Believe In Who You Are

you are awesome graphic familybringsjoy.comSongs speak to the heart.  I listened to the following song on the way to church this morning.

I remember the first time I heard it.  I remember feeling so much LOVE from our Heavenly Father.  I was quite sure the author of the song must have private videos of my life and thoughts.  If you are a woman, you need to hear this song.  It need not matter if you are a mom or not.  It need not matter if you are a stay at home mom or not.  The words and soft melody will bring you a feeling of hope and love.  Don’t we all need that in this life…to feel there’s hope…to feel loved?

The song is called Who You Are.  It is sung by Hilary Weeks.  I’ve mentioned her before on here.  This is the only video I could find for this song.  I did not make the video, but the photos are very fitting for the song.  More importantly is for you to listen to the music and lyrics.  I’m including the lyrics below as well.

Who You Are

I know you wonder

If you’ll ever have a day

Where the kids stay calm,the laundry’s done

And the dishes are put away

And sometimes you feel like

Your days are spent and gone

And the question running through your mind

Is what have I gotten done

And when you finally have a moment to slow down

At the end of your day I know Father would say

Believe in what you’re doing

Believe in who you are

And hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter of God

Believe in who you’re becoming, believe in who you are

Now it might seem simple

All the little things you do

But the lives you touch matter so much

And there’s no one else like you

And Father needs you to stand tall and faithful

To be all you can be Oh, if you could see what He sees

You’d believe in what you’re doing

You’d believe in who you are

So hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter of God

Believe in who you’re becoming, believe in who you are

And when it’s hard to believe in yourself

And you feel like you’re beginning to doubt

Remember

That He believes in what you’re doing

He believes in who you are

So don’t lose sight of the truth that you’re a daughter of God

That He believes in who you’re becoming,

He believes in who you are

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YOU are special,

I Feel So Less Lonely

Last Friday I posted this photo on Instagram…

A new Instagram friend read my caption with this photo:

“It’s Going to be one of those days. Grrrrrr!”

Awhile after posting the photo I laughed and flippantly added a comment under the photo:

“lol…guess it shouldn’t surprise me that no one likes this photo!  Definitely keeping things real.  Ugh.”

 

beesbutterfly {her Instagram user name} responded:

This sweet girl has no idea of what she did for me that day.  As a matter of fact, she and many of you don’t realize how your small acts of kindness make an impression on me.

Sharing that photo Friday morning was a little difficult for me.  I was opening up and being transparent.

I didn’t post it because it was a great photo, far from it.  I posted it to share my frustration, to share me being real and somewhat raw.  I mean, if you look at the photo of my laundry room on the sidebar to the right of this post, you wouldn’t have a clue that the room ever looks like the one above.  {Which I’m not proud or happy about in the least.}

Anyway, I was pondering beesbutterfly’s words and a song came on that expressed what I was feeling.  I decided to put together a little video with the music and lyrics. I dedicate this song to beesbutterfly and all of YOU who comment, reply and say things with EMPATHY.


Thank you for seeing me,

Love The One Your With

Oh How The Years Go By

In our times of trouble
We only had ourselves
Nobody else
No one there to save us
We had to save ourselves

And when the storms came through
They found me and you
Back to back together
And when the sun would shine
It was yours and mine
Yours and mine forever

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

There were times we stumbled
They thought they had us down
But we came around
How we rolled and rambled
We got lost and we got found
Now we’re back on solid ground, yeah

We took everything
All our times would bring
In this world of dangers
‘Cause when your heart is strong
You know you’re not alone
In this world of strangers

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

And if we lose our way
Any night or day
Well we’ll always be
Where we should be
I’m there for you
And I know you’re there for me

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

– Amy Grant

On this day, 18 years ago my life changed.

Two became one.

As with most things with me, {grand ideas at the last minute} I decided  Saturday I would spend Sunday working on a few things to celebrate our anniversary.  We haven’t really celebrated in a grand way…our love for each other…in a while.  My daughter’s dance recital is always the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  {One year it was on our anniversary.}  I wouldn’t miss her recital for anything.  It is one of the highlights of my year to be able to see her dance.  I’m also very grateful to have family who travel from afar to see her recital and visit.  Thus our reason for not celebrating.  Don’t get me wrong, we still try to have a date with a dinner & movie, but not anything out of the ordinary or special, just kind of the same old thing we always do when we manage to go on a date in our small town.

So here I am at 1:11am typing this post.

I came up with a few things to do lot of things I wanted to do:

  • 18 gifts given on each hour on the 18th minute {made 5 of the 18 today}
  • CD titled 18 Running Songs of various running music
  • CD titled 18 Year Anniversary Mix filled with love songs
  • 18 balloons with a love note attached to each

I didn’t want to spend money for these expressions of love.  You see, we have an all inclusive beach trip planned to celebrate our anniversary for a later date.  It will be the first vacation we’ve had in 7  years ALONE together WITHOUT KIDS.  It is long overdue!  This trip was our gift to each other.  We agreed NOT to exchange gifts because of the trip.  However, I still wanted to do something special for him and for us.

What I will DO

Here’s the deal, I realized we won’t be AWAKE for 18 hours of this special day. {Duh! Shan…sigh…it’s been a crazy month.} Plus, I only have 8 gifts to give him, not 18.  I made 7 {2 are the CD’s mentioned above} and found 1 in the closet {it was a Christmas gift I forgot to give him because it was buried underneath all the piles…sheesh}  So instead of 18 gifts, he will receive 8 at 9:18am, 10:18am, 11:18am, 12:18pm, 1:18pm, 2:18pm, 3:18pm, 4:18pm.  Again, these are things I made him.  Maybe next year I can plan on doing the balloon idea.  I just didn’t have my act together to do that this year.

I’ll share with you photos and more information about the gifts in a future post this.  If he happens to read this before 9:18am he already knows what 2 of the gifts are.  It’s okay, because he doesn’t like surprises near as much as I do.  As a matter of fact, it’ll probably kill him to not be able to open ALL the gifts right away.  The essence of surprise will be what I enjoy about this plan. 😉

Happy Anniversary to my Husband.

Above current photos taken by Blue Lily Photography

Love the one your with,

Brandon Heath – Love Never Fails (Live)