Accident

Saturday, December 18, 2010

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Thursday morning Kate and I were driving to her last day of pre-school before the Christmas break.  She was fastened in her car seat in her adorable snowman smocked dress and she was holding Christmas cards for her teachers in her little hands.  She was so proud that she could read my cursive and knew which card was for which teacher.  She could not wait to give them their cards.

We were happily singing "The first Noel" in the car and Kate was asking me if we could have a special afternoon and go to the nail salon and get our nails painted (she has only ever been once).  Out of the corner, of my eye I saw that a driver to the right of me was not slowing down for her stop sign.  My mind said...She is going to hit us!  I knew there were cars behind us so I could not slam on my brakes.  I also knew it was actually too late to stop.  So I kept going thinking she would end up stopping at the sign.  

I often think people are not going to stop (just ask Dave) but most of the time they do:)  She did not.  She did not even slow down.  She slammed right into the passenger side of my car (where Kate was sitting in the back).  The impact propelled us into the on-coming lane of traffic and I saw all these cars headed straight for us.  I panicked.  I asked Kate if she was okay but I could not bring myself to look.  I was too afraid of what I might see. I knew the car hit us right where she sits.   She answered me half crying that her neck hurt (from where the restraints pulled).  I could not get to her because the doors of the mini van wold not open.  I was hysterical...shaking crying, yelling at the woman who ran the stop sign (who incidentally tried to blame ME somehow).  Thankfully, the man in the first car in the on-coming lane of traffic stopped and stopped the traffic behind him.  He jumped out to help.  He said he was a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.  He called 911 and he and a sweet kind woman who ran out from the local gym (she worked in childcare there) pulled Kate out for me.  She was shaken and had a burn mark/bruise from where the restraints held her in but other than that she was okay!   A few minutes later a man in the neighborhood approached me and Kate and asked if we need a ride to our Christmas pageant.  Kate was all dressed up and he assumed we were on our way to a pre-school show.  I cannot even tell you how kind these stranger were to me.  I was truly out of my mind.  I must have been in shock because I was not really thinking or processing anything.  I cannot remember the name of the doctor who helped us and I really want to thank him.  I did track down the woman and we plan to bring her a thank you card and small gift on Monday.

Amazingly Kate and I are okay.  The car is BAD.  It might be totaled.  I am very sore but we are alive.

In fact, as soon as we got out, we sat on the side walk (kate and I) held hands and prayed to God in thanksgiving for our safety.  If one thing had been different such as if there had been a car in the on-coming lane next to me or if the first on-coming car had not stopped...we might not be here. Similarly if I slammed on my brakes the officer said she would have had direct impact with Kate and that would have been so much worse. Since I kept going, her car hit my whole passenger side from front to back rather than just one point.

The biggest thing I am thankful for though is Kate's 5 point harness car seat.  You see, Kate had been BEGGING me for a booster seat.  Several of her friends sit in them and she REALLY wanted one.  She weighs enough but it not quite tall enough.  I was hesitating but considering getting her one soon.  Well, let me tell you.... from what the police officer told me and from what I have read.... Kate might have been killed if she had been in a booster seat. Often the seat belts will actually cause crticial injuries to children in booster seats. Her car seat actually moved a lot (the part that was strapped by the car restraint).  It is the 5 point harness that kept her in place.  I know a lot of Moms read this site and I am PLEADING with you to read this information and watch this video (links below) and make sure your child is in  the proper car seat.  Kate will NOT be in a booster for a very long time.  In fact, all research shows that if you purchase the proper car seats, they should be in a 5 point harness for as long as possible.  And there are now car seats that will hold up to 85 pounds in a 5 point harness system.

After Kate heard the officer and the doctor say how that car seat saved her life...she told me that she does not want a booster seat anymore:)  She is so wise.

Please read this site for general information on car seats and saving lives.  And for specific information on how and why the 5 point harness system is the safest READ HERE.

