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. 101
    Christine says:

    My first car was a 1976 Buick Century with 263,000 miles on it. That’s enough miles to drive to the moon! I bought it for $25 in 1990 from a friend of my mother. It was HUGE! I could seat 8 friends in that car. They called it the Bohemeth (like a mammoth) b/c it was so massive. I had 4 accidents in it and never got hurt. In fact, when I hit a telephone pole at 50mph, the pole took a hit, but not the car! Solid, thick, steel from bumper to bumper. I guess my mother knew what she was doing when she made me buy that ugly car. A few years later, I sold it for $10 to my mother’s hairdresser. The $10 was taken off the price of her haircut. HA!

  2. 102
    Jariza says:

    We bought a used car many years ago, I believe it was a toyota and never got to bring it home because my husband and I were in separate cars (he was in the car we had just bought) and he decided to try to “race” me home by taking a different route and he got into an accident. THANK GOD everyone was ok but needless to say not a very good day for us=)

  3. 103
    DigiNee says:

    Nice layout – now, explain it to all of us who are used to the other site!

    First car – 1954 Dodge Dart – PUSH BUTTON ——- got it in 1975 when I was 16 —– cost $400.00 . . . pristine condition —— about a year later my DUMB (remember I am telling this as a sister would . . .) brother, who worked on cars, did not put any oil in it and blew up the engine —– mad did not describe it . . . loved that car!

  4. 104
    Annabelle says:

    Okay, comments are at the TOP! Who knew! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve had some fast cars but I started with the old family station wagon. Since then I recovered with a 5.0 Red again GT Mustang in college, followed by various Saabs including one Turbo – it was like driving a jet. You’d have loved it – the front end pulled up when you pushed it off the line!! It was amazing. Of course now we have not one but TWO minivans. Our only saving grace is at least that one of them in black – vaguely cool color to off set the mini vanie ness of it all.

    Getting used to the new digs, must go figure out how to get this onto blogger dashboard.

  5. 105
    Angie Sharp says:

    GoOd JOb! Looks good!!

  6. 106
    Rebecca says:

    I LOVE the new look! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I had a Chevy Citation as my first real car. It had plastic seats and no A/C. In Mississippi, that just wasn’t a good thing. However, when little punks came up next to me and revved their engines thinking they could smoke me, they got surprised for sure. Though my car looked like it couldn’t hold it’s own, it could smoke the best of them! Just so you know, I would smoke them…all the way to the speed limit and then I would let my foot off the gas! I was (and still am) a rule follower! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Prayers and blessings,

  7. 107
    heather vanhanxleden says:

    cars. my husband and kids and I were all reminissing about all the cars we’ve had over the past 16 years since we’ve been married. They remembered as much as we did. They even remembered the names we gave them. I think the final total was just about 16-one for each year we’ve been married ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of them were given to us so they were all a God-send. Some lasted more then others-but all were given in a time of need. We actually just bought our first 12 passenger big, black van! It isn’t anything special but it runs! It is a 1992 Pontiac GMC1500(I think) Someone asked me if we drive around the Amish?!No…we just have seven kids! My husband realized the other day it was nearly 20 years old and almost had a moment of panic. Before he allowed Satan to depress us-he quickly thwarted the devil’s schemes and was rejoicing over it! The driver side big back window is missing so it is currently all cardboarded and taped up! It makes many a noises and is always testing our discernment skills(what is that? is that a new noise? did anyone else feel that?) but Praise God-we all fit! my 9 year old daughter asked “mom, is it me or does everyone look at us when we drive by?” “No honey, they are all just jealous they don’t have a van like this one :)” Praise God for His provisions, no matter what they looke like(or sound like) He is faithful. And I am looking forward to all the rest of our vechicles he has in store for us! Lordwilling we can keep “upgrading.”

  8. 108
    Stacy says:

    For my 15th birthday, my parents gave me an orange AMC Gremlin with black accents. As if the Halloween color scheme wasn’t bad enough, the automatic transmission would stall each and every time I made a right hand turn. I would have to pop it into neutral, restart and pop it back into drive to continue. I found myself avoiding right turns–taking the longer way to get around–so that it wouldn’t appear that I didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. It wasn’t a stick shift–just defective. I was happy to have my own ride, and it really made me appreciate my first real car–a new silver Nissan Sentra SE. It even had a sunroof. And, it made all the right turns correctly! I thought that was so cool!

