Saturday, May 28, 2011

Remembering a Miracle....

Yesterday, May 27th was 5 years since the car accident.

It was about 5 pm, I was picking up friends, and we were heading out to a Music Festival in the Seattle area.

As I came to pick up Diana, I cracked my window and yelled "Diana hurry up!" As I was yelling the phrase, she was coming up to the back passenger door on drivers (my) side. She than stopped, and went to the other side. I wondered why..

It was dark, and rainy. Not the best driving conditions. I changed my mind about which route to take and went off the road into a graveled shoulder, prepared to make a U-turn. 

Technically U-turns are legal in Washington, unless it states otherwise, and unless there are double lines dividing the traffic. I didn't take that into consideration and went ahead to make the u-turn. I was certain that there were no cars.

The next thing I know, I hear sirens. I look up, my roof is like an accordion. I block out. I than feel someone is trying to unbuckle me, I try to help them. It was so weird...

The paramedics got me down on a stretcher and started asking me questions; my name, last name, spelling, address, and where I worked. I answered, very slowly, taking deep breaths. I still didn't know what was happening. It was like a dream. I clearly remember one of the men asking me questions to keep me conscious. For the longest time, his voice, and the phrase he repeated stayed in my head. Playing over and over again. For months...."stay with me, Vicky, stay with me."
To my understanding, they called out Life Flight to get me to Emmanuel, the #1 Trauma Center. After talking to me, they thought I was in better shape than they originally though, so they put me in an ambulance. On our way to Emmanuel, my blood pressure was falling, FAST. That is when they raced me to SW Washington Medical Center. 

Turns out, I had broken ribs, 5, and 7, on each side. The ribs punctured my lungs, making it difficult to breathe, and that is where I lost quite a bit of blood. My pelvic bones where broken in a few places, a crack in the spine, ruptured spleen and a tear in bladder.

After the sirens, next thing I hear is my Daddy, telling me that everything is going to be ok, that I was in a little car accident, that they were going to fix me. I didn't understand. "What is going on?", I thought.

The next day, it was Sunday, with family by my side. I had a neck brace and was unable to move. The docs where sure I had a broken neck, arms and most likely legs. I guess they couldn't see on the MRI since I was so swollen.

When Diana came to visit me, we figured out why she sat on the other side of the car. She said that I told her to go on the other side, I know that I did not tell her that. It was God. If she was sitting behind me, I don't know if she would have been amongst us!  Diana! God loves you so much!

I was in the ICU for 6 days, had my chest tubes taken out a few days later, had a pelvic surgery the 12th of June and on Wednesday, June 14th I came home! I was in a wheelchair till my pelvic brace came off, on July 28th. My last surgery!

I was amazing at how many people visited me! I had my dear friends by my side every day, including my than boyfriend Peter, and amazing friend, Oksana, who was a RNA in training! She took such great care of me! I got feet massages, and she even washed my hair! :)  Not to mention styling :) lol

I want to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for the cards, flowers, cookies, teddy bears, and all the encouraging words! It lifted my spirits so much! I was especially touched when people that i barely knew, took the time out of their busy lives and came to encourage, comfort and bless.

Also My dearest mommy! Thank you so much for being there for me! I am so sorry for causing you so much tears and heart ache!

My dear cousin Irina made this amazing poster for me! Everyone was so generous! By the time I was able to drive, there was over $1,700!!!

I am so grateful, and will always be to God Almighty, the creator of the Heavens and the earth, the Lord of all seen and unseen. My Jesus, my Savior. It is not my life, it is His. He breathed life into me a second time. He was there to prove everyone wrong. 

(I'm pretty sure Lily K. got me that HUGE beautiful paper flower! Thank you! plz correct me if I'm wrong!)

You know, I though miracles were for back in the day Bible times. I never imagined that I would ever be the subject of a miracle! I have seen it, lived through it, and live it. My life is a miracle :)
After that, with family and amazing friends who were by my side, I successfully completed physical therapy and was back to normal :)

Please forgive me for such a long post! 

I wish I had pictures of everyone that came to visit me.

I hope and pray that this post inspired you in some way.

May His blessings always be upon you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Missed you!

I have missed you dear blog land!

It's been pretty crazy around here!

