A modified van that Jeff can drive into through the automatic ramp that opens out the back door.
The van is awesome.
It's something we've known we wanted for several months. And it COULD NOT have happened without the generosity of others.
Shortly after Jeff's injury, our friends and family began fundraising for us. While I was grief-stricken over the accident, trying to make sense of the chaos my family had been thrown into, others were rallying and donating to our cause. They knew we were going to need help financially if we were going to make it through this.
We continue to be so thankful and overwhelmed in a good way by the generosity of others. Even though this horrible thing has happened to our family, in the wake of it, we have experienced an influx of giving from friends, family, and perfect strangers. It has restored our faith in humanity. Truly.
Here it is. Our new-to-us 2011 Toyota Sienna.
It's a pretty sweet ride.
We took it for a drive around the block today.
Don't worry - we were still in the driveway here.
Evie is super excited that she gets to sit next to Daddy now in the car!
I'll tell you a secret ...
Jeff has always wanted a mini van.
I'm not kidding.
When we leased my Hyundai Santa Fe early last year, he tried to talk me into getting a mini van. And this wasn't his first attempt.
I couldn't justify it seeing as that we only have one kid and don't travel all that much.
I used to catch him looking at mini van interiors online, and he would show me how all the seats would re-configure so you could haul bikes, a wagon, plants from Home Depot ... anything really. Plus he always said mini vans were "undercover" and "fast as hell."
Oh how I wish he could drive this.
Instead, he'll have to settle for the role of backseat driver.
Yesterday evening as we were looking at our new van in our driveway, I said to him, "Here you go, Daddy. You finally got your mini van."
He wheeled his chair around to go back up the path into the house, and said, "Yep. One way or another."