  9. 109
    Rebecca says:

    Oh, and I can’t even begin to tell you how great your pics are! I especially love your mom’s–those shoes are too cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 110
    Donna says:

    What a neat blog! Now, if I can just get the ‘hang’ of it, I will be in business! Congratulations on the change! Love to all!

  11. 111
    Ina says:

    Congrats on making the switch! I’m sure you are breathing a big sigh of relief, Amanda. Thanks for all your hard work on the blog!
    My first car was also given to me by my Grandparents. They were moving to Florida the year I turned 16 and generously gave me their little yellow Subaru. It wasn’t as sweet a ride as yours, but it was my very own!

  12. 112
    Melissa Day says:

    Love the new site! My first car was a 1990 Pontiac Sunbird – electric blue! My dad still refers to it as the “sun chicken!”

    • 112.1
      Andrea Porter says:

      My first car, I bought with my own money was a 1992 Sunbird, electric blue! Never thought to call it a ‘Sun chicken’ but that really describes it to a tee. thanks for the laugh!

  13. 113
    Rebecca says:

    WOW!! that is a really different look – i thought i was on the wrong site at first – but it looks GREAT!! my first car was the old F250 that my sisters had before me – it was awesome!! it was so loud coming out of the school parking lot that all the guys were jealous!! after my dad blew up the engine in it, i got a grandma car – literally!! but it was a great car

    congrats on moving to wordpress – i know it was a lot of hard work!

  14. 114
    Kris says:

    My first car was the 1976 Chevette that my dad used to drive me to kindergarten in. It was black with red “leather” seats and red carpet that had faded to burnt orange. The radio was only AM, the window crank knobs fell off, and it had no AC… and it shuddered when you even approached the speed limit on the freeway, which made living in my city particularly interesting. Every time I hear “Chevette”, I think of that car and so many experiences in my life spent in it. It was part of my family for about 15 years.

  15. 115
    Nise' says:

    Congrats on your move. Nice look as well. My husband bought me a 1973 Corvette (in 1982) and man I loved that car. When kid #2 was on the way we sold it to pay for badly needed new windows in our old house. I so want that car back. What were we thinking?

  16. 116
    Sarah M says:

    One summer some friends from Jacksonville were visiting while my parents were in Alaska on a cruise. We went out to the cape and on the way back, the engine of my explorer caught fire. It was horrifying. Thankfully I had dropped my parents off at the airport, so I had access to their car for the rest of the week!

  17. 117
    Sarah says:

    Love the pretty new layout!

  18. 118
    Cindy says:

    I too had a camaro in high school and college, I wish I still had that car, well except the part where it NEVER had an air conditioner. Now my girls are 13 and 15 and I am driving a convertible VW bug (aqua blue), it is adorable. So don’t give up with patience and time you can get out of the ‘mini van stage’

  19. 119
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Congratulations on the move! Thank you for all your hard work! The first 2 cars I had were Chevy Chevettes. They both had stick shifts.I loved the first one so much that I had a vanity plate on the front that read,”I love my Vette”, I also had a bumper sticker on the back that read,”When I grow up I want to be a Cadillac”. Sadly, I totalled both of them.(It didn’t take much!)My dream car was a Monte Carlo SS, I never had one, but I thought they looked cool. Have a great day ladies! Joan

  20. 120
    Marcia says:

    Glad the blog move went well. The look is easy on the eye. Thanks for all your work for our community!

  21. 121
    Judy Lynn says:

    Well, this is different!! I like different..don’t like to be like everyone else. Love the colors on the front page.

    My first car was a 1952 Studebaker. Why I wanted that car I will never know…but I loved it.

    Cant wait til you come to Irvine, CA Beth. By the way, I did google the Duck Commanders yesterday after reading about them and seeing your pic…too funny.

