Friday, 3 April 2009

Guardian Angel Was Watching Over....



Yesterday afternoon , I received a call from a friend of mine. She sounded distressed, she was not panicky but you could tell in her voice something had happened. She said someone had driven into the back of her car at the top of our lane. My daughter Phoebe was in the car with her when it happened..

I do a car share rota with Phoebe's best friend's Mother. Yesterday was my friend's turn to drop off Phoebe at home after school. My friend told me that Phoebe was OK but shaken up, crying and wanted Mummy.

After dialing 999, I ran the 1/4 mile up the lane to reach the main road, the car was not where I expected it to be. It had been pushed up the road by the another 20 metres due to the force of the impact from the car coming from behind. My friend was indicating to turn right in to the lane we live in when coming up from behind at great speed a car went right in to the back of them. It was a tremendous impact!

I saw the debris and state of the car, I realised that the accident was more serious than I had thought, this had been a big impact. It suddenly hit home seeing the scene. The police had not arrived arrived yet but some men who witnessed the accident took control of the traffic situation, They were so helpful!
As I approached, I saw Phoebe crying, you could tell she was shaken up. Poor thing, I was so very relieved to see her, I kissed and hugged her. My friend had blood on her face and hands, she was calm under the circumstances but also shaken up. The police and ambulance arrived. Phoebe was taken to hospital. Her arm is bandaged up as her wrist hurt. On impact, Phoebe put both hands out on the dashboard to try and hold on. My friend hurt her nose and also went to hospital. They needed to see if they had any other internal injuries.

Now something happened yesterday that stopped things being worse than they would have been...


Phoebe was meant to have been sitting in the back of the car as she usually did. But on this occasion, Phoebe's best friend had brought her bike in to school as it was bring a toy into school day. My friend decided that it would be best to drop off Phoebe first at my house then go back for her daughter and bike as it might have been a bit of a squeeze. This meant Phoebe sat in the front of the car on her booster seat. Had Phoebe been at the back as usual & with the bike there too, things could have been so much worse!! Someone was watching over and I am so thankful for that...

The car is a write off. The 2 men driving the car who caused the accident were arrested after being breathalysed on the scene. The police rang later to say that they had been over 3 times over the alcohol limit!

I wish to thank the men from Somerset White Lining Ltd who stopped and helped immediately, the police & ambulance crew who were all so good and reassuring with Phoebe. Also wish to thank my friend who despite being injured & shocked herself, reassured and comforted Phoebe throughout until I arrived.

As Phoebe was shaken up by what happened, she slept with me last night. We both talked about how lucky she was, she too realised that if she had been in the back it could have been a very different outcome. We both prayed and thanked her guardian angel.

Isabelle x

45 comments:

Lisa said...

How awful for your friend and Phoebe. I'm glad their injuries weren't serious.

Lisa

Shabby Chick said...

How terrifying for all of you, she is a very lucky girl, I'm so glad to hear that she's safe. Sometimes you really do think that there is someone looking out for us sometimes. I hope your friend's injuries are only minor ones.

Hugs, Mel xxx

Hen said...

Oh crikey, that sounds awful. So glad she is relatively ok. What an idiot the drink driver was. I do hope he gets his just desserts.
Hen x

The French Bear said...

So glad everyone was okay!! When things like that happen, it makes you realize that life can change in an instant.
You are so right, someone was looking out for them!
Hugs,
Margaret B

The White Bench said...

So sorry Isabelle! I have no words when such terrifying things happen... poor thing! Glad she's not too bad, and hope so for your friend.
Take care,
Hugs,
Monicax.

Clare said...

How awful Isabelle..I do hope Phoebe has recovered okay. Things like that really make you take stock of the precious things you have.
Clare x

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Oh, I still have goosebumbs from reading this. So sorry for what happened but also very thankful to God Phoebe is doing ok. I pray for your daughter and your friend's quick recovery.
*Hugs*
Sonia

Lori said...

Oh Isabelle, i am so happy that your daughter had her guardian angel riding in the car with her...how scary for her and your friend...i am thankful with you that the outcome was not worse...i hope this was a wake up call for the drunk drivers, and that they get the help they need, so this doesn't happen again!!!

Hollypop's said...

I'm so glad Phoebe and your friend are ok and that someone was obviously looking after them yesterday. It really makes you realise how precious things are and thankful too.
Do enjoy your weekend and I hope Phoebe and your friends' recovery is a quick one.
Take care and enjoy your weekend.
Nickyx

Beth Niquette said...

Wow--and people call that a coincidence!!! I don't think so! WOW! I'm so glad Phoebe and your friend are alright. Life is so fragile.

((hugs))

A Vintage Mood said...

Isabelle, my heart goes out to you and your daughter and friend. Something like that can really shake you up. So glad everyone will be okay. God can work in the seemingly insignificant daily decisions we make to orchestrate the affairs of our life so beautifully.

Bonjour Madame said...

Oh gosh, what a scare. I am so glad Phoebe and your friend are ok. Someone was definitely watching over them.

Laura said...

This story reminds me to be grateful for all my blessings.....Thank God for Phoebe and your friend's safety. Take a deep breath! Be well, Laura

Sal said...

I'm so glad that both Phoebe and your friend are ok. It must have been quite a shock for you all.
Big hugs from me.
xxx

Lizzie said...

How awful for you all. Do hope Phoebe and your friend are recovering. The Guardians were watching over them, for sure.

Les Cotrions said...

