I asked a question of Facebook recently “Change is good, right?” Most people said it was and that one could not move forward without it. One person said that if it was change for changing sake then it was not good.
On Monday, 4 March 2013 a guy rang up asking if we still had our bus for sale and could he come and look at it please. A couple of hours later, he’d looked at the bus, told us he’d buy it and given us a $500 deposit! We’ve had the bus advertised off and on for about 3 years, had a lot of tyre kickers, a few fraudsters and then finally 1 genuine buyer! It took us all by surprise!
The bus (The Auroara) has been home for four years. Jireh was bought home from the hospital to the bus. Serenity was born in the bus … so there were many memories. When it hit home that she was really sold, it was a bit emotional for us all! There wasn’t much time to dwell on it though as we now had to source another vehicle!
We’d been looking on Gumtree and Ebay consistently and knew of one that sounded like a go, but it was in Newcastle (we were in Carcoar Dam). We phoned about it and found out it was gone! Now what? The new owner wanted to take possession of The Auroara as soon as possible. No pressure at all!!
We spent the rest of the day scouring the internet and found a couple that sounded sort of interesting. I emailed them both and next morning heard back from one of them (still waiting to hear back from the other one!). We phoned him up, made a time to view it, packed up the bus and left. We arrived in the small town of Bowning, NSW a bit later than we’d expected, had a quick look at the van and decided we’d wait till morning to test drive it.
Morning came and everyone was up early excited to be test driving a car! It drove nicely, looked ok on the outside and inside so we put a deposit on it!
The next couple of days were spent sorting out the “stuff” in the bus and dealing with the RTA!
On Friday at about 1pm we met up with the guy who’d put the deposit on the Auroara to do the change over. His wife said to him, “Do you realise you are buying these children’s home?” Was sad yet exciting to see her drive away.
With mixed emotions we watch what had been our home for 4 years drive away without us!
Our new van the “Puddle Jumper”, was waiting across the road. When all the formalities were over, the kids all piled in, we drove across the road and collected out stuff that we’d left under a tree!
Adrenalin was running high as we drove off to start the next chapter in the life of Wheel Education.