  22. 122
    Tracy says:

    My first car was a turquois Chevette. Man, could I pile a lot of college friends in that baby!

  23. 123
    Heather Weed says:

    Love the new site!

    My first car was a 1973 Pontiac LeMans that was a 2 door coupe and the size of a tank. Please understand-I turned 16 in 1985, so this car was ancient to me. We bought it from a little old lady who really only drove it to church and the grocery store so it only had about 60,000 miles on it. It was sinus infection green and all my friends called it the booger mobile. But it had a V-8 engine that rocked! And it was solid steel. And I could pull the key out while I was driving, which amazed everyone. It was a great first car.

    Omaha, NE

    • 123.1
      Terry says:

      Heather, that is TOO funny!!! “It was sinus infection green…the booger mobile.”

      Thanks for making me laugh out loud today! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 124
    Candy says:

    My first car was a Delta 88 that my dad bought from my granpa for $10…..worth every penny…haha! It was huge!!! Everyone in high school joked that it was named that because it was 88 feet long! the horror!!

  25. 125
    Bobbie says:

    I love the new look–and the pictures of you Moore women! The switch seemed to go well for all of us! Thank you Amanda for all the concentrated effort on this.

    I didn’t own my own car until I was married (telling my age, maybe!) but I would drive my parents car and forget to stop for gas! One Sunday night my parents, my BFF and I were going to get coffee after church and we ran out of gas!!! I was so embarrased…and Daddy teased me forever.

    See you tonight at HFBC!

  26. 126
    Janice says:

    I had various cars that were white for years. When I went to buy a new(er) car a few years ago I told the dealer that I really just wanted a car that wasn’t white — anything else would do!

    He looked at me with that ‘clearly she’s a woman and only cares about the color of her car!’ look. I did actually care about more than the color, but I REALLY REALLY was sick of having a white car!

  27. 127
    dawn says:

    Wow, easiest move I have ever made!!! Wish they all could go this smooth. My first car was a Malibu with the backend all jacked up!!! Someone was always asking me to sell it to them….to me it was just a mode of transportation…now I search old for a replica of my car…it was a 60’s model!!!! Would love to have another…seems funny how life just goes around! Love the blog….you do a fantastic job! Blessings

  28. 128
    Tami says:

    I always wanted a Mustang or a Camaro! If I had to choose though, I would pick the 69 Camaro. I really like the new Camaros and even sat it one not too long ago at the local dealership.

    My husband rented a brand new Mustang for me to cruise around in for my birthday one year. We drove all over the place. But I quickly learned that having a muscle car would not be a good thing for our family…because I would be like Amanda (racing everybody just to reach the speed limit) and my husband would be like Melissa (breaking the sound barrier and running over people who got in his way). It would be just a brief matter of time before we were cited for something, I’m sure.

    Nevertheless, we managed to get through that weekend without incident. Just yesterday we were talking about how much fun it was.

  29. 129
    Shelley G says:

    Love it Love it Love it!

  30. 130
    Amy-GA says:

    I had an 87 Sunbird hatch back in high school… HA! The car was fine but…I was so cool because I had a 3 foot Oakley sticker that I put on the front windshield…How embarrassing now!!!

    The joy of the 90’s!

  31. 131

    Awesome new look for the blog!! And what beautiful pics of the Moore girls!

    My dad told me what first car I was going to buy when I graduated from high school. It was a brown Reliant K… No idea what year the car was, but I graduated in 1992 and this car only had AM radio! It was brown – and not a chocolate brown – more like the color of poop. (Sorry, but the truth hurts sometimes, does it not?!) I remember buying speakers that hooked up in the back seat so you can at least hear the music, and everytime I went over a bump the wires came loose so I pulled over to reaffix them. Oh and the heater didn’t work, so cold days driving to college was wrapped in a blanket! As my dad would say, “That’s the stuff that builds character!”

