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11 December 2008 @ 05:26 pm
Day 527 - Thursday 11th December.  
Jason and I have decided that 2008 is not our year and are both hoping that 2009 brings us some more luck ... or a Lotto win ... or even just some good news!

We were in an accident today in Tauranga.  Our fault.  We ran an intersection that we thought we had right of way and a guy on a scooter ploughed straight into the rear passenger door. 
It happened so fast.  I recall yelling out as I saw him coming towards us, hearing Holly (Jason's cousin) scream and then the impact. 
Despite being shaken, everyone is ok.  The rider and Holly were taken to A&E in an ambulance, him with scrapes and to do a precautionary check and Holly with bits of glass (the passenger window exploded on her) still stuck in  a few cuts on her arms and legs.

The police were fantastic.  My car not so much.  It has been towed and luckily our insurance company have a travel policy which means they pay for us to get home in a rental car.  We're due to come home tomorrow but neither of us feel much like driving that kind of distance right now. 

We are so fortunate that it wasn't worse.  That Jordan wasn't sitting in Holly's seat.  She saw what was happening and knew to bring her arms up and shield her face, Jordan wouldn't have - so it could have been us sitting in A&E with him covered in cuts to his head.   The rider never slowed (funny that - he didn't expect a car to come out of a give way sign and hit him!) so he could have easily gone over the car, but he didn't.
And then there was the monarch butterfly who stayed with us from the time we pulled the car over til we got into the police car (just to get a ride to the hospital!) ...
I really do believe that Kyah was watching and making sure we were all ok.

The rest of the holiday has been as expected - relaxing and calming and just what we needed.  The weather picked up yesterday so we've spent a bit of time at the beach.

Tonight I am going to drink a lot of wine.  I worry with 20 days still remaining of this year, what else can happen!  An optimistic person by nature, I really am struggling at the moment!
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Oh no! That's horrible for you guys. Shortly after coming here to Auckland I was also in a car accident. Was raining and motorway really busy and I tried to slow down for the car in front of me, but car wouldn't stop soon enough so "bam!" and then of course the person behind us went straight into us. Lucky it was only the car that had damage which they had to write off in the end due to the type of damage.

The butterfly really sounds like Kyah was right there!

Hugs to you all!

Lea White
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
wow, im glad you guys are ok!!
Sounds like your precious angel was deffinatly looking over you guys!!
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Ah!
What a pain!!! Im glad you are all ok though! Im in for the head shaving next year (I am female) maybe you could do some sort of fem-funrazor!!! I was thinking of it this year for Kyah but by the time I had made up my mind it was too late, but Id be up for it for sure!!!! Still thinking of you, and almost bought a Giraffe today (hes going to be our 'remember how lucky we are to have what we have (when the kids are driving us up the wall) giraffe' but he wasnt quite right :) ) So we will keep looking :)
Carrey
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
im glad no one was seriously injuried!
have a good rest of your holiday away!
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh! You poor things, that would have been a heck of a fright, the last thing anybody needs let alone your family. Thank goodness everybody is ok (apart from some scratches & shock). I daily read over this blog, and the amount of people that have you constantly in their thoughts is so touching.

New babies named after Kyah, people totally focused on fund raising for Child Cancer now. With all the Christmas shopping that is being done at the moment - what has happened with Kyah has changed my out look on life a lot.
We have changed Christmas with our family to being totally about 'Family & Friends'. Treasuring everything, being in the moment and enjoying our children - not rushing around here and there trying to fit everything into the day and not actually spending quality time with people.

I had a heck of a fright this Tuesday, my youngest daughter (6) normally crosses the school patrolled crossing outside her school with her elder sister (10), as I stand on the footpath and watch her cross over - normally this is a run. That day she started crying so I decided to go with her, the green crossing man came up, so we proceeded to step onto the road, taking several steps before a large four wheeled driver car speed through the crossing swerving and only just missed myself and my two daughters!! The lady driver was chatting away on the cell phone, didn't even bat an eyelid, carried on in her in her rushed way.

It still gives me goose bumps thinking about it, if I hadn't have been with my girls, slowing them to walk across not run - they wouldn't be here with us today.
It has taught me along with Kyah's Journey to slow totally down, and appreciate what I have, to treasure the special people in my life, to donate my time and efforts to worthy people and causes.

Your family and it's journey - as terrible as it has been for you all, has touched everybody, Kyah has made a huge difference, bigger than anybody can even start to imagine. I'm sure in my heart that next year is going to be so much better for your family, only good things can come from so much pain.

With lots of love
Jo - Hamilton xox
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Wow, the butterfly thing, can't have been a coincidence as the commotion would have driven a "normal" butterfly away. Every cloud has a silver lining then - you'd written that you'd been worrying that you weren't "feeling" Kyah around you and that you weren't seeing signs of her anymore and then she appears, just when you weren't expecting her to! Then again, Kyah never did do what was expected of her did she! I'm sure that having her with you gave you a awful lot of comfort today.
So glad that you are all okay, sounds like it could have been much worse. So your car is totalled but at least the rest of you are still all in one piece. Take care when you drive home as you're bound to be a bit jittery.
I'm with you on the 2009 thing - you have had more bad luck this year than most of us ever experience in an entire lifetime.
Apart from the accident, it sounds as though the holiday has done you all a world of good. It was obviously just what you needed.
I'd join you in a glass of wine but it's 5.55am here and I'm not sure it's the done thing to drink at this time of day!
I continue to think of you all and sweet baby Kyah every day.
Much love, Naomi. xx
kapiticoasterkapiticoaster on December 11th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
Im really sorry to hear
of your accident but I am glad that everyone is ok.
Like you im hoping 2009 will be a much better year.
I believe Kyah is watching over you all too.
I really hope the next 20 days are fun safe and happy ones, have a great christmas and Happy New Year All the best.
Anne and James
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
What am I going to do with you two? That is no way to get us nurses to contiue visiting you know. We will call in for coffee and tea without the need for any nursing care to be done.

