All the boys came to snuggle in bed yesterday morning. Well, Levi didn’t have a choice as he’s got all the mobility of a large slug, and twice as much fluid excretion. But still, the important part is we were all together for this impromptu photo opp by Jennifer.

Life tends to sneak up on you. One minute I was trying to figure out what to do with all my creative energy as a late teen, the next I’m the father of a daughter and three sons. And now I recognize my greatest achievement – my greatest legacy – is seeing them on their way to run their own race for the Lord.

Everyone is a leader to someone. Maybe you’re not as charismatic as the next person, or maybe you don’t have a “weekly platform” that you think justifies your ability to speak into peoples’ lives.

Don’t be fooled.

Whether it’s a person looking across the gas pumps at you to see how you respond to the price of fuel, to the family sitting behind you in church watching the way you worship, to the little face beside you at dinner listening to the recap of your day, people are watching you.



The tone you set for life will become the resonance others tune themselves to. Do your best to stay sweet. ch:


Marcia Bauchle · 1 Mar ’12 at 8:24 am

You have always been naturally sweet, CH. You can’t help it, it’s YOUR legacy from your wonderful parents! Please give them my love…

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Mar ’12 at 9:00 am

    I will, Marcia. And thank you for your kind words. So appreciate you the years have been many.

Billy Jepma · 1 Mar ’12 at 12:14 pm

That is so great, put a smile across my face this morning. Thanks Christopher, needed that. Love you guys!

Kimberlee Long · 1 Mar ’12 at 6:14 pm

Awesome insight!

Jennifer Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 12:55 pm

Well said. I love you and all of our bed bugs 🙂

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