The Bell Family

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My Christmas Present


Our friend Rachel blessed us yesterday with a night out while she watched the kids.  As many of you know, we are in need of a van so we have room for three car seats.  Bill has been trying to figure out if it would be best to trade in our Chevy Lumina or to sell it for parts (it’s barely drivable).  He found a place we could sell it that he thought would be the best value, so he asked Rachel to come over a little earlier to give us time to take the car to the buyer.  I was following behind him talking to him on the cell phone (we were on a date, remember) when he pulled into the business.  I was already driving in the parking lot before I looked to see where we were.  The sign said Enterprise Car Sales.  I experienced a moment of absolute bewilderment because I knew we were planning on purchasing our van from Enterprise, and I knew we weren’t going to start looking for a couple more months.  I got out of the car to see my husband with a huge grin on his face.  He had already been working with our friend Drew (Enterprise car salesman) for a couple of weeks, and everyone and their mom (including two women who were at our house right before we left) was in on the fact that Bill was surprising me with a new-to-us van that night.  He already had it picked out.  All we had to do was test drive it and sign papers.  We left Enterprise last night with a black 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan, and I love it! 

For those of you who don’t know, C.J. Mahaney has nothing on my romantic husband.  Bill is always looking for new ways to romance me, and this was just one more thing he went out of his way to do to touch my heart (in case it doesn’t seem romantic to some of you to buy your spouse a mini van, a mini van is basically my dream car–laugh if you want).  Well, Baby, you touched it and have it as always.  I love you! 

Man, it’s going to be tough to match that Christmas present.

Cheap plug:  We are convinced of Enterprise Car Sales (especially because there’s no haggling–we always struggle with our conscience on that one).  We don’t think we will ever purchase a vehicle from anyone else.  If you are as convinced as we are after investigating, you need to purchase from our friend, Drew.  Contact us if you want his info.  🙂


7 thoughts on “My Christmas Present

  1. HOORAY!! Congratulations guys! That is so awesome. Bill, what a date! We’re so happy for you guys.

    By the way, I love mini vans too. The rest of the world just hasn’t caught on to the fact that they are AWESOME. It’s the only vehicle you can buckle a child into a seat while pregnant and not get stuck while doing back-seat gymnastics trying to maneuver a small child into a safe position (or in your case, 2 small children). Anyway, they rock.

    Can’t wait to see it! 🙂

  2. Kacie,

    It has doors that open and close when you push a button, and I thought of you. I told Bill how I didn’t know I “needed” that feature until I saw your van do it. 🙂

  3. What great news!!! The perfect “bus” in which to get your growing family around. I know you had been needing another vehicle for quite a while, and now you’ve joined the van clan. Aren’t they great? We’ve had ours almost 16 years now, and it runs almost as well as the day we bought it. Enjoy!!!

  4. Wow! What a Christmas gift! That’s so exciting. 🙂 We got a new van (new to us anyway – just like you said!) last spring and I love it so much!! I hope you love yours as much as I love mine. 🙂

  5. a 2007 Grand Caravan?!!!! That is so stinking awesome=) Does it have Stow n Go? LOL. We have the automatic button on our van as well and people are always so amazed by it…and our van is a 2000 LOL.

  6. Mandy,

    It does have Stow n Go! That’s one of my favorite features (besides the automatic doors). We have been so blessed with this gift from God. He always provides above and beyond what we could imagine.

  7. Yeah…welcome to the mini family!! I love the fact that I can put a child in and not slam my head on the car door frame when I try to get out. (Taller people have that issue. 🙂 )

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