Monday, November 24, 2008

Looking on the Bright Side....

If you are a regular to my blog you will know from past posts that my handicapped accessible van has had lots of trouble. I've had the ramp fixed several times in the 2 1/2 years I've owned it, the air conditioning has gone out, I've need new brakes, new tires, and a whole list of other problems. Why? Because when you buy a handicapped van, the company that makes it accessible literally tears your brand new van apart and puts it back together again, but differently to accommodate a wheelchair. The suspension and all of the parts underneath are rerouted. So a simple problem becomes very complex. Why am I telling you this? (I think I needed to vent to be honest...) I was in an accident on Friday night. An elderly woman did not slow down at a red light, instead she slammed into the car behind me, which then slammed into me, then I hit the car in front of me. 4 cars total were involved. The car behind me was wedged underneath my bumper and punctured a hole in my gas tank. The lovely police ( I say with an edge of sarcasm...) never had me turn my car off, instead they used some goop to fill the hole and told me not to drive the van, except to my house. I guess as long as someone didn't throw a match at my van I would be ok. (again....with a hint of sarcasm....) The lady behind me and the elderly lady were both taken to the hospital. It was a very nerve racking night.

So now, I am dealing with the insurance, the adjusters, the police department, and I am without transportation for my daughter and me. And through all this red tape, aggravation, and an occasional tear, I am still grateful. No one was hurt, my insurance company is taking care of me, I have people at work willing to help me, drive me, whatever I need, and Cort's bus company changing their route to make sure she comes to the house instead of my school where she was getting dropped off. In the whole scheme of things, this is minor and I know that.

So because Cort was on my mind, and she was in the van with me when the accident occurred, and she is the complicating factor in my life, while at the same time being the ray of sunshine......

Here she is ......




She is one cool chick....and I AM grateful for her.....even if I do whine occasionally......LOL!

16 comments:

Libby Hickson said...

What a wonderful page! And I'm so very sorry to read about your accident and all the troubles you've had. I'm glad you can keep at least a little bit of a positive attitude, it cannot be easy!

Rose Ann said...

Your page is absolutely beautiful, Michele!! I am so sorry about the accident, and all of the problems that come along with it(like you need more complications). I am happy to hear both of you were safe, and send hugs to you!!

Joanne said...

Oh, Michele, I'm so sorry to hear about the accident! It's always something, ya know? Glad to hear that you're all okay. On the brighter side, you did make a beautiful page. ;-)

patty w said...

Beautiful!

Hugs to you all! Speedy recovery for your van!

Leslie Deering said...

Knowing how precious the van for Cort is i am so sorry about the accident but thankyou to God that both of you are okay and what a beautiful page layout you have captured your angel on it! I will be praying this all works out for you God does take care us in His own way ! Leslie
Happy Thanksgiving! ( Go ahead and whine you deserve it)

Laura said...

Thank you so so much for visiting my blog and making me smile :). Your layout is so lovely!!!

Alexandra said...

What a fabulous page Michele - it ROCKS!!!! I am sorry to hear about your accident, but very happy to hear you all are unhurt and safe, that is a true blessing!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Christi said...

I am so sorry to hear about your accident but am refreshed that you are not letting it bring you down. Your page is amazing btw!

Dianna said...

Love the layout...hate what happened. You're allowed to whine...it stinks! It's a gift to be able to stay positive and count your blessings :)

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Sometimes you just have to 'vent' when you feel overwhelmed and no one can chastise you for that. We can never know how another deals with 'life' unless we walk in their shoes.

Now to your wonderful page, your labyout is great and your daughter's photo is so happy and cute.

Elaine said...

How awful but thank goodness you two are ok!

Tracy.H said...

What a great page!! Glad to hear that you two are okay...just take a deep breathe! (((((HUGS))))

Allison said...

Lovely layout for your pretty DD! Sorry about your crappy day...I just hate any car trouble (and I call them incidents instead of accidents...it just makes me feel better!).

Julie Masse said...

So sorry to hear about your troubles Michele!! I hope everything gets worked out soon! Your page is wonderful - love the storybook page!! :)

mitchells2000 said...

Oh, Michelle! I'm so sorry to hear about your van, but so thankful that you and Courtney are OK! Maybe this time they'll get the van all fixed up right! I know how difficult transportation can be with a special needs kid! I LOVE that pic of Courtney... she is adorable! :-) Praying that all will work out well...

Michelle said...

WOW! I love this page! Great job!