It’s times like this that keep me humble…

Ever had one of those days? Wish you could turn the clock back just 5 seconds and redo something? I did yesterday morning. I wrecked my beloved Elaine. I am fine, just a really sore neck and shoulder and a couple of welts on my face and wrist from the air bag. Here are some pictures of what is left of her. We have a lot of history, I feel so bad.

Yesterday morning I had an appointment to drop of the paperwork for my new job that I will be starting in a few weeks. I forgot something, so I drove back to my house and then planned to drive the 50 miles to my current job. It was snowing, but nothing unusual, and since I grew up in Idaho wasn’t overly concerned about it. I was making the final turn onto the street we live on when my tires started slipping and I lost the ability to steer and break…I made a direct hit into a neighbor’s brick wall. I was only going about 20 mph, but look at what that did to my car. Both airbags ejected on impact. All I remember was watching this brick wall coming closer and then the airbags popping. My first thought was “the car is going to blow” (obviously I have seen to many movies) so I pulled the keys out of the ignition and walked across the street. I had my work cell phone, and the only number I could think of was Don’s work number. I called him, I was crying (big surprise) and the only thing I could say was “I’m so sorry, I totaled our car.” I really freaked him out, he was imagining me laying on the street bleeding! He had to tell me what number to call for the police (we don’t have 911 here) and so I called them and the German Polizei.

I am so grateful that no one else was involved. I am so grateful that no kids were walking to school at that time, that I didn’t hit another car head on, that I didn’t have babies of my own in the car with me. I am so grateful that Don was here and not in Africa or Greece, or a million other places, and that he was the first person I saw after it happened. I am so grateful he didn’t care about the stupid car and the fact that we only have 1 vehicle now and his first words to me were “Are you okay, I love you so much.” And I am so grateful that this happened 100 feet from my front door, with neighbor’s next door and not on the autobahn driving 75 miles +.

I know that this wasn’t a life changing experience…I am fine and I will work through the feelings of regret, and embarassment. I just wanted to share this with you because I think it is important to be reminded of how quickly things can change.

Thank you Father for protecting me, and for your quiet presence and peace in times of chaos.

“I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my GOD is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3 NIV


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5 thoughts on “It’s times like this that keep me humble…

  1. Sorry to hear about the accident, but I am so glad that you are ok, Robin! Now that Elaine is gone, I guess it’s a good thing that you’re commuting days are almost over. 🙂

  2. Robin,
    Sorry to hear about the accident. How scary. I’m glad you are okay. Are you and Don going to purchase a new car? Is Elaine beyond repair? She looks pretty bad. Hope the rest of your day was better.

  3. Hi girls,

    Thank you for your concern. Crazy! We are waiting to hear from our insurance what the decision will be regarding the car. I doubt if anything is salvageable, there is a lot of damage.

    We just have to dust ourselves off and move on…c’est la vie.


  4. I’m so sorry about your experience! It could happen to anyone, its just humbleing when it happens to us. To be honest, I had to smile a little when I read your blog because it is so clear that God has blessed you and Don with a wonderful relationship. It makes my heart happy!

  5. Laney! I can’t believe it… it seems like just yesterday when we took our little ‘adventure’ towards Idaho to welcome baby Elaine into the family. And what an adventure that was! We said goodbye to Bluey then too, didn’t we? I never imagined that the end of Laney’s life would happen in Germany! You were well-loved and served well, dear Elaine! Thanks for protecting Robin.

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