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. 351
    memoryminded says:

    My first car was my grandmother’s old Buick Regal – mint green. The gas gage didn’t work, so I got really good at going up to people’s doors and asking if they could call my dad or loan me some gas…. After about a year of that, the gas gage was “miraculously” working again! Guess dad had enough!

    The new site is very pretty! Wondering if you’ll post anything from LPL Tuscon. We loved it and made some new Siesta friends!

    Beth in Mullica Hill, NJ

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    Shalom says:

    My first car was a foreign job called a Simca. Don’t even know where those come from!! It was so bad the speedometer arm flew back and forth and rattled the whole time you drove. It would not go faster than about 15 mph up a hill and my high school was at the top of a big hill. My friends loved to open their car doors and use their feet to “help” me up the hill. Needless to say my car was not “cool” like yours but it was a wonderful taste of freedom. Shalom

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    Martha in MS says:

    Okay.. sorry.. but I do not know anything about Word Press…guess I am the only one who liked the ole blog.. not much on change ๐Ÿ™ I am sure that I will learn ๐Ÿ™‚ My first car was a Buick Riveria… loved it!! Problem was daddy bought it for me before I got my license..so it sat in the driveway… he would let me drive back and forth but not out on the street…well one day he finally said I could go just down the street and round the corner to my friends house. Wouldn’t you know it.. I backed out of our driveway and smack dab into a parked car across the street!! The car belonged to our neighbor who was also an attorney!! Talk about scared to death.. I thought I would never get my license after that, but he was very nice about it!!

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    Sacha says:

    My first car was a 1986 Chevrolet Caprice, this was in 1992…but it was really neat because you could fit 6-8 people in the car and we could all go to the movies or wherever. And the passenger side mirror was loose and so my dad put a washrag in between the mirror and it’s holder to hold the mirror in place! It was a good conversation piece!

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    Kristi Walker says:

    I, too, had a mustang. Mine was not a convertible, nor a GT. It was a 1984, gray fastback that could not have been uglier, but ya’ll I LOVED that car! Don’t we always love that first car? It had nothing special about it, but it was MINE! I drove it for five years, and I still look at a Mustang with love and affection. Of course, the new ones SHOULD be looked at with love and affection, they are smokin’!

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    Denice says:

    Love the new site! One of my first cars was a Dodge Dart – we called it “DD”. ๐Ÿ™‚ When you came to a red light, you had to shift to neutral and keeping revving up the engine or it would die. lol

  7. 357
    Leslie says:

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations Amanda! It’s done….and it is GOOD!

    My first car was a putrid, mint green colored PINTO…. It drove horrible, never started, but it was good because I had to drive around in NYC in it. I figured it was so yucky that it really wouldn’t matter if a NYC taxicab decided to side swipe it in traffic. It was so ugly, the family called it “POO PINTO!”

    Nope…I don’t miss it one bit.

    Congrats on the new site again….I’m so proud of you!

  8. 358
    Terry Allan says:

    In 1987 my son had a “very cool” ’67 Mustang. I kept noticing “men” staring at….ME….so I took a sneaky way home…making sure no one was following me. Later, I realized it was THE CAR that was the attraction….WHEW!

  9. 359
    Dawn says:

    Hey Amanda!! Love the new blog site. It’s so fresh and feminine. Love it!!!

    Mt. Olive, NC

  10. 360
    susan says:

    my car leak was worse than yours. When i got my first car and got it home, i noticed that the trunk was damp. my dad and i found some leaks, and my sister’s boyfriend (whose father was a sheet metal guy) came over and patched the holes. Then off i went to college, 8 hours away. A few days later it rained. hard. and as i was driving, i just noticed that something wasn’t “right.” when i opened the trunk up later, it was filled with water. the spare tire was floating in the wheel well. the holes had been letting the water out, not keeping it in. and we had welded them shut. anyway, for about 3 months, every time it rained i’d get a cup from the cafeteria and go out and bale out my trunk. That was only the beginning of my Plymouth, Duster troubles, but there’s not enough space here to give the whole story. I had the car for 8 months,but i’m sure it belonged to the “car problem of the month club”.

  11. 361
    Julie B says:

    My husband and I bought a brand-spanking new 1997 Mustang GT Convertible, black on black–a dream. We loved it! We’d ride around with the wind in our hair and “Mustang Sally” crankin’. Oh, what fun memories! Kids came two years after that, so we had to kiss is goodbye. It was the only new car we’ve ever had, but it sure was a blast while it lasted. One day, we’ll do it again!!!

