Are We There Yet

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Mom, are we there yet? MOM! Are we there yet? Dad, are we?

Have you ever wanted to silence those insistent little voices during a family road trip? With so many of us traveling to see family and friends during the holiday season, this question is likely to be heard.

Are We There Yet? Do you remember the first time you hear or said that? Tell me. You may win a MercyMe CD from Pizza Ranch.

Do you recall the first time you asked, “Are we there yet?”

I do. Four kiddos ages 9, 7, 5 and 1 were packed into the robin’s egg blue station wagon with Mom and Dad commandeering the front seats.

Over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go-yep, before Interstate highways connected the entire USA. We departed from East Texas destined for Charlottesville, Virginia. About Edgewood, TX, eleven miles, yep 11 miles from where we left, I innocently asked that question, “Are we there yet?”

“Oh, Charley, it’s gonna be a long drive,” Mom told Dad. And I remember it many, many, many (!) years later like I heard it yesterday.

Do you want a plan to help set aside the “are we there yet” questions this Christmas season? Then I have a treat for you…

Before I share it, I have a couple more questions. Do you love FREE? And MercyMe? Yea, me too!

Pizza Ranch recently released exclusive bonus tracks on “MercyMe, It’s Christmas,” a Christmas-themed album recorded by band MercyMe.

MercyMe ~ It's Christmas!

“We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It’s the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.”

This top Christian group has recorded the following songs for Pizza Ranch’s exclusive bonus tracks:
• God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
• Silent Night
• Oh Holy Night
• Joseph’s Lullaby

Can you hear the sounds of MercyMe making merry with God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman?

Me too. Frankly, I want to know about great Christian businesses so I can support them.  You too?

If you happen to be driving through Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, take a break at one of their locations. It may delay that pesky question – are we there yet – a little longer…

Bart of MercyMe tells you about it

Wish I were close enough to drop by myself. Even though I’m not, you may be – or know someone who is. Share this great MercyMe bonus with them.

Two CDs will be popped in the mail to the winners.

Now that’s a blessing and puts me in the spirit of Christmas! You too?

Thanks Pizza Ranch for providing the CDs for the giveaways. USA addresses only eligible for shipping CDs.  The opinions are mine. This is the first time I've shared anything other than a book giveaway. I pray something in this message blesses you.

Comment on when you first said or heard, “Are we there yet?” I’ll randomly pick two winners. Merry Christmas!

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37 thoughts on “Are We There Yet

  1. I didn’t know this about Pizza Ranch. We had seen these on our way to Washington this year, and wanted to stop because my oldest son loves pizza with ranch. We are spoiled today with tablets and TVs in cars to make road trips easier for the kids. Thank you for sharing your amazing link up with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week, Susan! Merry Christmas 🙂

  2. I can’t recall the first time I ever said, “Are we there yet?”, because that’s going way too far back LOL! But, I can remember my children saying that and other repetitive questions. Repetitive questions is sometimes how I would describe my prayer life. So grateful God doesn’t mind us asking if “we are there yet” repetitively. Love this piece.

  3. Susan,
    The first time I remember saying those words was on our trip for a holiday up north to a lodge. I was about 5 years of age. It took at least 3-4 hours to drive up there. I remember when the road changed from pavement to gravel I knew we were close. Now we have retired to the same area and think about my drives up there with my family when I travel our roads.
    Blessings and Merry Christmas,
    I hope you link to Word of God Speak this week,
    Janis

  4. Mercy Me has always been one of my favorites! I think it was back in 2007 I bought their latest CD and in it was a little promotion for an adoption agency called All God’s Children. I’d been praying about adoption – praying that God would move my husband’s heart. I tucked that promotion away in a drawer. In January of 2009, we signed an agreement with that agency and in April 2011 brought our sweet one home with the help of them 🙂
    Susan, thank you so much for the blessing you have been this year! You have helped me and inspired me as I ventured into an official blogger (not a secretive one 🙂 )
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Lori

  5. Do we ever remember when we first said or heard “Are we there yet?” I do remember my children making a joke of it many times while driving to visiting my family in East Tennessee. Does that count????

  6. I don’t remember the first time I said it, probably on the way to Mississippi going over the atchafalya basin bridge (it’s 17 miles long) my kids say it all the time going to their great grandparents house

  7. Cute giveaway idea! I honestly don’t remember when I first asked “Are we there yet?”, but I know it drove my parents as nuts as it drives me when my kids ask! It’s a hilarious right of passage for both kids and parents! I’ll share this post so others can get in on the contest and so, hopefully, you’ll have more stories to read!

  8. I can’t remember a specific, “Are we there, yet?” moment, but I do remember that being the youngest of three I was always relegated to the middle. I was a complainer and whiner in general, but this would sometimes make me cry. Why do Debbie and Mike always get the window seat. I distinctly remember one time being told by my older sister that the middle was the best seat. Being six years older, she knew everything, so I listened. Mike piped in, “Yeah, that’s right.” I asked why, because I wasn’t so sure. “Because you can see everything. Mom and Dad’s heads aren’t in the way.” That worked. But it must not have, if I still remember it. Oh, the joys of memories…funny how we see things in a different perspective once the occasion becomes a memory. Christmas joy and blessings to you, Susan!

  9. I used to say this ALL the time as a kid. My family alternated Christmases in VA and OH. And I’m pretty sure as soon as I was able to speak, I was pestering my parents with this question…sometimes before we had even reached the end of our gravel driveway! Over the years, in our family, though, the running joke has become: We can’t get there from here… Merry Christmas, Susan!

  10. First time: Our oldest child was 6, and we were driving from Maine to Pennsylvania. We had a three year old and a new baby, so we were took off after supper thinking the kids would sleep most of the way. Yeah, right. We had been on route 1 headed south for about fifteen minutes when the question came . . . It was a long night!
    Blessings, Susan!

  11. I actually don’t remember asking, are we there yet, because our family didn’t take trips when I was a kid. In fact, the first vacation I ever took with both of my parents was when I was 33 years old. 🙂 It was probably on one of those trips, however that one of our children asked, “Are we there yet?” I think because of the way we tend to ‘entertain’ ourselves with books and music and handheld games, etc. we prolong the question, but it is an inevitable conclusion that someone will utter the words when on a journey. However, the most recent whirlwind trip we took for our sons XC Team, it is possible, I may have asked, ” Are we there yet?” on our way home! It was exhausting. 🙂

    Blessings,
    Dawn

  12. Awesome memory. I always already want to be there, Susan. Heaven come! 😉 I first heard are we there yet, much like you, in the car on the way to, maybe just maybe – DISNEY WORLD. We said it a million times on that ride.

  13. Well I am not eligible for your giveaways, so I will leave that for some other lucky people.
    Thanks for sharing this on the Blogger’s Pit Stop
    Kathleen

  14. Hi Susan,
    I remember as a young child my grandpa David singing, “We are here because we are here because we are here because we are here.” It’s a nice memory for me, younger than eight years old for sure.
    Thanks for dropping by my site and liking my StumbleUpon post. We are at the Bloggers Pit Stop together tonight. I’m Janice, one of your hostesses. Thanks for clicking my link.
    Janice

  15. We used to travel every year. My parents were always took us on family vacations. One year on our way to Florida from Iowa we decided to go through the state of Illinois. Bad move from top to bottom is a very very long trip. With four little kids it is extra long. Are we there yet became our anthem. We still talk about it to this day.
    Would love to see you link up Wednesdays at Sitting Among Friends at http://youresewtrendy.blogspot.com
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

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