Thursday, August 15, 2013

WARNING, this post is different...

It's not about decorating, DIY, home improvement or any of the things that all of you would normally come here for.

Please bear with me.

This post is about three things. Thanks, a Plea and an Apology.

Yesterday morning I posted this picture of my childrens first day of school.



Less than an hour after school got out, my oldest daughter Morgan {my blondie on the right} had a head-on collision with a full size pick-up.

This is what her car looked like at the scene of the accident.






And Praise the Lord, she is OK!!

She has many bruises and abrasions. Most are from the safety features keeping her IN the car. What amounts to burn marks on her forearms and chin from the airbag deployment. Abrasions on her collar bone and hips from the seat belt, and a small cut and bruises on her feet. Oh, and one broken flip-flop!

How blessed are we?

The first thing I have to say is a huge thanks! Thanks to our Heavenly Father for keeping my baby safe in an accident that could so easily have taken her life. I know he wrapped his loving arms around her as the car was crushed and spun like a top. Additional thanks to the Father for protecting the gentleman and his teenage daughter who were in the truck she turned in front of. {Yes, the accident was her fault. But as they say, accidents happen. We are moving on and learning from it.}
Thanks to all the rescue personnel who responded so amazingly fast and who took such good care of all of us. Thanks to the bystanders who stopped and cared for her until we could. Thanks to the Ford Motor Company for building a car with enough safety features to hold up to the impact of an oncoming truck. And a huge thanks to my husband!

He was traveling about a mile or so behind her and I can only fathom how he must have felt in those few moments between realizing the crushed car was ours and making it to her side and finding out she was ok. His phone call to me was urgent, but reassuring! Thanks babe!!

The second thing I want to share is a plea to everyone who might read this.
If you and your family are already seatbelt wearers, thank God! If you aren't, please, please, please start!! My daughter has injuries from the impact her body had when the seatbelt did it's job and kept her in the car. With as hard as she obviously hit that belt, I don't even want to think about what would have happened had she not been wearing it. Seatbelts have been a habit for our children since infancy. Please make sure it's one for you and your kids as well. I have NO doubts that without her ingrained habit to wear her belt, our family would have been permanently changed yesterday.

And for the apology. This one goes out to my husband.

When we went shopping for a car for Morgan to drive, he wanted a newer, "safer" car, I said she needed an old beater. That's what I had growing up and what I think is typical for most teenagers. I hated the idea of putting a new car in the hands of an inexperienced driver. Plus, I hated the idea of making the payment! He stood his ground, and I was eventually convinced. I truly don't think it was the safety features that made me give in, more like I hate car shopping and just wanted it to be over!
Every time we discussed our bills, I would gripe about making the payment on a car of that caliber for a teenager. At one point, we even went so far as to see if we could trade it in on an older car. {buyers remorse} But that didn't happen, and I thank God for it.

When I saw the engine of the car lying on the ground and thought about the car I drove in high school... well that engine would have been in her lap. This car didn't allow even one bit of the front of the car to intrude into the passenger cabin!
So thank you honey, I know I don't say it very often, but I'm sorry I griped, and you were RIGHT!!
His persistence that we buy a safe car meant my baby girl went to her second day of school today {she insisted} instead of the hospital, or worse.

I know this post isn't fun or pretty, but it is life in all it's blessings, heartache and joy. And believe me when I tell you, I'm feeling every one of those things today!

So hug your kids a little tighter, linger just a little longer the next time you kiss your spouse, say an extra prayer {added to the 10 you already say} when they walk out that door and love 'em all as if there's no tomorrow!! 
Oh, and if you would, I'd so appreciate it if you'd say a little prayer for my Morgan today. For her future safety as well as her quick recovery!

Thanks so much for allowing me to share my heart with you. I can't share enough how utterly blessed I know we are!!


I'm linking to a few of these blogs. If sharing our experience can convince even one person to start wearing their seatbelt, then this traumatic event was not in vain!


23 comments:

  1. So glad that she is okay!!! Oh my goodness, I can't imagine!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this private family moment. It is a teaching lesson for all...seat belts save lives. Expect a little stress and anxiety amongst the family members when it hits them what could have happened. Been there...done that.

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    1. You are so right! That anxiety hit me and my husband the past 2 days! We are mentally exhausted!!
      ~ Jeannine

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  3. Praise God no one was seriously hurt! How scary. We all wear seatbelts and I wanted my kids in newer, safer cars too. Again, I am glad your daughter is ok. Hugs!

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  4. Praising God that Morgan didn't get seriously injured or worse. Although it's a tough thing for a teenager to go through (my son rear ended a SUV during his first year of driving which totaled his car, but barely scratched the SUV, no injuries due to the air bag deploying AND him wearing his seat belt, thank God!), cars can always be replaced. Our precious babies cannot.

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  5. I am so glad that everyone is okay...you just never know what life holds. And I never really thought about the safety features in a car that way...I always thought- get an old beater, too. But I've learned something today. Sending prayers for comfort and recovery...xo

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  6. So glad she is ok! That is my worst fear! My son is 17 and my daughter is 14. Both will be in high school on Monday. This will be the first year that I haven't taken and picked them both up. Our son will be driving them. Thankful that they are driving a heavily air bag equipped car! We live in the country with lots of back roads. Luckily, their drive will be very close. Praise the Lord all was ok! ~Christy

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    1. My girls are 17 and 14 as well and also both in high school this year. Morgan had actually just dropped her younger sister off at home before the accident happened, or it would've been both of them! Thank God for air bags in your car and I pray they're never needed! I'll say a prayer for your kiddos as well as mine as they make their way to school on Monday!
      ~ Jeannine

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  7. Thanks for sharing as a reminder to all of us. Thanks be to God for watching over everyone!

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  8. My first thought was, I need to re-evaluate Ford products! Please tell us what type of car she was driving, and praise Ford and God for protecting her.

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    1. It was the 2012 Ford Focus. A little car, but it absolutely did it's job!! As soon as the insurance officially "totals" this car, we're buying the same thing again. They're just too precious to take chances with!!
      And I absolutely agree, praise God!!
      ~ Jeannine

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  9. Agreed and second completely!!! Thank You Lord for protecting her!!! I won't even allow my mind to go to what would have happened in our family had things been different!

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  10. I'm so glad Morgan is ok, and you have a wonderful attitude! Praise God.

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  12. My oldest granddaughter just got her license last month and is now driving. My heart was in my throat when I saw your thumbnail. You never, never know what is in store for us so being the best prepared we can be and then trust, it is the only way to live. So happy there was a good outcome here. You are blessed.

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    1. We are truly blessed! You are so right!! I've been pretty scared this week as she's slowly started to drive again, but trust in God and prayer is getting us through! I pray for your granddaughter, and all young drivers, for God's wisdom and protection as they learn and grow!! Thanks for stopping by!
      ~ Jeannine

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  13. How scary! So glad to hear she (and the others involved) are ok.

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  14. Oh my gosh! I am so very glad your daughter is okay!!!!

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  15. Thank God for his many blessings. I lost a daughter in a car accident much like your daughters. Her engine did end up in the drivers seat. As a nurse you well know the terrible and sometimes life ending injuries that accidents produce, the fact that your daughter was protected is nothing short of a miracle. On a funny note..when I was in an accident three years ago and the other drivers insurance called me (he was cited) the adjuster thought it was funny when I told him that I knew the other driver didn't mean to hit me...the are called accidents for a reason, not On Purposes. Hugs from Arizona!

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