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‘Tis the Season

14 Sep

No, this is not a holiday post! Keep reading and you’ll see the reason for the title!

The past month or two, I have had so many new ideas and inspirations that I’ve been trying to keep up with in addition to working, caring for my girls, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, getting enough sleep, etc., that I find myself wondering where I’m going to find the time that I need to devote to all of these different areas. I know nobody else knows what I’m talking about, right?! Ha! I know we all wish we could scrounge up a little more time each day! I’m preaching to the choir!

Anyway, there is a chapter in the book What’s Submission Got to Do With It? by Cindy Easley that addresses how womens’ lives tend to consist of different stages. In this chapter, titled “The Power Broker,” Easley uses her interview with family advocate Janet Parshall, of Janet Parshall’s America, a nationally syndicated radio program. On page 102, Parshall states, “Women do lead lives different than men. We lead lives in seasons, and something is rich and precious and enduring in each one. In each season, God would inevitably teach me something that would be used in the following season. I don’t think God would have called me to a pro-family organization if I hadn’t had those years at home raising four kids. It would have been a hollow apologetic. I had to know the nitty-gritty of raising kids before I’d be allowed to work in public policy that would facilitate our raising kids.”

And on page 109, she also says:

Feminists say, ‘You can have it all.’ But they practice the sin of omission. You should say, ‘You can have it all-but you can’t have it all at the same time.’

I’ve been thinking about these two quotes often lately as I try to prioritize what I give my time to the best that I can. I’m trying to not get discouraged about the things I can’t get to quite yet and take things day-by-day. I know that God is teaching me things and planting seeds for his future plans for me. I love being a mother and a wife and these roles are the most important to me-they are my calling! Whatever I do needs to support these vocations. One more thing that Parshall noted in her interview with Easley regarded how she respected her husband and trusted the Lord regarding career plans and other decisions.

Everytime the path has made another turn, it has absolutely been in harmony and parallel to what God is calling [my husband] to do.

I really, really love this, because it makes me feel like what I’m doing now and the future goals that I have are even more meaningful because they are tied to Adam’s dreams and what we believe to be God’s will. When I know that what my husband and I are doing is compatible, it gives me more confidence and motivation to continue taking steps in faith!

Right now, I’m embracing the crazy/wonderful/tired-most-of-the-time/blink-and-you’ll-miss-it season of raising two young children and building dreams for our family!

What season are you in? If you’re married, how are your dreams compatible with your spouse’s?

Photo Credit: freedigitalphotos.net

A Little Less Talk…

7 Sep

I feel like I’ve spent so much time writing about what Adam and I have been doing that I figured it would be a nice change to show us in action. So here are some pictures of what we have been up to lately (when we’re¬† not working at our jobs or caring for our two daughters)… ūüôā

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Recording some new songs at my cousin’s home studio…

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Gettin’ in shape on the treadmill… (Just to be clear, those are Adam’s legs, not mine!!)

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I have to make time to plan my shopping trips each week!  Saving money is good!

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Adam’s daily dinner consists of grilled chicken, whole grain rice, and peas or broccoli.¬† He usually grills out several tenderloins 1-2x/week so his meals are easy to put together.

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I’m pretty sure this is going to be the official Adam Shick logo!¬† I spent a lot of time last week working on it.¬† I was inspired by Adam’s¬†guitar cables to create a custom font with his name.¬† I actually used a cable to see how I could¬†shape the letters and draw them¬†realistically.¬† Now I just need to get the logo up on the computer and ready for his website, business cards, t-shirts, etc.!

Have a great weekend, everyone!¬† Oh, and it’s my mom’s birthday today so Happy Birthday, Mom!

(Also, the text on the photos is courtesy of the Over app – check it out!)

7 Quick Takes (#1)

31 Aug

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I’m trying something new this week! I have seen so many bloggers who participate in the 7 Quick Takes link-up at Conversion Diary that I decided to get in on the fun myself! Let me know what you think!

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The past few weeks I have been compiling a collection of craft supplies. My 3-year-old is obsessed with “cwaft” projects right now. She would use a glue stick all day long if I let her! “C” looks forward to our weekly Catholic ABC’s time. This weekend we’ll be discussing the letter “f.” I have a lot of the basic craft necessities to do all of these projects and now I just need to get some cheap plastic bins to organize this stuff! My husband is going to be building some shelves soon to store all of these items, so I can’t wait to have everything easily accessible in one place! I see many more hours on Pinterest in my future!

