We Made It!

Whew! I can’t believe it finally happened! We made it to WordPress! Thanks for following us to our new home. Don’t forget to bookmark our new address or subscribe to the new feed if you like using a feed reader.

I’m sitting on my couch with my laptop, but I feel like I’m driving a new car with this unfamiliar dashboard in front of me. Just for kicks, and so we can all test drive the commenting process, tell me something fun or interesting about a car you’ve had!

My first car was a 1987 Mustang GT convertible. It was my grandmother’s car and she gave it to me when I turned 16. Can you believe that? I was really blessed, to say the least!ย  It was beautiful and fast off the line and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how much fun my friends and I had in it.

I was a little too proud of that car and the Lord humbled me many, many times in it. For one, when it rained really hard, the water would leak inside from between the windshield and the top. I remember driving home from Texas A&M for an orthodontist appointment and it was monsooning outside. The rainwater was pouring in and I had nothing to soak it up with, so I took off one of my socks and tried to soak it up with my right hand while my left hand was on the wheel. Oh, and I was bawling my eyes out! I have no idea how I ever made it home.

On the night my sister turned 16, she did not have her car yet. She would soon be given a 1969 Camaro that she and my dad loved working on together. But that night I let her take my Mustang out to celebrate with her friends. Melissa and I just happen to be complete opposites of one another. For example, when the traffic light turned green I would accelerate as fast as I could to the speed limit. Melissa lived to blow right by it. As I remember it, on that night – the very night of her 16th birthday and the start of her official driving life – Melissa burned up the engine of my car! Bless my mom’s heart that she had to raise two daughters who are as different as night and day.

Every spring when the weather is as gorgeous as it is in Texas right now, I miss that car like crazy. Maybe one day when I’m done with booster seats and carpooling I’ll have another convertible.

Now maybe I can get my sis to tell us a Camaro story!


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  1. 51
    Stacy says:

    Congrats on migrating to WordPress! I know that’s a tremendous relief to have it done.

    My main early car memories concern the fact that all of my friends and I got cars that were 10 – 15 years old (and not in a cool way like you and Melissa). We had to climb in through the back passenger door on one (only that and the driver’s side door opened on her car), and another would cut off at every stop light and jerk you really hard. Being girls, we learned to time the car jerk and flipped our hair when it happened to look “cool”.

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    The new site is awesome!

    I don’t really have any fun car stories. But I do love my jeep wrangler. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of driving one and now I get to everyday. It sure comes in handy getting up and down my driveway during mud season!

    Love and blessings,
    Michelle in VT

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    Nicky says:

    I’m a 34 yr old Mom in Cape Town, South Africa. My second car was a yellow “uno” with very black tinted windows. We all had a real laugh and there was alot of teasing about these “gangsta style” windows, but they came in very handy… I could drive to work with rollers in my hair and just pull them out when I got there!
    ps. I’ve just discovered this blog… it’s fantastic!

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    Kelly S. says:

    NO WAY!!!! My first car was a 1987 Mustang GT Convertible!!! My dad was the Ford Dealer in our town ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved that car, red with a black top, this has brought back GREAT memories. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    (BTW, I haven’t posted SLI chap 12 &13 , and I can’t find it?) I’ll keep checking ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you all have a great day!

    • 54.1
      Terry says:

      Kelly, something happened in the transition and the new assignment is now next to the IN-n-OUT picture of Beth and Michelle. Hope that helps!

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    Karen says:

    The new blog looks great! My first car was a ’82 Nissan Sentra that I bought myself. I bought it on a Thursday and wrecked it on Saturday. Just a fender-bender, but what a way to start my driving career!

