Meet Rosie Squires

I loved this poem by my new blog friend, Rosalie. It says it all about the loss of privacy we are all facing through the world’s access to the internet and social media. After you read the poem go to Rosalie’s blog page and find out more about her.

I’m going to post one more update about little Rosalie (not R. Squires, obviously) a little later today then I’m going to take a break from blogging and the internet while I go camping with kids and grandkids. See you back here on September 7.
Tori

About Rosalie Squires

We have you on file on a heap on a pile We know all your facts your figures your acts We know who you are what you want and how far you will go to attain your desires.

Oh but do we I do not I have not found my yardstick Those who know me Know in part for all their files and piles. God alone knows who is me and I still wait to see what will reveal itself to me and prove to be myself.

For anything else try Google!

I can be Googled therefore I am.

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Prayers for Rosalie ~ An Update

I’m reposting the following blog from the Please Pray for Rosalie Facebook page . I hope you’ll be praying for little Rosalie and her family.

Please Pray for Rosalie

4 hours ago (August 23, 2012, 9:58 Central)

(This is Rosalie with her family/photo from the family’s facebook page)

Thank you Father for another day with Rosalie! God you are such a loving God! We love you so much and praise you for this wonderful day to spend with you. Rosalie is doing good, everyday we just see her respond to more and different things! Bowels and stomach are doing great! She is rocking all her vitals too! Thank you Jesus! I had a scary pregnancy with Rosalie, I ended up being on bed rest with…her in the hospital for a week or so before I had her. I had really high blood pressure and early stages of preeclampsia. One day I was sitting there and pretty sure I was about to stroke due to high blood pressure. They rushed me to the Operating Room and did an emergency C-section. She was exactly 5 weeks early. She spent 6 days in the NICU, everything was fine and she went right home after that. Praise God! Well the only thing I noticed with her was that if you were to run your finger from ear to the top of the head to her other ear, you would feel a separation in her skull. They told me that she was early and that is just something that can happen when they don’t go full term. She said that it would eventually come together and fully fuse but it might take her a little longer because she was early.

With this accident she had brain swelling due to lack of oxygen we were told that she would herniated into her brain stem because she didn’t have anywhere else for her brain to go. So we prayed, day after day went by and nothing happened. When we had the CT done, we saw that her skull had separated in the exact same spot that she was born with. There for it created room for the brain to swell. We were feeling around her head the other day to see what it felt like….. Her skull is almost all the way back together!! Praise God! I know that in the storm of my baby Rosalie being born early, God knew the plans for her life then and he knows them now!! Had she gone full term and had a fully fussed skull she would have herniated which basically when that happens the outcome is more than likely passing away.

Jesus has Rosalie and has been holding her in his arms her whole life and I know he is watching over her now until its time to come back to us. I was struggling a few days last week and for 4 days I just cried out to God and I knew he was close but I just didn’t feel the peace that I had always felt. I prayed and asked God to bring that peace back to me because I hated living in the future or in fear which is where I had gotten. I didn’t understand why he didn’t just wrap peace all around me right then. The more I prayed the more it became clear that in order for God to just release in me the peace that surpasses all understanding I needed to release Rosalie back into his care and stop leaning on my own understanding. Then this devotional just clarified to me what I heard God tell me. Thank you all for praying for Rosalie. He is the God that is full of Grace and Peace! Thank you all for crying out and loving our Lord and savior! God bless.