Finally, if you watch this crash test video (it is a few seconds long) you will see quite clearly how much better the 5 point harness protects.

A special thanks to one of my friends for alerting me to these sites:)

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Thank you God for keeping me and my little pudding safe.


88 comments:

  1. WoW! So glad you are both safe. How scary for you both. I hope you continue to have a better and brighter holiday!

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  2. I am shaken by this and I am sooo glad you are both safe..
    Sooo sorry that you both had to go through this..
    Thank God he was watching over you ..
    Love you tons..
    Hope you feel betteer soon...
    Hugz.

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  3. Oh no!! I am so glad you are both ok!! I can not imagine what that must have been like - I had tears as I read. You had a guardian angel with you that day! Take time to heal.....and thank goodness for the kindness of strangers!!

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  4. That is so scary! I'm so glad you and Kate and OK!

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  5. So glad you are both ok. One of the scariest things about my teenagers driving is trying to get them understand that they can do absolutely everything right but that they have to continually be on the alert for other drivers who don't stop at lights and signs.

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  6. Kim, I am so happy that you and Kate are ok!! Sophie had also been begging me for a booster seat... but we negotiated a booster with a 5 point harness... we bought the Britax Frontier 85 with the side impact protection. Maybe you can get Kate into this one since you are in the market for a new one. (It comes in pink!) She is in kindergarten and 5 1/2 but still just 33 pounds... so not ready to be in a booster without a harness and probably won't be until she is in double digits.

    I love the pictures you posted with this story. You two are so very beautiful and special and love that God sent all the right people to you at just the right time when you needed them.

    I hope you are able to rest and recover physically from this shake-up. I know the memories will take longer to fade.

    Life is so precious... and I, among others, are so grateful that you were protected. Have a very blessed Christmas with your beautiful family!

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  7. oh my word, that MIRRORS a car accident I was in 3 years ago. Thankfully, I was alone with no passengers. And thankfully, the boy (yes, a new 16 year old driver that BLEW through a red light t-boning me at 40+mph!) fessed up and said it was his fault. There were also witnesses to back it up, so legally, we were covered! It messed up my back more than I realized though, and a year later I ended up needing back surgery. I still have nerve damage in my leg due to 'crushed' nerves. So PLEASE cover yourself and Kate, and be sure to get checked out. I was SORE for days! I ended up having to get a lawyer and it was NOT fun, but so necessary.

    SO thankful you had the right carseat and that you are both okay! I will be praying for you all!! <><

    Love and Hugs,
    ~Tanya

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  8. Praise the Lord!! Kim, I seldom post but follow your blog. Your heart inspires me and so many others that I'm not surprised you two are safe. God is using you in the lives of many you have never met!! :)

    I too had a similar accident recently. I watched as he was coming through the stop sign though I did slam on my brakes because no one was behind me. I ended up hitting him... so he tried to blame me. While the policeman did NOT write him a ticket... argh... his insurance stepped up to the plate and said that he was at fault, much to his dismay. In fact, my car is in the shop now being fixed. I was about to pick up my Eliza Grace... your five point harness message needs to be heard!

    Blessings to you!!

    P.S. I love the gorgeous picture of the two of you!! You both look stunning!! Kate's two Christmas dresses this year are amazing!!! Would you share the brands (the red slk and this green one.. :))

    And... where do I find the red headband she's wearing. :)

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  9. How scary! so glad you are both safe. My cousin and I have been trying to educate our family on five-point harness for some time now. They are really much safer than boosters for these tiny bodies.

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  10. Kim, I don't comment often...though I read all your posts. Praise the Lord you both are ok! Thank you for reminding us all of the importance of the five point harness. I forwarded this to my daughter!

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  11. So glad that you and Kate are ok!

    Blessings, Ashley

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  12. Goodness - thank God you are both ok! That's so scary!!
    Make sure you get a new car seat for Kate (and cut the straps on the old one so it won't be used again.) Your insurance (or the insurance of the other driver) will have to pay for the cost of a new one.

