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Car Wreck, Real Estate Agent and Rotten Food


Yup, the title says it all about how my day went today…not exactly how I’d planned it.

Over the weekend, we discovered that our refrigerator had lost power, and it had been off for at least a couple of days.  Can you say grotesque smelling!!!  How? You ask, could I have gone that long without noticing the power was out?  Well, the kids had said, “Hey Mom, the refrigerator light is out?” and I took that to mean that we needed a new bulb, not that we lost power.  Ugh!  I didn’t cook a lot either since I was the event planner for a large event on Saturday and then Sunday went from church to choir practice to…you see how it went.

So today after I dropped the twins at the FIRST (competitive robotics) team’s weekly meeting, the little’s and I went to Sam’s to grocery shop.  Then I had to head to the bank to get the money to pay my replacement painter…who finished yesterday!  It was raining, there was lots of traffic and we were stopped at a red light…the CRASH!  A large work van rammed into the back of my large van.  Boy, was I grateful we were in the large van and not the little Honda Accord I will be driving once it sells.  So grateful!  But his van is now un-driveable and mine is damaged.

So while I was dealing with the police and firemen and insurance companies and children who were excited to be so close to all this action, my phone rang and I let it go to voicemail.  I’m thankful that the other driver has car insurance.  I am thankful that the police responded so quickly so my new replacement food did not spoil.  I am grateful that no one was hurt (this is really my first grateful so don’t take these as order of importance.) And what I’m really grateful for is that my dad took us to the movies this week to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! If you haven’t seen it, you should, and you will understand why it meant a lot after the day I was having.

So got the insurance claim filed, got home with my new groceries, ran the gymnast to his workout, ran back to pick up the twins, walked the dogs in the rain and went back to pick up little gymnast.  It was a crazy full day.  It was hard and full of bickering between the kids, lots of chauffeuring to activities and so much more.

But as I wound down from the wreck, I noticed a voice mail on my phone….

A real estate agent called and has a client who is VERY INTERESTED in my house and wants to show it tomorrow.  So today was Hope’s Stress Filled, Over-crowded, Rain Filled, Over the top Day…and someone who is VERY INTERESTED in buying my house is going to look at it tomorrow morning. (The ad went out today, the website went up yesterday.)

So sorry for the late post, but today I am so grateful for my many, many blessings…money to buy more groceries when the power is out, a cozy home on a rainy day, a big car that protected us from what could have been a very bad wreck, that my kids are bright and engaged and involved and mostly, right now…that someone who is VERY INTERESTED is going to see my house tomorrow.


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  • Reply revdrmd |

    So thankful that you are all okay, there is a person interested in your house, and that you have not decided to move to Australia. I am looking forward to seeing Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day myself. I enjoy your optimistic attitude in your posts. Thanks for sharing about your day. I am also thankful that you have insurance.

    • Reply Hope |

      Decided not to move to Australia? Well, the thought hadn’t crossed my mind, but I’ve heard it would be a lot of fun to visit!
      I too am very grateful for car insurance, between deer, tree limbs and now being rear ended, I have put mine to the test these last few years.
      I am certainly praying for tomorrow and hoping that God’s Will and mine might match up on this quick sale idea I have in my head…but whatever the case may be, I will trust in him. Even when it’s SO hard!

      • Reply revdrmd |


        Alexander in the book the movie is based always says something about moving to Australia when things get horrible, no good and very bad. I am guessing it wasn’t in the movie. I have heard it is a lovely place to visit as well.

  • Reply Jen From Boston |

    Oh, wow, what a day!!!! I’m glad you and everyone else got through it without any injuries.

    Here’s hoping the very interested buyer makes a good offer!!!

  • Reply adam |

    good luck on the house showing!

    Make sure to do your research on the van repairs before you go into discussions with the insurance companies about the settlement. The insurance company may choose to fix the van – which is probably the easiest thing, but you have rights regarding which repair shops are used and you have to make sure the job is done right. If they try to call it a total loss and just write you a check, you may have to negotiate a fair settlement, so you should know the value of the vehicle and what it would cost you to replace it, inclusive of taxes and registration fees, and you should negotiate for the value of any recent repairs or maintenance such as new tires or major repair work.

    If it was a bad collision, sometimes everyone feels fine until the next day when soreness sets in. So don’t be shy to seek medical treatment for anything that comes up and you can claim this against the other driver’s insurance as well so it doesn’t cost you anything.

  • Reply hannah |

    yes I would have you guys checked out. Lots of times crashes like this damage knees and backs and it doesn’t show up right away.
    So a) you shouldn’t settle right away and b) you guys should get mri’s etc done to get checked out thoroughly

So, what do you think ?