“Entrust your loved ones to me; release them into My protective care. They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands. If you let a loved one become an idol your heart, you endanger that one-as well as yourself. Remember the extreme measures I used with Abraham and Isaac. I took Isaac to the very point of death to fee Abraham from son-worshiping. Both Abraham and Isaac suffered terribly because of the father’s undisciplined emotions. I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love. When you release loved ones to Me, you are free to cling to My hand. As you entrust others into My care, I am free to shower blessings on them. My Presence will go with them wherever they go, and I will give them rest. This same Presence stays with you, as you relax and place your trust in Me, Watch to see what I will do.”
Jesus Calling by: Sarah Young

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever Amen” Ephesians 3:20

Thank you Father God for another day with Rosalie! Father you are a God that cares about every detail of our life. Thank you for always loving even when I have sinned father you still forgive. Father God I am laying Rosalie at your feet! She is in your hands father and I know they are far better hands than I can ever imagine. God I know that you are a God that heals. I have faith that you are healing Rosalie! I proclaim full restoration in Rosalie’s brain in Jesus Name! I proclaim life back into her lungs in Jesus Name! I proclaim in Jesus name that Rosalie will open her eyes and smile at me! I proclaim in Jesus name Full restoration in her whole body! I cast satan out of this situation in Jesus name!! Satan has no authority in our daughter or our life, in Jesus Name. Satan flee from this situation because God has already won! AMEN!

Thank you Father for hearing our cries to you for Rosalie. Father we proclaim life not death in Jesus Name! Thank you Father for your love and peace that you have given all of us. Lord I will never stop praising you. Thank you Lord for this storm we are in, for God I feel you more near than I ever have and I thank you for the strength you have given me. Lord thank you for changing my life and many that surround Rosalie! Father with tears rolling down my face I can’t imagine the lives that have been changed, that is why we are here. Father to show others your love and grace and share the good news. Father you and Rosalie have changed many lives! Thank you!! Father I know she will be such a light for you here on earth. Thank you for the light in the darkness! Lord I love her more than I can even think to love but God I love you more and will follow and serve you all the days of my life! Thank you Father for letting us be Rosalie’s parents, she has blessed us more than we can even begin to know. We love you Father! Following you in this storm always holding your hand, God we will move when you move. I trust You every step of the way. Your will is perfect and we trust you!! Thank you Father. Love you!! I pray all of this in your Son’s name…. Amen

For updates you can go directly to Rosalie’s parent’s Facebook page (along with over 23,000 others) ~ Please Pray for Rosalie.  Thanks to each of you for keeping Rosalie in your thoughts and prayers ~ ♥

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Ribbons and Prayers for Rosalie ♥

I’ve reposted a blog from Rosalie Squires concerning a little 2-year old girl who is still fighting to recover from the accident described below. Tomorrow I’ll post an update.  Please pray.

Tori

 
Originally Posted on June 11, 2012by

Hubby and I have been planning for several months to attend a wedding of some dear young friends in Arkansas.  They married this past Saturday and I spent the latter part of the week preparing for us to leave town.  Mid-week, I was in the garage looking for bug spray when I first heard the siren.  The big one.  The tornado warning siren.  Many Oklahoma neighborhoods have these.  I quickly came to the conclusion that they were just testing the system, as the clouds were not tornado producing ones.  That’s the other thing.  Everyone in Oklahoma is a tornado expert.  A requirement to live in this Bible Belt state.  Back outside, I began to hear many more sirens, police and fire, in our little neighborhood.  My mind went where it always goes when I hear emergency signals , “Lord, please intercede for this person in trouble and put your hands on the rescuers.”  Then I went on to trim the yard. with my bug spray

Little did I know, that just a few steps away, at our neighborhood pool, a little two-year old was fighting the fight of her life.  In a pool full of children, it only takes a moment for one to get lost in the crowd.  Regardless of how many adults are present.  Rosalie was pulled from the bottom and rushed to a nearby children’s hospital.  The last update I saw was last night.  She was squeezing people’s fingers.  She had 10% blood flow to her brain.  She is struggling, but still fighting.

Look at this sweet little face.  And if you feel so inclined, please pray for Rosalie.  Pray for her parents and family.  You can follow their journey and updates, if you like, through their Facebook page, Please Pray for Rosalie. (the above photo is from their Facebook page)

Rosalie has no idea the impact she has made on our community.  There are probably three hundred (I’m not so great at estimates!) homes in our neighborhood.  Most every one has a pink ribbon on their mail box in support of Rosalie and her family.  This is now extending outside to other neighborhoods and businesses.  You might want to place a pink ribbon on your mailbox or light pole where you live? (and if you do…send me a pic & I will forward it to their “album”.)

