It IS Done
Daddy and Grandpa got up at 0'dark:30 and headed north to Lacey, Washington this morning, arriving there right at 8:00. Daddy was greated by Wendy, the van's owner with a warm friendly hug and her 9 y/o daughter Amanda who was waiting for a ride to school. Amanda was happy to show daddy the van and before she left daddy knelt down in front of her and asked her if she was sure it was okay that we took her daddy's van. She was most gracious and very sure it was okay. In fact daddy learned later that before we got there Amanda told Wendy "mommy, no matter how much money they have you tell them that is enough." Wendy then showed us all about the van.
Daddy looked it over briefly, took a quick test drive and we did the paper work. Wendy was a spectacular person to work this out with, having all of the papers, bills of sale etc. all lined up to make sure both of us were protected. Daddy then left to start the 2 1/2 hour drive home. That drive was very full of emotions. Sad to be in this position. Sad that Wendy and Amanda are in this position. But also very happy at being able to give this to mommy as a gift to her independence for as long as she can. I am sure there were also emotions on Wendy's part at seeing her van go.
Just about 6 hours exactly from when daddy left he pulled into the driveway and was met by mommy and Sarah who couldn't wait to see the van. Daddy took the front passenger seat out so that mommy can get in there with her wheelchair and she took over. She is able to operate the electronic lock that secures her wheelchair, transfer over to the driver's seat and operate all the controls. Having the loaner van taught us a lot and was really awesome but having her OWN van is even better.
The van did need a new battery which we happened to have already to go as an extra in a multiple battery set up in mommy's big van. We were going to take out the multiple battery set up in order to sell it so everything worked perfectly.
Already we are making plans with what we can do with it and that is wonderful. Please pray for Wendy and Amanda who are dealing with the loss of their daddy. Please pray for us that the van continues to work as perfectly as it seems and we don't have any problems adding it to insurance or anything.
And many of you have asked how you can help. Well, this van cost quite a bit more than we had and now we are going to have to figure out how to get all of the medical bills paid. If you are so inclined and able you can always help us out with those bills by contributing to Rebekah's trust. Info here: How Can I Help?
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