It happened so fast…

It happened so fast.

That cliche phrase has been running though my mind all week. It just happened so fast. It really was an accident.

Thomas, the two littlest babies, and I were driving over the mountain on the way to an appointment for me, lunch, shopping for a big project I’m working on (freezer slow cooker meals and lots of them!), and then home before the bigger kids got out of school.

The mountain was gorgeous and Fall was all around. The Quakey Aspens are my favorite this time of year.

I was driving so that Thomas could work some on his laptop.

We came around a turn, I noticed a slower car in front of me so I slowed a bit, we were chatting, all of the sudden I see the car again but I’m going to hit it. They were slowing way down, to pull over, right in the middle of the road. I braked too late and then we smashed into the car. I hit a car. I totaled a car. That car had people in it. My car had people in it.

It happened so fast.

I didn’t scream. I pulled over. Someone else’s car’s glass was all over my windshield. My tiny baby started crying and I got right out, plucked him from his carseat, joined his cries and just rocked him on the side of the road. Everyone is ok. I’m ok, my babies are ok, my Thomas is ok. I hit someone else’s car. I totalled their car. I can only thank God that they are ok too.

It happened so fast.

Time slowed as we figured out how to call the police from the top of the mountain where cell phones don’t work. I sat in the back seat of the suburban nursing the baby while Paul played in the seats. The wind blew, the yellow leaves danced, the sound of glass blowing and slowly sliding across the top of our car and across the hood is still fresh in my mind. I said “I’m sorry” a million times to the world’s most patient husband. I cried. The ‘what if’s’ can eat you alive.

We wait, waiting, waited. A few hours later Father-in-law comes to haul us home. The other car leaves on the back of a tow truck, it’s occupants inside the truck looking to rent another car to finish their vacation. I’m so sorry your vacation took this turn. I’m so glad you are ok. This will be a vacation you talk about for a while I bet. The one a lady and her babies smashed into you.

No appointment that day. No shopping. No lunch. This wasn’t what I planned.

I’m grateful our Suburban can be fixed. That we have insurance for their expenses. That no one had to go to the hospital. That carseats work. That my little babies will never remember this. That my big babies weren’t with us. That husband was so kind when I was upset enough for us both. That appointments and shopping and lunch out can be done another day. I’m so grateful for another day.

It happened so fast.


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katie w

yikes yikes yikes! I’m so glad you are all okay, how terrifying!


I’m sorry. That had to be so scary. <3

Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

What a beautifully written post! I am SO glad you guys are all OK. Life can change in the blink of an eye … but God is always in control!


Really glad you’re ok!


So glad that everyone is okay!


I’m so glad you and your family are fine. I know accidents really shake up a person. Drive again as soon as you can to get your confidence back..


Wow! Whatever you do….you do well. Their car looks terrible but what a blessing everyone is ok!

Sharon Brockmeier
Sharon Brockmeier

The important thing is no one was hurt. Shaken up, yes, but not seriously hurt. As the old Jake Hess song says, “God Takes Real Good Care Of Me”.


Wow. Thank goodness everyone is ok. That sure wasn’t what I thought was coming from this post! That’s a scary experience you never think anything like that will ever happen to ‘you’. Hope you can shake it off and continue on!


I am so sorry you went through this


Thank God everyone is okay! I can’t imagine what that must have felt like for you especially having the little ones in the vehicle. As the saying goes, “Accidents happen” The important thing is that everyone is okay! I know it’s easier said than done but try not to think of all the “what if’s” that will literally drive you insane!!! I’ve been in your shoes before ? the only difference was I was pregnant at the time. It was my fault, it happened at a red light,I hit the car in front of me and the only way I could describe it at the time was that It was like I was in another world when it occurred, like that Whooo I’m not even here baby brain you get when your pregnant. When I was pregnant with my girls I swear I was like this clueless flighty person, almost like the “Oh Seriously, did that just happen” kind of person. (Being platinum blonde doesn’t help at all) ?
Anyway, glad you’re all okay and the worst is over! It’s only up from here my dear!

Nancy A.
Nancy A.

These things do happen so fast, luckily, you are all okay. That is the most important.

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