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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

An Easter that went totally wrong...

First off I want to say that even though Ginger and Trixie just sold, Cookie is available for sale as on PFATT Marketplace! The new artist ads come out on the 10th of each month.

Life sometimes seems like an endless roller coaster ride, some ups and some downs, other times it feels like you are forever waiting for the ups to come! Never take for granted that your day will turn out exactly like you have planned, it may have other things in mind.

Easter started out nicely, the weather was mild, my son was visiting for the weekend and all "seemed" well. I will back up and say that the previous day my hubby and son built a bike jump with the tractor, this is nothing new at my house. Both my boys are experienced bmx bike racers and love to ride the jumps and have for years. As a Mom I always have the worry of what if.... this particular jump is a double, and HUGE, nothing to sneeze at and only for the experienced rider. I was concerned anyway.

My son Tyler was going to take this jump for the first time and asked if I would come out and watch. I of course did but I am always nervous watching my kids do this stuff even though I know they are capable. I did however have a sick feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. As I watched Tyler come off the hill toward the jump panic started to engulf me, as he launched I instantly knew all would go terribly wrong even before he touched the ground.

 I witnessed my son's body being thrown like a rag doll and slam into the hard ground. The horror and shock of what my eyes were seeing will haunt me for a long time. The scream that involuntarily came out of me felt like it was coming from someone else. I was rendered useless as my husband told me to call 911. We were in the woods and I needed to ride the 4 wheeler up to the house, but in my shock I could not figure out how to even turn it on! Dan turned Tyler over to see he had lost conciousness and his eyes were rolling and his body twitching. He shoved me aside and went to make the call. I then had to sit alone in the woods with my baby like this, not knowing just how badly he was broken.

I don't do things like this well, but had to somehow. I quickly remembered God's promise to us that he is an ever present help in times of trouble, I did all I knew to do and that was to call out to God for help! A groan I will never forget left his body and he was coming around after what seemed like an eternity. He was so very confused and asked me over and over what happened?  not 2 seconds passed and he asked this same question again and again and again, I knew then he was in a bit of trouble.

We spent the good part of the day in the emergency room as they determined his injuries. He sustained a concussion, broken collar bone, small hole in his lung, scrapes, bruises and a lot of pain. He will heal, and he will be okay, for this I am grateful beyond what I can say. I am grateful that he had a full face helmet on, this is a priceless piece of equipment and not to be taken lightly. He is in a lot of pain, but we are doing all we can to help him through this healing process. We all feel a bit traumatized this week, it has thrown everything off in a way I cannot explain.

It occurs to me that if we wait for life to be peaceful, up and happy all the time, we will never be happy, life is just not that way. If we wait for our circumstances to be wonderful to determine if we smile, we will always be frowning. I am still learning how to find peace and joy in spite of what the circumstances may be. This is one of my weaknesses, I like to feel secure and in control, but we don't live in that world so I need to adjust my thinking on this somehow. I remember a time long ago when this was the case for me, the season in my life where all WAS well... I want it to be that way again, but maybe it won't, then what? I will just need to trust that God will take care of the what ifs in life! I am not there, but I am really working on it. I am so grateful to have my son with me, that right there is a reason to smile!


  1. I cannot imagine what you were going through or what you were feeling. I' m so sorry that happened to your son, but I'm glad that soon he will be better. My prayers go to you and your family. Sending all my angels over to your son.

    Many blessings to you all,

  2. Hi there,

    Wow, I am so sorry to hear of your son's accident. :( I was hurting for you all as I read this.

    How is he doing today?

    I will pray for you all and for him to be comfortable.

    Take care, Janet W...

  3. Jody how traumatic for you all. I'm so glad you were there, just think how terrible it would have been for your husband having to leave him to go and get help.
    I hope he mends quickly. I'm sure the potential was there for it to be much worse. Sending prayers your way.

  4. I can't begin to imagine how terrified you must have been, so thankful your son will be OK. Big {{hugs}} to you all! Deb

  5. Jody, what a very scary thing to go through. So glad that he is recovering! In time, this too will become just a memory. Sending you big hugs, girl! Ilene

  6. What a scary time that must have been! Hope he fully recovers. Sending prayers your way!

  7. How terrifying for you to witness this happening to your son but I'm so relieved he will heal. As you say, it's hard to feel you can't control life but I pray you will indeed find God's grace sufficient for you all.
    God bless - praying your son will heal well.

  8. So Sorry to hear about your son. I hope he heals quickly. My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. Take Care!

  9. I feel for you having to see your son have this accident! I hope he heals up fast.

    Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

  10. Oh my goodness Jody, so sorry to hear about this terrible accident, I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery! Cannot imagine that shock to experience something like that. I will keep you in my prayers.All the best! Hanni

  11. I am so sorry to hear about your son's accident and am so elated to hear that he WILL heal from his injuries. The life of a Mom is sure not an easy one. We work so hard for the early part of their lives to keep them safe that it makes its so extremely difficult to let them stretch their wings later... no matter the risk.

    I am a control freak too, but my son works hard every day to make me realize that control is an illusion. I guess, we never really had that gift. *sigh*

    I pray for your son's recovery to be speedy. He is a lucky young man, and I am sure he feels blessed having you to look over him! :)

  12. Oh Jody, so sorry to hear about your son's accident, but glad to hear, he will recover from it.
    Prayers and hugs to you and your family,

  13. I am so sorry to hear that this happened. Thank God he is still with you and able to recover from his injuries. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

  14. It is surely a blessing from God that your son is recovering from this accident. Thank God for the helmet! My prayers are with him and all of you! The bond between a mother and her son is so tight, and I am sure that he realizes how blessed he is to have you. Keep us posted on his progress.

  15. Oh, I am SO sorry to hear about the accident, Jody, but sooooooooo glad to know he's going to be okay. Good grief at the MANY times I've experienced that foreboding feeling in the pit of my stomach (I have 6 kids!). Thank you for sharing your feelings. As much as I hate that you felt the hurt, you wrote about it beautifully.


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