Safe journey back and see you all soon. Carole xx
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
I am glad you are all ok
And for lack of a better word...you are 'lucky' that you still have Kyah looking out for you and the family :)
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Ohhhh Nooooooo!!
Oh you guys, what a rotten thing to happen but, as you rightly said, it could have been a lot worse, with people being seriously injured. I am glad the Police were helpful and that there was actually a free unit to send to you (can you tell who I work for????). That butterfly was definitely on a mission and not just passing through! You will be fine tomorrow and arrive home safely. You know, a few of us won't be sorry to see the end of 2008 - although our journeys pale in comparison with yours.

Sending calming hugs
Maggie
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Bugger!
Glad you are all okay, love the butterfly story. I had a rough day at work (inner city childcare) a few weeks back getting all flustered and a monarch butterfly fluttered by. I get it I told it "slow down". I have not seen one since. Have a safe trip back.
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
Oh you poor dears! I am sorry, but out of bad comes good and there was a lot to be thankful for ... it could have been worse! My heart goes out to you. Your precious little girl sure was there to keep an eye out! Take care and enjoy the wine tonight! With love from South Africa. x
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh no!
Sorry but after reading it the first time, I re-read it and although its not funny, I did have a bit of a giggle bout the scooter dude not slowing down *purses lips together*. Glad you're all ok, and how neat about the butterfly eh? That surely can't be explained as a coincidence and must have brought a smidgen of comfort to you :)
Well enjoy your wine ;) and drive safely!
Nikki (nzceltic)
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
hard luck
sorry to hear about the accident, what a downer!! cool kyahs around you still though aye! glad everyones considerably ok - roll on 2009...still thinking of kyah (probaly always will) and you all - happy new years and safe travels home
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh bloody hell! That must have been terrifying for all concerned :(
So, SO glad that everyone is ok as it could have been so much worse. It does sound like someone was looking out for your safety.

~Amy
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
I truly believe that butterfly was Kyah!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday and especia
lly those wines tonight!!
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
Dont blaim u for struggling
You guys sure have been through a heck of a lot. I hope you get some time to relax (as much as that would be possible at the moment). I must say your boys all look gorgeous with the shaved heads!
Jenni
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
OMG Take care of yourselves
Kyah is very obviously making sure you are ok. What a shock though and you will all be feeling very shaken. A good dash of wine should help. Take another day or two til you feel up to it - the drive that is. They say after deep sustained stress it is quite usual to have an accident or get the flu etc so just know that you will be ok - there is a very special guardian angel "Kyah" watching over you all. Love, support and respect - Judi (Nana of 3)
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
B190 (TM)
Awwww honey that sucks:( What a horrible thing to happen, though by the sounds it could have been a lot worse. Not much of a 'pick me up' I know:( That's really neat about the monarch butterfly. I've only seen one so far this spring/summer. It really does make you wonder if it is Kyah checking up on her favourite people:) Hugs and I hope the rest of the year goes really well. xxxx
spudpud on December 11th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Bloody Hell
Pleased you are all ok and that it wasn't worse.

I believe Kyah was watching over and will always be there to protect you from harm.

Try and enjoy the rest of your break and have a safe trip home.

Love always
Shell
xxxxx
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Im glad that you are ok
And I also beleive that Kyah was looking out for her family. It gives you a warm feeling doesn't it? (((hugs))) to you all. By the way Nice haircuts! lol And well done on raising so much!
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Thank goodness
you guys are all ok. Shaken, I am sure but ok, and yes Kyah was watching, I am sure, certainly sounds like it. I too, wonder how you are doing every day, and think often of seeing Kyah giggling(just so gorgeous!) when watching Madagascar...

I have two young children, one of whom has spent a lot of time in hosp both locally and Sship,with a major congenital condition and the outlook is so very uncertain; may go on for years, may not..and reading Kyahs journey just reaffirmed to me again and again how to cherish every single special moment with your kids,(even when they may drive you up the wall and back!). I truly thank you Shannell and your awesome family for sharing beautiful Kyahs journey here.

Please enjoy the rest of your holiday, it's a great spot up there, where I grew up, LOVE Papamoa beach! and enjoy the wine, or2or3.. ((XX)) to you all
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
OMG
Im sooo pleased to hear you guys are all ok..Man you guys certainly dont deserve any more crap this year or for a lifetime thats for sure..
Isnt that just sooo cool with the butterfly..Brought tears to my eyes as soon as i read that..Princess kyah is certainly watching over you..
Well im pleased the rest of your trip has been relaxing for you and i hope Kaleb is having a great time with his granddad..
You guys take care driving home
Continually in my thoughts
Luv
Tarn (Levin)
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
wine cures everything, even if just for a moment. At least for me it does. It is very lucky nothing more serious happened, and happy kyah was there with you.
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
OMG
So glad you are all alright. Think about you all every day. Love you muchly xoxoxoxo Paula