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  13. I am so sorry, and so thankful that ya’ll are OK...praise the LORD.

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  14. so thankful you are both ok.

    much love to you!

    Lea
    xo

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  15. Oh my word.
    SOOO glad you are all safe.
    Praise God for well made car seats!!

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  16. Thank goodness you guys are okay. I can't imagine how scary it must have been for you.

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  17. Whoa! How scary!! I am so glad you are ok. I can't imagine how scared you were.

    We are all about the 5 point harness system in our house too!!

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  18. Praise God for the safe deliverance of you and sweet Kate! We thank Him for the kindness of strangers, for the clarity of mind that made you keep going, and for the swiftness of the response you had from exactly the right people to see you through your ordeal. May our Father hold you both close in His healing hands and bring you physical, emotional and mental peace in this week leading up to the celebration of His most precious son's birth. God is good!

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  19. Oh, I am so glad you both are safe! How incredibly scared you were! Thank you for the 5 point harness information. I am a firm believer in car safety.

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  20. So thankful you two are safe! Beautiful photos. Blessings, Wendy

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  21. I am so thankful you both are okay. It's such dejavu to our similar accident 5 years ago. I hope you girls go and get your nails done :)

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  22. Oh I just gasped! I am so happy to know you are both OK!! I don't have a kid but I too am crazy about proper car seats. In Europe, kids are in rear facing car seats for years because they are the safest way for kids to travel. Take it easy this weekend!

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  23. Thank you so much for posting! Karleigh Mei is 5 now and I have thought of getting her a booster seat. Now I know to keep her in her 5 point harness car seat. It's a no brainer!!

    So thankful you are both ok!!

    Hugs,
    Jenn

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  24. So glad you are OK , good quick thinking momma , makes me wonder what would happen in an accident now that my kids are too big for boosters and car seats , I hope we never are faced with this .

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  25. Oh my word- that is horrible. Thank God that you are Kate are safe and sound. You must still be shaking. Take care! I would have never thought that keeping going was better than slamming on the breaks. It sounds like you had a guardian angel helping you make those split second decisions. Be well. xo, T

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  26. So happy to know you and Kate are both safe...what a scary day. You have just confirmed why Lucy will be in a 5 point harness for a very long time...she only weighs 33lbs, so probably till she is 16 :)

    Thanks for the compliment on my Christmas tree...a couple of years ago, I had asked you about your garland, and after you told me about it I went and bought some and LOVE it...this is the first year though that I really LOVE the way my tree looks!!

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  27. I was reading this aloud to my daughter with a drivers permit. I had to stop midway to stiffle my tears. I am beyond grateful that you and Kate are alive. Thank you for the very wise lesson. hugs.

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  28. Kim,

    All I can think about is how God was watching over you and Kate! I am so thankful that you are okay. I believe you may have been entertaining angels my friend!

    Vivi will be 7 next month and she is extremely tall for her age...lol...and she is still in a 5 point harness car seat and after reading this I am so glad she is.

    So glad you are both okay!!
    Kim

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  29. Oh Kim... my mind is going crazy thinking of how awful it could have been. I am sorry that this happened to you. I got teary looking at the beautiful photo of the two of you... a mother and daughter who adore each other. And after your last sweet post... well, this really shook me up. I am going to re-think our booster for Libby, even though it has side impact protection, and she is big enough. I think I will put her back into a 5-point harness. And I also think it is disheartening that the other driver reacted by trying to blame you. Why did she not immediately try to help, and then beg you to forgive her mistake? What an awful, awful day!

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  30. First of all, thank goodness you both are fine.
    Secondly, my Kate finally got her booster seat after she turned 7...we were made fun of this b/c she was 4, 5, 6, 7 and still in a 5 point...people literally picked on me for being too protective. She begged me as well, but I did not give in...she is, at 7, in a booster with a high back that I researched extensively first to make sure it was the safest after the 5 point. After reading your story, I am so glad I did not get pressured into anything before I was ready and Kate's 40 pound 7 yr old self was ready.
    Thank you for providing those people who think it is foolish to have a 3 yr old in a 5 point, a wake up call.
    Again, so glad you both are safe...