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    Katherine says:

    I have two… My brother who is 6 years older than me drove a 1979 granada (which is the year he was born). I remember everymorning as he was about ready to drop us off at elementary school it would be a fight to not sit behind him on the drivers side because we had to hold the door closed all the way to the school. And we lived in the country. So when the breaks went out and he drove that red and black car into a gas station, needless to say I was happy. NOT THAT HE DROVE IT IN A GAS STATION, NO ONE WAS HURT but that car…my arms were to never hurt again. lol. he loved that car

    Then I finally got my car when I was 16. it was a 1990 mitsubushi mirage. I loved that car because I had a car that allowed me to not car pool in highschool. The one crazy thing was if I wanted to accelerate I had to turn the air conditioner off until I could accelerate past 10miles per hour. lol. Then it got sooo loud, that screechy noise that you know everyone in the entire town could hear. Good times.

  7. 57

    My mom and I shared her old Ford Aerostar van until I was almost eighteen. Boy, how I loved driving up to youth group and my first year of classes at the community college:) But one awesome day… I drove into the driveway, and a jeep was sitting in the carport!! My dad and brother were so proud of their surprise… so much fun! Needless to say, I actually didn’t mind driving it to school. haha! I remember that was when Nicole Nordeman had just released “Woven & Spun”, and I loved to crank up the song “Holy” while driving. Such a great 18 year old memory.

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    Cathy Davis says:

    You made it! Yippee!

    My first car was a 1974 Orange Super VW Beetle! (I turned 16 in 1984.) For such a small car with a little engine, it had quite the pick up and go! :0)

  9. 59

    Love the new place! My first car was a 1989 Dodge Shadow hatchback. My dad bought it for me, and he was so proud to give it to me. I loved it!

  10. 60
    jenn says:

    i love loud music and have therefore ruined the speakers in every car i have ever had. this does not make my husband happy.

  11. 61
    Regina says:

    My first car was a Renault… and it was a MESS. But my favorite car I’ve been driving for 8 years now. I love my little Corolla — it’s been very good to me for over 120,000 miles. It’s zippy and fun — and has 4 doors (a big deal after my husband’s ’88 Tempo).

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    diana says:

    Love the new look of the blog!! I had a 1986 Honda CRX I bought it brand new made each and every payment on it. : ) it was a stick shift and I did not know how to drive it so my mom and I left the dealership and went to a church parking lot in B’ham and she taught me how to drive it. That was a very appropriate place to teach a teenager how to do a stick shift I am sure she was praying non stop!!.

  14. 64
    fuzzytop says:

    Yay! You made it!

    Funny car stories….. Well, I didn’t “own” a car until I got married, but along with my hubby, I acquired a tan Honda Civic hatchback. The two of us used to drive to Dairy Queen in the summer to get hot fudge sundaes, but since our dog Broozer LOVED him some hot fudge, if we ate them in the car we had to hold the cups up high by the ceiling of the car to keep them out of Broozer’s reach. On more than one occasion, we had hot fudge sports on the headliner of the car; I think a covertible or sun roof would have been a good thing.


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    Catherine says:

    I had a hand-me-down powder blue Maverick when I went to college my freshman year. The front seat was one long bench, and in order to get the car to start, you had to lift your butt up off the seat! It was always funny to have someone new ride with me, and I’d say, “Okay, now just lift up your butt and we can go!” They usually laughed, and then I’d have to say, “No, really, it won’t start unless there are no seats on the seat!” You’d think between the color and the malfunctioning front seat that that car was insecure.

    Love the new site, it is beautiful.

  16. 66
    Cathy says:

    love our new house! clean, crisp, and beautiful!

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    Kim says:

    My first car was a 1986 Ford Escort Wagon. We called it the “Turbo Grocery Getter”. It was anything but turbo! The poor thing couldn’t make it up hills without losing speed. I remember traveling back and forth to college on hilly terrain. I really had to accelerate downhill just so I could make it up the hill without irritating all the people I had previously passed. It wasn’t very reliable either and left me stranded more times than I can count. What a character builder! A big Siesta hug to all.

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    Theresa says:

    We had a station wagon that has seen Boy Scout Camp, Girl Scout Camp, Little League and other various and sundry things. We drive a vehicle until it will no longer drive. It was old and ugly. One night we parked it along the outfield fence at a Little League game and we had a parent to come up to us and asked if we would please move it because it was distracting the batters. Fun times!

