Picture of Gratitude (POG) Day 4 – Sun Breaks Through Storm Clouds

Sun shines through storm clouds.

Sun shines through storm clouds.

Picture of Gratitude (POG) Day 4.  The morning sun breaking through dark storm clouds is a perfect picture of how I feel today.

Due to the dire circumstances with my 5-yr-old great-niece, I chose to write about Alyssa instead of posting POG #3 yesterday. (See it on Instagram.) In case you missed my “#PrayersforAlyssa” post, she fell through a 2nd floor open window onto concrete and fractured her skull. Doctors warned the first seventy-two hours were critical regarding the brain swelling. Today dawns with great news of her improvement! She battled a fever for a short while yesterday but that crisis passed. Xrays show no other broken bones or injuries. Now she is sitting up and talking. She was allowed to stand for a little bit before put back to bed.

I am so grateful for answered prayers. So many people shared my plea for prayers on Facebook–real-life friends and my cyber-friends. Friends of their friends shared. Over sixty-two shares were shared again and again. I have no idea how many prayed for little Alyssa. Hundreds and hundreds. I may never know or be able to thank them individually. Still, I appreciate every single one of them taking a few moments from their busy days to sending healing love and prayers.  Bless all of you, wherever you are!




My 5-year-old grand-niece. Alyssa, desperately needs all your prayers and positive energy!

From her mommy (my niece): “Last night the girls opened their bedroom window in the rain storm to hear a neighbor. Alyssa couldn’t see so she decided to get up on the window…. She fell from the second floor and landed on the concrete. Her skull is fractured …. Her brain is bruised/swollen. …. Drs are saying the worst is yet to come with swelling. Please pray for sweet Alyssa.”

I am too far away to do anything but pray and reach out to as many friends as possible. Even if you do not believe in the power of prayer, you can take a moment to look at her picture and imagine her just this way — healthy & happy & smiling again.

Share as much as you wish. #prayersforalyssa

Thank you!



Alyssa & Mommy

Update: Alyssa’s fever has gone up.  We know this is the most difficult hours right now.  Must not lose hope.

UPDATE (Saturday late afternoon): In case you missed it in the thread, Mommy Staci posted: “Your prayers are working, her breathing tube is out and she is breathing on her own.”

UPDATE (Sunday morning): Mommy Staci posted: “Alyssa is improving. We had body xrays and have been downgraded to another room in ICU. Fever has broke and vitals to normal.”

I am so happy to wake up to more good news about Alyssa improving!!! Your prayers and shares have filled me with enormous gratitude! Bless all of you for showering Alyssa and her family with love and healing faith!

UPDATE (Sunday afternoon):  Mommy Staci posted: “She had sips of water and juice. Xrays show no broken bones beside skull fracture.”

UPDATE (Sunday afternoon):  Mommy Staci posted: “Alyssa is so strong. She was able to stand up and sit. She fell asleep in the chair and now is back in bed sleeping.”



[Shared from my Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/gilliandoyleauthor]