No, it's not our son...
It's a minivan.
For a long time, we thought we might be able to sneak through at least part of the two-children stage using only our faithful Honda Civics. However, when we tested this theory, my husband discovered that it would only work as long as our son remained in the infant carrier. (For those who wonder why this is so: a rear-facing toddler seat fits fine in the middle back seat of my Civic--and in that one seat only. But alongside another, front-facing toddler seat, it won't work. The seats are too wide and they won't sit flat beside each other--or allow you to close the door. Why don't they make car seats for compact cars? Maybe in Europe they do?) So we knew that, sooner or a very little bit later, we would have to bite the bullet and go for something larger.
So Dave has been checking Craig's List periodically, and about two weeks ago, he found what seemed to be a really good deal on a 2004 Honda Odyssey. We drove to Centreville, VA to check it out and take it for a spin, and ended up offering the seller his asking price just as the second would-be buyer was strolling around the van. Ever since then, my husband has been working extremely hard to nail down a car loan with a helpful but inexperienced bank representative and stay in touch with the seller, who left for a week-long business trip the day after we first saw him.
Anyway, as of last night, it's all settled. We own this puppy for keeps (or at least as long as we make our payments on time!). Both car seats are installed in it. Now all we have to do is take some trips, create some memories, and make it really feel like our family vehicle. Oh, and we have to name it, of course. (I come from a family with a long tradition of naming cars. Yes, I'm serious.)
Thank You, Lord, for your provision for us! We acknowledge that you are the One who has supplied this need for us--and we agree with your Word that we do not deserve even the smallest of your gifts!
Now... does anybody know someone who wants to buy a Civic?