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May 07, 2005

We're Okay. The Van Isn't.

Today we were rear-ended while at a stoplight. The kids and I are a bit sore and will be soaking in epsom salts and visiting the chiro. But, thank God! We are okay.

The guy who hit us was really apologetic, and super gracious. He talked with the police officer, it was completely his fault, and his insurance will cover the damage.

The back door of the van is bent up, but the glass wasn't broken. The front is slightly banged up. My glasses flew off, and I couldn't find them for about 45 minutes. They weren't broken, either.

The adreneline rush had me shaking. I was still physically unsteady for about an hour. Mom B. wasn't too far away, and came and helped me as we waited for the officer to take care of the paperwork. Then she escorted me to Sam's to get a new battery. (Needed to be replaced--not sure if it was due to the accident or not.)

If we had to be in an accident, this was the type to be in. No serious injuries. Not our fault. And the other guy has a nicer car than we do and great insurance.

Update 05/12: Still working through in insurance issues. Still waiting for an app't with the chiropractor. Had a flat tire this morning, and bought two new ones. Transmission acting funny. A/C capricious. *big ol' sigh*


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We're so glad you are all ok. Thank you Jesus

Posted by: Kevin at May 7, 2005 11:23 PM

Oh, boy, that stinks. Your new van too. Glad you guys aren't worse for the wear.

Posted by: Sandra at May 8, 2005 12:59 AM

So glad you are all okay!!

Posted by: Melany at May 8, 2005 08:08 AM

I am so happy to hear that you and your family are fine.

Posted by: Vegan Momma at May 8, 2005 09:02 AM

I'm very glad everyone's okay.

Happy Mother's Day (while I'm commenting).

Posted by: kristen at May 8, 2005 09:04 AM

I am so glad that you all walked away with only sore muscles! How scary! It does get that adrenaline pumping for a long time doesn't it, I think you sort of get a "hangover" feeling afterward from it too sometimes when you are that scared.

Happy Mother's Day!!!!!

Posted by: Adrienne at May 8, 2005 10:09 AM

I'm so sorry to hear about the accident! Glad you are all ok. Not a very nice welcome back to the world of driving!

Posted by: Dawn at May 8, 2005 11:18 AM

Glad to hear that you're all right. Those rear-enders can hurt for a while though, so take good care of yourself. Hope your van is good-as-new soon.

Posted by: Tracy at May 8, 2005 02:39 PM

Thankful that no one was hurt. Hope you are free from any residual pain.

Posted by: Kim in ON at May 8, 2005 03:44 PM

I'm so glad no one was badly hurt! I pray you all heal quickly and the aches are gone soon. (and that the van is back to new soon!!!)

Posted by: Jema at May 9, 2005 07:24 AM

Ohhh....thanking God that you are all just sore. And hoping that your van is fixed quickly!

Posted by: Liza Q at May 9, 2005 08:32 AM

(((OH MY))) Glad to hear you are OK.

Posted by: Yellow Rose Mom at May 9, 2005 09:45 AM

Sorry that happened! I'm glad you guys are alright! Take care!

Posted by: Jenn at May 9, 2005 11:25 AM

I am glad everyone is okay!
Just a note; the children may seem fine for a short period of time and then start acting scared; it can, not necessarily will happen. But if a few weeks down the line they suddenly get freaked when they enter the car, it is most likely related to the accident, and it is a normal reaction. Just thought you should know.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at May 9, 2005 04:17 PM

Glad you are all okay. Drink lots of water to flush those extra hormones out!

Posted by: Thia at May 9, 2005 05:38 PM

Whew!.. and here I was just getting ready to do a blog roll and note that TulipGirl and family made it safely to the states! Now I guess we should pray for saftey while in the states;) Glad to hear everyone is OK!


Posted by: {{{Candleman}}} at May 9, 2005 10:13 PM

So glad to hear that everyone is okay!

Do make sure to get all the seat belts checked--sometimes they need to be replaced after a crash due to stretching. Also, check about the child safety seats. The latest advise on that is that if the crash was minor (no damage to the frame of the car) they may still be safe to use. However, you should contact the manufacturers of the specific seats and find out what their policy is--if being in even a minor crash voids the waruntee, you should get replacement seats paid for by insurance. If the insurance agent balks at this tell him that the carseat manufacturer has voided the waruntee, and ask him if he will provide a letter in writing from his company stating that the seat(s) are still safe to use. Generally this gets them to change their tune as they do not want to issue a letter like that!


Posted by: Jenn at May 10, 2005 12:50 AM

So glad you and boys are okay!!! (((hugs)))

Posted by: Sally at May 10, 2005 11:01 PM

So thankful that this was just minor and that the other person involved was so straightforward! Somehow, even the smallest accident can cause enormous headaches when the person at fault is unpleasant. Thank God for his protection of you and yours! Ah, and Happy Mother's Day, too!

Posted by: Christina at May 11, 2005 01:55 PM

Have seen your site around a lot but first time to visit. Thank the Good Lord you are all ok. Also, congrats on your new home, i think. Snakes and spiders?! Turtles and lizards, ok. Well, God bless you and yours. I'll be back!

Posted by: cwv warrior at May 11, 2005 04:22 PM

I'm glad none of you were badly hurt.

Posted by: Becky at May 11, 2005 07:53 PM

I'm glad you're all okay and that the other person didn't try to dodge the blame. {{{hugs}}}

Posted by: Jocelyn at May 11, 2005 11:49 PM


Thank you for the advice re: the car seats.

For those with a Dodge, here's what to do:
Call 1-800-992-1997
Option 2
Option 1
Option 5
Have vehicle VIN ready.

Rachel Ann,
Oh, man. Thanks for mentioning that to me. I didn't even *think* that the stress may come up later. My youngest has been talking about the crash a lot. The boys, in general, have been a bit tense. (Gee, I wonder why?) They really freaked out right after the crash, but I appreciate that you reminded me that this might continue to show up later. . .

Thank you so much for the kind words, well wishes, prayers. . . It seems like when it rains, it pours. . . I spoke with the adjuster today (playing phone tag) and now she doesn't want me to drive our vehicle. Thankfully the Other Guy has good insurance, and they are paying for a rental. Woohoo! I'm slightly nervous that they'll consider it a total loss and want to give us one sum to purchase a new vehicle instead of repair this one. It was such a headache finding a good, reliable van that was reasonably priced.

Breathe Deep. Drink Tea. Meditate on God's sovereignty.

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 12, 2005 03:59 PM

Catching up on your blog... how scary! Thank God everyone is all right.

Posted by: Goldie at May 24, 2005 08:01 PM

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