Hope . Blog Carousel . Dedicated to my dear friend, Jen Burgess Thompson

In an effort to force myself to blog more often and to share the work of some of my wonderful colleagues I invite you to view our blog carousel. It is a network of blogs belonging to some truly incredible photographers where we choose a monthly theme and all post based on that theme, it’s fantastic to see other amazing photographers interpretations. This month’s theme is “Hope”. Once you’ve read my blog post be sure to click on the photographer’s link I’ve posted to read theirs, you’ll be able to do the same on her blog and can keep going until you’ve come full circle. It’ll be an amazing journey, I promise.

Hope is an incredible thing. It lifts you up, and sometimes lets you down. We all do it, each and every one of us has something we hope for, probably every single day. We hope for peace, love, good health, for our children to grow up to be amazing people, for our friends, family, and loved ones to be safe, happy, and healthy. When we fall asleep we hope we’ll wake up the next morning. We hope for lovely weather, to hit as few traffic lights as possible, that we haven’t lost our keys/phones/credit cards. We hope our homes will stay intact, that our dreams will come true, that we’ll be loved each and every day of our lives, that our hearts won’t be broken. We hope, we pray, we try to have faith in something – that’s what gets us through the day.

Right now our dear friend, Jen, is fighting the battle of her life. Recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer at the young age of 37, HOPE has become a big thing in her life, in all our lives. We HOPE every day that Jen’s cancer will go away, that she will be cured, that she will be able to be healthy and to raise her two young sons. We HOPE that no other woman ever has to go through what Jen is going through. We HOPE that a cure is found for Cancer, We HOPE that our children don’t get it, we HOPE that WE don’t ever have to deal with it.

Right now I’m in the process of directing a music video and Lance of www.lancesongs.com, one of the guys from the group, offered to write Jen a song, a song about hope. We recorded this just a few minutes ago in my messy living room.

To anyone fighting with disease or illness…. this song is also for you.

I HOPE all my blog readers will take a few minutes to visit Am I Still a Girl, Jen’s blog about her journey with Ovarian Cancer. Make a donation if you can – even if it’s just $5 – skip your morning Starbucks and donate that to her family, who is currently without income as she cannot work while she is recovering and fighting this cancer.

Jen, I love you, and I’m still burning my candle for you. For HOPE, for love, for healing.

Next up in the blog carousel if the fabulous Atlanta Family Photographer, Corey Sewell, be sure to visit her blog to view her take on this month’s theme of “Hope”, you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s the song:

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Melody Hood


  1. Simone Hanckel on September 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Oh wow,Melody. Tears!! This is just so lovely 🙂 xox

  2. Marmalade on September 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

    This is so beautiful. What a wonderful expression of hope.

  3. Corey on September 19, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful! How sweet of him to do that for Jen!

  4. Dena Robles on September 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

    So touching, music really moves us and this one brought tears to my eyes. Please thank him for all of us!

  5. Anna Mayer on September 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Beautifully done and what a way to represent hope!

  6. Danna on September 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

    tears!! so beautiful!

  7. Samara on September 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Melody so beautiful and the absolute perfect expression of hope! xo

  8. Julie on September 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Wow…that is a perfect message for hope. Love it!