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  31. I am so glad to hear that you and Kate are safe! What a scary story. I read your blog often and just love your family. Your are very inspirational!

    By the way, your picture of Kate and yourself is absolutely beautiful. Did Dave take this? I have 3 girls, two from China, and some day I would love to have a picture as wonderul as yours, of my girls and I (though it would probably be nice to have some with my husband as well! hee hee)- Melissa

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  32. So thankful both of you are ok. God definitely had his hand on you both.

    Love you,
    Jen

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  33. Kim, I have been following your blog for quite a while but don't often comment. However, this post shocked me and I am so relieved and thankful that you and Kate are ok, considering what could have happened. You definitely had someone watching over you that day.
    Happy Holidays to you and your precious family.

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  34. P.S: That picture of you and Kate at the top of the post is beautiful :-)

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  35. my sweet friend, i am so thankful both of you are safe.
    i can't imagine your relief.

    i also wanted to tell you your card is gorgeous this year!! the colors are spectacular. you look amazing ( love the jacket) and your entire family looks picture perfect!!
    merry merry

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  36. Oh Kim, how horrible!! I held my breath while reading until I knew everyone was okay! I'm sorry you had to go through such a scare and am grateful that you and Kate are safe and for those that stopped to help.
    This makes me want to put Elliot back in his! :0 Okay, Ethan too! :)
    I hope you are having a good weekend and have been able to relax and rest and get those nails done. Beautiful pictures!! :)
    ps got my cards today and will send you one 'cause it sounds like you need a good laugh! :)

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  37. Kim,
    Praise God you and Kate are okay. Bless your heart, I hope your soreness is quickly gone!
    Your Christmas Card this year is just beautiful! I love Kate's dresses and your jacket was beautiful as well!
    Thanking the Lord today for keeping my friend safe and for her keeping her little one in the carseat!
    Norah

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  38. Kim, I am so thankful that both you and Kate are OK. I am sure you ache head to toe and I'm sure you're still shaken up but I'm so grateful you're OK.

    And amen to the five-point car seat commentary! My six-year olds are in booster seats that have five-point harnesses. I was recently thinking of letting them use the regular seat belt with a traditional booster seat. Not after reading this.

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  39. very scary! I am glad you are both ok!!

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  40. Just seeing your title had me very nervous. I'm so glad you and Kate came out of the accident with only mild injuries. Thinking about the "what ifs" is so scary! Good job keeping a level head, even though you were scared!

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  41. Praise God for keeping you and Kate safe!!

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  42. I am so sorry to hear about your accident. How scary! So glad it wasn't worse. The car can be replaced!

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  43. So happy to hear you are OK. What a horrible thing to happen to you and Kate.

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  44. So glad you are both okay. What a scary experience. It brought tears to my eyes and chills thinking how easily this could be me and my daughter.
    Alexa is still in a 5-point harness ( the one that goes to 85lbs) and will stay in one for the exact reason you stated. She too has been asking to switch to a booster and is "almost" ready. She'll be in her current car seat until she outgrows it!
    Thanks for getting the message out!

    Sue

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  45. Oh Ish, what a terrible thing! Glad to hear you both ok, if not bit shaken and sore. Look after yourself and check checked out by an osteopath or Chiro.
    Love Jules
    xxx

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  46. So glad to hear you both came out of the terrible accident with no serious injuries. You must of had two guardians angels watching over you.

