Hope Abigail Hanson, born in 2002, is a conservative, Christian, homeschooled high schooler living in small-town Wisconsin on her family’s apple orchard. She has lived in Wisconsin all her life and, as a true lover of cheese, enjoys life in the Dairy State. Her interests include friends, sewing, knitting, reading, music, piano, hunting, outdoors, farming, and writing, along with many other miscellaneous hobbies, of which there are too many to count.
Hope is also a chronic collector, owning small collections of marbles, books, coins, handkerchiefs, random old objects, music boxes, rocks, cigar boxes, baskets, buttons, shells, and more. Some have called Hanson an “old soul,” as she loves History and the ways of old. Antique shops, coffee shops, sewing stores, libraries, book stores, and thrift stores are constant stops and nothing is better than finding a good deal on something to add to her collections!
When not doing school, Hope babysits, works on her family’s orchard, and works at Chick-fil-A, along with doing odd sewing jobs for friends. Since the 2012-13 school year, Hope has taken numerous TPS classes, mostly focused on writing and English. She has learned so much under the tutelage of the many amazing teachers of the Potter’s School and has realized the importance of literature, grammar, and English (not to mention the Oxford comma), as well as the vitality of accountability and punctuality.
After graduation, Hope plans on taking a gap year and earning more money for her savings. After this, she might attend Crown College in Minnesota for English or attend a local technical college for a Communications certificate, although all such plans are still unofficial. Hope truly dreams of one day becoming a wife and mother and publishing her book of poetry, “Inspired Hope.”
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I actually changed quite a lot concerning what I wanted to be. I never really had a sure idea except that my experiences have led me to want to do something in the field of writing.
Favorite Bible Verse
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”
I love this verse because it reminds me that I am never alone. Even when I am in the “depths of despair” (to quote Anne), God is always there for me, my strength, my song, and my salvation.
This poem by Caroline Giltinan is always wonderful to me. It reminds to that I, too, might someday bear a rose for God it took my life to grow.
Overnight, a Rose
by Caroline Giltinan
That overnight a rose could come
I one time did believe,
For when the fairies live with one,
They wilfully deceive.
But now I know this perfect thing
Under the frozen sod
In cold and storm grew patiently
Obedient to God.
My wonder grows, since knowledge came
Old fancies to dismiss;
And courage comes. Was not the rose
A winter doing this?
Nor did it know, the weary while,
What color and perfume
With this completed loveliness
Lay in that earthly tomb.
So maybe I, who cannot see
What God wills not to show,
May, some day, bear a rose for Him
It took my life to grow.