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    Bgrannaboo says:

    My favorite car was a 1971 Lime green VW with a black convertable top. I loved it too much. Someone ran a red light and totaled it. No one was hurt but it was so little it did’nt take much ๐Ÿ™ Oh , I had only had it 3 days.Any way we did get a new one. Then the babies came and it had to be replaced for bigger things. 39 years have passed and now I drive a silver VW bug.Love It!!!

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    Shelly says:

    I can’t imagine all of the work it took for this transition. Well done girlfriend!

    My first car was a 1999 GT Mustang ๐Ÿ™‚ (Spoiled by my Dad) Within the first year of having it, the following happened:

    I was at a stop sign in our neighborhood on the way home from school. There was one car in front of me at the stop sign. I sneezed (big time) and in so doing, lifted my right foot up in reflex and dropped it back down accidentally on my accelerator. This meant that I lightly rear-ended the car in front of me.

    Yes – it was quite embarrassing to explain to the nearby cop and car in front of me that ‘I was oh so sorry, but I had sneezed. And that, of course, was why I had hit them.’

  21. 71

    So love the new digs! Everything looks great. I know NOTHING about computers. . well a little, but all of this seems so complicated. Congrats on the big move.

    My first car was my parents white Subaru Station Wagon. . ugh. It was not sassy. The next year my dad bought me a Volvo because he heard they were like tanks. . it was robin egg blue! It was my first real car, for me. I drove it to college, Samford University, and when my dad sold it to someone locally it stayed in my hometown. I still see it occasionally with my little parking sticker still on it. It was a 1984, so I can’t believe it is still putting around.


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    Pattie says:

    My first car was from my dad, a 1980 Chevrolet Chevette, 2 door hatch back, bright orange! I loved that car and cried when he sold it and wouldn’t let me take it to college. ๐Ÿ™

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    Terrie says:

    Congratulations on your move. My first car was a pea green tank. Not a real army tank, but it was referred to as the tank. I wanted to cry about your convertible Mustang. My very first car accident involved a 1966 red convertible Mustang. It was pouring down rain with very little visibility and I was driving across what is known here as the 3-mile bridge. Traffic had come to a stop and so had I. The driver of the mustang wasn’t paying attention and rear ended me. Her car was totaled, and my tank had very little damage. I was sick to my stomach over her car. I always,always wanted a car just like hers. Now my husband has a red Sebring convertible which I refuse to drive unless I can have the top down while driving.


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    kathleen says:

    I never had a new car nor would I want one. I have to say as long as they are safe for the road a used car is and has been fine for me. I think I have better things to spend money on than something that drops off in value the minute you drive it off the lot. I also believe there are too many gas guzzling cars out there in America for example the Hummer and alot of SUV’s. Cars are to gets us from point A to point B yet somehow they have ruled our lives. I for one feel very strongly about this issue and hope others reevaluate their outlooks. Look at Europe, they operate off of small cars…China the bicycle…Hati, um…nothing. I can only hope my next car is another used one and I always donate my cars to charity when their time with me is over.

  25. 75
    Jan says:

    My first car was my great-grandmother’s 1959 Ford Fairlane. It was a tank! It comfortably seated 8-10 of my closest friends. It also drew the attention of most guys in town. They would ask to look under the hood and basically drool to get their hands on it. While backing out of my friend’s driveway, I accidentally hit their mailbox. The car was so solid, there wasn’t a dent. Unfortunately, the mailbox was flat.

  26. 76
    Tracy says:

    A month ago I bought a VW CC. After driving a Prius for 4 years it is a huge change. Driving is fun again! Here in the mid-Atlantic we’ve had a rough winter. The roads look more like the surface of the moon. Four miles from home with my new car I hit a mega-pothole. It blew a 3-inch hole in my right front tire. My husband changed the tire, I drove him home and turned right around to go back to the dealer. They were so nice and didn’t charge me labor for putting on the new tire. I’m really careful around potholes now!

  27. 77

    Praise GOD!!!

    Let the good times continue to roll!!

