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Monday, September 05, 2011

Today is a day that I will NEVER forget!
We went to the beach today hoping for a nice, somewhat quite, day. I packed stuff for a barbecue and all of the kids were excited to be able to go and try out their new boogie boards . The surf was really high and very strong! Perfect for this kind of stuff right?
Well all of this came to a screeching halt as we were walking down to the beach. As we were walking, this lady comes towards me and says to me , you see that person out in the water? I looked and way out was this person all I could see was the head and it kept going under and then surfacing again. I sent her for help and I jumped into action! I was able to pull him out and give him the help he needed. He was to tired to swim towards shore and between the waves and the power that they create . The waves would push him towards the shore and then take him back out and he got tired out and couldn't go anymore.
The man is alright Thank you JESUS! And I am whooped! After all of the excitement, he was able to join us all for dinner! We were not going to go to the beach in the beginning. We were going to just stay home and grill and swim in the pool. Thank God that I was in the right place at the right time. Life is so precious! And you never know when you are needed. We have to think the same way about our Spark Friends! We are all so far apart from each other and the only way we will know if one of us needs another is by staying in contact with each other either by spark mail, personal e-mail, or by phone if that's the case.
You ALL are so precious to me and if there is anything you ever need, I am here for YOU! Anytime you all are out and about, please Remember the other guy! always keep your eyes and ears open 'cause you never know when the other guy may need you! I Love you all and I hope you had a blessed holiday and I hope you have a wonderful week! HUGS, Your friend Rose emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    You are an ANGEL!
    1966 days ago
    What a wonderful and inspiring story! Goes to never know what each day brings. Thank God you were there at the right time and place.

    Hugs. Libby emoticon
    2165 days ago
    You did a well done job
    Thank you Jesus for giving my Sis the wisdom,strength and protection to save a life.
    2217 days ago
    Wonderful, thanks for sharing. You definitely were doing angel's work.
    2217 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Wow, what an amazing story! God must have been with you all the way.
    2217 days ago
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    2219 days ago
    What a blessing to be there when needed and to have the skills needed!
    2221 days ago
    Amazing! And how awesome that you knew what to do and were physically able to do it! What a memory for not only you, but your kids as well. They have a great example in you!
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    2221 days ago
    Have to vote this up!!! You remind us how quickly everything we take for granted could be gone in a second. If spark people had a hero award darling lady it would be given to you! Wow, I am so lucky to call you my friend!!! emoticon

    God is so full of blessings and you were called upon this day to give and receive one and each of us reading this will take time today to thank God for our blessings and feel warm in our hearts for this beautiful message!

    I love being a sparker and having friends like you to count on for life's little blessings!


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    2221 days ago
    What a wonderful blessing to be in the right place at the right time! Often it's not so obvious, but many times we are in the right place at the right time.......

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  • PATTIE441
    Wow!! What a hero you are!! Yes we all need heroes in our lives, and to be heroes too. You never know when it is going to be needed, whether it's at the beach, shopping, sparking or anywhere. You are awesome and amazing and thank you so much for your awesome and inspiring blog and words. I feel truly blessed that you have come into my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2224 days ago
    WOW! You were that man's angel no doubt! Indeed you are an amazing woman, Rose. So glad we found each other. God bless you~ *hugs* BB~
    2224 days ago
    How incredible that you were there but I think God had a hand in this! You are a hero and the world needs more people like you! HUGS!
    2227 days ago
    That's amazing! I used to like to watch Rescue 9ll for just that reason.

    My father was a game warden and patroled a lake. My Mom would signal him with an orange towel hung over our porch railing if he needed to come in off the lake for something important.

    We had a neighbor that ran a bar. She thought my Dad had turned her in for bootlegging and was not friendly to us. Her grandson was swimming with some other kids. He got on an innertube, but he didn't know how to swim. The wind took him away from the shore and he was trying to paddle back toward the shoreline, when he either went through the center of the innertube or it flipped him into the water. My Mom heard the kids screaming for help. She went to the lake and found out what happened and ran to the house and called the sheriff and hung out the orange towel over the porch railing.

    My Dad stripped of his clothes except for his socks T shirt and undershorts and went looking for the boy. The kids were off by many feet of the place he went under and he drowned. The state police found the body in about ten feet of water using grapling hooks.

    Cars stopped along the road upon hearing the kids yelling for help. One woman had the gall to get mad at my Dad for stripping to his underwear in public. After that, the woman that owned the bar had a whole new attitude toward our family.

