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God is Good--- All The Time!!

Several months ago (before we knew we were getting TWO boys) we discussed trading cars. We researched big vans for a while; our whole family cannot fit in our car. But, with the big kids working, having bought their own cars, and the fact that they would be going to college soon, we do not all travel together very often. So we decided to keep my car, and just drive 2 cars when the need arose. Fast forward a few months....we paid off the car! We were so excited to have that payment amount available to put towards adoption. But within the past few weeks, it became evident to us, for several reasons, that this was not going work out. (We HAD to do something--if you want all the details, just ask me).
At first I fealt so defeated, and like the devil was after us....I mean it had MANY years since we had been free of a car payment. We racked our brains about what to do, and I prayed that God would guide us. Frankly, the vans we had looked at previously were beyond what we fealt comfortable spending. We are not extravagant people. BUT I do love a luxary car, and many of you have heard me say "I'd rather drive an older luxary car, than a brand new plain jane model." So earlier today, I resigned to the fact that we would be going back to a plane jane model. But God had bigger and better plans.
From our previous research, we knew what we wanted, and knew that there was a dealer that specialized in big used vans, in Jake's college town. Another thing you friends have heard me say, is that there is no such thing as a coincidence. We got Jake to school, unloaded, and headed straight for the dealership. The salesman that walked out to greet us is a Christian, homeschooling dad. We told him our situation, and how we could not afford that one, or that one, because of our adoptions. He did not pressure us at all. We asked if we could test drive 2 different models, 1 of which seemed beyond our reach.....but just so we would know if we liked that brand or not. We liked it ALOT, so he started doing the math. They gave us a couple thousand more for our trade in than we would have sold it for ourselves. They kept working on the deal (after closing time) until, much to our amazement, we could afford it. We got a 2 year old van for a few dollars more than we had been paying on our 8 year old car. What started out as a terrible thing in our minds, worked out amazingly well. Only God can do that! Even though we liked the van, we still thought we were taking a "step down" as far as options were concerned. But as we looked further, pushed buttons, etc., we kept discovering more and more options the van has that were not evident at first. It even has my beloved heated seats!!
The salesman was wonderful, even voluteered to go get the kids happy meals as we moved the car seats, and shoveled all the junk from the old car to the new. And get this--when we were done, and ready to leave--this man PRAYED with us!! How awesome is that?!?!
Now, the littles are in bed, David is sitting here reading the owners manual as I type. He keeps naming off things the van has, that we did not know about.....we are laughing out loud every few minutes as he reads off another option. It also is the safest vehicle we have ever had, with side curtain airbags. We are so thankful for the -not- coincidences that led to need to trade at this time, in this town, 4 hours way from home. Only God could have orchestrated all of the events leading up to us getting this van. Lord willing, it will serve our family well for years to come, and even after Wes and Waid get home, we will still have room for 3 more kids......maybe God will allow us to fill those seats with orphans. Oh, and in case you are wondering what kind it is.... I'll be getting my hair cut like Kate's sometime soon --think we'll get a TV show?? (just kidding).

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