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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:19:56 AM(UTC)
Today, is a the anniversary of a very significant day in my life, 11/27/05. It is one of the things that has happened in my life that has either led me to, or reinforced my faith, so I thought I would share it.
We were driving back from Wisconsin Dells, south in to Illinois on I 90, west of Rockford. I was driving a Chevy Tahoe with my wife riding shotgun, my step-daughters in the back seat, and my son in the 'way back'.
I was probably going to fast for conditions. We hit some black ice and I lost control. We went off the road, down and embankment. As we reached the bottom of the embankment, our right front bumper, hit the embankment and we flipped twice ass-over-front twice. We then rolled about 8 times until we came to rest approximately 40-50 yards off the road.
All of the windows were smashed out. None of the airbags deployed (thanks Chevy). I looked over at my wife....not a scratch on her. I looked at my daughters in the back seat, not a scratch. I yelled back to my son....but he was not there. I went into a panic.
I knew that 80% of the people thrown from cars don't make it, and those that do can be really messed up.
I got out of the car and looked on top or bottom, in case I had run him over. I was screaming his name in desperation.
Then about 10 yards off of the highway, some people were yelling to us. Some great people had stopped to help. My son was apparently thrown out of the car about 15 feet in the air over the car as we had begun to flip. He landed on the embankment with only a broken fibula. He looked up at me and waived.
I truly believe the providential hand of God protected me and my family that day. Why He should have rescued my family from calamity is beyond me....I certainly did not and do not deserve it. It was only by His grace and mercy.
So I thought I would share with you all today. I know some of you, and your friends and family, are going through some hard times and I wish you weren't. But I posted this because I believe God can do miracles in peoples' (even highly flawed people like me) lives.
I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving...and for those of us who believe...Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 3:44:16 PM(UTC)
KRK, how old were your kids when this happened?
I read it to my wife, and she wanted to know.
The way you handled it says a lot about you.
Someone else might have cursed God, saying “how could YOU allow me to get in such a serious accident???” Or “you let my son get hurt?”
But you gave God the glory, for allowing all of you to survive.
That’s REAL faith!
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 4:21:05 PM(UTC)
My kids were all 15 at the time. My daughters (actually step-daughters) are twins and my son is just 6 months older.
They all thought I was mean by making go to school the next day.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 4:37:28 PM(UTC)
Man....are you MEAN!!!
Saturday, November 30, 2019 5:42:27 AM(UTC)
Thank you for sharing this.
Stressful tragic events will either draw us closer to the Lord or push us away. The choice is ours.
West of Rockford. You weren't very far from me.
Saturday, November 30, 2019 7:50:47 AM(UTC)
Cool!!! I didn't know you were a flat-lander.
I forgot to tell a funny postscript to the story...why I think the press is full of manure...
A day or two after, they had our names in the paper. My son's last name is the same as mine and a somewhat unusual name to bout (probably 1/100,000 people have it).
The paper said, "It is not known whether Will Kppppp and Kevin Kppppp are related."
I thought, "REALLY!!! No they are Not related, he just picked up a 15 year old hitchhiker with the same unusual last name!!"
[Note to Z2C, that would have been in the sarcastic font]
Saturday, November 30, 2019 6:02:03 PM(UTC)
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Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:42:17 AM(UTC)
That is a pretty wicked crash! Glad you all made it out alive and were able to fully recover.
A few winters ago we had a wicked storm. I was driving from Green Bay to Appleton to meet up with someone. This all happened in a matter of seconds. I was on 41 South and saw cars going around a corner really fast. I was confused why I saw two or three taillights zip around a corner because the highway was straight. As I kept driving, I realized it was a SUV rolling over on the frontage road. I was glad to see someone was pulling up to help them. Pretty surreal scene though.
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