My week started out like any other week. Church on Sunday. Woke up Monday to go walk at 5am. Came home and got ready for the day. Brice had had a reaction around his underwear line so I decided to call the doctor and take him in to make sure he didn’t have any poison ivy or reaction to his pull-ups. Monday’s are my days to work at an assisted living facility so we decided to go up early and eat lunch at daddy’s work between places. Celie was clingy Monday and was acting weird so I gave her the option to come with me or go with grandma. She chose to go to grandma’s. We headed for town. Dropped Celie off at grandma’s and went to Iowa City. Brice didn’t have poison ivy. YAY!!! I’m extremely allergic to it and so I’m always happy when it’s not poison ivy.
After the Doctor we grabbed lunch at and went to Craig’s work to eat there. It pored rain for the time we were there. We left and headed to the assisted living facility where I do hair. I was only going for a bit because I needed to get Brice home and on his medicine so he’d stop itching his rash and I needed to go to target, I thought, and get some last minute things before we headed to the zoo this weekend.
I finished my appointment and we left. As I left I called my brother’s girlfriend to see if she wanted to go with me and that i’d come pick her up. I got in the car and left. I was driving in an area I’ve driven many times. I was comfortable. Maybe too comfortable.
I turned right onto the main road. Heading towards my friend’s house. I remembered my watch had been charging all morning and decided I would put it on. I glanced down for maybe a second and when I looked up I realized I was going through a red light. I thought to myself “whoops, hope no one is driving through….” BAM!!! I hit a crossing car. My air bags deployed. We spun.
I don’t really remember how I reacted except I needed to get out of the car fast. I turned around yelled at Brice to unbuckle. I quickly hoped out and opened the sliding door and pulled Brice out. Here’s the scary part. Sometimes we let Brice sit in Celie’s booster seat and today was one of those days. He does really well and I didn’t see why not. Yes, I know dumbest idea ever. And now I know why.
Brice hoped out and we ran over to the other car. There was a young kid driving, 16. He couldn’t open his door so I told him to go out the other. We both made sure we were all okay. We were all okay just shooken up. We were right by the police station so two police officers came out and helped us. We exchanged all our information. Tow trucks were called. Family members were called.
After everything was figured out we met with the police officer. I was issued a ticket for running a red light. I was nauseous, scared, sore, embarrassed. My pride was definitely bruised.
Here’s what the whole point of this post I hope helps with. Sometimes we make big mistakes. Sometimes we become distracted while driving. Let’s work on not being distracted while driving. I know as mom’s this is so hard. This has even shown to be hard since Monday as we drive to day to day places. I decided to sit down and talk to my kids. I explained to them why it’s so important for mom to watch the road and not worry about what there picture looked like or how they looked in their sun glasses until we were in a safe place. Yes, i still have to make comments about waiting until we stop or get to our destination. My kids are getting better at waiting and are more patient.
James 1: 2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
There is so much of God’s work behind this whole situation and I could go on for days about how and why but I remembered 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” You may not see that running a red light and totaling our new minivan a God thing but believe me. This could have turned out far worse. No one was injured. We don’t have a car payment anymore. Brice was fine. I’m sore but nothing but time will heal that. God was so good to us that day. We can’t help but praise Him for his faithfulness.
So please put away the distractions. Talk to the kids about being distracting in the car. And be safe!!
Asenath Shetler XoXoX…