Oh ~ and as for the wedding this past weekend.  Well, C.J. and Hannah are “hitched”.  They looked very happy in the photos we viewed on-line.  We regrettably did not get to attend.  Our own 24 year old son had an emergency surgery and our vehicle took us the opposite direction to check on him.  He seems good now. But we needed to see that for ourselves.  Rosalie has reminded us that life can change in a moment.

If you are a praying person, please pray for little Rosalie (Rosie) and her family. ♥

And be nice to each other….you really never know what they may be facing today ….

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I’ve Been Nominated

Rosalie Squires at RosalieSquires.wordpress.com has nominated Tori McRae for the One Lovely Blog Award- THANK YOU ROSALIE! The rules are: Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post Share 7 things about yourself Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire Leave a .comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated 7 things about myself:

  1. I am a writer — and a weaver, spinner, knitter, but most important of all a wife, mother and grandmother.
  2. I love plants & flowers but don’t like gardening.
  3. I love all sorts of critters too but I don’t make those either.
  4. Near or in water is my favorite place to be — like the beach. Yay for oceans.
  5. Having a pack of Shih Tzus (7 currently) is a barrel of fun and a ton of work.
  6. I know how to sew, am good at it but I don’t enjoy it.
  7. Many will concur that I’m a great cook and love cooking ethnic food.

Bloggers I admire: (no particular order)

www.ChristiCorbett.wordpress.com
www.CareannsMusings.wordpress.com
http://www.EAWpublications.wordpress.com
www.fOISInTheCity.wordpress.com
www.SandraHeskeKing.wordpress.com
www.befaster.wordpress.com
www.ZensScribbles.wordpress.com
Writer’s Block Busters — www.helpfromcyranette.wordpress.com
www.CanadianHikingPhotography.wordpress.com
www.texanaskitchen.com
www.virginiaplantation.wordpress.com
www.jessicajhill.com
www.lauraabest.wordpress.com
www.stuffitellmysister.wordpress.com
www.cyranette.wordpress.com

I hope these links work. If they don’t I’ll try to figure out how to do it and come back to edit. If the lins don’t work you’ll have to cut and paste. Either way, please check out these blogs.

tori

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A QUESTION FOR THE WORLD

I’m finishing up a writing class project today so this will be a very short post.

After watching more than two weeks of Olympics coverage I couldn’t help but notice the extraordinary sportsmanship of those who finished their competitions without a medal toward those did get a medal. The vying for position ended at the finish line or the end of the match. Those without medals seemed to genuinely congratulate the winners, almost as if they were thanking them for providing such fun, stupendous competition. To be sure, many times there were tears on the losing side but the congratulatory smiles, handshakes, and hugs seemed to be ones of good-natured, friendly sincerity.

Here’s the question: IF ATHLETES RAN THE WORLD INSTEAD OF POLITICIANS WOULD WARS CEASE? I’d like to get a conversation going here. All comments are appreciated and the more the better.

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The Olympics: Still Watching and Learning

Track and Field isn’t really my cup of tea but many people love it and there are some exciting races to watch. The gold medal winner of the Men’s 100 Meter Hurdles race was just being interviewed as I turned on the television late Wednesday evening. The reporter explained to the viewers that the race must have been difficult for the winning athlete because of a pulled hamstring muscle, injured in a race months earlier, leaving him with one leg weaker than the other and affecting his performance. He asked Aries Merritt, USA, how he managed to overcome that injury to win the gold.

English: Aries Merrit winning 110 m hurdles at...

English: Aries Merrit winning 110 m hurdles at bislett games 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Merritt’s  answer? “Diligence.” That’s it— one word–diligence. Then he went on to explain that he had spent hours and hours during the past eight months strengthening the weaker leg to improve his performance. It paid off.

