A few months ago, we bought a van!

I was resistant to the idea of driving a minivan up until the birth of our second baby. After he was born, the thought of power sliding doors had me dreaming of minivans!

Our family car was a small SUV that comfortably fit 2 carseats in the back but we wanted to have 2 vehicles that could fit our family (my husband had a compact truck.)

We had a car savings account since both of our vehicles were older and our goal was to pay cash when the time came to purchase a new car.

When Weston was a few months old, we realized that between our car savings, some of our tax return and the sale of the truck, we could purchase a used van with cash!

At this point we started researching vans and had the luxury of waiting for a good deal. We looked for a few months without success and then one day my father-in-law told us that one of his neighbors had a van for sale.

The van looked nice, the miles were low and the price was under our budget! My in-laws took it for a test drive and both liked it. John David and I both had a peace about the purchase and could pay cash without the sale of his truck so we purchased the van.

The van, a 2004 Nissan Quest, had everything on our ‘want list’ (mainly power sliding doors) and more! It has leather seats, a power lift gate and a DVD player (which we’ve yet to use… saving it for a long road trip!)

We absolutely love our minivan! It’s great that we can have room for extra passengers.  And, we hope to expand our family sometime in the next few years so it will be nice to already have a vehicle that can accommodate 3 children and their carseats!

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