Skip to comments.Walking With Jesus: Missing toddler found alive in a pond early Saturday morning (Pawhuska, OK)
Posted on 10/18/2008 8:10:35 PM PDT by Joya
Little Ali Tuller will soon be sporting a bracelet that contains the inscription Walking With Jesus.
That couldnt be more appropriate, after the night she had on October 3.
Tracy Ali Jo Tuller, who goes by Ali, is the 23-month-old daughter of Shanna and Robert Tuller. She crawled out of her bed and slipped out the sliding glass door of the couples home located a few miles south of town. She started her walk sometime between midnight and 1:30 Saturday morning, which was when her mom discovered her missing.
That night was my birthday, and my husband and I put the children to bed and stayed up late in the living room. When I went to check on the kids at 1:30 that morning before we went to bed, Ali wasnt in bed, said Shanna. We have five children, and three of them were at home that night. We woke up the two boys, and frantically searched the house. She just wasnt anywhere.
Shanna called 911, and within minutes rescue workers, firefighters, people from the police and sheriffs office, family and friends were on the scene, combing the area. The search lasted until nearly 4 a.m., when Gibbie Gibson, a rescue worker from Wynona, found little Ali standing in the middle of a pond about a mile from her home.
He walked out to get her, and the water was well up past his waist, said Shanna. When he got to her, though, the water wasnt even up to her waist, and she wasnt standing on anything. It had to have been God holding her up. Gibbie was in shock when he saw it, and really had no explanation other than a miracle.
The search seemed much more of an ordeal for the family and rescue workers than it was for young Ali. After all, right around the pond where Ali was found, people came across two cougars, a pack of coyotes, and even killed a copperhead snake. Everybody was muddy, scratched up, and wet from the big storm that rolled through the area.
Not Ali, though, who was unfazed, and practically dry despite walking around in the rain and wading out into the pond. She didnt have a scratch on her, and her hair wasnt even messed up.
She went out without her shoes on, walked all that distance, and even had to cross two barbed wire fences to get to where they found her, said Shanna. There had to be at least 60 or 70 people out searching for her that night, and after it was all over, they were all in worse shape than Ali. My daughter wasnt even scared, she was just out for a walk.
Ali wasnt sure why she went for her late night walk, and really didnt have much to say later. But Shanna certainly has thought a lot about the ordeal, and she is convinced Ali wasnt alone during her trek through the woods.
There is not a doubt in my mind that God was with her, watching over her that night, said Shanna. God must have a special purpose for Ali. Our only guess as to why Ali was in the pond is that God must have put her there to keep her away from the cougars. I hope this story touches people, because it has certainly touched our lives. There is a God out there, and he is watching over all of us. God was definitely with Ali that night.
"This is what it means to be held" as the song goes.
It truly is a miracle, but in the future, they should put a high spring loaded lock on that slider door.
Ping. Miracle in Oklahoma.
wow what an amazing story
AMEN. And a cowbell.
So was the door open? Don’t think a 23 month old could reach up and open a sliding door. They are heavy. Something fishy about this story.
**He walked out to get her, and the water was well up past his waist, said Shanna. When he got to her, though, the water wasnt even up to her waist, and she wasnt standing on anything. It had to have been God holding her up. Gibbie was in shock when he saw it, and really had no explanation other than a miracle. **
“Be not afraid, I am with you always.”
The best way to secure a sliding door is a dowel or broomstick cut to fit in the slide but about one inch short. You’s have to tear out the door to get it open from outside. Trick I learned as a cop. Has stopped many a burglar.
I didn’t know they had cougars in Oklahoma!
Yep. Barefoot and crossed two barbed wire fences in the dark. An angel must have been holding her hand.
Depends on the child and depends on the glass door.
Amen. God is good.
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He cares for me.
That story makes me smile.
Thanks for posting.
A plain old broomstick, eh? Excellent.
Thursday, December 15. 2005
TWO MOUNTAIN LIONS CONFIRMED IN WESTERN OKLAHOMA
The push East continues. On October 29, 2005, Ron Mills, the manager of Black Mesa State Park, encountered two mountain lions traveling together in the park. They were apparently stalking several deer that were bedded near the residence. The larger cat went into the brush before Mr. Mills was able to get a photo, but he was able to get a good photograph of the second smaller cat as it walked away (see below). He later confirmed tracks made by the larger animal. Ron has been the park’s manager since 2003
i SUSPECT that future fact checking will prove this to be a true one.
I doubt it’s on the fact checking sites yet.
You haven't been around any two-year-olds have you? They could probably figure out a combination lock faster than a safe cracker and move objects to get to said lock.
It is a heartwarming story. Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed Sunday.