    Welcome to our new home, everyone!!

  28. 78
    Mary Potter says:

    My first car was a 72 Vega hatchback, oh yeah. Well, I worked near downtown St. Louis and my dad made me get studded snow tires when the winter got harsh and snowy one year. Well, I think the the Vega hatchback with studded snow tires was the first SUV because I got married shortly after and my husband and his brothers loved to rabbit hunt. They took it out on a snowy night and actually “pushed” snow with it on some backroads. We did not know the Lord at this time, but obviously He knows all and also knows about guys and rabbit hunting. And now I have to wonder if He was giving that little car a push or if one of His miracles was the studded snow tire.

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    Toni says:

    My first car was a red 66 Mustang. I hated it because it was about 10 years old and kept breaking down. I sold it just as soon as I finished college, but what I wouldn’t give to have that car back today!

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    Lawan says:

    Love the story of your car. What a great idea to share car stories. My sister had an old ford as her first car with an ooga horn on the floor! We loved it. We would take off in that thing and have the best times. One time was not so fun. We were going down a very curvy hill and the steering wheel came off in her hands! No kidding! She stuck it back on, held it there and made it to the bottom safely. She has always been a better driver than me! Praise God she was driving.

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    Terry says:

    Amanda, my younger sister “killed” the manual transmission in my beloved ’67 Cougar, so I feel your pain.

    My own sad story is that I wrecked my brand new, red, ’79 Firebird with only 40 miles on the odometer.

    I do believe it is nothing short of a miracle that many of us survived those early years of driving, and that our parents didn’t disown us!!!

  32. 82
    Teri Butcher says:

    I love the new site! Congratulations on the change over! Yay!

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    Karen says:

    My first car was an $800.00 Toyota Corolla. It was the most awful shade of beige, but I was thrilled to have it! My boyfriend (now my hubby) and I took it to a car wash the next day, and to our horror, the paint on the whole trunk peeled off in one big sheet, leaving nothing but rust. My mom had it painted that week-the right way. Baby blue. Funniest thing about that little car. The steering wheel was HUGE! Oh, and the driver’s seat would recline all the way back. Never quite understood that one, but had a lot of fun with it when my girlfriends and I would drive it to choir practice in the next town. It’s a wonder we didn’t have a wreck. You brought back fond memories! Thanks!

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    Rachael says:

    I have no clue what WordPress is … or how to post a comment. So, I’m just going for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My Mom bought me my first car. She drove it 3 hrs to my college campus to deliver it. I went to a very large University and I rode the city bus to my job at the Mall in the heart of the city’s downtown. It worried her to death. So, she bought me a 1982 Toyota Camry! ๐Ÿ™‚ Bless her heart. I’m still so touched by it b/c I know it was really a stretch for her to buy it for me. Let’s see … it was circa 1994 when she brought me that car. So, it was 12 years old. But, I loved that little car and was so grateful for it.

    That was a fun memory to bring forth from the recesses of my brain!

  35. 85
    Annie says:

    My first car was a 1998 VW Beetle. It was red and so much fun. It was a stick shift and had German gears, so to get it in Reverse, you had to push down on the gear shift, then up to what would be 1st gear. I got humbled in that car a time, or two, too!!! It had some kind of glitch with the power windows and there was about 3 times, that I’d be driving down the road, and my window would just fall down. It would sound like glass shattering and scared me to death. I had the windows fixed in that thing MANY times, and finally just quit rolling them down! How embaressing when someone would get in and start to roll it down and I’d freak out! Ha… Even still, I love that car… one day, I’ll have another. Next time, though, a convertible bug!

