I sure do love our troops. I really love this picture too.

Rachel Hopes



Fire burning in my soul.
I see myself in the mirror.
I want to be better but what do I know?
The past me is warning me but I don’t wanna hear her.
I shut out the world and go on my way.
I know what to do.
Life will go on while I fade away.

Rachel Hopes

Live; Death Will Come Soon Enough

  I have seen a statement used many times and I believe it is well said. “There was once a person who said, ‘Don’t love, you might get hurt.’ ” The other person than refuted the first person by saying, ” Don’t live, you might die.”  Think of that. “Don’t live, You might die.” But in reality there is no possibility you will escape death. It comes whether you’re ready for it or not. A person never knows when they are exactly gonna die, except maybe for suicide or cancer… But even then, death is still inescapable. You have to live the life you’re given the best you can. Yes, life can suck. Very much so. Sometimes I just wanna crawl into a ball and make it all go away and other times i wanna bask in the sunlight and enjoy it’s beautiful. My feelings about life are in a way bipolar. One minute, I absolutely adore it, and the next, I can’t stand it. There are SO many problems on Earth. All I say is forget the little things. They don’t matter. We have huge problems going on. What’s more important? That McDonald’s didn’t fix your burger right or that there are people starving to death? That you have back pains sometimes or that there are people dying of cancer who will NOT survive? We have to learn to love our life or we will live miserably. We have what we have. We are the only ones that can change it. I know that changing is more easier said than done… We just have to set it in our mind. Correct ourselves, notice what we are doing. I’ll start with me. Whenever my life seems like it cannot get any worse I think about other people out there who have it way worse than I do. It gets depressing thinking about what other people have to go through but it helps in a way to know that there are people who understand the hurt, the pain. The struggles may differ, but we still have problems, we still have pain, a hunger for something better. Life is not easy. We will ALL die. If we accept that early on, things will be much better. You are in control of your life. There’s a quote I like and it states, “When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wandering how you did it.”  So don’t just exist, live.

Rachel Hopes

Life with Me

 “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ~Robert Frost

I was born with the name of Rachel Hughey. I am 15 and 1/2 years old and am currently going as a sophmore at a small school in West Tennessee. I live smack dab in the Bible Belt. I do not like to be defined as a “Christian” because there are so many people out there who call themselves that yet have no clue what it really means. In my eyes, a “Christian” is a person who tries to be Christ-like, which I try to do. I am a sinner and not worthy of the man who died to set me free. Love hurts and on that day, it really did. Jesus was betrayed by His people, even by some of his own disciples! And do you know what he did when he was hanging on that cross that WE put him on? He said, ” Father, Forgive them.” A man who was beaten and left to die for being sinless, for speaking the truth had no words of hatred, but he did have words of love. He died for me, so I will live for him. It’s the least I can do. You see, I if I were to die, the world would not stop moving. Time is the only true thing that shows we exist. Time goes on forever, just as it has always done. I’m only here for a short time as God constantly reminds us in the Bible, so I’m going to make it worth it.