My now 6th month old is not sleeping so much during the day, and almost 3 year old is...well...a 3 year old :)

Seems like my days are filled with laundry, washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, and than all over again! lol

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my life,,,,besides being a mother and a wife, of-course!

I'm one of those late bloomers, thinking what I want to accomplish this year; which many of you have done that before the new year, and possibly already accomplished!

My home has been changed up a bit over the past month. I'm hoping to post our new dining room table (which I LOVE) Sam's room, and a few little spots around our home :)

Besides all that laundry and cleaning, I have been networking with local women here in Portland :) 

Networking and connecting has always been my passion, plus, it's great to get out!

I'm enjoying the weather as much as I can, they say it's going to rain all next week here in the North West! 

It's good for our gardens though :)

Many blessings!!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Dear Friends!

Easter is the most important holiday for us :)

It's definitely not about the Easter Bunny!

It's when Jesus died for our sins, and resureccted to give us life :)

It's so amazing that He has done that for you and I.

I cannot fully comprehend His love for us!
So many times I hurt Him in so many ways! 

Yet He still calls me His child.

I feel honored, and so blessed, to be loved and cared for by the God of the Universe.

This film is so amazing in capturing the glimpse of what had happened.

What does Easter mean to you?

Happy Easter :)

May the resurrected Jesus, resurrect in your heart :)


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chair Re-DO

First off, I want to apalojize to all my readers about my inconsistency.

This whole blogging thing is really hard!

I seriously don't know how ya'll do it!


We had a few chairs that my sonny decided to poke through with a fork after dinner.

It took me a while to start the project, so they were like this for a few weeks..

I unscrewed the cushion and ripped off the vinyl.

Got this Vinyl at Wal-Mart. Just enough to cover 2 chairs.

 Hubby did all the work :)

He used a blow dryer to help with the stretching.
I have never seen anyone do that before. I guess it helped with stretching?

 After we were done stapling, we cut off the excess vinyl.

With the finished product looking like this.

 I will try my best to post more.

I am really working on time management around here.

It has been very challaging.

I'm always everywhere, thrifting, shopping, play-dates, meetings, at a friends, at sisters...oh the list goes on.

What helped you manage your time?

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Top of a Piano III

Update on the piano.

I have no mirror now :(


My little nephew threw a ball and it happen to hit the mirror. 

It fell, scratched my floors, and broke a few little mirrors. :(

I wonder if I could find little replacement mirrors that are about 1" in diameter?

I did add a few little details to the top

A cute little star fish and a little bird cage that I got at a thrift shop for $1.29

(I'm planing on spray painting it white and distressing it a little)

But I don't know if I'll ever be able to replace the mirror

I fell in love with it

Now I'm so heartbroken!

Now the picture frame looks like it doesn't belong there...

I guess it's a never-ending journey ;)

I like it.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

My New Topiary Trees :)

Some of you already know about my love for Topiary Trees :)

You can read my inspirational post here.

I was really looking forward to buying real trees.

They are spendy, and I'm afraid of loosing them :(

One day I was at Marshals, and bought a pair of these beauties :)

The pots are beautiful, but I think they blend in with the back splash a little too much.

Maybe some white paint, and a little distress will do the trick?

What do you think?

Lovely and Creative Jen, over at Scissors & Spatulas had an amazing tutorial on Topiary Trees!

I wish I had found the items she used! I guess I'll find them when I at least expect them! lol

But for now, I'll enjoy my great find at Marshall's for only $12.99 each! :)

There is not a chance that they will die on me!

Just in case you were wondering, the plaque above was given to me by a dear friend on my Birthday :)

Christ is the head of this home,
the unseen Guest of every meal.


It will always be cherished.

And so will His presence :)


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Little Bit of Spring!

March 20th is the official first day of Spring.

I cannot wait till we see change in weather!

I'm looking forward to long weeks of sunshine and streets filled with tree blossoms!

I hear it's already happening is some places.

Unfortunately not here in the Northwest!
It's rainy and gloomy :(

Although we do get a little bit of sunshine here and there.

Which I am very thankful for :)

Since we don't have any budding trees around here just yet.

I had to have something that reminds me of Spring, of the coming Spring!!!

(Sorry for the bad quality of the pic, I just noticed! U could tell that I'm an amateur!) lol

Have a great day!