Friday, November 2, 2012

Blessings in the Midst of a Car Accident





Two weeks ago I decided to take some time off work.
I requested to take Wednesday-Friday off (24th-26th)

On Wednesday I met up with my Mom and we shopped until we dropped!
Literally. I met her at 10am and I didn't get home until almost 8pm!

Usually when I go shopping, my Husband always wants a fashion show for
me to model what I purchased. It's too cute!

This time I didn't really feel up for it. I was tired, hungry and my feet hurt.
One thing I did notice was my throat was really sore.

I don't know about you but I can ALWAYS tell when I am about to get sick..
and it never fails...I ALWAYS get sick at the worst possible times.

That night I took some Vitamin C and some medicine and went to bed at a decent time.

The next morning I opened my eyes and stretched.

Body aches.
Fever.
Stuffy nose.
Sore throat.
Massive headache.

I had an event to work that night so I HAD
to get feeling at least a little better.

Come closer to the time I had to leave I still wasn't feeling good
so I decided to go to the doctor. Based on time, my Husband was
just going to meet me at the event in Phoenix and get everything set up.

By the time I left the doctors, I had been there for over 2 hours.
That is the worst when your sick and you have to wait to be seen
and you have to sit in the uncomfortable chairs and just wait for your name to be called.

I remembered thinking to myself.....
"Wow. It would be so nice if they had rooms with beds that patients could lay on while waiting!"

Finally....
I was on my way to see my Husband and bring him packs of batteries for Laser Tag that
one of his employees was running.
He had called me and told me that when the first event was over, he would
be able to cover the next event (wedding) with my friend Jessica so I could just go home and rest up. That was a huge relief because I would have not lasted that if for sure!

I'm driving along the freeway listening to Alex Boye'
and trying to get my mind off of how crappy I was feeling.

My GPS chimes in and says " In 1 mile, take exit 5 for Glendale Avenue"
I get over into the far right lane so I can get off the exit.
There are two right-hand turn lanes ahead.
Right as I am about to slow down and take a right, in the left hand lane a woman in
a Honda CRV cuts me off to get in my lane and then slams on her brakes. I didn't
have enough time to stop so I slam right into her from behind going about 10 mph.

I have NEVER been in a car accident before.

All I can remember is everything happened SO fast.

The air bag deployed and hit my left
hand and arm which was tingling and brusing up by the second.
Smoke filled the truck. I sat there in complete shock
 for a few minutes not knowing what to do next.

I said to myself "Kimberly...you have to do something"
I snapped myself out of it and had to pull the truck off the off ramp onto the right
hand side of the road so other cars could get by.
 Try driving while an air-bag is deployed..yeah...thats interesting.

The woman who I hit was on her cell phone outside of her vehicle.
I asked her if she was alright and apologized. She said she was fine but her neck was sore.

We have On-Star in both of our vehicles which I am so thankful for.
Immediately after the accident an On-Star agent called into the truck.
"Mrs. Bonham are you alright? Do you need medical attention?"
I informed her what happened, where I was located and told her that my arm and hand were achy and brusing up.

For a few minutes I felt like a baby trying to learn their first words.
They stayed on the phone with me the entire time until a cop could arrive on the scene.
Thankfully my Husband was a mile up the road working.
I called him right away and told him that I got into an accident.
He freaked out and told me he would be there in a few minutes.
When my Husband arrived the first thing he did was kiss my face all over and
told me how much he loved me and that he was so glad I was okay.

I started crying and just hugged my Husband.

Not knowing what the front of the truck looked like, I finally stepped out of the truck and took a look. Wow! To my suprise the front of the truck was a wreck especially compared to what little damage had been done to the Honda CRV.
We both just looked at one another in shock.
The cop finally arrived took the report and our truck got towed away.
$8000 worth of damage to our truck!

In the midst of this terribly situation, I really feel like Heavenly Father
was watching over me the entire time. Based on the looks of the truck and
the impact of the air bag, it should of been alot worse than a little bruise on my wrist.
Another thing I was thinking about is the fact we carry the photo booth in the back of our truck when there is an event that we have to work. Well that morning, my Husband drove out to Phoenix to set up the Photo Booth for that night. We NEVER do this...EVER!
Can you imagine what might of happened if that was in the back of the truck behind me when I got into the accident? That wouldn't of been good.
Well it's been about a week and I am feeling pretty good other than I am still sick!

My ticket that I got was $168.
Just two days ago we got two unexpected refund checks
in the mail from our insurance company.
 One for $100 and one for $25, which means we only owe about $40!

If I had to look at the situation overall...yes it was horrible that I got into an accident,
but the great thing is we are seeing the hand of God at work and see how
much He is blessing us and continuing to bless us in the midst of this situation.

God is good ALL the time.
Sometimes we just have to look for it in
 the midst of our trials or difficult situations that occur throughout our lives.

