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Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A New Van!

We finally got a 15 passenger van! We are so happy about it. Finally our family will be able to travel all together instead of taking 2 vehicles everywhere.


It was quite a story, how we got our van....we had found one in Chicago, a good 300 miles away from us. It was priced reasonably and would allow us to pay for it outright and still have enough left over to pay off our minivan that we currently have so that we would finally be car payment free. We understood that there were some issues with this van. We knew that the exterior was not so pretty but that was fine with us. We have purposed to not take on any new debt that we don't absolutely have to have so we weren't concerned with the outside, as long as it ran well and was safe and reliable, that was all we were concerned with.


So we made the drive to Chicago and when we got there, we were quite dissapointed. The van was as described on the outside plus some. The back door didn't even open (and it still said "BEST WESTERN" on it!) The inside was also horrific...the seats were ripped up, paint was spilled all over the floors, and the entire back row of seats was missing. Worse yet, it reeked of gasoline! We couldn't put our babies in there! Albert took it for a test drive and discovered pretty quickly that the brakes were shot...when he mentioned to the salesperson that the car was not in the condition it had been described in, he acted suprised to hear the list of things wrong! He pretended not to know that the brakes were bad.


Needless to say, Albert wasn't very happy. We had already put in the cost of the trip, rented a minivan to take us up there (we didnt' want to put the miles or wear & tear on ours as it already has problems) and spent a whole day away from our oldest four children (we olny brought the youngest five). Sydney was in rare form from the trip. I kept giggling (yes, I am an inappropriate giggler...plus honestly it was a little bit funny) and reminding Albert that this should be looked as not as a waste of time, but instead as a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together in the car and as an added bonus of lunch with his sister, whom he doesn't see very often. It took a while, but eventually he came around to seeing things this way! So we came home and laughed about it, and prayed about finding a van.


Three days later, God answered our prayers. Albert found another add advertising a van at a "Christain owned and operated" dealer. We drove up another 147 miles and this one was exactly as described. The owner was very forthright in describing the good and not so good about the van and was very willing to negotiate a fair price. We bought it and are very pleased. We will have to add 5 seatbelts ourselves as whoever had the van before had cut some of them out.



Sadly, the starter has gone out on Albert's car so I guess maybe we won't be car payment free for a bit longer but that's okay. God provides. I'll post pics of the new van in all it's glory as soon as we can. The kids are excited about it, except for Brandon who claims that its too big.
Functional son. Think functional.

12 comments:

The Rhoderick Family said...

So excited about your new purchase! That will be awesome! I also love the new look of your blog. It's so adorable. Can't wait to see the new wheels!!! God is so GOOD!!!!! Love you all.

Sharlene said...

Yeah for joining the sexy van club! Are you gonna pimp it out with a strobe light and shag carpeting?

BoufMom9 said...

OH! I so can not wait to see your sexy new van! LOL
I hope it's white like my sexy tiger :)

ps I need you to send me that pic in high resolution (this is your final reminder. LMAO!!!!)

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm sorry you drove all that way for nothing! Glad you found another one! Seat belts can be pretty pricey, though, can't they? Hope you can get them in soon so that you can all take that ride together/!

The Eadle Family said...

Awesome about your new purchase! You should post pics!

Christy said...

Congrats on the new van! I would hate to drive 2 vehicles everywhere! Matter of fact... if I can get out of driving... I do! LOL
Sorry the one in Chicago was a big disappointment! We looked at mini-vans up there b/c my hubby thought we could get a better deal there than our small town area. He was wrong. Car salemen in Chicago are shameless!

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