Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Our Week With Chevy Traverse - Heading Out

If you've been reading for a while, you know our smallish guy, Calvin, has a genetic, autoimmune disease that constantly keeps us on our toes. (I've written about it here and here.)

We've had months and years that have made me almost physically ill with worry, and we've had years (like 2013) where everything was coming up roses.

Rain or shine, doctors are an important part of our life. They're a constant presence, along with his twice-daily meds, and we're thankful for the way God often protects and heals and moves through ordinary humans.

For over a year, our local hematologist has nudged us to go meet with a specialist in the Philadelphia area. In a strange course of events (aren't they all?) we caught an opening just one week in advance.

After pricing plane tickets (yikes) and even train tickets (what??) we knew we'd be driving, though both our vehicles didn't exactly inspire confidence.

Enter :: Amazement.

The good people at Chevrolet contacted me to see if we would like to test drive a brand new Chevy Traverse for a week. Yes, please. Without even knowing about our trip to Philly, they planned to deliver the wheels one day before we were heading out. The timing? Perfection.

They happily gave us the green light to travel in their vehicle.

We knew space would be important, both in terms of bodies and luggage. With seating for up to eight* and best-in-class maximum cargo space, we knew the Chevy Traverse would fit our needs.

And because safety is always a concern when we're road-tripping, I was happy to hear the Chevy Traverse has a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety** and an available industry-first Front Center Air Bag.***

Mostly, we just looked forward to the simple thrill of driving a brand new car. We saw it as an opportunity for gratitude in the midst of an "adventure" that could have been a drag. We had planned all along to make the most of this necessary trip, but this really upped the ante.

Cory and my resident techies were eager to use the Bluetooth®**** capabilities to stream music and make phone calls from the road.

Silas was mostly just excited to have a brand, spankin' new batch of buttons to push.

We were all so psyched! 

Our family shot some fun video of us geeking out about our epic Philadelphia road trip in a brand new Chevy Traverse.

Check us out:

We're obviously back now, and I can't wait to tell you all about our trip to "Phillydelthia" ( <Silas) and what we thought of the Chevrolet Traverse.

Stay tuned!

 *Seating for up to 8 is standard on LS and 1LT.  Available on 2LT.  LTZ seats 7.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).
***Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.
****Go to gmtotalconnect.com to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.


  1. "rich and refined interior" Girl - you nailed it :)

  2. Random: I love how you say vehicles. I've always said it the same as you and my husband makes fun of me! He pronounces it "VEE-uhcles", but we are the cool ones who say, "vee-HICKles.

  3. Love it :) So professional and awesome!

  4. Don't you just love God's timing?!

  5. That is just wild!!! The way God works truly never ceases to amaze me!! You did a fabulous job with the video and I always forget that you have an accent!! Lol. Cute. :)

  6. Love the stories of God working things out!

  7. That happened at the perfect time. Hope tha appt. Went well. Seriously, I hope they use e this for a commercial. You did great.

  8. Um you guys are THE cutest. Also - I spy your bracelet - bracelet buddy :)

  9. i think google chrome ate my last comment? so here we go again, except sorry if it's a repeat.

    i just watched that video so i could listen to you talk to me for a few minutes this morning. i miss you. i shall email/skype or something or other soon--it is full blown crazy with my smallest. more soon. love you.

  10. I cannot see the video! Not sure why it isn't showing up. There is just a big white gap. :(

    1. Hmm...try loading my blog using Google Chrome? And sometimes it takes a second to load.

  11. Wow that is just awesome and what a blessing it came at the right time! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great day.

  12. So happy for y'all! What a blessing! I know the kids had a BALL on that trip!

  13. Your video isn't working in Google Chrome. Totally fine on Safari though.