I'm sure "somebody" avoid a worse result! It must be very for you, for your daughter and your friend!I'm very happy they both are ok! Surely Phoebe'll recover very soon!
have a nice week end and take care!
Warm hugs
vale

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Isabelle, this has been a dreadful shock for you all, I really do feel for you. Thank God that Phoebe was in the front of the car, as you say her Guardian Angel was truly present and taking good care of her. Your poor friend must have been greatly traumatised by the experience. It makes me so furious to hear about drink driving, and I only hope that one day we will live in a society where it doesn't happen, it is such an abhorrent thing to do, so totally irresponsible. I hope you have plenty of time to snuggle up and enjoy home and family comforts this weekend. Take good care. D x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hello Isabelle,
A big hug to both you and your sweet daughter - thank goodness Phoebe will be OK. I hope you will enjoy lots of cuddles and reasuring chats over the weekend...
I hope your friend makes a full recovery too - she sounds like she held everything together in the crisis.
Take care,
Niki x

bex said...

im so sorry to hear about your accident, i hope that ypur daughter and your friend feel better soon
x

Curlew Country said...

Goodness what a horrible experience for all of you. so relieved to hear everyone is ok. Hope Phoebe and your friend are feeling better. Take care.
Stephx

sweetscarlett said...

There is nothing more frightening than the thoughts that go through one's head when one believes her child is in danger.
Thank God, all is okay for both of you now, and that Phoebe is safe from harm.
Things do work out for a reason, don't they?
Bless you both.
xxx
Maggie

Bleudelavande said...

What horrible exsperience,poor, little Phoebe!!!I'm so glad to hear that your daughter is ok now, I'm agree with you that her Guardian Angel was with her!Tank God!!!
Take care and kisses to you!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I'm so glad your daughter's guardian angel was watching over her. What a terrible experience - thankfully no one got seriously hurt.

Ali @ Betty and Violet said...

Isabelle ~ this must have been so frightening, I know how I would feel in the same situation. I hope that Phoebe is OK (and your friend too). Somehow more scary knowing that it can happen so close to home...
((Hugs to you both))
Ali x

gaffergirls.com said...
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gaffergirls.com said...

yes it could have been so much worse
someone was watching out for your family

DRUCK DRIVERS CAUSE SO MUCH HEARTBREAK..

I lost a sister to a druck driver........... it destroyed our family....

tears on cheeks
all my love
mona & the girls

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Ohhh Isabelle... I am so sorry. Thank goodness your sweet girl is ok. I am sure for a Mom to hear this news it was such a scare. Hold her tight... I am so glad everyone is ok.

xo Heather

Sandra said...

Hello, just wanted to let you know that I visited your blog and it is beautiful! I am so glad that everyone is ok.
Sincerly,
Sandra

Musings From A French Cottage said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the accident. I'm glad your daughter and friend are okay. You're right, a gaurdian angel was definitely watching over her. I'm really happy the outcome was a good one!

Hugs and Blessings,
Kathleen

manon 21 said...

quelle frayeur pour vous.
on peut croire a son ange gardien dans ces circonstances.
bonne soirée .

manon

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I'm so glad to here that Phoebe came away relatively ok. How scarey for both of you. I had been feeling guilty for not having checked my any blogs lately and then i read that this happened. Even though we are thousands of miles away and I can't be there in person for you my thoughts are with you and Phoebe.
Thank God an angel was watching over her.
Carole

Stephenie said...

Oh my, I can't even imagine what that phone call was like for you...I'm so glad your little angel is okay...I also hope your friend is feeling better also..There truly was a guardian angel watching over Phoebe and your friend...
Stephenie

This Vintage Life... said...

Crikey, what a horrible experience for you all. Glad everybody walked away..as you say, could have been so much worse.
Deb x

Pink Feather Paradise said...

Thank goodness for bring a toy to school day!

It must have been terrifying and people who drink any alcohol and drive are selfish idiots....

Wishing you and your family all the best for a wonderful Easter break...

X Alex

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Beautiful retelling and writing of such a dark event ~ I feel like I was there running up the lane as well ~ so glad all is safe! You are right ~ You were being watched over.
Happy Easter Blessings,
Katie

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

I'm so happy everyone was OK. Thank the good Lord! Yes, her angels must have been ALL around. Kisses and hugs were certainly in order.... Hope you both are on your way to recovering from such a scary incident...

Have a wonderful day
Kitty

The sewing room said...

So glad every one is okay,have lots of cuddles,have a good week take care best wishes Pat

OhSoVintage said...

Oh my goodness how awful. How strange that Phoebe wasn't sitting where she usually sits. Yes, someone must have been watching over her. Poor you too. I am so pleased your daughter is ok but you will both be needing lots of cuddles and reassurance.
Ruth x

Atomic Mama said...

Oh my!
I dont even know what I would do!
that is so lucky. your angel was working overtime!
my goodness, how scary. glad everyone was safe.

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

hi isabelle, just checking to see how you and Phoebe are going after getting such a fright.
Alicia :0)

The Whispering Poppies said...

Much love to you all, and special thanks to your "guardian angel"!

Anne Marie said...

So sorry that I didn't hear about this sooner!
Your love and compassion for everyone around you is nothing more than inspiring.....

It's women like you that make my heart smile!!
Blessings to you and Phoebe.
Anne Marie

Donna said...

Isabelle I am soooo horrified to hear this but so glad that everything was ok. Big love to you and Phoebe x

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh poor you Isabelle and poor Phoebe.. what an awful shock it must have been for both of you.
I learnt to drive 14 years ago and have never driven since passing my test .. too fearful of the lunatics that haunt our roads..
I am so pleased to hear that Phoebe didn't suffer any wounds other than the shock of the event.. and what a wonderful friend you have.. I am not sure I would have been as calm.
Michele xx

Room design studio said...

I'm glad all turned out to be Okay!! this is really shocking! sorry I didnt know about it untill recently!