Be grateful for today. We may not have tomorrow

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Real Estate Agent with Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro

This isn't my usual blog but I felt I needed to write something.  Six weeks ago I was finishing up my morning devotion and writing in my gratitude journal how grateful i was for my four amazing children when my phone rang.  The call was not about real estate as I had expected.  It was a call that has changed my life forever and made me realize how fragile our  lives are.  

My beautiful daughter Ashlee hit black ice driving to work and her car was thrown into a tree.  She was life flighted to the trauma center at Vanderbilt with extensive injuries.  In the blink of an eye everything I had thought was important for the day, week and even months ahead changed.  The drive to the hospital was the longest drive of my life.  I had no idea if I would arrive to be told my daughter was dead or alive but I knew it was going to be serious no matter what.  When I finally arrived at the hospital we received frightening and very sad news.  My precious daughter was unconscious with life threatening injuries.  She has a broken neck, back, pelvis, shoulder, collar bones, ribs, wrist and arms, two collapsed lungs, shattered kidney, lacerated liver, and brain bruising.  But she was alive!

The condition on the car makes it impossible to believe anyone survived that crash.  In addition to being crushed, it was soaked in gasoline but did not catch fire.  It is remarkable that her body absorbed such trauma and was in a car with glass and metal flying everywhere but received NOT one cut to her beautiful face.  Angels surely were around her during the horrible crash.  Ashlee is our miracle.

After being unresponsive for days that stretched into weeks, she is now awake!  We have rejoiced over her blinking her eyes and following intermittent commands.  We were beyond excited when she puckered her lips for a kiss one day when I told her how much I loved her.  We have had heart wrenching days of wondering when and if she would regain consciousness and many sleepless nights being kept awake by the sound of the ventilator.

But Ashlee is a true miracle and a testament to the power of prayer. Ashlee is fully awake and communicates with us extremely well.  She still has a trachetomy tube and a neck collar but her recovery is remarkable.  She has several weeks to go before her broken bones are healed enough for her to begin rehab to walk again.  But she WILL walk!  God surely has a plan for her to have spared her from such a tramatic wreck and also speed her recovery like he has.  As horrible as this has been I still believe God is good and has a great plan for Ashlee.  Whenever God brings us to something he will always help us through it.  

My real estate career has been temporarily on hold as I have shifted into being a full time mom once again!  We are looking at many months ahead for recovery so i will be working to reach a happy medium of still selling real estate but also caring for my daughter.  I just know that great things are in store for Ashlee and myself!  Please pray for Ashlee's full recovery and strength during what will be a long painful road to get there.  

And be grateful for every minute that you have with your loved ones.  Each day is a gift that most of us take for granted.   

 

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Comments (17)

Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Sherri, This is some great news about Ashlee recovering from that terrible accident. I have been praying for both of you since I received your email awhile back. You can expect a phone call from me by this weekend. I will continue to pray for both of you. Yes, I knew your real estate business was on hold when I noticed that you had stopped blogging during the holidays. I know your KW family will be there for your support too.

In the mean time, Keep you faith in our Lord. Ashlee is a "Miracle".

Feb 08, 2012 06:07 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Sherri,

            I had prayed for you because another fellow Tennessee A/R member had told us about the crash. I found this on Jerry;s reblog of it! I am so glad to hear the good news it has made my day!

Feb 08, 2012 06:50 AM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals - Alexandria, LA
Your Real Estate Resource!

God bless your family! Prayers sent from Pineville Louisiana!

Feb 08, 2012 07:11 AM
Stephanie Stringer
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764 - San Antonio, TX
Mortgage Loan Originator

Sheri,  I came here from my friend Jerry's post.  My heart goes out to you and your family.  I know prayer is so POWERFUL so our family will be thinking about you and your beautiful daughter Ashlee.   Please keep us posted on her progress.  Ashlee sure has a beautiful SMILE!

Feb 08, 2012 07:18 AM
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

My husband and I will have you and your family in our prayers. May God continue to bless you as Ashlee recovers.

Feb 08, 2012 07:21 AM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
What a powerful reminder that family and loved ones should be treasured every moment. Sending prayers your way for continued healing for your daughter!!
Feb 08, 2012 07:38 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I saw this when Jerry posted it on facebook. Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you, Ashlee, and her doctors and nurses. GOD IS GREAT! Especially when life isn't! May lives be changed and people come to know Him through this difficult time. XOXO  ♥

Feb 08, 2012 07:49 AM
Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
Giving you the service you deserve!
Sherri- I'm praying for you and your family. One day at a time and God will hold you close.
Feb 08, 2012 09:02 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

I came over from JErry's reblog. What a remarkable story! God certainly has a major reason for her life. The enemy tried to steal her but our God is greater! WOnderful news of recovery and I will personally say a prayer for her that her recovery will be smooth and fast!! Lord bless you all!!

Feb 08, 2012 09:49 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I found this via Gerry's blog and so thankful he re-blogged it.  You are both in my prayers.  Life can change in a blink of an eye.  Hold that beautiful girl tight as she is truly a miracle. 

Feb 08, 2012 09:50 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Makes you realize how precious life truly is Sherri..............so glad to hear Ashlee is doing much better.  You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Feb 08, 2012 10:52 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Sherri I am so so sorry to hear this tradgic news about your beautiful Ashlee. I was wondering where you had been. Here is some sunny prayers coming your way. Keep us up to date on her progress when you can:) Big hugs

Feb 08, 2012 11:11 AM
Laura Forman
RE/MAX AEROSPACE REALTY www.LauraSellsBrevard.com - Melbourne, FL
Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist

Sherri - I just found out via Jerry's blog.  I can't imagine how difficult this must be for all of you, and I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Feb 08, 2012 02:49 PM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

HI Sherri, I found you from Jerry's blog post.  I am sure you have have your hands full.  I am so glad she is doing better now. SHe is beautiful

Feb 10, 2012 07:58 AM
Gloria Johnpierre
Siven Premier Real Estate, Inc - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Broker- Selling Tampa Bay Homes

My prayers are with you and your family Sherri. It's situations like these that makes you even more grateful for life and the wondering familiy and friends who have been there for you. God will deliver your daughter. Hang in there.

Feb 12, 2012 07:22 AM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Sherri,

We're praying right now for continued healing for your daughter Ashley.  Thanks for posting.

Mike in Tucson

Mar 18, 2012 10:36 PM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Sheri, I was stopping by to contact you to see if you'd be interested in co-hosting an ActiveRain Meet-up. I had no idea that you're daughter had been in this terrible accident. It's been several months now. I hope she is almost fully recovered or at least still moving in the right direction! God Bless!

Nov 28, 2012 03:43 AM