    I never felt the same about swimming there again. Sometimes things would fall out of peoples' boats or off their docks and if I found a flip flop or a shoe along the shoreline, I wondered if it was his.

    May God reward you richly for your courage.
    2228 days ago
    Rose, you are a gift! Thanks for sharing this beautiful experience and reminding us all to do what we can for our each other. Wow. People living what they believe. emoticon
    2228 days ago
  • SUEO451
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    2229 days ago
    You are a hero!! In the right place at the right time to participate in a miracle!

    So nice to hear from you on my page with your kind comments and goodie: thank you!!
    2230 days ago
    Amazing story, and AMAZING YOU!! It’s so awesome what you did, and you must be on cloud 9!!! emoticon !!!
    2230 days ago
    As a trauma nurse and coronary nurse I saved a lot of lives and it something you never forget. It's a very special moment in your life you will always remember and cherish. Good job!!
    2231 days ago
    My gosh! What an awesome miracle that took place. God put the right person there at the right time to save that man. Your blog truly blessed me! I've added you as a Spark buddy . . . emoticon
    2231 days ago
    What an amazing story !! It just shows GOD's power... It shows how he used u to save this man then again to inspire us to look out for eachother.. Completely awesome.. But hey.. Our God is an Awesome God !! :) And you are pretty great yourself.. to be able to save a life, and in turn change a life.. and to think of all the people you affected.. all his loved ones.. your loved ones.. us.. its just overwhelming :)

    God Bless You !
    2231 days ago
    God will put you where you are needed. You showed great courage to offer to sacrifice your life to save a stranger, God must have a purpose for that young man.

    Thank you for adding me as a SparkFriend I also added you as a Friend too.

    2232 days ago
    Praise the LORD you were there and knew what to do ! And not afraid to do it ! What a glorious feeling you must have had after it was all over. And the emotions the man was feeling afterwards. I just can't imagine.

    I feel the same way about my SparkFriends. You said it so perfectly.

    Many {{{HUGS}}}to you !
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    2232 days ago
    Oh my goodness! It is wonderful that you were able to rescue him, but I am very grateful that YOU are alive! Ocean rescue can be particularly dangerous. What a day you had - no wonder you are whooped!

    You are emoticon , Rose.
    2233 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    WOW - talk about being in the right place at the right time! Thanks so much for sharing your story - this is a very inspiring blog!!!
    2233 days ago
    emoticon God is good! Glad you followed your idea to go to the beach. We never know when we will be asked to help out. I agree that our friendships on here are guided. Love your background picture. I've added you to my Friends also. Best of luck on your weightloss journey. WE/ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2233 days ago
    Rose what a wonderful inspiring story .You were an angel to that man .God blessed him by sending you to the beach, what a wonderful thing you accomplished .I love your outlook .One of my favourite quotes is :Friends are angels who lift our feet when our own wings have trouble remembering how to fly. hugs,Cheri
    2233 days ago
    Rose, You are a great role model for your children as well as those around you. I am so glad that you paid attention to God's voice in your head telling you to take action. You did something courageous and you put yourself in harms' way to save someone you could barely see. May God continue to bless your heart with such angelic kindness. Wow I'd like to be around you when I am dealing with a crisis. emoticon emoticon
    2233 days ago
    That's amazing! How wonderful you were able to help him. Thanks for sharing with us!
    2233 days ago
    God's Blessings to you. You were where you needed to be when you needed to be there. Thank God.
    2233 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    My mom's favorite phrase is "God's Timing" and it sure fit perfectly in your day.

    I always say that SP is God-send in my life, and every day someone here reminds just how true this is.
    2233 days ago
    Wow!! do you live in Florida? I do too. But I'm not a very strong swimmer...
    You gotta watch those rip currents!! God had you in the right place at the right time!! He was really blessed by your presence!!I'm sure he is soo grateful that you were there!!!

    2233 days ago
    WOW!!! I'm so glad that Our Lord put you there on the beach to help that man!

    2234 days ago
    emoticon Rose!
    2234 days ago
    God bless you! God is emoticon God put you there emoticon
    2234 days ago
    God blessed you all today. It was not his time to be called back, but there is a lesson for all involved. Thank you for recognizing and responding to His call today. You will be forever blessed!
    2234 days ago
    Thank God you were there to help save that man's life. What a wonderful thing you did!
    2234 days ago
    OMG! Thank God you were in the right place at the right time.
    I haven't heard from you, I hope you are doing okay. I have left you a couple of e-mails. Get back to me.
    2234 days ago
    You are amazing and I am grateful you had the courage, strength and well being to help someone.
    God bless you!
    2234 days ago
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