  32. 132
    Carol Bruntlett says:

    Hi Amanda , Sweet Seista Mama, Melissa
    Love the new home here and love the pictures of the the 4 Moore women awesome pictures I am going to try this hopefully it will post, My first car was a Maverick I loves that car it was green and black O forgot the yr it was. Hope you have a good day and hope all the seista’s make it home soon.
    Love and Blessings to you all

  33. 133
    Kim says:

    My favorite car was a Volkswagon Bug I had in college. It was old (had an 8-track player in it) and not very pretty (putty colored) and in the winter time you had to scrape the inside of the windshield in order to see out when you were driving. But, it had 1 really cool and very unusual feature that I absolutely loved-it had a gear shift, but no clutch. I had all the fun of shifting gears without the stress and pain of having to use a clutch. I was horrible at driving with a clutch. I could never seem to get it right–in fact, the last time I drove a manual transmission vehicle with both a clutch and gear shift, I ended up driving over the curb and into the neighbors tree! (Thankfully, b/c I was young they didn’t get too mad, but after that I decided that automatic transmission was the only way to go–until my sweet grandpa presented me with my Bug). It was a sad day for me when that car gave out and was no longer worth repairing.

  34. 134
    Holly says:

    PTL! I know y’all have been working hard to get it here…
    My first “car” was a 1979 shared banana yellow ford fiesta (yes, before the escort, and the fiestiva !!!) It was a 4 speed ๐Ÿ™‚ lol!!! and i actually shared w my dad so he could take it to work (my mom was a high school teacher – so sis and i rode w her) I actually tried numerous times to convince the guys at work to push it over the hill to see if it would blow up ๐Ÿ™‚ hahaha, One of them threatened to do a charactiure of me in the car driving (you see i have blonde hair so this was appropriate)
    Dad used to tell me it would never get lost in the mall parking lot, my answer was usually – No, because you can see it from the MOON!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    then to my shock, ford and Toyota actually started painting cars that color again!!! The escape and the new toyota SUV both have that awful color…. but we did have some fun in that car ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. 135
    Nelli Fultz says:

    When I turned 16 my dad bought me a Chevrolet Cavalier. We also sent him to get my personal liscence tags that were suppost to say NELLI-B since my full first name is Nellibrooke. Well he came home with tags that said “WO-NELI”! My friends got a kick out of it and there were many times when I was at a red light I would hear someone scream out their window “WOAH NELLI”! Thanks dad! =)

  36. 136
    beckyjomama says:

    The first car I bought myself was a 1989 Hyundai Excel. We called it Christine cause that thing had a mind of it’s own – I literally had to disconnect the battery when I parked it or random lights would turn themselves on and kill the battery. BUT, considering the fact that, in the ten years I owned it, I may have changed the oil a total of 7 or 8 times (IF that many), I could not complain … much!

    LOVE the new look. Kinda miss seeing everyone’s sweet faces next to their comments though. But I can get used to that. Whatever helps you to best serve as many women as possible!!! Love your hearts!

  37. 137
    Hannah says:

    WOW!! Love the new site. My car story: I was the eldest child, and my Dad didn’t really know a lot about what to get for a first car, so I ended up with a one-year-old Nissan Sentra. I LOVED that car – loved that it was newer while my friends had junkers, loved zipping around town. However, like Amanda, I was also quite humbled in that little car when I managed to flip it over going 65 mph on 635 in Dallas. Learned my lesson, and God was gracious. I walked away unscathed.

  38. 138
    Carla says:

    My first car was my second Grandmother’s Ford Fairlane. It did not have any frills, no ac, etc and I was so proud to have it. My biological grand died when I was 12. My Grandfather re-married 3 years later to the most wonderful lady who taught me to drive and would lay down in the backseat while taking her niece and I “dragging main” so the guys would think we were alone and we would feel cool. I drove it all through college.

  39. 139

    Nice work on the new site.
    My first car in 1979 was a 1960something, white, very beat up old thing. Don’t remember the make or model. All I really remember was that the floorboard was rusted through and I had to get a piece of scrap carpet to cover the hole to keep the Kansas snow from blowing up on my feet. I’m not sure the heater worked either because I remember wearing purple ‘leggings'(luckily they were ‘in’ due to the exercise mania) to keep my legs warm from the cold wind blowing up under the car.

    My kids don’t know how good they have had it! But I worked and paid my own $200 for that car. There was a girl at school that used to make fun of me when I pulled up but it never really got to me.