  12. 362
    Martha Helen says:

    just testing how to reply.. do you have to give your email address in the “mail” box every time?? just wondering. i love the new look but its wierd to adjust to how to use it!

    my first car was a 98 jeep cherokee i think with like 250K miles on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ and i must add i got it, my very first car, after i was married at age 22. pretty ridiculous, i know. but i grew up in a fam of 5 kids and so i just used my siblings’ cars or parents’ cars. i loved my jeep.. paid $1000 for it and it was worth every penny.

    asheville, NC

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    MamaJack10 says:

    My first ‘official’ car was also a 1986 Mustang. I had a teddy bear in the back to make it stand out and popurri in the ashtray so no one would smoke! I learned to drive on my Daddy’s old Chevy and really miss his him and his truck. . .I know God has a sense of humor because my husband’s first car/truck was the same make and model of truck. Wonderful memories!!

  14. 364
    Charlene says:

    My first car was 1958 Station wagon Rambler, stick shift on the column, I paid $60.00 for it. It put out a white cloud of smoke when you drove it sometimes the smoke was so thick you couldn’t see. Can’t say that I miss the car but I was thankful to have a car to get me to work

  15. 365
    Robin says:

    Love the new site…great job to Amanda and team for getting everything up and running.

    My first car was a 1991 red Buick skylark that I got after graduating college. I was just so excited that it was a red car. When I was 16 I created a bucket list and one of the items on it was to own a red car. I don’t think at 16 I was thinking it would be a Buick Skylark but God has a crazy way of giving you your needs and granting you your crazy desires in very unexpected ways.

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    Linda Peel says:

    My first car was a 1974 Chevy Nova that I bought after graduating from college. I have never been too much of a “car person” until a few years ago when I got a SAAB convertible! LOVE IT. It is red with UL license plates on the front and back. Go CARDS!!!!

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    Amy says:

    My first car was a 1967 Mustang! Not convertible but very fast and alot of fun! I paid $400 for it and my Dad taught me how to maintain it! Love the new blog!

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    Judy Pauley says:

    My favorite car was a yellow Ford Maverick with a black racing strip up the middle of the car. I was pregnant with my first child when we bought it as a demo, like new. I cried when my husband sold it.

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    Yay!! I’m loving this new look and all your ADORABLE little photos on the sidebar! Way to rock the blog girls! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 370
    KerryLaine says:

    The site is pretty but the contrast between the pale yellow and the backgrouns makes it a little hard for me to read. Took me several minutes to figure out where the comments were. I am also wondering how we will reply to the SLI if we want to be anonymous, as I sometimes do.
    The car that first came to mind today was the Plymouth Volare stationwagon we bought when I was selling and delivering Tupperware. It was great, but by the time we needed to evacuate for a hurricane about 10 years later, the air conditioner did not work and the driver’s side window did not roll down. My daughter and her hamster rode with my sister in law, who was driving our good car (I’d explain why, but it gets long and complicated)and my son and his hamster rode with my mom because we were afraid the hamsters would die of heat stroke in the Volare. I drove the Volare down the highway with the driver’s door open to keep from having my own heat stroke. For those of you unfamiliar with hurricaine evacuations, they fall in the extreme heat of the end of summer, and traffic moves at about 5 miles per hour for mile after mile, so it took 5 hours to go 90 miles that day.

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    Kaitchie says:

    My first car was a 1957 Chevy, yellow and rust on the bottom from beach weather. I called it the YELLOW SUBMARINE(Beatles song was popular then) All my girl friends would pile in and go to a Concert or go to the beach. Once in a while I would have a flat tire. When I got a new set of tires I thought I was invincible and when we were almost home my alternator went out. Darn, I almost made it home without something going wrong.
    Now I drive a Camry, do I need to say anything. I did take it in for its faky fix last week.

  22. 372
    LSOFang says:

    Convertibles…hmm, yea, I have a convertible cavalier…and it LEAKS, I have been using the sun coverup dashboard thingy for my seat…did I also mention that the convertible top no longer goes down because
    of the nice little frost that Georgia had? YEP.
    So if you are up for a car that needs a new roof, once I buy my next car I will gladly sell it to you:)
    It DOES have good gas milage though:) ALWAYS a plus:)

    Anyway, officially WELCOME to wordpress land:)

    I think you will get more comments now than you have ever dreamed:)

    love y’all!:)


  23. 373
    Mitzi says:

    Beautiful new website!! Nice job you guys!!

