Saturday, February 27, 2010

Our new Suburban!

Ah-ha, we found it—the new Caron family hauler!!
What do you think of our new suburban? I'm lovin' it!

With a budget in mind and a small chunk of change in the bank (we like to pay cash for our vehicles if possible) we hit Craig's List for several weeks trying to find a good deal....and although it took longer than we anticipated, guess what? Our patience paid off - and God blessed us with more than what we were looking for - at an unbelievable price! We are thankful!

During this time of searching for a suburban to buy, I have to say a big "THANK YOU" to my parents for lending us their conversion van during the weeks we were without a second vehicle. I don't know what we would have done without it! We all loving nicknamed the van "Lazarus." Cuz it just won't die. It's old. It's like the Energizer bunny. No kidding, this van has been all over creation and was The Berge Family's primary source of transportation during our music ministry days. We traveled everywhere in it. It is kind of nostalgic and maybe, just maybe, we'll shed a tear the day it bites the dust. But for now, no worries, it runs like a champ and the kids thought it was awesome - it was like a house on wheels. :)

So why didn't we buy a fuel-friendly mini-van? I know this question is burning in many of your minds. Well, the answer is actually very simple. For one, this GIANT gene pool of a family is a far cry from normal. Have you seen the size of some of us? :) And think about it - four years of marriage and going on four kids....technically we've already outgrown a mini-van. So why not just go for the plunge and buy the 12 passenger van while we were at it? Well, funny, the thought of having more kids isn't half as terrifying as driving a 12 passenger van.... Oops, now I've revealed too much. Moving on...

So, the reason we (ok....mostly me) avoid mini-vans is not because I think we're too cool to drive a mini-van. This mom of four has little time to think about looking cool. Thus, the reasons I love suburbans are pretty obvious: (1) the long legged 6'8" man of the house and mini just don't mix. (2) I LOVE 4-wheel drive. If you're going to live in a state that is snow, slush and ice infested 8-9 months out of the year, it's a big must in my book. (3) The best feature....have you seen the trunk space in a suburban? It's beautiful! My double stroller, baby carrier, diaper bag, groceries, extra diapers & wipes, toys, books, you name it—there's room for it all! (4) My Hubby can use it to pull the boat to any lake he wishes. So there is really only one thing left to say...



The Sisters said...

YAY!!! You found one!
I never knew a post about a car could be so funny! ;) You made me laugh more than once, Mindy!!!
You'll have to give me a "tour" of the new suburban on Monday! :)

♥ Craig & Jessica ♥ said...

Yippee! I am glad you found one! We love ours too!

busymama431 said...

we're going to be in the market for a surburban soon...we fill up all the space in our 4-runner. yeah, I'm with ya on the 12 passenger van thing! yeah for storage, seats, and 4-wheel drive!

Melanie said...

Nice! It looks like just the perfect thing for you guys. And isn't God so good to have provided it at such a reasonable price? Praise the Lord!

Baby Blessings said...

Congratulations on expecting again! I had to laugh at this post about buying your new vehicle. I am now driving a 12 passenger van. I remember years ago saying, "I will NEVER drive a homeschool bus!" It really isn't that bad driving it, and I am definitely beyond the pride thing! :>) Four children this close together, you might skip the 12 passenger and go to the 15! :>)

busymama431 said...

Hi Mindy,

I have a question for you have an email address? Mine is


My Bright Corner said...

We have two Suburbans -- an '01 {which I refer to as The Beast} and an '08 {The Behemoth}. They have served us well!

Charity said...

I agree! We're looking for a Suburban too - live in CO - if you have any tips, please let me know! {no worries about driving out to nebraska - it's only about 1 1/2 hrs from us:)}. my email is
Blessings! and congrats on the new little one... so exciting!