A quick update on the car situation. After much research, thought and prayer, we have traded in our 98 GMC Jimmy for a newer (and hopefully more reliable) 07 Jeep Patriot. We really weren’t excited about having to finance a vehicle again (the Jimmy was paid for) however we needed something sooner than later, and felt that this was the right decision to make. Being a one-car family, that one car needs to be especially reliable. The Jimmy was going to cost around $6000 to fix, which was far more than it was worth.
Thank you all very much for your prayer and concern for us in this matter. We received lots of advice and suggestions, and really appreciated the input that was given.