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  47. Oh my goodness!! So glad you both are OK!!! Thank you for posting this...Lily Mei has been begging for a booster seat, too! I'm thinking she will be in her 5-point harness carseat until she is at least 20 years old!! :)

    Love and blessings,
    Monica

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  48. Bless your hearts!! Thank God you are both okay but what a scary experience. When Preston was 4 we got into a really bad car accident where our car got totalled. Thankfully, we were all ok, besides being sore and having some bruising. However, Preston referred to it as us being "bumped" by another car. Really it was more like slammed but we used the word "bumped" when talking about it because that was more what he could relate to. Anyway, it must have been for the next 6 mths, EVERY time we got in the car, Preston would ask panicked "are we going to bump? are we going to bump?" we got so annoyed with him and having to repeat that no, we would not get "bumped' but that was just his way of reassuring himself. Eventually, his stress diminished and now he actually laughs when he thinks about how many times he used to ask if we were going to "bump". I didn't mean for this to be such a long story, just wanted to share our similar experience. Again, so happy ya'll are safe and sound.
    Emily

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  49. Thank you Jesus for keeping a hedge of protection around you and Kate. You have so much to be thankful for.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Julia

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  50. I'm so glad you and your daughter are safe. I believe in keeping children in a car seat for as long as possible. I see so many little kids sitting in the front passenger seat when I drive my daughter to school. She often asks me why she can't do the same. I tell her because I love her and she isn't big enough. There will be plenty of time for that when she is older.

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  51. Kim, I hope you and Kate are feeling better! What a scary thing to happen to a 4 year old. I will call you soon! Love, Stacy

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  52. Thank goodness the two of you are ok!!!

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  53. That is so scary!

    So glad that you are not badly hurt.

    Tamara

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  54. Wow... I am shaken up reading your post. I am so glad you are both OK.

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  55. Praise God that you are both safe!!!!!

    Our children moved to the boosters and it has been on my mind MANY times that it wasn't a good decision.
    I was just thinking about it before reading your post... Let me tell ya..I just ordered 2 seats with the 5 point harness.

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  56. I'm so glad you and Kate are okay. How scary!

    Thank you for posting the info on car seats and 5 point harnesses. It could definitely save a life.

    I'm trying to focus on all the kind strangers who helped you, but it makes me so angry that the woman who hit you didn't even apologize and tried to blame you. The important thing is that you and Kate are okay, but for someone to show no remorse is beyond words.

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  57. Thank Goodness you are both okay. I hope the soreness (and shakiness)you and Kate have will be gone soon.
    I am sure that your posts about car seat safety will save a life.
    You are very kind to think of others.
    When our wonderful daughters (who were born in China) got to be too tall for their Britax Marathon car seats, we got the Britax Frontier booster seat. It has a five point harness system and many other features of their old car seats.
    It really is just like a taller version of the car seat. While the girls would prefer a booster seat like the friends have, we are very happy to have these. At this rate they will be driving before they are out of a "baby" seat!

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  58. Thankfully you both will be fine.
    I got teary reading your post Kim, as my husband was in a near fatal car accident 20 years ago.

    Our son Will is almost 5 and will be moving back now to our seat with the 5 point harness. He's a peanut, short in height. Thank you, thank you for speaking about the importance of this type of seat. :)

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  59. Thank God you are both safe!! I bought one of those 85 pound car seats when we got Em. David jokes that she'll be using it when she learns to drive b/c she is so tiny... and she might be!! As long as she is safe.

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  60. How scary! I'm so glad that you all are ok. As a Peds ICU nurse I can attest to keeping them in 5 points as long as possible!
    Stacy

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  61. Wow. That is terrifying. I'm so impressed by your good sense in such a horrible moment. And that 5-point car seat message is so important. Thank you for reminding us all. As for the psychological impact, I know that will take time. Maybe having Kate draw a picture of the accident and dictate the story to you would be helpful. Merriest Christmas to you all.

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  62. Oh my word -- I am so relieved to hear that you and Kate are ok! I'm sure you are both so shook up! What a scary time for all!

