Grand Caravans come with different features. This is just how ours is configured. There are automatic sliding doors on both sides, too. Sweet! I've heard that the Grand Caravans are more reliable than the Town & Country vans, too. That makes this Mama even happier. I'm glad I didn't settle.
Now that I've bragged on my van a little, I'm thinking philosophically about the downsizing part of the story. Wow. I now have five "kids" who are adults, including two who are married. I even have two small grandchildren who live nearby. My youngest is almost eight. Two more of my adult daughters will probably move out this year, and we can shuffle the bedrooms again. Two of my older kids will even get their own rooms for the first time. Glory! Where did the time go? I spent nearly 20 years pregnant and/or nursing, with only short gaps in between nurturing babies inside or outside the womb. That took quite a toll on my body and my soul, and still I'm feeling the effects now.
We were so idealistic starting out, but it hasn't been easy. There have been a lot of twists and turns and potholes along the journey. I still have a good many years of mothering to go, and with the help of a Christian counselor, I'm learning to pace myself and rethink my paradigms about what it means to be a good enough parent. I want to finish well, for my family and for me personally. It's not exactly going to look like my original ideals, but life changes. At least I've got a sweet Grand Cherryvan to ride in!
How about you? Leave a comment and tell me...
How has life changed you? Are you upsizing or downsizing? Having more babies or are your adult children moving away, or both at the same time? How have your views shifted since you became a mother or entered a new season of life? Or, on a more practical note, what are you driving and do you like it?