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I love the new Over app for the iPad! The husband of a high school friend developed this app and it allows you to type text over photos. I’ve had fun creating captions on pictures of the girls! Warning: it can be addictive! I will be featuring it heavily in my post next Friday, so check back!

On Notre Dame campus Fall 2011

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I just finished reading the book, The Temperament God Gave Your Kids. It was pretty insightful, but I think I’ll have to wait until the girls get a little older to see how their personalities develop more. I have glimpses of what motivates and triggers them, but I don’t think I know enough to identify their dominant personality-types yet. I do have my husband figured out, though (phlegmatic and part sanguine), but I was frustrated that I couldn’t fully identify with one main temperament. I felt that I had strong elements of 2-3 of the temperaments. I know us humans can’t be categorized in boxes, but I was hoping to gain some more revelations in to what makes me tick! I know for sure that I don’t have a sanguine temperament, though!

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Okay, I just have to throw this one out there. It’s kind of a new pet peeve for me! Maybe some fellow bloggers can appreciate this… As I have been researching marketing strategies for Adam’s music, I have run across some amazing articles about sharing interesting and useful information with supporters and fans. Unfortunately, I’ve read a cliche’ that was used in several of them that I never want to hear again – “content is king.” Trust me, I get the importance of the point, but can’t people come up with something more original to say about it in their articles? It’s a little ironic that I have an issue with the content of articles about good content. Just sayin’… ūüôā¬† I promise it hasn’t ruined my day, though!

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Adam and I are implementing a “we can’t hear whining” policy. As any parent with a 3-year-old knows, this can wear you out! I read about a mom acting like she was incapable of hearing her child when he whined and soon that behavior decreased. It’s not like ignoring whining is a new idea or anything, but if Adam and I consistently stick to this, I’m hoping asking for things politely, etc. will be a more routine occurrence.

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Adam’s parents are coming in town for Labor Day weekend! We’re excited to see them and I know they’ve been missing their granddaughters! I’m working on making my grocery list for meals for the weekend. I always seem to revert back to the same basic, simple recipes whenever I have company. A favorite meal that I like to prepare is White Bean Chili served with tortilla chips. I probably need to try something new one of these visits, but am often too preoccupied to devote brain power to it. If anyone has any simple, crowd-pleasing suggestions, I’m open!

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Speaking of the weekend, it is Notre Dame’s first football game of the season! Go Irish! (I miss northern Indiana in the fall! There’s no place like home! At least our basement keeps us from feeling too homesick!)

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The former man cave – now a “family cave”

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Be sure to check out others’ 7 Quick Take posts today at Conversion Diary. Have a great weekend!

Marking the Milestones

10 Aug

The spring and summer of 2012 has been full of anniversaries, milestones, and new adventures for a variety of different things in our family.  Here is the rundown:

1. It has been 10 years since my high school graduation and 7  years since I graduated college.

College Graduation Day 2005

2. It has been 10 years since Adam moved to Nashville.

3. Adam and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary!  

Our 1st Anniversary 2006

4. Our oldest daughter, “C,”¬†turned three and is potty trained!

5. Our youngest daughter turned 1-year-old and finally sprouted a mouthful of teeth (after 13 months without any)!

6. It has been a little over a year since I started A Dreamer’s Wife.¬†¬† Two weeks ago, I made a plan to devote more time to this blog.¬† My goal is to post each weekend and get more involved in the blogging community.¬† It has been fun adding more websites to my Google Reader and WordPress Reader – so many great bloggers to follow!¬† I also officially registered my domain name this week, so now it is adreamerswife.com!

7.¬† We started the journey of Adam’s career as an independent artist!¬†

8. I just stopped the bedtime feeding that I had been continuing for the past couple months with “little A.” One of the “girls” became a casualty to the teeth I mentioned in #5 and I decided it was finally time to put an end to this phase of mommy-hood.

9.¬† It has been three weeks since we discontinued cable – and I don’t mean downgraded to a lower package, I mean we don’t even have the basic channels.¬† (Boo to missing the Olympics!)¬† We do have a Netflix subscription right now, so I can’t be too dramatic about this!¬† It has definitely been a change, but I’ve been way more productive and focused.¬† I thought I was good at multitasking with the TV on, but maybe I wasn’t as good at it as I thought!¬† We’ll see how long this “no TV” lasts, though, because football season is about here and I don’t know if Adam will be able to cope.¬† (He’s already found a possible deal on a cable package…)

10. I recently started¬†a Catholic ABC’s¬†preschool program with “C.”¬†Each Saturday morning we discuss the designated letter of the week, spend time singing songs, making a craft, and learning about the Bible.