    Janet

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  63. I am so thankful that you all are okay. I'm glad to know this about car seats. Many of our friends do not put their 4 and 5 year olds in ANY kind of car seat , even a booster. Florida laws are less strict than North Carolina laws. I am so thankful to know that we are doing the right thing by using the 5 point harness. I am praising God that you & your sweet Kate are okay.

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  64. So glad you are both ok!!!! My 5 year old is in a booster with 5 pt harness which will hold him until he's 65lbs. At the rate he gains weight, he'll probably be 12 before he uses a regular seatbelt! I have gotten a lot of "overprotective" comments, but I do not care if my child's safety is concerned!

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  65. Kim, I have never been in an accident so I can only imagine what that must have been like for you and Kate. I am so thankful that you are both well. Thank you for the information about the car seats.

    I love that first photo of you and Kate. It is gorgeous!

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  66. Thank God! Your daughter is beautiful, as are you.

    Just ordered a 5 point harness seat for our DD who is 6 and small.

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  67. kim so grateful you and kate are ok. praying for both of you.
    xoxo
    nancy

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  68. Praise God for your safety (and 5 point harness seats).

    I had a similar accident while I was waiting for my referral about 5 years ago. I couldn't help but think at the time, "Muriel could have been sitting there." I've been gun-shy at certain corners ever sense, especially now that Muriel has been sitting in that spot for just over 4 years.

    I have been considering a different car seat for Muriel because she's just about too tall for the one she's in. I didn't think I'd jump to booster, and now I know the next one will most certainly be 5 point.

    Again, praise God for your beautiful lives.

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  69. First, so happy everyone is unhurt. I can understand how jumpy you'll be to drive again, especially with your children. My husband had a similar accident to your on Christmas night many years ago. He thought the truck would stop at the red light, it did not and slammed into him. The driver, was asleep and drunk on the floor of his truck. To this day he is still cautious going through green lights and stop signs. His back was injured, and to this day it bothers him. He's also a personal injury attorney - he know the likelihood and the stats of his and your types of accidents. Sorry you had to go through that accident. Have a restful day.

    Mary

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  70. Oh my goodness, how scary! I got all shaken up just reading about it. I'm so glad you're both okay. Thanks for including that clip demonstrating how both types of seats fare in a collision, I definitely will keep Kerry in her 5 point harness, tethered to an anchor carseat for a very long time. Oh and I LOVE that photo of the two of you.

    Gin =)

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  71. frightening!!! Our now 7 year old could not wait to get out of her car seat--but was 6 before she made the height and weight requirements for a booster--every day since she has been out--I have been wishing she was back in--those boosters just do not "feel safe" to me!!! I'm going to look into the new seat you got--our 7 year. old is only 47 lbs--so if that seat goes up to 85 lbs--she maybe in it til high school which is just fine with me!!! So happy you were unharmed physically!!!! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
    BA

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  72. so relieved you are Ok. Thank you for the tips. I too often think people aren't going to stop.

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  73. Kim - thank you VERY much for posting about this. I am very thankful that you & Kate are okay - and this reaffirmed for me that we need a new five point car seat!! We have one it seems that Mya Papaya is outgrowing and my husband wanted to buy a booster - no thanks!!

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  74. I know how shaken you were....I was sobbing when I saw Emmie's car and just how close she had come to hitting some very large trees. Thankfully one of our friends stopped to help her from church until we could get there....I called him as well to thank him.

    I'm glad you both are ok.....it makes me you stop and think about life and family doens't it?

    Have Merry Christmas with your peanuts and wonderful husband.

    xoxo,
    Steffie

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  75. I know how shaken you were....I was sobbing when I saw Emmie's car and just how close she had come to hitting some very large trees. Thankfully one of our friends stopped to help her from church until we could get there....I called him as well to thank him.

    I'm glad you both are ok.....it makes me you stop and think about life and family doens't it?

