Rosalie

I had written posts for Tuesday and Wednesday, which was Nora’s official birthday. But since then I received the very sad news that little Rosalie who I had requested prayer for on the Praying for Nora FB page has gone on to heaven yesterday (April 17th) just 4 hours after she was born. Like Nora, Rosalie was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 while she was still in her Mommy’s, Krystal’s womb. Despite the laundry list of very frightening statistics, Rosalie’s parents also made the decision to carry her to term, and to put their trust in God. Reading the words of Krystal’s blog are almost a direct parallel of my own thoughts and emotions that I was experiencing exactly a year prior. As fate would have it, Nora Rose and Rosalie would come to share the same birthday. Fervent prayers for strength and peace for this sweet family were amalgamated with my rejoicing over my own sweet baby’s one year birthday. I wanted so badly to hear that Rosalie made it and felt that maybe if we hoped and prayed, wished and pleaded hard enough that God would answer that prayer for them too. I was sitting outside watching Gavin play basketball this evening when I got the news in an email from Krystal that Rosalie had gone on to heaven. I sat there numb with sadness staring up at the three birds who happened across the sky. “How is it that I got to bring home a baby, and other families don’t?” I wondered aloud. In that moment I remembered a correspondence I’d shared with another Mommy of an Angel. In her email to me she had pitched the same question. Through the loss of her own baby girl (also named Nora Rose!) Alison pointed out to me that God tailors each experience and each outcome lovingly and specifically for each person. She is able to see now that God was saving her from the hurt and worry that I deal with regularly in regard to my Nora’s health. It is just differently distributed afflictions of heartache, differently distributed opportunities to draw closer to God. Because we are all unique individuals, we are given unique individual experiences. There are no cookie cutter prayers to be said, and no cookie cutter answers to be given. Only God knows what is best for us, even though we think we have it all figured out for ourselves. Alison’s Nora and now little Rosalie won’t get to be raised by their parents here on this earth — but PRAYERS WERE STILL ANSWERED. That might not feel so obvious to Rosalie’s family right now in the fresh anguish of their loss, but through their unwavering trust and faith in God it will.

A wise woman once said back in January, “Every day from here on can be hard if we let it. But I’m learning to trust in Him, that he will direct my life, my circumstances, my day to day. He is capable. And He is more than capable of caring for my Rosie whether it’s watching her grow here with us or holding her in His arms in Heaven.”

We’re all praying for you Krystal, Chris and family!

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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 NLT)

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Tuesday

“Oh, hi! I’m worried that my hair might be a little fuzzy this morning. Maybe I’ll order up a baff.”
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“I could sure use a wash and a rinse…”
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“Maybe get my nails did up?”
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“Yeahh.”
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“That looks like a fun time!”
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“Hey! Did you hear about these piggies? It says here they got woken up. They were in the hay it says.”
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BIRTHDAY Wednesday

Incase you haven’t seen it on the Praying for Nora FB page, here is the video I created in celebration of Nora’s birth.



Go, go, go, go, go, go
Go Nora, it’s your birthday
We gonna party like its your birthday
We gon’ sip milkies like its your birthday,
And you know we might have some cake, it’s your birthday!

“You can find me in the tub, bottle full o milks…”
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Nora and I had a sweet day together just she and I after Daddy and the big kids left for work and school. After her birthday baff we had a few special visitors and then we played in her new rocker chair.

“Well now dis is kinda interesting!!”
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Then we went on a short walk to the mailbox before heading right back home because someone got upset about it all. (I won’t name any names…)

This same certain little somebody did, however, enjoy sitting out on the deck for over an hour.
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It was so CUTE watching her little wisps blow in the warm breeze.
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She was very amused by the wicker pattern of the bench we were lounging on!

“Dis is kinda funny!”
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After dinner we sang Happy Birthday to little Nornor. She would have preferred that we sang the song at least 20 more times.



(whispering) “I get deez people to do whatever I want just with a couple of fusses and some super-extra cuteness. Haha!”
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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
(Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

Thursday

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Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
(James 1:17 NLT)

9 thoughts on “Rosalie

  1. Alesia…as I read your post today…I was caught off guard by the words of my beautiful niece and Goddaughter, Alison, whom you speak of. To know that you remember her sadness and sorrow while going through your own at the time is a testament to the wonderful, caring, loving person you truly are. We continue to pray for your Nora Rose and love to see her hitting her milestones. Our sweet Nora Rose was there to welcome Rosalie into the gates of heaven and we will pray hard for her and her family. Thank you for touching so many lives with your and Nora’s life story.

  2. Touched by your post and yet again, enlightened and calmed by your choice of scripture!
    May peace be in your heart today and always, Aleisa… ❤

    Lisa

  3. Aptly said. We don’t ever know why God does what He does, BUT we do know He knows the beginning from the end for He IS the Alpha and Omega. we all will reunite to see our babies that preceded us. Eternity is a long time… Stacy

  4. The video and Nora are just priceless! She is truly a miracle and her parents are a gift from GOD with your faith and determination to let him be in control!

  5. Errr, yes ,she has all of us wrapped around her fingers…. I’d love to sing Happy Birthday to her 20 times a day for many years… Muuuaahhh

  6. I had not watched the video the other day, when I saw it posted on FB b/c I was afraid I’d be an emotional mess. I watched it this time, and I’m so glad I did. I was an emotional mess, but they were happy happy tears! Nora is such a blessing!
    Greta and Gavin are just the best big sister and brother. Greta knew Nora wanted more singing, and then she and Gavin protectively swept the smoke from the candle out of the way. So thoughtful! She is very lucky to have such loving siblings!
    So sad to hear the news about Rosalie. 😦 I will continue to pray for her family during this sad time.

  7. It brought tears to my eyes to see Gavin and Greta singing to Nora- they are such a wonderful big brother and sister to Nora!

  8. Ali does my hair…The last time I saw her we talked about you and Nora!!!! Your story has touched so many ❤ ❤

  9. I CRIED THROUGH THIS WHOLE VIDEO, BUT SINCE I KNOW THE OUTCOME OF THAT DAY, THEY WERE HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY TEARS. YOU SIMPLY OUT DID YOURSELF THE WAY YOU PUT THAT VIDEO TOGETHER!!!!!! NORA IS A TRUE MIRACLE, AND A TRUE PROPHET OF GOD’S. ALEISA, YOU ARE SUCH A FANTASTIC PERSON (WIFE AND MOMMY). GOD KNEW HE WAS DOING THE RIGHT THING WHEN HE PLACED NORA WITH HER FAMILY THAT SHE HAS. THROUGH YOU ALEISA, SHE HAS BROUGHT MANY OF US CLOSER TO GOD. ONE YEAR OLD!!!!!! WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT!!!! SHE HAS TO HAVE THE BEST “BIG BROTHER” AND “BIG SISTER” THAT ANYONE COULD ASK FOR. OF COURSE WILLIAM AND YOU ARE SUCH WONDERFUL, LOVING, AND CARING PARENTS. FOR ONE YEAR YOU HAVE NEVER FALTERED KEEPING US UPDATED ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. I KNOW WEDNESDAY NORA COULD NOT HEAR ME, BUT I ALSO SANG “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” TO HER. I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING NORA AND HER WONDERFUL FAMILY AT PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY PARTY THAT ONE LITTLE GIRL HAS EVER HAD. I EXPECT A VERY LARGE TURNOUT. I LOVE ALL THE PICTURES THAT YOU POSTED AND ENJOYED THIS BLOG SOOOO MUCH!!!!! I WILL BE PRAYING FOR THE OTHER “LITTLE ANGEL’S” FAMILY. I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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