"They had driven and driven and driven, with nothing to break the nighttime monotony expect the "No Vacancy" signs on motels. They were very sleepy people. Finally, Mother thought she would encourage Papa, who was driving. So she said, "I know we'll find a place with a vacancy soon, honey. People are starting to get up."
I like what William Vander Haven said about joy:
"Joy is not the absense of trouble, but the presense of Christ."