Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Church Van...

The time is near. The church van is just about ready for us to pick up. I'm struggling with it, a little. Okay, okay, I'll be honest- a lot! Yes, it's nice and all. We have put a few upgrades in it but some things they just couldn't do to it. Like the sun roof or larger tires, or a heated steering wheel and the list goes on! 

It will fit our ever growing family BUT there is not one thing about it that is cool. 
I guess that is okay. I wasn't cool before so why should I be cool now!


My family... mainly the older kids are having quite a good time laughing at me and have made it very clear they will not be riding in it... because they are too busy laughing.

When I tell friends I usually say- go ahead laugh, it's okay. I can handle it... and then they go right ahead and laugh.

Just wait people when our little treasures come pouring out of that thing! Your gonna wish you had one too... filled with little treasures!

Friday or Saturday I'll be sayin goodbye to the Yukon XL and hello to the church van!

sniff, sniff

33 comments:

Joy said...

Well, I think it's cool because I want one too! The only reason we would need one would be because we adopted more kids and that would be a wonderful reason to have one!. :-)

Lori said...

Oh...my. Heeheehee...sorry, I'm laughing. Actually, I am certain that I would also be driving a church van if my husband had his way. But I just could not pull the trigger on it. We fit nicely in our new (used) Suburban...so hopefully that will get us by for now!

But truly, I'll bet you will love your new family-bus. :)

The big kids will grow to love it, I'm sure. Maybe. You better go ahead and get the windows tinted just in case though.

Make sure you post a picture of yourself in it so we can all see!

Adeye said...

Welcome to the club, friend. I drive a similar seater! It totally rocks!!!!!!

You're gonna love your new wheels :)

Jennifer said...

I think your church van is totally awesome!!! :) Someday, I too hope to be driving one! ;)
Congrats on your van!
Drive it with pride, girl, drive it with pride! ;)

Difference2This1 said...

If it's any consulation... 1) overheard after AWANA one night, one of Tessa's friends to another "Tessa has the coolest car ever. All her friends can ride in it. My daddy said we're gonna get one too if he gets that promotion!" Honest, this is what I overheard!! 2) when someone throws a tantrum, you can place them in their own row to protect the innocent. 3) when someone is throwing up in the car, you can place them in their own row to protect the innocent. 4) You can increase the coolness factor 10 fold by buying one of Lori's adopton vehicle stickers (I'm trying to get a post out on that tonight- I KNOW you will be jealous of our ride when you see it :) 5) You can place the loud kids in the back row and you can barely hear them 6) All the kids friends love it, even the older "cooler" friends! 7) Ours is actually WAY easier to park then my husband's Chevy truck. That's a HUGE perk!

Who wouldn't want one of these big ole' vans in government issue white! LOL :) Blessings, Jennifer

trina said...

It's all in attitude! It's kind of like wearing pearls with jeans. Oh I've thought about what we would do if we add more..I mean when we add more. Our van is currently packed. Think about all the space they will have...and they will love it.
I would be the same way...I know I would. teehee

Faye Verquer said...

Hey, I have the exact same "Church Bus" only mine is Blue and it is AWESOME!! It took 8 kids to Homecoming last fall, it took 3 moms and 4 daughters to a Cheer Competition this past weekend 3 hours away, it has been on SEVERAL Girl Scout Trips, Cheer Trips, many many vacations that the "normal cool cars" could have NEVER gone on, and it has stood up to all the weather condtitions Ohio puts it through plus it is a LIFESAVER when you need to haul furniture/big purchases etc... We also Moved my parent's entire home in a few trips once all the seats were removed! Not to mention my brand new leather family room furniture and we didn't have to pay for delivery! Its the BOMB of all Family cars and believe me you will feel like the COOLEST MOM ever when you can bring all your treasures and all their friends out for Ice Cream or to go skating, or on a field trip of some sort!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE it...and when you need a Mom break go sit in it no one will ever look for you there!!! Several of my friends are way JEALOUS of me for having such an awesome do it all vehicle!!! You will fall in love...I promise!!

Hint: when we go on long trips we take one row of seats out for the luggage/toys/junk that have to go with us!!

Faye

Difference2This1 said...

Opps..I meant our adoption sticker was from Connie!! (at One More Ladybug)

Karin said...

I feel your pain! :) We don't all fit in our mini van so we drive two cars everywhere because we just can't bear the thought of the big honkin van. If you love yours, maybe I will change my mind. :)

Laura said...

I can so relate! We sold our big suburban and purchased a 12 seater van, like your photo. I actually cried. There is nothing glamorous about this life I'm living, but, what a blessing to be in God's will! Also, driving the van has showed me an area of pride that needed to be cleaned out of my heart. Now, I actually love my van, I LOVE it! You will too!
Still waiting TA. I'm still wondering how yours came before ours? I remembered we were LOA just days before you. It must be coming soon!!! We hope to travel the last week of March to get the girls. God knows. Praying for you ! Laura Jones

Jodi said...

my dream car!!!

Sue said...

You are a cool mom in a cool Church Van and the best of all all the beautiful treasures that the church van can hold. I like what people wrote

Cari said...

oh i feel your pain, Jean! Your new van looks a lot like ours that we had to get last year....so not cool, but for some reason my husband calls it the "lunch box"?! LOL...ours definitely looks like the church van, in fact our church borrowed it last month to take the teens to camp. I love it when I get to drive my hubby's Acura. It's pretty zippy.