I promise that if you really look for the blessings...
even the smallest ones...you will find them.

My challenge for you...

Whatever you are going through right now,
try and look past that trial, tribulation or "stuff" for just a small moment.
Really try to think and ponder...

What is God teaching you?
Is this going to make you stronger?
Is your trial maybe blessing someone else?
What are you learning from this?
Do you feel the need to draw closer to God or further away?
Is He using this trial to set you up for something bigger?
Are you being patient through this trial?
Are you trusting Him? 


I love this quote from Elder Holland:

“On this upward and sometimes hazardous journey, each of us meets our share of daily challenges. If we are not careful, as we peer through the narrow lens of self-interest, we may feel that life is bringing us more than our fair share of trials--that somehow others seem to be getting off more lightly.

But the tests of life are tailored for our own best interests, and all will face the burdens best suited to their own mortal experience. In the end we will realize that God is merciful as well as just and that all the rules are fair. We can be reassured that our challenges will be the ones we needed, and conquering them will bring blessings we could have received in no other way.”

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16 Comments:

At November 2, 2012 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Hallie @ Life:Oceanside said...

We are seriously in the same boat right now, my fiance was in a horrible accident on Monday luckily he came out with only a broken hamd. When I posted my story of the accident the out pouring lice from all the fellow bloggers was so great it caught me by suprise. I hope you are feeling better, that you are okay from the accident, and most importantly that everything is going great for you besides the small stuff!

I hope you have a great weekend and continue to have that smile!

Sending hugs your way! :)

 
At November 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Oh no! So glad he is okay. I will have to stop by your blog and read all about it :)
Thank you so much Hallie for your comment. I hope you have a great weekend also!

 
At November 2, 2012 at 8:51 AM , Blogger emily said...

I love Heavenly Father!!! Glad you are ok that is terrible!!! And of course only in Arizona, you would get a ticket when it really wasn't your fault... haha

 
At November 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Megan said...

I got chills reading this post. That is just so amazing!! So so glad you are okay! Heavenly Father is amazing. You were definitely blessed :) And did the other lady get cited at all??? so dumb.... and also you guys might not be too far from where we live too :)

 
At November 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Kristin said...

I am so glad you are okay!! I would be in a complete panic mode if I got into an accident and the air bag deployed. I was in my first accident in February and was side swiped by a truck...$2500 of damage on my car alone. But thankfully no one was injured!

I do enjoy the quote that you posted.

 
At November 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

I know! He is pretty amazing!
Ha ha...exactly!

 
At November 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Aww thanks Megan!
He is so amazing.
The other lady didnt at all because the cop wasnt there to see and when you hit someone from behind its always your fault unfortunately.
Where are you located? We are in Scottsdale. We should meet up sometime!!!

 
At November 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM , Blogger Natalie said...

What a bummer of a day!!! I hope you are feeling better now! Thanks for stopping by my blog, following you now too :-) You had also asked where my pink polka-dot dress was from, and it's Kohls Lauren Conrad line. LOVE IT!

 
At November 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

Thanks Kristin!
I was in panic mode that is for sure. It's a scary thing especially if you have never been in an accident before too.
Glad no one was injured :)

 
At November 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

It was at first. I am feeling great thank you!
You are welcome. Love your blog and excited to read more!
Ahh..I love it...so cute!

 
At November 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Hi Kimberly, Hope you are feeling okay now. Great blog with lots of interesting posts!

 
At November 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM , Blogger Raleigh Crowl said...

Hello Kimberly. It’s nice to see how you handled the whole situation. Thankfully, even though I know you’re feeling a little panicky, you still managed to get on your feet and talk to the women you accidentally hit. It’s basically one of the best things to do after the unforeseen situation. Your focus was also impressive that you get to remember all the details of the event. Nice! Anyway, I am hoping for you and the pertaining party’s fast recovery.

Raleigh Crowl

 
At December 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM , Blogger GaretT_T said...

Would it be okay for me to share this on my blog site as well as on FB? I'm a car seat technician and am constantly trying to explain the importance of not only rear facing, but harnessing children safely and properly.ill share this to my arizona accident attorney.

 
At December 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Kimberly Bonham said...

What is the name of your blog?

 
At December 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM , Anonymous Maggie Malone said...

Sorry to hear what happened, Kimberly! It was certainly unfortunate, getting into a car accident while you were feeling sick. Good thing your mind was fast and knew what to do. Other people would just panic, which is the least you want to do in car accident because it would just make matters worse. I hope you are okay now, and recovering from the accident.

 
At January 24, 2013 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Cristy Witherspoon said...

I hope you are well recovered now, Kimberly. It was really a miracle that you are safe after all the damage that the truck received. I admire your bravery for holding up until the police and your husband came. Hopefully, there will be no more accidents after this. Stay safe!

Regards,
Cristy Witherspoon

 

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