Monday, January 26, 2009

Feeling Blessed to Be Alive

I had the scariest moment of my entire life this morning. On our way to work/school, with all three boys in the van, I hit a patch of black ice on the road. We did 4-5 complete 360s, went off the road twice, was on two wheels at one point where I really thought we were going to roll into the ravine, went into oncoming traffic and missed hitting 2-3 cars by inches, and caused another car to go off the road to avoid hitting us. The entire time we were viciously covering large areas of pavement and grass. I am so thankful God was watching over us and keeping us safe. All I could think about was that the kids were in the car with me.

We have teased my Dad for many years for repeating the same life lessons to us kids over and over and over again, but today I was supremely thankful for this habit of his. I could hear his voice in my head, as if he were right there with me saying, "DON'T stomp on the brakes Christy! Turn into the spin!" Which I did, although I don't know how. I was so aware of everything that was happening, almost like having super senses, and you just totally react on instinct. It was a strange calm, and as we were headed straight towards oncoming cars, I remember calmly thinking, "Okay-this one is going to hit us. Brace yourself." Miraculously, no one hit us, we didn't roll, and eventually, we ended up facing the right direction and in the right lane.

I will never in a million years forget those moments or the sound of my kids screaming in fear.

All the rest of the way to school, we SHOUTED our thanks to Jesus and our guardian angels, who were working over time to get us out of that one. I hope they are rewarded with whatever it is angels enjoy. I had so much adrenaline pumping through me, my skin felt prickly for quite awhile afterwards.

I am SO thankful to have all of my children in one piece, a van that is in one piece, and the chance to have a normal evening tonight, where I can love and hug my kids.


John & Teresa said...

How SCARY! SOOOO glad you're all ok!!

Shannon Buck said...

YIKES! That is scary! I'm so glad that everything turned out ok for you in the end. EEK! And to be able to hug and kiss on your kids at the end of the day is a true blessing. :)

Christy M. said...

Oh, no! I'm so glad y'all are okay. I know how scary it was.

Three years ago, when BJ was 2, we were going 65 mph and someone cut us off and clipped my front bumper. We did the 360 thing twice and then the SUV rolled 3 times, once in mid-air. We landed on the passenger side. And you know what? Neither one of us had a scratch on us. Even with all the broken glass, not a scratch. Nor injury.

Someone was watching out for you today, just like someone was watching out for us that day.

I'm so glad you made it home to type this post.

Take care.

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