    Have Merry Christmas with your peanuts and wonderful husband.

    xoxo,
    Steffie

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  76. Wow, how awful! I'm so sorry that this has happened but am thankful that you both are okay. Accidents are so frightening! I had one years ago and still react when driving around around a sharp corner in the rain (just like on the day of the accident). The memory stays with you for a while, if not on your mind, on a physiological level. Didn't you have another accident a while back, too?

    I think 5 point harnesses are the way to go. Hannah is almost 8 and I have her in the Britax Frontier and Emma, 4, is still in a Marathon (she's not as big as Kate). They will be in 5-point harnesses as long they fit in them. It'll take a long time for Hannah to hit the 85lb cutoff for the Frontier; we laugh that someday she may have to use it in the limo for the prom :)

    Anyway, I hope your aches and pains are resolved soon. Thank goodness it wasn't worse!!!

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  77. Kim, I'm so releved to hear both you and Kate are okay. I litterally held my breath as I read this post! I've been there so I know how scary it is.

    Thank you for putting awareness to the importance of proper child car safety.

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  78. Thank you Kim for this post! You not only raised awareness of 5point harness carseats, but you may very well have saved some precious children amongst your blogreaders. I have a 3yr old who WILL remain in a 5point harness until she has exceeded the weight limit.

    Praise God for His protective arms around you and Kate on that very scary day. Praying for a quick recovery both physically and emotionally for the both of you.

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  79. So glad you are both safe. Merry Christmas.

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  80. Forgot to mention---LOVE this picture of you and your baby girl!
    BA

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  81. Not sure if my comment went thru. This blogger comment is kinda doing something weird today. If so, it's worth repeating. You have sent a nice message to your blog readers today. Not only have your expressed the importance and awareness of 5point harness seats, you *and many of your blogreaders* are made for a child up to 85lbs. I'm gonna show this blog to someone that just stated that "a quick trip up the street to the daycare" does NOT mean things will NOT happen and that their is a potential for danger in the shortest of distances even.

    I thank God for embracinng you and Kate through this very scary accident. I pray for a healing for both you and Kate. God continually heal them both physically and emotionally.

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  82. Thank you Lord for putting a hedge of protection around these sweet girls! We give you all the praise honor and glory! Amen

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  83. Thank you for sharing this! I've passed on your post to several friends.
    Love you family Christmas photos!

    Merry Christmas,
    Lydia

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  84. Kim,
    As you know I have been worrying about you all week.. I know this was so incredibly frightening for you. I can't imagine the feeling of not knowing if your sweet baby was safe and ok.. I am so thankful that God protected two of my favorite girls. He loves you so Kim! This morning I was spending time in look, and remembering how we are reminded that nothing is impossible with God. And, also this morning in Isaiah Ch41:10 ""Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

    Love,
    Di

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  85. Thank you Jesus for protecting the lives of these two precious ladies.

    (And the Tongginator is six and still in a five-point harness.)

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  86. Hi Kim - I have been researching seats since your post about your accident as I need to move my daughter up from her Britax Roundabout.

    I have heard that Frontiers are hard to install and don't fit well in some cars, so I at lunch today I went and tried one. I'm not sure if I was installing it incorrectly or if it really is that hard. I'm wondering if you found any good tips for installing that model or if you found other models that you would trust with the 5 point harness.

    Merry Christmas. Glad you are enjoying some R&R

    tracy
    jewelwing @ earthlink . net (remove spaces)

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  87. So strange, had been catching up on my blogs, and read this late. Two days ago my mom and i were traveling in a car when someone tried to illegally overtake the car to our right. those cars collided- and we had to brake HARD to avoid getting hit.

    I have whiplash and bruised ribs- but have been told if i wasnt wearing a seatbelt- i would have gone been thrown onto the windsheild. wear your seatbelts!!! my doc says all the injuries show how hard my body was being flung against the force of the seatbelt- scary to think if it had not been there.

    completley agree with you about the pain and anxiety though- i am not comfortable driving yet- and struggle at work because of the neckpain.

    sending lots of healing thoughts your way.

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