Update on My Daughter

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

Update on My Daughter - The Peaceful Mom

I have often thought that God allows me the privilege of experiencing hardships in life so that I can use those experiences to comfort and encourage others in similar circumstances. Like 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says:

“He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” – The Message

For those of you who are caregivers, I now understand.

It seems like every minute there is something to be done when your loved one cannot care for themselves from the tiniest thing like adjusting a pillow to dressing, eating and personal care. I am the one who changes the dressings on my daughter’s injuries, helps with physical therapy and comforts her as she works through the emotions of all that she has been through since being hit by a minivan. (You can read more about the accident here.)

I am absolutely not complaining.

I have felt God with us every minute and I actually physically feel all of the prayers that are going up for us. It is a strange and inexplicable sensation but it feels like your prayers are holding God’s arms around us as we walk this journey.


Thankfully we were able to come home from the hospital on Thursday afternoon after an intense five day stay which included surgery, recovery from surgery, adjusting pain medication and lots of physical therapy to make sure we could do everything we need to do at home.

Being home is both a blessing and a challenge. A challenge because I became the around-the-clock nursing care dispensing medication and making sure that my daughter is comfortable. A blessing because our family is together in familiar surroundings. Thursday night my three oldest teens and I had an impromptu slumber party into the wee hours of the morning. It was so good for us to be able to spend time together processing everything, laughing and crying together.


For my daughter’s privacy I won’t post any photos of her but I wanted to show you a little bit of our new reality:


My Daughter's New Room

(the first photo I have ever posted of a toilet)

We are very grateful to our friend who was able to let us borrow a motorized recliner so my daughter can sleep comfortably and move without much effort.

She basically cannot bear any weight at all on her left side for the next 6 to 8 weeks so we are depending on her right leg and right arm to help her push up out of her recliner, then while I am holding her she has to scoot her good foot over to the new seat (toilet or wheelchair) without putting weight on her injured foot and sit down. Moving in this way is painful and tiring for her but we are so thankful that she can because it means that we can be at home rather than at the hospital.

My sweet 13 year old has been completely displaced as we have taken over her bedroom for my 17 year old. Her bedroom has double doors that open to the living room so we are able to move the wheelchair in and out of the space. Even though the changes are difficult for her she is being very accommodating and is eager to help in any way that she can.


We have weeks of physical and emotional healing, physical therapy and adjustments ahead of us but we are so grateful for my daughter’s life, God’s Presence with us, family and friends who love us. I am especially grateful to all of you who have left comments on the website and Facebook or emailed me with your sweet thoughts and prayers for us. Your encouragement has truly carried us as we move through these days. I don’t have much time to respond but please know that I am reading every one.


I would never have wished these circumstances for my daughter but God as always is working all things together for good and we know that we can live peaceful and joyful lives as we trust in Him.





Why I Will Be Missing For A Little While

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B


There are some experiences in life that put everything into perspective.


You know those moments when your entire life flashes before your eyes and you are at a loss? We experienced one of those this weekend when our neighbor knocked on our door to tell us that our 17 year old daughter had been struck by a minivan while riding her bicycle a few blocks from our house.

We rushed down the street to the scene of the accident grateful to find that she was at least alive but lying on the pavement immobile – every parent’s worst nightmare unfolding before our eyes. Thankfully we have incredible neighbors. One kind woman was holding her hand. Another had called 911, others stood around her talking soothingly.

I sat on the ground to hold her head and talk to her and then I saw it – the minivan which had hit her had a huge dent in the front and the windshield was shattered where her body had made impact.

Within a few minutes we were whisked away by ambulance to the emergency room and after a CT scan and X-rays we discovered the extent of the damage: a broken and protruding collar bone and a broken ankle along with abrasions and bruising.


After surgery to fix the collarbone and ankle she is now recovering and after a couple of months of healing she will be as good as new, with the addition of a few pieces of metal holding her together in certain spots.

We are so grateful. Seeing the damage to the bicycle and the minivan so many alternative outcomes run through my mind as I am caring for her: brain damage, spinal cord injury or even death. I am so aware of the fragility of life, the preciousness of each moment we have with our loved ones.

My posts will probably be a little sporadic for the next couple of weeks. I am sure that you understand.

[See my Update here.]


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