    When I was just out of college, I burnt up 2 car engines in one week!! The worst part was the second one was a friend’s car… but it was his fault for telling me that the check engine light had been on forever and didn’t really mean anything. I was just dumb/naive enough to believe it.

  24. 374
    Jillian says:

    LOVE the new look!
    My first car was sold to me by my mom’s boyfriend for $20! I didn’t really like him, and he was ‘buying’ my affection. As a 17 y.o., I was okay with that! (hee-hee) It was a 1969 Dodge Dart! It was old, but it was MINE and I was happy.
    My next vehicle was a 1963 VW Bus. Yep, a hippie van. The doors wouldn’t lock, it wouldn’t accelerate beyond 50 mph, and barely made it up some of the big mountainous roads in my college town in Montana. It was an A to B van!
    Now, I’m a mini van mom. LOVE my mini van!

  25. 375

    A cool I had, errrr, inherited through marriage was my husband’s 1987 Oldsmobile. It was his baby. It was ugly. He called it The Beauty and it is where he told me I was beautiful for the first time… ahhhhh… it was before we were officially dating and it came at such a precious moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ My heart still gets all fluttery when I think of it…

    Love the new blog!

  26. 376
    Kathy Juenke says:

    My first car was a 1973 Plymouth Scamp….It was 1984, and it was old then, but it was a car and I appreciated it! My funniest car story is one day, my senior year, I arrived at school and the trunk WOULD NOT close…thank goodness a football player was passing and used his muscle to close it…I never opened it again!!! Love the new look!!! Can’t wait to get familiar with it!!!:)

  27. 377
    Dana says:

    Trying to get used to this new form. We were married about 12 years before we had a brand new vehicle. It was a bright cheery red van. I was on a field trip with my son’s class and we had a very bad hail storm in Iowa. It totaled the van. The damage was more than the van was worth and the van was less than a year old. We have never had a new vehicle sense then. I think the Lord used that as a learning lesson for us. Praise Him that He knows so much more of what we need than we even know ourselves.

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    TFCollins says:

    Yikes! Your reference to “humbling” brought back a memory or two! This was my 2nd car … and I thought I was “hot stuff”! …a new, beautiful, sporty 1973 MGB. I had three wrecks in one week – not one of which was my fault. After the last one, I had to roll back the convertible top to get out. Nope … I did not hear what the Lord was trying to say! A few months later, it was stolen and wrecked into a police car in a high speed chase! Ah yes – those were the days!

  29. 379
    Linda J says:

    Love your new look. Thanks to all of you for all that you do for “us”.:)

  30. 380
    Stephanie Billings says:

    Yea!! I am glad you all made it. My first car was a 1972 Datsun, sun yellow and under all that paint was bondo. Oh, how I loved that $400 car!!

  31. 381
    Hope says:

    LOL It was a 1981 Buick Skylark.

  32. 382
    Stacey says:

    New blog looks great!

  33. 383
    Traci Indlecoffer says:

    My dad owned a Ford dealership and so I got to drive lots of different “demo” cars…my first~a Ford Fairmont without HEAT…in December…in Illinois ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn’t about to tell my dad about it cuz I was afraid he’d take it away and I wouldn’t get another for awhile…so I hid a blanket in my back seat and drove wrapped up all winter!

    My sister…6 years later…got a mustang convertable ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mary Watkins says:

    I love the new site!

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    Mary Watkins says:


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    kathy Pink Bicycle Arkansas says:

    Ummm….a little uncomfortable leaving an e-mail address even if it’s not published

    I had a car in college that I thought I had to have. It was an orange Plymouth Horizon. Plain Jane. Not even an 8 track or cassette. The locks would stick on the passenger and you had to crawl in through the drivers side door. I soon learned to hate the car! One day there was car fire next to mine and I was hoping it would spread just a bit…it did not.

  37. 387
    Leanne Eldridge says:

    My dad had an Oldsmobile Cutlass that was truly a 70’s classic…maybe to him, but not to his 2 teenagers! That car wasn’t very cool looking to us, but it was soooo fast! It did not posess anything other than an AM radio, and we are total music junkies, so we had the idea to use my shower radio instead. We hooked that baby to the rear view mirror and jammed all the way to school. The great thing about being that young is that any thing with wheels made us grin!

  38. 388
    Kay says:

    Blog site looks great! Congrats!

