Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Time Is So Precious...

I have failed miserably at blogging lately, but I have my reasons. The title of this post is my feelings about that matter. I've had a boy in my life for the last month, and all my free time seems to be spent with him. He does have a name. Lynn. He's great and I have learned so much in the last month about what it means to be in a relationship with someone. Well...a few weeks ago Lynn got a job offer he could not resist back in his home town of Salt Lake City Utah. They called him out of the blue, and that's just really where he needs to be for many reasons. So, yes I'm super happy and excited for him, but also I am sad that he's leaving Texas. So you may ask, "So are you gonna do the whole long distance thing?"...Yes. Yes we are. It'll be so hard, but it'll be a great learning experience. He leaves this coming Monday, March 5th. So it's just around the corner. As every day passes, the fact that he is in fact leaving hits me a little bit stronger. Haha, so...ya. That's my story.
Anyways...we went to the zoo this last weekend because it was sunny, 80 degrees, and beautiful. Here's my cowboy :)

In other news. I found myself in a life or death situation a few days ago as I was driving home from church. This event truly was an eye opening experience showing me how precious time really is to me. I was driving  along on a major freeway here in Dallas, and was getting ready to take the exit for the connecting freeway I needed to get on. I was probably going about 60 mph. As I was quickly approaching the right ramp to exit, the car in front of me suddenly decided that he too was needing to take the exit. Granted, he didn't decide this till it was too late. As he swerved his car to the right to jump in front of me to take the exit, the front of his car hit the cement barrier that  separated the freeway from the exit ramp. SO there I was watching the car in front of my completely lose control and begin to flip around so that it would be facing me. This ramp we were on was only a one car lane, so it was a tight squeeze. I slammed on my brakes harder than I ever have slammed on the breaks in any car I have ever driven. In my mind I thought there was no way to avoid a head on collision with this car in front of me, I had come to accept it was just going to happen. When I slammed my breaks while going 60, my car slid and I felt like I had no control. The other car was in the process of flipping around to face me and on coming traffic, as I slid right by him. It was like a scene straight out of the matrix. I smelled the burning rubber from my tires, and as my car was sliding by his, his car finished flipping and hit the side railing of the ramp. I managed to be past his car just in time to miss the car bouncing back in my direction. It all happened so fast. I don't really remember exactly what occurred, or how I managed to get my car to slide past the out of control car that was flipping in circles on that one lane ramp. I didn't know what to do. I slowly went down the rest of the ramp until I could pull over on the side of the connecting freeway. I was going to wait for the driver of the other car to get off the ramp. He reversed his car the whole way down, and then continued to reverse it into the middle of oncoming traffic in the connecting freeway. I rolled down my window to ask if he was ok, but he just flipped his car around in the middle of the freeway and sped away. He just left. What the ish?! I didn't get it. I sat there on the side of the freeway for a good ten minutes. I was shaking uncontrollably and was too scared to move. I couldn't believe that I was alive, and that I didn't even have a scratch. I wasn't sure what had or hadn't happened to my car because it just all happened so fast. My car is brand new, and so I was a little scared something had happened. I thought for sure our cars had to have clipped each other, or that I got a flat, or lost a hubcap or something. I crawled over to the passenger side of my car and hopped out on that side because it was away from the freeway and that was the side I passed the wrecking car on. I was shocked to find that there wasn't a scratch to be found, my tires were fine, and it was as if nothing had happened. Seriously, shocked, awestruck, speechless...that was me. I wish I could have had a camera take a picture from above our cars as we were sliding and flipping past each other. I am convinced there was only a few centimeters between our cars colliding. Once I got myself together, I crawled back into my car and drove home, still shaking a tad, and knowing without a doubt that angels had to be watching out for me at that exact moment. There isn't a single other explanation I can find to adequately describe how I got out of that un-touched. Miracles happen every day. And in a few seconds, within centimeters, I could have been dead, or extremely injured. Time is so precious, our lives can be taken from us so fast. So I hope that we all use our time wisely, and appreciate the time we have been given. Never take a single day for granted, because everyday is truly a gift.

22 comments:

Kelli Warren said...

1. You have been slacking on blogging, I started my blog just cuz you blogged soo much! haha but it's ok, I understand that a boy can take up all your time, and that is how it should be!!!
2. Yay finally a picture together!!!He leaves on Monday?! NOOO! I'm so jealous it was 80degrees! Get me outta Rexburg
3. I can't tell you how happy I am that you are ok and unharmed, however, if you had gotten in an accident I probably would have had to fly out to Dallas to visit you in the hospital to make sure you were ok and remembered me...
I love you and am soo glad you are safe and know angels are always watching out for you.

Chris said...

Hi Melissa, certainly angels were watching over you hon. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

Lynn T. said...

Look how chubby I was when we went to the zoo! I've heard most people gain weight when they get married, but not us! Love you Wifey-Pants!

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