I have weaknesses. I have weaknesses as a writer but I am sure I am not aware of most of them. It’s not as easy as a runner realizing he needs to strenghthen one leg to make a speedy start and get over  hurdles quickly and efficiently. I need editors and critique partners to read my work and point out where my writing is weak, and books or a teacher to show me how to make my writing better. That can extend to other areas in life too. As humans we can be completely blind to our deficiencies (or all too aware of them!). Strengthening those areas makes us more complete and rounded.

Do you know your weak areas? Do you have other people, such as life coaches, mentors, editors or a critique group that can help you find your weak areas and overcome them? Please share your successes by making a comment.

Just a note: It amazes me how hurdlers run their races or how they can accomplish the feat at all. To run and jump an obstacle that tall without breaking stride is unfathomable to me. Sounds like another lesson I might need to think out.

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More Inspiration from the Olympics

Where were the Olympics when I was a child. I don’t ever remember seeing them on television when I was in my formative stages. (Am I old, or what?) The things I am learning now would have served me better if I had discovered them earlier. Oh, to be sure, I was advised from time to time to “do my best,” to “live up to my abilities,” etc. But it was never explained to me what that might look like. Learning came easy to me –still does–and I had a good memory–that’s slipping a bit–so I never had to work very hard in school to get decent grades. I never knew what my potential might be or how to work for it.  When you live in a culture that considers good numbers or grades as the sign of success it is easy to depend on those roadmarks even if you don’t have to work very hard for them.

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin (Photo credit: jdlasica)

In the wee hours Monday morning I watched an interview with Missy Franklin, winner of one silver medal and four gold medals in swimming for the USA. When asked if she was pleased with her accomplishment she replied that her goals for the Olympics were to do her very best (Missy broke at least one world record swimming as hard as she could) and to have fun whether she won any medals or not. Amazingly, I had heard the same thing from some athelete’s coach a few days earlier. The coach added that if you take care of those two things the results will take care of themselves.

Such goals are the antithesis of what I was taught to believe was important. Imagine what could be accomplished if children, teenagers and adults were shown what their potential might be and how to reach it instead of just working for grades and high numbers, whether it be sales, income, number of “toys”, etc.

I’ve distilled what I learned watching Sunday’s Olympics down to three points:

1.   Enjoy what you pursue, whether it is work, a sport, or education.

2.   Achieve/perform/produce to the best of your ability. If you can’t figure out what that is or what it should look like ask someone for help. Athletes have coaches. Maybe we need mentors.

3.   Continue to improve and expand your ability though training and practice.

I’m speaking to writers but the advice, spawned by what I’ve gleaned from those who have excelled, applies equally to any and all of life’s pursuits.

[I would say I have finally found a pursuit in life–writing–that challenges me enough to convince me I need to pursue more training and practice, but I suddenly thought about raising my children. What a challenge and I did educate myself on how to be the best mother I could be. I just didn’t see the connection until now.]

One of the best, and easiest ways to educate oneself on being the best writer they can be is to read the works of good authors. If you write essays, read the works of great essayists. Librarians would be good sources for finding good authors. If you want to write fiction novels read the works of great storytellers. Learn how to hook a reader, how to move the action along, how to write good dialog, create compelling characters, and build to a great climax. If classes aren’t available (you might check the internet) there are many good books available. There are many books out there in “writing land” that are filled with many words and little information so you may need to ask advice on which books to borrow or buy.

As I’ve watched the Olympics the thing that has struck me as of the highest importance is the value of finding someone or something to train you to be better at what you want to pursue. Along with that comes the need for someone (a hired editor, or a critique group) to point out areas that need improvement, as well as the commitment to constantly be making your best better.

What books or classes have you found useful in working toward becoming a better writer? Do you have someone knowledgeable about writing who can critique your work and give advice?

I wonder what I could have achieved in school, and later in life, if I had discovered what my potential was–the extent of my abilities. But it’s not too late to learn.

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