You're right though...it's all for a great cause!

Diane said...

Consider it a badge (shuttle) of honor! I would love to see all your young-uns come piling out!

KLM said...

If I ever am forced to ride it in, you'll be dropping me off around the corner again.. just like in junior high.


Hahah. Just giving you a hard time!! Love you ma!

pbfoster said...

Totally NOT laughing at your wheels, because family ties are way more important than someone else's definition of cool.

Honestly, to me all that white looks like a fresh canvas waiting to be filled...perhaps let all your kids--big and littles together--have some fun designing a fresh family look for it? I'm thinking rainbow-colored Studebaker from the Muppet Movie kind of fun. :) (As they say, If you can't beat 'em join 'em!)

Sally-Girl! said...

Right there with ya!!! Maybe why I feel like Gracie is it for us as we can all still barely fit in the mini-van! However, I do say it stunk the other night when we took Kev out for dinner and there was no room, so I took my big ol' hiney and smooshed it between two car seats and put Marissa on my lap. The church van was looking pretty good at that point!

Dr. D @ Curls and Twirls said...

Welcome to the club! :-D

Pam said...

Love it!!!!!

Nancy said...

I can't laugh because many people would be happy to have a car, any car no matter what it looks like. You could remind them of that :)

Grandma Shelley said...

oh man....giving up a Yukon XL for a van? Wow. Oh wait! Think about all the love IN that van. Some time in the future you will be able to Yukon XL it again. For now, tho....the heck with it....Luvin' all those kiddos is way more important, isn't it. I think you will look "more kewl" as a Mama to many! Congrats!

David and Janet Hurley said...

Don't worry Jean, you will love it!. I too came from a Yukon XL Danali, it had heated everything!, and it unexpectedly died last year, the very month that it was finally paid for, and just 1 month before an adoption.
We were so blessed to find a 2yo Sprinter, (it does have a sunroof and heated seats;)). SO I am BIG and TALL, and love it!!! It has been such a huge blessing.
Your big kids may actually be glad to ride with you--with the price of gas going up!

Karen said...

I'm with ya Jean. We are planning on getting ours in the next few months. When we go anywhere as a family we either have to take 2 cars or our two oldest double buckle (they're the only 2 not in car seats:-) I can't wait to fit my family in one vehicle and the kiddos can not wait. They did suggest we paint on it "No this is NOT a daycare" (obviously we get asked that ALOT:-)on the side of it. Enjoy your van and your "badge" of being a mother of many. I am looking forward to it!

On a different note, do you have your CA and travel dates yet? Did I miss the post?

Angie said...

I would LOVE to be able to take all my family including our four adopted from China in one vehicle but better they have a home than the ability to ride in one vehicle. Guess it would not be a hard transition for me since I drive a 1995 Ford Explorer with faded and chipping paint. So maybe if I had the belssing of your Yukon it would be more difficult. It's all in your perspective I guess. I know the treasures you will have riding inside are worth loosing your style for and you are choosing that!! Continuied blessings on your growing family!!
Angie

Holly said...

Good job, Jean! You can do it! Giving up the cool for Christ! God is going to bless you big time for all that you are sacrificing for Him and those precious kids. You keep on going for Him...in your awesome van!

Lilly's Family said...

Don't worry about it. we are getting one in July. I am going to be soooooo embarresed
katie

expressmom said...

I only wish I NEEDED a van that size. Sadly, my whole family can fit in a sedan

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

EMBRACE the church van....it is FUN! Hey, it may not be "cool", but it sure does get the attention :) Go with the outgoing self...and have fun with it!!! We do :) It sure helps to look in your review mirror and look at all those wonderful faces!!!!!!!

Rebekah said...

Big vans are awesome. Not bc of how they look, but bc of all the precious cargo riding inside.

I am so thankful for our big van. Now I may not be stylin', but who cares about the coolness factor when you go home with all those sweeties.

I guess I had to quit caring about all that about the time strangers started asking, "Don't you know what causes that?" ;-)

Sara said...

Oh you'll love it. We have a big van and I was hesitant at first too, but now I can't imagine anything else. My daughter's friend told me, "You have the coolest van ever, it has Christmas lights in it, a big TV, a book rack,and I can stand up in it!" I told her NOBODY has ever told me my van was cool, so thank you very much :-)

Our kids love it too, they can ride comfortably and have lots of room.

It will take some getting used to, but I promise you will love it....eventually. I just tell people that I gave up looks for comfort, and joke that I'm going to get a flashing stop sign for the side of my "cool" van.

I laugh when I think I used to drive a cute little bright yellow VW bug!!! And I won't lie, I do like taking my husband's Volvo when I just have one kiddo, or doing some errands. I feel like I'm in a race car :-)...oh and the parking is much easier.

Serving the King said...

LOL Jean! I love your van and indeed the picture of all those sweet little one's pouring out just melts my heart! You go girl!

Laura L. said...

Oh now, you'll be the classiest, most lovely mom ever to drive a church van! Just call it the Miss Savana...carrier of China treasures.

Happy trails!

Jennifer said...

Love what Holly said. Giving up cool for Christ. We gave up our Ford Excursion with extras for our van/bus. But everyone sees us coming and I don't feel too guilty about the gas when I count the number of "empty" seats....usually not too many. The love pouring out is absolutely true!