    I had a navy ’66 Mustang (this was in 1980) that I paid $550 for and my dad restored to mint condition! It was a beaut! Unfortunately I had a little fender bender in it as I tried to pull out of an unlit area of my high school one night and ran into a ditch, and it never got fixed after that. But it was still a wonderful car. The crazy thing is, when I went to college I couldn’t take it with me because it wasn’t that reliable and wouldn’t go above 50 mph, so my brother inherited it and I never got my $550 back! But, hey we were family!

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    Shawna says:

    First car was a …drum roll please…. 1976 Pacer… yes, a Pacer. Good news — was a snap to parallel park for my driving test…bad news…looked like a pregnant roller skate… or a giant fishbowl… but the great thing about it — was at the time, I was just so grateful to have wheels, I didn’t care!

    Great site – and thanks Amanda for all your hard work on this!

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    Amy T says:

    My first car was a ’79 Chevy Nova. It already had over 100k miles and I add many more driving to and from A&M. I went from it (which had a V-8) to a Chevy Cavalier (4 cylinder). What a change! That car sure could go and quickly!

  41. 391
    Kathleen says:

    My first memory of a car is a yellow car we had when I was a kid. I think it was a Chevy Nova. I’m not really sure what it was. I cried like a baby when we traded it in for a newer car. I forget how young I was but I still thought that inanimate objects had feelings. For instance, I used to think my stuffed animals had real feelings too. Anyway, when my dad got rid of that car I cried and cried and cried because I actually though the car would be all alone and miss us.

  42. 392
    Melody says:

    My first car was a 1983 Gold Subaru Wagon….that had a leak in the radiator and overheated on a regular basis. I can’t believe my mother let me drive that thing…

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    Sharon Colley says:

    My first car was a red 1967 mustang fastback. Loads of fun.

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    Rockin' My Freedom says:

    To Do:
    -Go in to office till 2…check!
    -Dentist appt at 3…check!
    -Go for a run…check!
    -Check out LPM new blog home…check!
    -Leave a comment…check!

    When I turned 16, my brother-n-law let me borrow his sports car so I could drive to youth group. When I came out, the car was gone! They found it at the border stripped clean. Since then, I’ve always driven a 4 door or SUV. Sigh…

  45. 395
    Lynnda Day says:

    I learned to drive in a 70 something mustard yellow Toyota wagon! it was so ugly! and it was a stick shift. So I would frequently get stuck on hills, get out of the driver seat, slam the door and make my mom finish the drive home! too funny!My dream car now would be a new Camero with stick shift!!!Just goes to show what starts out impossible can end up being the most enjoyable!

    Military wife
    Fort Campbell Ky

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    Janice says:

    The format for comments is so much easier to read and to write. I like the bells and whistles too. Now concerning my car. My first car was a red 1960 VW. I was so happy to finally own my own car, I didn’t read the fine print in the contract. The contract read the dealership was released of all liability as soon as the car left the property. Well, the car ran just fine until it left the lot’s driveway; at that point it stopped, permanently. Apparently, the transmission was bad, and I was responsible for the repair. One thing I learned about the experience; don’t blindly trust people. I only bought new cars from that point on.

  47. 397

    Looks great Amanda!!! I love it!
    Look forward to seeing Beth in Michigan in May ๐Ÿ™‚

    My car story…
    When I was 16 I drove my truck into the side of a church…
    it was not pretty.


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    My first car was a refurbished Volkswagen stationwagen. I LOVED that car. It leaked when it rained, drank gas and had terrible shocks… but it was all mine. Such happy memories.

  49. 399
    Anne says:

    Hey, Ladies! Nifty new site!

    The first car I owned was 10-yr-old Mazda 626 that I bought from an acquaintace for cash. I knew I had several years of a long commute in grad school, and the idea was to get an old car and run the guts out of it. I put 90,000 miles on it in three years. How it did it withstand such treatment you ask? By virtue of never-ending repairs.

    My favorite memory is that fact that the power locks had somehow jammed so that two of the doors couldn’t even be opened (it was 4-door, of course). So, when that UPS truck backed into my car at a stop sign and crunched the driver’s side door so that it wouldn’t open all the way, it made the car even cozier. 4 doors and only one and a half of them worked. I told my mother that I might as well be driving the General Lee, and we should practice climbing in and out through the windows.

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    OceanMommy says:

    LOVE the new look! Makes me want to switch too!!!! Okay..first car… this is humbling…
    I drove my grandmother’s NEW station wagon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hey, it was free and after a year of driving it to school, my parent’s bought me a new car, a Corsica..that seemed like a sports car after that station wagon!


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