Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day here in South Jersey. Not a typical day for mid-March, and not a typical day for my family. My parents had just gotten home from their winter retreat in Florida, having been away for 5 weeks. I missed them terribly and always look forward to their visit when they return. We are so blessed in that both sides of the family, my husband's and mine, are only a few miles away - aunts, uncles and cousins included.
Mom and Dad stopped by with my five-year-old niece Sammie, my brother's daughter. She's a pip and a sweet little tomboy. I watched as she played in the family room with Cole and Amy. After they left, I took the kiddos for a walk and we looked forward to a family night with ice cream and board games.
I got the call at 6 o'clock that our sweet Sammie had been playing in front of my parents' house when she was hit by a car. It was a hit and run. Yes, someone actually hit a child and sped off, with my brother (her father) and my parents as well as several other neighbors looking on helplessly.
I spent the night at the hospital with my family and am so grateful to say that Sammie is okay. What a lucky little girl that she wasn't more seriously injured. She is very scraped up and badly bruised, has a concussion and swelling to her face, but the rest are just emotional scars.
Praise God that she is still with us.
Praise God that the driver was caught - yes, he came back after he changed his clothes to find the mirror that fell off of his car when it hit my niece in the head. He denied hitting her.
Praise God that an off-duty detective was out for a walk on this glorious day and saw everything, including the license plate.
Praise God for an incredible support group of family and friends and the most amazing church family that we are eternally grateful for and love so very much.
Please pray for healing to my family - my parents who are devastated and lost years off of their life I'm sure, my brother and his wife, who is expecting their second child this Summer, and my precious niece Sammie as she recovers at home.