"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord..."plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Shayla Van Hofwegen 
Founder, Owl Love You Forever

Shayla Van Hofwegen founded Owl Love You Forever after experiencing years of infertility, multiple miscarriages and the painful loss of twin babies.  Striving to find meaning in all of the grief, Shayla turned to God and started changing her outlook on life.  She began giving purpose to her pain and reaching out to other women who suffer from infertility or infant loss.  She started writing down her thoughts and life experiences in a blog, entitled Wegen Tales.  She hopes to inspire and support others who find themselves struggling with infertility or infant loss.  Hearing of so many women who lose their baby before, during, or shortly after giving birth; Shayla decided to try and change the hospital experience for these families.  Although families may only have a limited amount of time with their baby, there are ways to make it more meaningful and memorable. Owl Love You Forever provides boxes with special items, including a soft stuffed owl, a matching set of blankets, disposable cameras, and other items to help fill their aching arms.  You can find more information at www.owlloveyouforever.org.

Andra Good
Founder, Leigh's Blankies

Andra Good was inspired to help others after she lost her best friend, Leigh Ann, in a tragic car accident.  Leigh Ann left behind her husband and her 3 small children. Andra misses her best friend every hour of every day, but now focuses on remembering her and the inspiring life she lived.  Leigh Ann was such a light to those around her, Andra wants to continue that legacy. Her organization, Leigh's Blankies, distributes handmade blankies to children in need all over the world! Their focus is to be a light in the darkness. Matthew 5:16 says, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Their mission is to bring God all the glory as they hand out blankies to those in need all over the world!  For more information on Leigh's Blankies visit www.leighsblankies.blogspot.com.

More resources are coming! 

New Website! We are working on a new website that will offer a variety of downloadable resources and will also include more people, places, products, and organizations offering hope in practical ways.

New Book! I am writing a new "Hopelifter" book that will be released in 2013 and will multiply hope to and through hurting people. It will include a small group study and a "hands on hope" section, filled with practical ideas. I am looking for stories and contributors. If you are interested in receiving the writers guidelines email Kathe at kathe@hopelifters.com

New Bible Study! Would you or someone who know consider facilitating a small group of women in person or online using my book and provide me with feedback about the experience?

New Blog! It's in the works, stay tuned!

New Connections and Resource Sharing! I am working with several ministry leaders who also share a passion to help women who long for or have lost a child. We are exploring ways to strategically support one another. If you know a leader or ministry who should be included in this network, let us know. kathe@hopelifters.com