Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Miracles DO happen

I need to preface this post by saying that we are all well, alive, and safe. While driving home Tuesday morning from our trip to Utah, Aaron, Ella, and I were involved in a car accident. We were both tired and I reached over to grab something and ran off the left side of the road. I freaked out and over corrected, which sent us rolling. We rolled, we guessed, about 4 or 5 times. Ella was strapped nice and snug in her car seat and Aaron was sleeping in the back. I was also wearing my seat belt. The car landed right side up and Aaron yelled for me to get out the car as fast as I could. I couldn't get the door opened so I jumped out the window, which no longer existed, and started looking for my daughter. Aaron had grabbed her as quickly as he could and he continued to tell me to run. I didn't really know why he was telling me to go so fast till I turned and saw the engine on fire.

Someone stopped quickly after us and was already on the phone with 911 and helping us out. Aaron had a gash on his head and I noticed a couple of scrapes and burns. I made sure to check out Ella and the only think on her was a slight seat belt burn on her neck. We had to take two ambulances to the hospital because we both had bumps and cuts on our heads. We got all checked out at the hospital. We got x-rays and CTs to make sure we had not ruptured disks or broken backs. We got released from the hospital with 6 stitches, 2 second degree burns, and many a bruises.

So, what do we do now. We are stuck literally half way between Houston and Salt Lake. We have no car and no friends or family near by. The hospital Chaplain stopped by, asked us our religion and mentioned that a doctor who works in the hospital is also a bishop for our church. We got a hold of a Dr. Brian Smith and he contacted his wife and she came to the rescue. They clothed us, fed us, and just were very friendly and a Godsend.

We flew out to Houston the next day and have now arrived safely home.
Now, I need to stress that Aaron, Ella, and I witnessed a miracle. When I over-corrected, I never slammed on the brakes, I was still on cruise control, and we were traveling at 75 mph. And we walked/ran away from that accident with some minor scratches. And the only window that did not bust in our car was the one next to Ella.

Here are some pictures of our car. Please remember that we are safe and just a little banged up today. I know with out a doubt that we were being watched over and guarded when I saw the car. We really didn't get a look at it till after the accident. So here you go.

After all that damage to the car this is what happened to us:

Leg bruises

Arm bruise

Second-degree burn on my elbow

Aaron's skinned

Scratches up and down Aaron's leg

Seat belt burn on my neck

Cut above Aaron's eye

And, although you can't see them clearly, there are six
stitches in his scalp there

We just want to thank our Heavenly Father for sparing our lives. It's amazing that we lived, but it's even more amazing that we came away with so few injuries.


eden and david said...

i am so happy that you guys are ok!

Wendy Lady said...

Tears are streaming down my face as I, too, thank a loving Heavenly Father for watching over your sweet family. I am so grateful for your safety and after looking at those pictures there is no doubt that a miracle has taken place.

We love you!

Gayle Barnes said...

I too am sitting here crying! I am so grateful that you are all safe! Words can't even describe how I feel...I love you so much!

Jennifer said...

Oh goodness! What would I have done without you. I am so glad that everyone is ok. I think I had more bruises moving Ryan to Lubbock because guess what? We had a little miracle of our own. Ryan got into medical school. We had only two weeks until his school started to find a place, pack him up, and move him all the way out to the middle of nowhere. His spirits are really lifted after so much rejection.
In other news, I will be in Houston all of January on a rotation. My brother is also getting married then.

.:Anna:. said...

OH my gosh this made me cry too... Kristen I'm so sorry!

Justin & Erin Linton Family said...

HOLY COW!!! I cannot believe your story! Yes miracles DO exist and I am so grateful that you are okay. I love you, and we are glad that you safe and home.

Matt and Haley said...

Miracles like this make you appreciate better all the blessings in your life. I'm so glad you guys are okay! Let me know what I can do to help.

skcoe said...

I don't think I took one breath as I read this scary for you and your family! Thank goodness you're alright and that you were spared from further injury. We love you and will keep you in our prayers.

Marisa Jean said...

Kristen, wow. You and your family are obviously needed here. I am SO thankful for your safety. This really was a miracle. I'm certain your Mom was there making sure her children were safe. Love you!

Noakes said...

Glad all is well!!! It was fun to meet you (Kirsten) and see you again. Hope all goes well with all the stuff that goes on after the accident, new car, etc. We hope you all have speedy recoveries and we are very glad you were being watched over.

Melanie said...

Wow that is SO scary. I'm so glad you guys are okay.