Thursday, April 28, 2011

The 7-letter Word

The word that ought not be spoken has been spoken in our home:  minivan. 

To those who do not (yet) have one, it is the very symbol of family un-coolness.  Those who do own one sing of their amazing features, (yet non-owners remain unconvinced). 

I'm not sure anyone sets out to have a minivan, and many of us--while still kid-free and in our early 20's--swore we would never be owners.  And yet . . . so many have given into the minivan trap.  And we--yes, my family--are the latest victims.



About 2 years ago, a friend of mine got a minivan.  She tried to convince me.  "Just give into the stage of life we are in."  Misery loves company, I thought.  Not in the market for a new car, I laughed it off.  Recently, we found out our Honda Passport was dying a slow but sure death, and we began to look for a suitable vehicle for our family.  We ruled out larger, V8 engine vehicles because we wanted better fuel economy.  I pushed for a Mazda 5 or a Subaru Outback, but when it came down to passenger & cargo space, a minivan became the only affordable option. 

With a very, very limited budget, I didn't get all the things on my wish list, but we got an amazing deal on a used van that only had 24,000 miles on it.  I can't say I'm not disappointed that I didn't get leather heated seats, but we have what we need and I'm grateful for that.  So Rebekah, I gave into our stage in life.  It may take a while to embrace, but I am enjoying keyless entry for the first time in a long time!

9 comments:

  1. Same car and color as ours :-) It's a great van and we're so happy with. You can beat van cargo space, that's for sure! We're so glad we have ours now that we're expecting 2 more!

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  2. Welcome, welcome. I love it! And 24K?! Amazing!

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  3. Embrace! You'll love it! And then when your kids are all gone and that van is on its last leg, you can get the sporty car of your dreams for just you and your mom....until the grandkids start to come. Ha! Love it!

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  4. I posted this on my FB page, so good!

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  5. What year is it? It looks great!

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  6. It's an '06 Kia Sedona. The lady who sold it to us said it was her "weekend car." Haha. We paid 11k for it, so we got a fantastic deal. It literally looks new inside & out.

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  7. I was dying laughing reading this! Bryan and I have said this 7 letter word as well, and I just feel so darn old. I'm not even 30 and we're looking at minivans!!!!
    I CAN give in to this stage of life. I CAN give in to this stage of life....

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  8. I love it and can't wait to see it!

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