When I moved to Colorado thirteen years ago, I came without a car--and even a driver's license! But during that first year of teaching, I worked on getting my license and saved some cash to put a down payment on a used car.
In October of 1998, I came home with this beauty:
It's a 1989 Plymouth Reliant. The Lord gave it to me at an affordable price and allowed me to use it for twelve years.
I remember driving it to work the day after I bought it and sharing with my students how God was taking care of my needs. At the end of the day, I took this picture of them. I let them take turns sitting in the back seat and turning on the motor for them to hear it. They even wanted to hear how the radio sounded and feel the air conditioning. We named my car "Speedy Gonzales" as a joke since it was an older car. Just thinking about this story makes me laugh and brings sweet memories of those kids.
For the last couple of years, I've wondered how much longer old Speedy would last. These past few months, it hasn't done well--stalling and making me so nervous to drive. With our foster-adoption process moving faster than we even thought and with my car not doing so well, we decided to start praying and looking for a newer used vehicle that would suit our needs. We wanted a reliable car that would fit some kiddos safely in the back seats.
We made our purchase today so I would like to introduce our 2009 Honda Odyssey to you (pardon the picture quality--it was taken with my phone since we haven't replaced our missing camera yet)....
Isn't she a beauty?(If you'd like to see a better picture, click here.) We're so thankful to the Lord for providing this vehicle. It is reliable and has low miles in it...plus, we'll be ready for however many kids God gives us!
By the way, we haven't named it yet, but I doubt we will. Getting that first car and sharing it with my students was a whole different story! Oh...and Speedy Gonzalez got traded in at the dealership for a small amount, but he's out of our hands. I don't miss him one bit!;)