Jun 18, 2013
I was taking my daughter to dance practice to rehearse for her summer performance coming up this Saturday with the House of Talent. She is four years old and I had my one year old son with me as well. We were running a little late so they both were eating their oatmeal in the car on the way to rehearsal. I was stopped at a light and when it turned green I continued on my way to dance class, but unfortunately we never made it to class.
There are some apartments right after the light and within seconds of me going through the light a car pulled out of the apartments right in front of me just as I was about to pass. As soon as the car pulled out our cars collided. I was already up to speed and there was no time for me to even hit my brakes. My car flew onto the side walk and I was quickly heading straight towards a very large transformer box. I had to quickly weave my way in between the box and a street light and I soon as I did that I saw myself coming quickly up towards another street light. I dodged about two other street lights and hit a 'No Parking' sign before I was able to drive my car off the side walk and finally hit my brakes for the first time.
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I immediately turned around and asked my kids if anyone was hurt. My four year old daughter said no and I really did not expect my one year old to answer me. So I looked back to check on him since I did not hear any crying and he was just sitting in his car seat still eating his oatmeal as if nothing had happened. Both of my kids where perfectly fine and I ended up with no major injuries, just a few bruises, a minor busted lip from the air bag and soreness on my left side when my arm hit the door.
Lucky the guy driving behind me saw the whole incident and stopped. He said he saw the driver who pulled in front of me on his cell phone, and he was sure that if I had not hit the guy he would have hit him. The guy was a young man that looked like he had recently graduated from college or may have still been in college. He said he had his attention on another guy walking his dog on the opposite side of street and that he had never seen me. I never saw the guy with the dog until he had stopped by my car to make sure I was okay. It was hard for me to believe that the other driver did not see me or any other cars because a bunch of us were driving together after just leaving from the stop light. The guy was cited for being at fault and I was left with our family car that we have had for less than a year damaged.
We had been a single car family since marriage but our car had issues with starting only when it felt like it. We had previously used our entire emergency saving to try to fix the problem but it never got resolved. We opted to get a second vehicle to prevent getting stuck all the time. This second car has been a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it has made life much easier to have two cars but a curse because of the extra financial strain.
Yesterday when my husband was leaving for work the older car made up its mind that it did not want to start. We currently do not have our family car that we bought in part for that type of circumstance, but after approximately twenty minutes the car did eventually start. But wouldn't you know it, our garage door opener decided that it did not want to work! For some reason we could not open it manually either. After about a half an hour we were able to finally force the door up and open. Now we are waiting to see what the insurance company says about our family car as well we must see about getting our garage fixed.
A lot happened in just three days and all I can think about is how especially thankful I am that my kids and I are safe. The accident seemed like it should have been much worse than it was but praise the Lord it was not. The guy behind me said that he considered it a miracle how I had weaved my car between the transformer box and the street lights. He thought that it was impossible and he could not understand how I managed to avoid those obstacles. I can't explain how I did what I did but I know that God was with me and with my children and I can't do anything but give Him thanks for how He watched over us during such a horrific event. My husband and I also both praise God for not allowing the other car to start or for the garage door to open. We know that God was further protecting our family from unseen dangers that he would have had to face if he had left for work on time.
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