If you couldn’t tell already, 2016 was pretty amazing for us. Who would have though that when we were told to #expectmore this time last year, that Danielle and I would both get married and be given our beautiful little girl Charli before the year was out! Not to mention how blessed we have been with so much love and generosity from so many different places.

Charli is our ‘gift of grace’ because despite our faith in Christ, we didn’t quite honour our God in this area of our lives. Her middle name ‘Ann’ in Hebrew means ‘favour of Grace.’ Because God doesn’t expel any of us from his love when we fall short, we’ve received a gift, and an insanely beautiful one at that! Charli represents to us that, despite our shortcomings, his love is certain and we are loved no matter what. We hope that from this, our lives can speak this message to others who think they could never be loved in light of their own shortcomings. We believe she has and will have a special gift of showing grace to people over her life.

If we went at this year alone, we would have a fraction of what we have received. This is in love, encouragement and support, but also financially and practically, through the many amazing and generous gifts around the birth of our little Charli bear. We have beautiful, generous families, an amazing church family and work colleagues you simply couldn’t find all in one place anywhere else! God hasn’t just given us more, but has overflowed the bucket and shown off just a tad!

So as we take 2016 and #expectmore with us into 2017, we add on Gods word for us for the next 12 months and beyond…

2 Corinthians 9:13 is a verse that represents what we want our lives to produce and 2017 is about preparation! Preparing for even more and knowing that we can’t increase our capacity to receive it while we remain comfortable. Nothing grows without first being planted, and successful planting isn’t possible if the ground is not properly prepared. It’s the unseen parts of our lives, done right, that will produce the seen fruit later in our lives. Our hashtag for 2017 is…


Dani and I are both so thankful for all we have been given and learnt in 2016 and we are both excited and challenged heading into 2017! I’m sure we won’t get it all right, but we will dust ourselves off and do better because we’ve seen the grace we need to do it all at work, already, so many times in our lives!

Loads of love from the Hopkins team!

Be blessed!

“Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” – 2 Corinthians 9:13