After a month of three square meals of Craigslist daily (and plenty of prayers ;), and time running out (to the day :/), We found, probably the hardest thing to find; A 12 seater van!
Yeah, there are conversion vans all over the place, and 15 passenger ones aren't rare, but try to find a Decent dozen seater and you might as well be looking for a miracle! (which we ended up getting :)
We did have to go to the bay area to get it. We looked in the Craigslist ads from Oregon to Vegas. Yes, we were getting pretty desperate, LOL. 99% of the vans were white (I'm a bit tired of white cars). Then, as Dad was taking a last peruse around his haunts on CL to see what Suburban we would go to look at (seeing that we weren't finding a van), he saw this one in Watsonville.
It was less than we were preparing to pay, owned by a mechanic who took good care of it, had a small block engine, a heavy tow package, only 121,00mi, AND WASN'T WHITE!!! Suffice it to say we were dancing inside :) We called the man that owned it, and told him to consider it sold! Then he said that he would meet us in Pleasant Hill, cutting a good 4 hours off of our driving time. The little ones that went with us were as good as gold (without much whining). The day couldn't have gone better :)
Now, as soon as it's registered, I have to take to boys to see their friend, Jack:)