Monday, September 12, 2011

Epiphany #1 (In which I ramble...ALOT!)

This is a post I've been thinking about writing for quite a while, but there are SO MANY things that I want to say, so much I've learned over the last few weeks that I want to share, that the thought of writing it all down in one post became too daunting.

READ: I was afraid of boring you all to tears.

So I've decided to break up the mental and philosophical journey I've been on for the last few weeks into weekly posts for however long it takes. I'm hoping you'll come along for the ramble!

There's only one place to begin, with this:


What happened:
The weekend of my sister's wedding, my dad and half sister were in town from Oklahoma staying with us. We'd gone to rehearsal, practiced our duties for the next day's events, eaten some seriously tasty food, and were headed home (about an hour and a half drive).

My husband and I drove separately because my sister and I were bridesmaids and needed to be there early, so hubs, my dad, and my toddler rode to the rehearsal in a separate car. When it came time to go home, my dad and I hadn't caught up much or had time to talk, so he debated and ended up riding with me, along with my son and sister, leaving my husband following us in his car, alone.

We were on the highway, slowing down for construction traffic when it happened. My first thought was that a train had hit us. It was the only thing that made sense. One minute we were talking casually, slowing down, and the next we were thrown sideways and the sound of loud booms was in our ears.

My baby (toddler but will always be a baby to me) was in the backseat. I can't tell you what a scary thought that is and how, even now, it causes me to feel nauseous and panic. It was one of the scariest things I've ever been through and there are so many things I'm thankful for when I look back at that night.

A few ambulance trips later, we all arrived home from the hospital around five in the morning, without my car, and with only a few hours before we needed to head to my sister's wedding. It was chaos.

Those that have been following my blog for awhile probably know of the funk I'd been in, the one that creeped up and just wouldn't go away. Things (I thought) had started looking up, settling down, getting back to normal. And then this.

I don't know about you, but

Epiphany #1 ~ I don't believe in coincidences.

Meaning: Everything happens for a reason.

This freak accident has definitely been proof of that, and if you stick with me each week, I'll fill you in on why.

Nothing in life is guaranteed. It's a fact that most of us would like to ignore, one that is too scary to really think about, but from time to time it's good to remember.

So hug those closest to you today and let them know how much you care.


  1. Seatbelts save lives, as well as carseats and EMTs. I'm so glad you survived this accident. It must have been terifying.

  2. Kristi, I am so glad you and your family are okay. Hugs to you.

  3. Wow. What a horrible ordeal to go through. I'm glad you and yours came out of it okay!

  4. Mary - you are definitely right!!! Things wouldn't have been the same if we weren't all buckled and my toddler in a carseat! Also, everyone at the scene was AMAZING! The EMTs, the police, everyone made a bad night better for us. I'm pretty sure I told them how much I appreciated them WAY TOO MUCH, (over and over), but they didn't seem to mind. :P

    Karen - Thank you! Hugs right back...I've missed my blogger family!

    Kelly - Thanks so much! It really was horrible (as a fellow mom I'm sure you can imagine) but there's been a lot of good that came out of it, so I'm focusing on that. Hopefully this will be the scariest part of my tale...LOL!

  5. Oh my gosh! I can't believe it was the weekend of your sister's wedding too! How awful. But soooo glad you and your family are safe now.

  6. I'm so sorry! I am glad that everyone is okay. What a scary experience. :(

  7. I'll bet that was scary with your baby in the backseat! From the looks of the car, it was a pretty serious accident. I'm glad everyone's okay!

  8. Hi, Kristi. Wow, this is so so scary. I'm glad you and your baby are all right! I hope you had an especially grand time at your sister's wedding!

  9. what scary photos and what sounds like a chilling time. i'm interested to hear more as you roll out the story.

  10. So so scary. I'm so sorry you went through that. When my oldest was a toddler, we were hit by a drunk driver that totaled my car. One of the scariest things I've been through, and of course the first thing that runs through your mind is "Is my baby okay?" It took me a long time not to be afraid at every intersection. Such an emotional time.