Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Where to begin...

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.


33 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Kim - I am so sorry. Thank God - She is going to be ok and the guy was caught. I will include Sammie and your family in my prayers.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I am so thankful she is ok. A 10 year old girl was hit and run a few days ago here. She is seriously injured. How can you not stop to help or see if the child is ok? Unbelievable. Thinking of you and your family.

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh my goodness Kim!! Praise the Lord indeed that she is going to recover! I cannot even imagine what that would be like as a parent to watch and feel so helpless and I am so glad they were able to catch the driver. Shame on him!! We will pray that Sammie continues to make a full recovery!
Vanessa

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

So glad to hear the sweet little girl is going to be alright....and that they got the guy. I am sure your whole family is tramatized...and understandably...prayers for all.

Erika . . . with a K said...

Oh My Goodness!!! Wow. I am speechless and so amazing happy for you and your family that little Sammie is recovering! How lucky for all of you! I can't believe anyone could do that and just speed off like it didn't happen... I am glad they caught him!

Christina said...

We can surely praise God for so many wonderful things.

Thank goodness Sammie is ok. love & hugs.

Debbiedoo's said...

Praise God is right Kim. Unbelievable to me that someone could take off like that. Grateful she will be OK, and he was caught.

Traci said...

I just don't understand how someone could do something like that. I'm sooo glad Sammie's ok. God is great!

Kristens Creations said...

Oh my goodness!! How awful...I'm so glad your niece is ok,Praise God!! And, I'm glad they caught the guy! I can't believe someone would leave after hitting a child. What a looser! I'll be praying for your family. You all have been through quite an ordeal...

Finding Home said...

I am so sorry that such an awful thing happened to your family but that it was God's Grace that she is okay and the man was caught.

Many Blessings,
Laura

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Praise God, indeed! That is one lucky child and everyone will sleep better knowing the driver was caught. Still, it will be a long while before your parents will put this behind them.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

OMG, Kim! I totally did not see that coming! I'm so glad that she is not more seriously hurt. Thank God! What an a-hole! I seriously hope he is spending some time in jail. How do you do that and drive away???

Kimberly said...

WOW......so sorry. I am so glad your niece is ok and the man was caught. Did they take him to jail?

you have alot to be thankful for

Calypso In The Country said...

Oh Kim, I am so sorry to hear that happened but so relieved to hear she is going to be ok. You and your family must have been so terrified! How lucky that the man was caught!
-Shelley

Marigene said...

Kim, thank goodness your niece wasn't severely injured or worse. It makes me wonder about society when I hear that a driver didn't bother stopping after just running down a little child.

Patti said...

I am so sorry that your family has had to endure such a terrible ordeal...but so very grateful that your niece is OK!!! I will say a prayer for her quick recovery!!!

Patti

Bliss said...

You got it right..... Praise God!

~Bliss~

Country Dreaming said...

I don't understand how these things happen. Prayers and blessings for Sammie and your family!
Thank goodness that detective was out and about!

Take care.

Melinda

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How scary for everyone...I'm so glad she is okay! XO

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

First off...happy birthday, my friend! Going through your mother's things must be very difficult and bittersweet...makes me want to start going through some of my own stuff now. Thinking of you, Lynn XOXO

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Thank God your little niece will be okay after some tender loving care. Poor sweet little thing! I just can't believe how people can be so heartless. I'm glad they arrested him Sigh... just makes me so sad for the times were are in. Thank you for sharing.. prayers are powerful! Hugs!

pam {simple details} said...

I'm so sorry, Kim, I just gasped when I read it! Such a relief to know your little niece will be ok, you'll all be in my prayers!

Tina said...

So sorry for what happened but very thankful that your niece is doing good and the man was caught.

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Carla Aston said...

Wow, what a story. So glad she's okay. He came to pick up his car's mirror and then denied hitting her? That's just stupid.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

This is terrible...I'm so glad she's okay.

What an idiot that guy is...glad he was caught.

Princess Kate said...

So glad to hear she is going to be ok. Praise God indeed. Like I always say we need to always count our blessings.

Shelley said...

OH MY GOSH what a nightmare! I'm so glad she is okay though. I would be so infuriated at the guy denying he hit her!!

Linda Young said...

Oh, Kim! Thank God little Sammie is okay! That was very scary, but I pray she'll recover quickly. Makes one pause to think how quickly things can happen to change our lives forever! I will pray for your whole family.
Love, Linda

Pat said...

Kim I am just now seeing this and am in tears. What a horrible thing to have happened. Such good news that Sammie will be okay and the driver was caught.

Will keep Sammie and all of you in my prayers.

Tricia said...

Kim,
I haven't been around. But I'm so glad that I happened to jump on my dashboard today.
Praise God indeed that your sweet Sammie is okay. I can't begin to imagine such a situation.
I will be saying prayers for her speedy recovery and comfort for your family. Not to mention justice for the driver. I just can't imagine.
On another note, I do hope that your dear family is well. I've been away for so long, and it may take me awhile to catch up.

xo*tricia

Budget Design Girl said...

What a horrific thing, to hit a child and keep driving! I am truly at a loss for words...
Thank God that she will be ok. I'm sure her entire family will wrap their arms around her, and comfort and protect her always. How scary! You just never know...

I am visiting you after reading the sweet comment you left on my blog. Thank you so much! I am following you too.

I will continue to pray for your niece and your family for strength and healing.
xo-Lisa

Kristi said...

Kim, I am SO VERY SORRY to hear this but so HAPPY that Sammie is going to be ok!! I can't even imagine what that was like and what a DIRTBAG for leaving and then DENYING It! You all are in my prayers!!!
xoxo
Kristi

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, I have been away; and I just saw this post! How awful!!! Thank God your niece is recovering! You and your family are in my prayers!!