I’m Thankful That I’m Not Paralyzed-What Are You Thankful For?

I was chatting with a friend yesterday, when we started sharing stories about
what we’ve been through in our lives.
I told her about how I almost died just 4 years ago….

July 8, 2004, I received a phone call from my friend, Joanne. She invited me
to go 4-wheeling with her. Something inside told me to refuse. So I did.
Then, she suggested that we swim in her pool.
That sounded like a great idea, so I packed my suit and went to her house.
We swam for awhile and she suggested the bike ride again.
This time, she didn’t just suggest it, she jumped on one of the bikes and called out
that she’d meet me at Phifer’s store just down the road.

She had left me with her 8 year old son, Luke. I adored this child, who happened to
be one of my favorite kids in the world. “Guess I’ll have to ride with you,” he said
brightly, jumping on the back of the other 4-wheeler.

Even though my insides were screaming “no,” I just couldn’t resist that precious
little smile. I should have.

Not far from the the house, I lost control in loose gravel and fell off the edge of
the world-a 15 foot cliff.

I felt my right leg snap into as I landed in a pretzel-shaped heap at the bottom of a
ravine. All I could think of was Luke. Where was Luke?

Then, I heard his little voice crying. He was alive!l Thank God he was alive!

He scrambled down the slope and saw me lying there with my right leg wrapped
around my neck with my toes dangling in front of my face.

He screamed and told me not to die.

I tried to be as calm as possible and asked him to go get help.

In about an hour and a half, I heard a voice above me.

“Kristi, are you singing Amazing Grace!”

“Not very well,” I had replied.

That was several years ago, but I have a metal leg bone
and twinges of pain to remind me to listen to that still, small voice
that tried to keep me from harm.

I’m thankful that I’m not dead-or paralyzed.

There’s lots more to this story, but it’s time for me
to go to school now. If you’d like to learn more,
comment on this, and I’ll give you more details.

OF course, I’m also thankful for how my hubby, Terry, is doing after
having TWO surgeries last week! He’s doing great and is back to work!

Thank you and thank God for all your answered prayers!

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  • Terry and you both are still in my prayers. I hope that you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Best Regards,
    Richard Hackworth

  • Mary says:

    Hello Kristi! I am glad to hear your husband is doing well. It sounds like you have lots of supportive fans.

    I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason.

    What might have happened to YOU if the little guy wasn’t along for the ride? I think he may have been spared injury or worse so he could get help for you.

    I find it much easier to wait for the pokey driver in front of me, because he may have been sent there to keep me from getting hit by a wreckless driver that just a few minutes ahead. Getting angry it a waste of energy any way.

    Recently in our community a 16 year old boy was in a one car accident and did not survive. It was quite a shock to the community. The boy was a very popular football star. School closed early on the day of his funeral so the kids who wanted to could go. Of course, there were counselors available as well.

    I work with mentally retarded teenage boys. I was discussing it with one of them. He didn’t know the boy, but he knew who he was, and the entire school was affected by the tragedy. This boy says to me, he knows the accident was the boys fault, but why did God let it happen? I told him that we as just people don’t always know why things like this happen. Possibly that boy was spared a much harder path to follow. If he had survived he would have been very disabled. Or maybe there was some other worse outcome for the boy had the accident not happened.

    So even when things are hard, or even seem unbearable, I try to always consider that there is a reason for it, even though I can’t imagine what it could be.

    I am grateful for my great family, and my job with the boys, and the capability to work and make a living. I look at where live and am grateful for a beautiful place to have our horses, raise our children, and have a peaceful place to just relax. And I am grateful to you for maling me think about all this stuff and realize it!

    Have a great thanksgiving!

  • tomr says:

    “He’s back to work” already lol
    I love the guy! That’s a work ethic.
    Behind every good man is a good woman pushing him lol.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Y’all have so much to be thankful for…

  • Sue says:

    Hi Kristi-

    You are indeed a blessed and very lucky lady! (The description of your injury made me cringe…yuck!)

    I’m also grateful to be alive. I fell asleep at the wheel of my van about 14 years ago. From what I was told, we took a wild ride off an overpass. Five of my kids were with me also. Thankfully, none of them was hurt except for bumps and bruises.

    I though was a bit of a mess! A broken collar bone, every rib on my left side broken, a huge cut on my arm, a punctured lung and innumerable bruises. I was in the hospital for two weeks, but I survived…only a little worse for the wear.

    Additionally, I’m grateful to have 7 perfectly healthy, beautiful, intelligent children and 11 (12 in March) amazing grandchildren. The Lord has been very good to me and the older I get, the more blessed I feel.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Oh, and by the way…that still, small voice is there for a reason! 😉


  • Jean Mandel says:

    Kristi, wow what a scarey experience! Thank God that little boy was with you and not hurt.

    I am glad to hear Terry is doing well and back at work….already!

    I am being especially thankful this past week, as of 11/28/08 I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor. God has blessed us in so many ways, we just sometimes have to slow down and remember.

    Have a good week!

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