

So I got to thinking about "HOPE" and what that means. Hope for our country, our families, friends and the future. Hope for freedom from oppression from all sorts of evils. You just never think you will have to hope for your children's freedom from oppression from their own peers. My hope for Hannah is that she is in a better place free now from that kind of oppression, from CHILDREN who would shoot a girl in the stomach for the crime of trying to better her life and disassociate herself from those so impassive and desensitised to violence that taking another life is as simple as point and click. Just like a video game.

I made Hope in honor of Black History Month, and sort of an homage to our country in the hope of no longer seeing things solely in terms of black and white. Now I think she also represents hope for our little girls, to be able to grow up and become women, mothers, grandmothers, friends, confidants, companions. Little girls are necessary. The world would be lost without them. So I hope that gun laws are made stronger, that people raise their children to respect human life, and hope that the concept of judging someone for the way they dress, the language they speak and the color of their skin becomes extinct.


  1. I'm speechless and so touched by your post and your wonderful doll! She is stunning! Blessings to Hannah's family and you for the loss!! Sarah

  2. Hope is beautiful. I am so glad that your friend has someone like you who is so loving and caring. What a tragic, senseless act. Hope springs eternal in the human breast. My prayer is that your friend will once again see the sunshine and feel hope. With you by her side, she has a chance.

  3. This is such a beautiful doll, Robin, and the written explanation so eloquent and touching. Can you post a clearer close-up photo? When I enlarged it, it was very fuzzy - I want to study her exquisiteness in clear detail. PLEASE.....PLEASE :-)

  4. I to am speechless and deeply touch by your post. Hope is BEAUtiful and how sadden I am to hear of the loss of such a young life. My heart goes out to your friend, for her life changed that day. May God Bless you and your friend though this time. You both are in my thoughts and prayers,Julie

  5. Robin - this is one of the most wonderful dolls I have ever seen !
    hugs, Lone

  6. Robin, Hope is beautiful, as is your
    poignant post about the tragic passing of such a young life.

    Warm thoughts and hugs to you.


  7. my heart felt sorrow and hope reading your blog today. your doll was timely and beautiful. my condolence to you, your family and your friends.

  8. Oh my ( and your sister) are SO AMAZINGLY TALENTED!!!!!!

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss......sending hugs and prayers.

  9. Thank you so much for all your kind and wonderful comments. I think this situation is everyone's loss, because who knows who Hannah would have grown up to be, and what she could have achieved for us all.

    I am sorry for the fuzzy quality of the pictures of Hope, as I am the least able photographer on the planet!

    I will try to take some more tomorrow afternoon and see if they come out any better. Hopefully tomorrow will be nice and sunny.

  10. Wow. Robin, The doll is just beautiful.


  11. This doll is absolutley amazing! I sooo want her! I am so sorry about the loss of your friends daughter.She will get thru this with time and fine friends like yourself. Thanks so much for sharing!


  12. I am just speachless! Beautiful doll all of your dolls are just beautiful. I collect china dolls they are my favorite dolls out of all that I do collect. You are so gifted thanks so much for sharing. I just love your blog and all the information you share
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl...Snatch Joy!

  13. Just amazingly Beautiful Robin! It is obvious you pour your heart into each one of your dolls!


  14. Robin, I keep coming back to look at this beautiful doll - there is just something so compelling about her. So much so that I think I need to make something along similar lines - the colouring, the dress, the expression. It will look quite different from yours - I 'hope' you don't mind! In light of the recent firestorm disaster here, I thought I would name her "Charity". Now we just need to find someone to make a "Faith". Please tell me you don't mind! If you do, I will desist immediately.


  15. I have so much enjoyed exploring your blog. Thank you for the kind comments you left on mine! I was so saddened and so very sorry to hear of the loss of your friends daughter. What a tragedy and what a numbing thing to have had happen.

    This doll is absolutely beautiful. I was so touched by her expression and delicate loveliness. You are amazingly talented!

  16. ABSOLUTELy lovely dolls..
    you are truly talented..