    Pat from Kansas

  40. 140
    Dana says:

    The first car I bought by myself was a 1984 Nissan 300ZX – red, t-tops! Loved that car! It was the only car I used to get up on a Saturday morning in warm weather and take the t-tops out and just drive all day! Haven’t thought about that car in a good while. Thanks for bringing those memories back!

  41. 141

    Love the new look! A Ford Pinto was my first car in 1986ish. I loved that car. It had a sunroof, a stick shift, and a tape player, what more could a teenage girl ask for in a car. This was way better than borrowing my Dad’s old rusted, blue, gas-guzzling, truck. So the pinto was stepping up baby!

  42. 142
    Patti says:

    Love this new site and format! Can’t wait for the simulcast!!!!!

  43. 143
    carrie says:

    I took my drivers test in a 1975 Mercury Montego. What a tank- I should have scored extra points for parallel parking that beast! Now I’m 44 years old and my current car (a used 2007 mini-van) is the first car I’ve owned with electric windows. I know I’m a dork but I’m so tickled with those windows my kids and I play with them all the time!

  44. 144
    Amanda Moore says:

    I love the new look!!!!

    I had a Mazda Protage as my 1st car and boy was it a Lemon. I did however drive it until the wheels fell off (well actually they did not fall off, infact the barrings broke and they could not get the wheels to come off the car and I needed new tires so bad). The car also would no longer lock by the button on the key chain it made some horrible grinding sound (do you know how many times I locked my keys in the car……. 5 times…5) Let’s see that car hit a brick wall (my fault) was reended (some lady hit me right when the light turned green) was run over…. really run over, I was in a parking lot and this guy backed over the top of my car and I was sitting in it stunned beyond belief.

    But in all that I LOVED that car… I have so many memories of that car.

    Thank you mom and dad for giving me that car on my 16th Birthday! Love you guys!!!!


  45. 145
    Pam Nelson says:

    Love it! Thanks for all your hard work. It looks lovely. The pics on the side are a very nice touch too. The content of this blog is great.

  46. 146
    Kristi says:

    In December of 1999, my father bought me a 2000 silver Corolla to take back to college with me for the 2nd semester of my freshman year. I’m still driving that dear car. It has beent through so many things. A couple very minor fender benders AND being flooded with 4 inches of water on the inside 2 different times while visiting my parents in Houston. You’d think we would have learned our lesson and not parked the car in the street next to the drainage gutter during a tropical storm. Oh well! She’s dying a slow death now…but she has definitely been faithful!!!

  47. 147
    Nancy says:

    The car I have now…when I push the button that displays the outside temperature, all it ever registers is -22. I have no idea why it thinks it is so cold outside, even in the middle of the summer.

  48. 148
    Helen says:

    Great new site! My first car was a “vette”, a chevette! It served me well and we covered many miles together. Two days before our wedding I totaled it and two months after our wedding my husband totaled his, and after that we had “our” car!! God is a great protector! But hey, Amanda, I was like you. . . liked to be the first off the line, up to speed limit!!!

  49. 149

    I am more like Melissa at the green light….also in getting a new notebook :0)

    My first car was a 1987 20th anniversary edition IROC Z-28 convertible. I loved it! My friends loved it, too. We had so much fun at the Sonic together. The only thing was that my dad really got it for himself. So wehn I went to college, he traded out a “safer” car to me to drive to Austin in. He still has the Iroc to this day.

    The new site looks great, Amanda!!

  50. 150
    Jessica says:

    YAY I LOVE the new site!!! I love the new look, I love that it’s WordPress, it looks so much cleaner and brighter, I love love love it!!!

    OK, I’ve had 2 cars in my 16 years of driving, and I’ve christened both of them with Spanish names. For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with the Spanish language; I went on to major in it in college, then teach it. My first car was a 4 door Mazda, and since I had it during my early driving years it did some reckless crazy things. So I named it Jabali. Wild Boar. My second car was given to me as a graduation present, and it was a brand new 2 door dark green Saturn sports car. I loved that thing. I loved it so much I named it. El Pepino. The cucumber.

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