Four Words I Never Thought I'd Be Glad To Say...

I'm a minivan mama!!
As I have mentioned before, I am not big on change. It has taken me a long time to admit that we needed a wheelchair van. The admission has been hiding somewhere in the back of my mind for a while, but I wasn't ready to come to terms with it. Acceptance is a gradual process.
There are certain markers of our reality of having a child with special needs that seem to level me every now and then. I think I have come to terms with Virginia's disability, and then WHAM! I have to make sure the beach house we are renting has easy access to the ocean. Or I have to throw out the flier for ballet lessons that came home in her backpack. Or I have to tell an airline that we have a passenger in a wheelchair. Or I have to admit that we need a handicap accessible van.
But now, I am ready and I am thrilled. We found a great, used Honda Odyssey and it is going to be so much easier to take Virginia places now that she can stay in her chair. She (and Wills) seem thrilled with their new ride!
I love the car for a lot of reasons, but mainly, because it is not this
For all you Jon and Kate watchers, you will recognize this car. And let me tell you, Findley fought hard up until the last minute and my father egged him on. They both really thought we needed this car, but last time I checked, we have 3 kids, not eight. I have been complaining that the sprinter is like an airplane- it is tremendous. I actually got dizzy when I test drove it. The other night, Findley was making a last minute push for the Sprinter. Wills looked over his shoulder at the pictures and said, "I like the bus. That's my favorite. Then Mommy can take all my friends somewhere at the same time."
Exactly, Wills. If I wanted a bus, I would get the sprinter. But I don't. So I am really excited about my new Honda!
He came around quickly. He's opening and closing the sunroof, over and over.
And just for kicks, here's Wills in the back of the sprinter we drove. I told you it was huge! It seats 17!!