  36. 86
    Devin says:

    Goodmorning to the new LPM blog! Praise the Lord! Psalm 5:3 “O Lord in the morning you hear my voice, in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch! We waited in expectation and praise him, the new blog is here! You each are such a blessing, may God ROCK this! Love and pray for you by name daily! I don’t really have a funny car story, but what I like about my car is sticking my hand out the sun roof and praising him as loud as I can when driving! ๐Ÿ™‚


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    Hannah in TN says:

    My first car was also a gift from my grandparents…an Indian Red (read ORANGE) 1980 Mercedes Diesel. It smelled like my Granny, sputtered like crazy, and ran out of gas when the meter read 1/4 tank. But, it was mine and I loved it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Susan B. says:

    My grandfather bought my first car – and I paid him back (but not near as much as it actually cost)! It was a 1975 Dodge Dart. It left me way too many times at a stop light. But I can remember feeling so “empowered” with my own car. Right now I’m contemplating the purchase of a new car. Since we purchase cars about every 7 years, I love all the new “bells and whistles” that come with a new car. It still gives me that wonderful feeling!(Until the first car payment comes!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Casey says:

    I love the new look! It will take some getting used to though and thank you for continuing this ministry.
    My first car was a 80’s something brown, chevy Malibu. It was terrible. The back windows didn’t roll down. My friends called it the brown cow. I had cow bells hanging from the mirrror. SO many good times in that car though

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    Marcia says:

    Wow, This is great! Very exciting. Car story: I bought a Cougar (can’t remember who makes them and not sure what year probably 1970 something.) It was baby blue with blue leather interior. It was a fast car – I had (have?) a need for speed. Only one problem, I had to carry a case of oil in the trunk because it burned oil faster than gas. I would usually check the gas and fill the oil – daily. Also, in order to go straight,I had to continuously turn the steering wheel – it was quite a sight if you met me coming down the road. I was cool!!
    Marcia/Portland, OR

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    SisterLynn says:

    YAY!!! I like the new blog look!

    Myh first car was my dad’s old Chevy Citation. My sister and I shared it – we called it Flat Stanley after our favorite book when we were little. It was and Aggie car – white with maroon interior! Whoop!

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    Melissa Glorioso says:

    Welcome to WordPress! The site is great. My first car was a LeCar and I didn’t have it until after I was married and had two children. Good thing I had it then because I ended up with 6 children and drove a mini-van for many years!

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    shana says:

    glad the “move” went well. my first car was a ’72 vw bug convertable (yellow!), man i loved that car. you can’t really drive one of those with 6 kids, so i have to resort to a big crazy-person van, but maybe someday i can have one again . . . we’ll see!

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    The new site is wonderful! Very exciting!

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    KarriedbyHisLove says:

    I am deeeeeeelighted that I found you today, as I just found y’all yesterday for the very first time!!! I was thrilled yesterday and then a little concerned that I would lose you so soon! I have been doing Beth Moore studies for about 5 years and just completed Breaking Free! What a God-send in my life, especially considering what would take place in my life during that study (all unbeknown to me, of course)….. but God is So Good!! I love Him and Praise Him!!! Sorry-I know this wasn’t a car-story….I just so deeeeeeelighted I found you again!!

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    Barbara says:

    My first car was a baby blue 1965 Rambler American. My parents bought it for me in high school from a little ol’ lady (one of our friends) who only drove it to the grocery store. I knew she never went on the freeway because the gas pedal would easily push down til you were going about 35 mph, but then you kinda had to stomp on it to get the pedal to go down farther ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved that car – it even had reclining bucket seats – I slept overnight in it many times as I drove on long road trips. Ahh. Wonder where it is now…..

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    Sharon Warren says:

    My first car was a 1970 Dodge Demon. It was forest green. I loved that car (maybe not the name part). Had it for 3 years until I let a friend borrow it and she totaled it for me. Sad day.

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    Margie by the Sea says:

    Congratulations for steering this through. The page is beautiful!

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    Hope365 says:

    This is a crazy story…A couple of years ago I got a Ford Focus that I loved. Cute little black hatchback that made me feel more like a college student than a mother of 2 pre-teens. Well, I did not get to keep that car long. My husband is a high school principal and one of his students had a vendetta against my hubby(because of a disciplinary action he took toward the student). The student torched my car outside of our house one Summer morning!! We discovered it too late!! The fire looked like a something out of a Hollywood movie. Crazy, huh?

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    CHER says:


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