Out and About with a GPS!


After my last disastrous attempt to use Mapquest directions to find a location, my husband had pity and surprised me with a new GPS. (He’s a heck of a great guy!) Marie and I have been using it to go places; new doctors, apple orchards and so forth. Like any curious child, Marie not only wants to know WHERE we are going but HOW to get there, and the inevitable “Are we there yet?” I don’t know HOW to get there, and even if I DID, to describe the actual directions in American Sign Language would be dangerous while driving, (especially because two hands are needed!) So Marie latched onto the GPS as though it actually was a small satellite guiding us. (Somehow, I think I may have misinterpreted exactly WHAT a GPS is in ASL to her.)
Hiding the screen from me so I could see, Marie excitedly gave me the directions street by street by street. In order to make it more like a fun “game”, I made the mistake of turning the sound off. The problem was, either she was a little late in signing “Left at next street”…or, more likely, I was paying intermittent attention to the road and missed her directions. Our trips ended up more zig zaggy and lengthy than I would have preferred. I confess, I cheated. When she wasn’t looking, I turned the sound on without her knowing. Now when we use it, she still gives me the directions street by street, thinking she is the sole direction provider. I no longer miss the proper street because I’ve already been prewarned by the GPS, and Marie blissfully thinks she is doing a magnificent job guiding us to our location.
Ohhhhhhh, I’m a sneaky mother….


To read more about our life, here is a link to my book:


The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane

Link to the Readers Digest review of my book:  http://www.rd.com/recommends/what-to-read-after-a-hurricane/


Comments on: "Out and About with a GPS!" (39)

  1. That’s great! Wonderful idea!

  2. billiamholt said:

    Or brilliant! I loved reading this story. It made me smile.

  3. This sounds like a great way to make the mundane fun! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I so love this story!!

  5. My GPS was a God-send. I am directionally dexlectic and can get lost in a heart beat.

  6. Great story. 🙂

  7. strawberryquicksand said:

    Sneaky mum!!!! Good idea, though, to still use the voice. 🙂

  8. Ok, that was a brilliant move! Loved this story!

  9. You gotta love this story! A real and relevant surprise and a sneaky mom makes a curious kid a navigator with a gps unit. Worthy of a reblog, if you ask me!

  10. I think God does that with us … makes us think we came up with it, when it was He who whispered the answer to us 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  11. That, is just brilliant! I am seriously grinning right now. You are a good mom. 😀

  12. Maybe sneaky but smart! Thoroughly enjoyed that 🙂

  13. Sweet story. You are a good Mom! Very thoughtful

  14. Hahaha – you are a smart cookie, momma!

  15. To quote Spiderman’s Uncle Ben, “With great power comes great responsibility”. You have both, and are using your power well 🙂

  16. nikkisth0ughts said:

    that is so adorable! the sole navigator, love it!

  17. Fantastic! I love reading about your adventures. Marie is so sweet

  18. I’ve found Mapquest to be less than desired on occasion. I drove for a living for 18 years in Denver CO before GPS. I know I’m old, but give me “paper” every time! Great post. Loved it!

  19. Aww that is so cute.

    love it. Cheers Maria

    sent from mac mini email, & fb bubbygirl1972@gmail.com skype bubbygirl1972 twitter same as skype without the numbers.

  20. I am severely directionally challenged! But, some of my most favorite adventures have come from being “lost”. However, there are times when I just want to get to my destination without the enjoyment of the journey. For that, a talking GPS would be the ideal traveling companion. I love that you involve Marie in such ordinary tasks which, for her, become adventures.

  21. I just love reading your blog! You have a way of capturing the sweetest moments in the most beautiful ways! I am nominating you for two blogging awards- the Inner Peace Award and the Sunshine Award. Here are the directions if you would like to accept them and pass them along-


    Many Blessings to you!!

  22. Ah, and a wise mother; giving your child such joy and self-esteem while practicing self-preservation. Triumph!

  23. No, you’re a GREAT mother!

  24. Great story. Thank you or sharing how an ordinary item can mean so much more.

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  27. That’s so cute. Can you imagine how many royalties I would get if ‘Are we there yet?’ was a song that I had coined? haha.

  28. Reblogged this on Make Smart Moves and commented:
    I read a great blog earlier this month, it included kudos for a husband, strategy for a mom, a meaning experience for a daughter and one problem solved for a family. Of course it was about safe driving, and a smart driving tool. I smile every time I think about it. Even though it’s not the GPS brand I sell, I had to click the Reblog key. Enjoy & Happy Holidays!

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