‘Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss’ addendum

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Angela Alexander was a member of the 56th Aerial Port Squadron, March Air Reserve Base and on annual tour in Japan when she was notified that her family had been in a severe car crash. She was told her husband, Suri and two daughters, Angela and Angelina were injured, yet okay, but her two young sons, Murice and Roger did not survive.

Inexplicably, Alexander was able to find immediate peace with what had happened. The peace she felt was further solidified as she recalled two letters her oldest son Murice had written shortly before his death. She felt the letters were Murice’s way of comforting her and letting her know he was okay, she said.

A week later, Alexander realized she needed something from youngest son Roger to verify that he too, was okay. As soon as she thought about it, a voice inside her told her to search. She searched her home for hours without finding anything and decided to take her two daughters to their open house for some normalcy.

It was at the open house where Alexander discovered artwork Roger created for open house and without a doubt she knew he was okay too and that her two sons, “were joyfully jamming with Jesus,” Alexander said.

The deaths of her sons and the miracle of the letters left behind became a book, a ministry and a documentary about seeking out the miracles in life. During the time Alexander was writing her book she stopped being a full time foster parent and opted for emergency respite care, which is short term care, often times with short notice.

Three years after the car crash, Alexander received a phone call from Child Protective Services asking if she could take in a young child because of an emergency.

Alexander was very busy with her ministry and hesitant to accept, she said. Her hesitance turned to “no, no, no,” when she found out the child was only 14 months old.

Because of her hectic schedule she insisted she could not take in a child that young. But after the case worker pleaded and promised the child would only be there two days, Alexander did what she had done so many times in the past and surrendered. She said she’d take the child in, for two days.

“Then the lady (CPS case worker) said, ‘Great! I’ll bring Angela over tomorrow!’ and I said, ‘Excuse me? Angela?’” Alexander said. The case worker replied back asking if she had forgotten to mention the little girl’s name was Angela.

Fourteen-month-old Angela was placed in Alexander’s home on the third anniversary of her sons’ deaths and the very next day she and her husband, Suri, began the adoption paperwork.

In 2014, Alexander and Suri celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, her oldest daughter Angela has graduated from Wesley College, Angelina has a family of her own and youngest daughter Angela is 13 years old now and taller than her mother.

“So now I’m still waiting on a movie and we truly believe the exposure from the Cayman Islands International Film Festival will lead to it,” Alexander said. “I’m so glad the world is going to know even on my darkest day God is good, all the time.”