Well, we have finally made the mini-van commitment. We are now the proud owners of a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country Touring. After much consideration, we decided that our budget could not handle a Honda or Toyota (at least as new as we preferred). So we researched all the other options and the Town & Country seemed to get the best reviews.
We went to test drive one last night and unexpectedly came home with it. :) It is white (the color I didn't want :)) but the deal was unbelievably good! We ended up trading in our '91 Honda Accord for way more than we could have sold it for and negotiated the price down further. We love the new van and our kids are thrilled! It has leather seats, DVD, stow-and-go seating, and power everything. Anyway, we are thankful for God's provision of a vehicle for a better price than we imagined.
I never thought I would be driving a mini-van - I was an SUV girl all the way. And I never imagined that I would be driving a white, non-Honda mini-van. But you know, it doesn't matter. I'm thankful and my children are way more important than my "ideal" vehicle. :) Travel will be fun this summer!