On January 6th, 2010 Alex suffered a gunshot wound to the head...given 3 HOURS TO LIVE ....this is our story of survival and how God continues to work in and through our lives!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Let me first say HAPPY HAPPY MOMMA'S DAY to all you beautiful women who are very fortunate to be a mother!  Today was YOUR day.... A DAY THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET NOR APPRECIATE MORE... than I did today!

I was invited to speak at a Mother/Daughter Tea at New Life Church on Park Street yesterday afternoon and I shared this SECRET ..... now I want to pass this onto you:

The Secret

One day, one friend asked another,

' How is it that you are always so happy?

You have so much energy,

and you never seem to get down. '

With her eyes smiling, she said,

' I know the Secret! '

' What secret is that? '

To which she replied,

I'll tell you all about it,

but you have to promise to

share the Secret with others. '

' The Secret is this:

I have learned there is little I can do

in my life that will make me truly happy

I must depend on God to make

me happy and to meet my needs.

When a need arises in my life,

I have to trust God to supply

according to HIS riches.

I have learned most of the time

I don' t need half of what I think I do.

He has never let me down.

Since I learned that 'Secret' , I am happy. '

The questioner ' s first thought was,

' That's too simple! '

But upon reflecting over her own life

she recalled how she thought a bigger house

would make her happy, but it didn’t!

She thought a better paying job

would make her happy, but it hadn't.

When did she realize her greatest happiness?

Sitting on the floor with her grandchildren,

playing games, eating pizza or reading a story,

a simple gift from God.

Now you know it too!

We can't depend on people to make us happy.

Only GOD in His infinite wisdom can do that.

Trust HIM!

And now I pass the Secret on to you!

So once you get it, what will you do?

YOU have to tell someone the Secret, too!

That GOD in His wisdom will take care of YOU!

But it's not really a secret...

We just have to believe it and do it..

Really trust God!
This secret really hits home..... and today of all days, I realize how very true it is!  I was in my darkest hour... watching and waiting for my son to pass within a 3 hour period and I have never prayed as hard as I did that night!  I had nothing left.... I gave it my all.... I begged God to please spare Alex's life, that I didn't care if he was paralyzed from his chin down, I would take on the challenge as long as he brought my baby back to me and I could see those beautiful brown eyes and smile once again.  I gave everything to him... I PUT ALL MY FAITH IN GOD...I asked him to spare my son's life.... He said... "Ask and ye shall receive"!  Thank you, thank you, thank you God for sparing Alex's life... for letting me have a Mother's Day with all THREE of my handsome boys.... for continuing to perform miracles DAILY in our lives.... YOU are the reason I have Alex here today and words cannot express the gratitude and emotions I have going on today.   A VERY VERY SPECIAL MOTHERS DAY FOR ME.... one I will never forget!  Brooks was baptized today... a confirmation of his faith in you as well. WE all understand and know that this was part of your plan..... we may not understand it.... we may not like it.... but we will be obedient and walk with you side by side until we are at the end of our journey and Alex is walking... no running.... back to his crazy,  happy go lucky self once again. 
Keep those prayers coming for us... every day is a challenge... mostly good days... but I too get aggravated... YES ME, lol!  It's hard when he is needing me every second of every minute of every hour... fix my foot, get me a hot rag, bend my leg, I have to pee, please get me my water, mom I'm hungry........there are moments I just want to run and lock myself in a room and get 10 minutes to myself for noone asking me to do anything.  But then.... I go back to day ONE... and I agreed to take on the challenge no matter what ... if he spared my son's life.  Today is day 123 and you know what... I GOT THIS!  He isn't paralyzed.... He can speak without hesitation and on a dime..... he can think for himself.... he remembers everything and crazy things like stuff about history.... slavery and Rosa Parks... heck I was learning stuff from his and Kinlin's History conversation yesterday!!  I GOT THIS!!  Remember.... IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE!!  ALWAYS!  He could be alive and in a coma... BUT HE'S NOT!  He could be alive but a vegetable...BUT HE'S NOT!  He could be alive and blind... BUT HE'S NOT!  I GOT THIS!  THANK YOU GOD.... THANK YOU!  Today is the most special mothers day ever..... ALEX MICHAEL ROSS IS VERY MUCH ALIVE ON DAY 123!!
We had an awesome church service with Brother Joe at Macedonia this morning when he baptized my baby boy Brooks.... so proud of you Brooks!  Thank you mom, Miss Jeanne, Collin, Carly, Rachel and Chad for coming and supporting Brooks.... it meant the world to him for you to share this monumental step in his life and I thank you for being there with our family and being supportive!  From there we moved onto Olive Garden, as we treated my mom at one of her favorite spots to eat.  We came home, Alex fell asleep... and I snuck off to the pool with Kinlin.. YAY!!  I got a whole HOUR to myself...AMAZING!  It was just awesome hanging out with my family... soaking up every second .... every conversation... every kiss... every hug... every I Love You Mom.... BEST DAY EVER... Thank you boys.... MOMMA LOVES YOU.. HEART AND SOUL... COFINITY! :0)
Alex goes back to his day treatments tomorrow... back on track... getting back in the groove... will be walking in no time!  He said today that he was "Handicapable"!  LOVE IT!  Not handicapped.... HANDICAPABLE....I LOVE THAT KID!!!  He inspires meeeeeeee!  It can't be easy having to be totally dependant on your mom at age 17..... having to be dressed, bathed, put to bed, going to the bathroom..... HE IS AWESOME....and I am in awe of how positive he has stayed throughout this whole ordeal.  "WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST"..... again.. ME, ALEX and JC... WE GOT THIS!
Here are a few pics from my special weekend with my family! 

Nicholas is home for the summer.... and very much in need of a job :0)  Anyone out there needing a hardworking, handsome, smart boy to fill a position or know of anyone hiring... PLEASE let me know!  He is majoring in Public Relations, a junior at USF... would love to find him something in that field but beggars can't be choosers and he will work where he is needed!

Thank you all so much for the inspiring and encouraging messages for mother's day.... your words stay close to my heart and somehow lighten my load!  SO THANK YOU!  I don't feel as if I am any more special than any of you other mothers out there as I am simply doing what I think any of YOU as a mother would do for your own child.  I get my strength from God, Alex, my family and all of you!  I count on those emails to get me thru my difficult moments... God touches you to write to me on just the right days, lol!  Keep the prayers coming... we still have a very long road ahead with lots of obstacles to over come.  Pray for my boys sight to be fully restored.... for his left leg and arm to start waking up and move with command... pray for my peace of mind and strength to keep a smile on my face even when I don't want to!  Thank you all for taking this journey with me and keeping us close to your hearts....you may not know it, but God is working in your lives as well by tuning you into mine!