Our family travel dilemmas are finally at an end!  After one full year of utilizing separate vehicles…no family trips, etc…

We are now the proud owners of a vehicle more than large enough to convey the entire family anywhere and everywhere we need to be…but, most importantly, we can all travel TOGETHER…all of us…in one vehicle…to Mass!

Need I express my great joy?  I’m sure many of you know the difficulties that the past year’s disability has entailed…but most especially, the occasions when only a few family members were able to attend Mass.  It was hard…but, oh, how our appreciation has grown as well as our realization of what a privilege it is to be able to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.   We are blessed…

So.  We now have a vehicle…a large, 4WD Expedition that more than comfortably seats all 8 of us.  The children…oh, to see their faces…were all delight when Daddy pulled up in the driveway in this monstrous vehicle.  Sick as they were, they begged for a ride.  Daddy was amenable to the idea and before long a group of coat-wrapped and coughing children were safely ensconced within the confines of the new “family truckster…”

Click.

“Hey…where’s my seatbelt?  Move over…you’re touching me!  Why does he have to sit up there?  Hey…how come I have to sit back here!  I feel carsick…”

All within 5 minutes of the first ride!   Raised eyebrows from mom and dad.  Threats.  Warnings.

We stopped for gas.

“Please guys…get used to this!  After a year!!  I’d think you’d be much more cooperative!!  Think what a blessing this is!  Please…be kind, for Daddy’s sake!  He’ll  be back inside the vehicle…let’s surprise him with a little kindness and consideration…”  This was my earnest plea.  They quieted down…

…for approximately 2 minutes and then the arguing began again in earnest…Dad entered the vehicle…and the fury came to a peak…

He finally blew his top:

SHUT…UP!!!!!!!!

The forbidden words!  The silence…was deafening.  He seemed as stunned as the children.  I looked at him in surprise…and started to giggle.  Then laughed…

They all looked at me like I’d lost my mind…

“Congratulations, sweetheart!  We’re now like everyone else traveling anywhere with six children!  And we prayed for this!  And we’ve already thanked God for it so we’d better get used to it!”

That’s right friends…we’re just like you, now.  Traveling down the road with a crazy bunch of kids…with all the complaints and arguments imaginable.   And I couldn’t be happier!

Now let’s hope that tomorrow’s ride to Mass doesn’t become a near occasion of sin for the entire family…

Blessings,