We stayed up packing until 12:30 am last night. We were up at 7:00 am and were out the door two hours later. I was surprised that the kids were so well behaved and excited to be going back to the hospital. We had our van loaded up and we were on our way. As usual, as we drive away John and I start listing things and making sure we didn't forget anything. . . toothbrushes, underwear, socks, etc. We always forget something. Today it was the GPS, we left it in the Honda Civic. But, we weren't too upset about that, it's really just an added convenience. So we didn't turn back to get it.
We got going uphill into Logan canyon when our mini van lost power and slowed to a standstill, luckily John got it to the side of the road before it completely died. This exact thing happened to me last week and we replaced the fuel pump and the fuel filter. We said a prayer and asked that we would be able to get the help that we needed. We called the guys who worked on the van and John had a look under the van. Fuel was dripping from the "unattached" fuel filter. Niiiice, a faulty fuel filter! Trying saying "faulty fuel filter" 5 times in a row, it'll keep you occupied while you sit on the roadside waiting for a tow-truck.
We called my mom, she took my lil' sister to our house and got our Honda Civic and they drove out to the canyon to meet us. The kids ended up in the front seats of the van as we waited and we gave them a lesson on counting the coins we found in the car. It was nice to use the extra time to teach the kids something new. We put everything in the Honda as the tow truck arrived. It was ideal timing. We drove off only one hour behind schedule.
We were thankful for the willingness of my mom and sister to just jump in their car and save us. We were thankful that the car problem was the mechanics fault and that we didn't have to pay for it. We were thankful that we had some extra time to just sit and chat and have fun in the car on the roadside. We were thankful that this happened in Cache Valley and not somewhere else.
We also thought it was a little ironic that we ended up with the one thing we forgot in our hurry to leave, our GPS.