“A” for Angel Craft

All of this is exciting stuff to acknowledge and celebrate. ¬†It also causes me to think about making the most of whatever time I have left on this earth. In the past few months, I’ve become more passionate, fearless, and trusting in regards to God’s will, my talents, and my goals.¬† I feel that nothing is impossible.¬† I have no idea what the next 10 years (and beyond) holds, but I know that I’m going to be living with purpose each day!¬† I’m looking forward to my continued growth as a bold, joy-filled, and faith-filled individual!

What is everybody else out there celebrating?

July’s Dreamer in the Spotlight

31 Jul

“His Eye is Upon Us” by LeRone Wilson

I ran across an article a couple months ago, titled, “Listening to God Pays off for Struggling Artist,” and tucked it away for a future post.¬† I forgot about it, but fortunately ran across it recently¬†and thought that I would feature this professional artist, LeRone Wilson, as this month’s Dreamer in the Spotlight before I forget again!

LeRone Wilson is a family man whose artwork is inspired by God and the Bible.¬† He signs all of his work, “In His Name.”¬† In the same¬†article mentioned above, he comments, “It‚Äôs through Him I get my concepts and titles and through Scripture,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúThis work belongs to Him because He alone gave it to me.‚ÄĚ

It’s a pretty neat story, so please read it if you have a couple minutes!

May’s Dreamer in the Spotlight

30 May

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” -Luke 12:48 (NIV)

When many of us think about what we would¬†do if we had a lot of money someday, starting a chartible foundation¬† may not be at the top of our list, but that is exactly what former San Antonio¬†businessman Gordon Hartman did.¬† Hartman along with his wife, Maggie, started The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation to fund Morgan’s Wonderland, an amusement park¬†that is catered to¬†individuals with special needs.¬† Morgan’s Wonderland, which opened in 201o,¬†was inspired by and named after the Hartmans’ daughter, Morgan, who has a cognitive disability.¬† Hartman wanted to develop a place where kids could play together without barriers.¬† The amusement park’s motto is, fittingly,”Where Everyone Can Play.”

Morgan’s Wonderland has also prompted other opportunities for the special-needs community.¬† In the fall of 2011, Monarch Academy, a specialized learning facility opened.¬† Hartman has also opened a soccer complex and started the San Antonio Scorpions soccer franchise in order to use profits to support Morgan’s Wonderland.¬† The Scorpions just debuted in the spring of this year, and according to the¬†Morgan’s Wonderland website, “It‚Äôs the first team in pro sports history to be organized for the benefit of a non-profit dedicated to helping those with special needs.”

It’s definitely inspiring to see someone dream¬†(and achieve)¬†so big for the benefit of others in such a unique way!¬† Maybe everything really is bigger in Texas!

Thank you, Hartman Family, for motivating all of us to look closer at how we can use the gifts that God has given us to benefit others!

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Just a Glorified Personal Assistant?

5 Sep

In my continuous pursuit to be a better mother and wife, I am often attracted to books that address these topics.  Last weekend, I finished reading When a Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin.  There was even an entire chapter dedicated solely to a wife encouraging her husband to dream, so I think it is definitely appropriate to write about what I gleaned from this book in my blog!

When a Woman Inspires Her Husband was mainly based on the fact that men need to feel respected in a relationship and want to feel successful in what they do.¬†¬† Many of the things that I read, were not necessarily new to me, but it was a great reminder of how much sacrifice is required to have a truly healthy marriage.¬† I’ll be honest, though, that there was a point when I was reading this book that I started to get a little upset.¬† I felt McMenamin wrote this book for women in the 1950’s.¬† It was like she practically assumed that the wives reading this book would only have responsibilities within the home and that the husband was the sole income-earner.¬† I’m not a stay-at-home mom.¬† I am the one in our family with the stable income. ¬† I don’t have time to cook every night.¬† My house would not pass a white glove test pretty much any day of the week.¬† After reading the chapters about “Easing his Burdens”, “Making His Home a Sanctuary”, and “Giving Him Breathing Room”, I practically felt like McMenamin was describing the job of a personal assistant.

When I was thinking about this during my commute to work one morning, I thought of the verse, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).¬† And then I realized that sacrificing my selfish wants and dying to myself every day is laying my life down for my husband.¬† Interestingly enough, McMenamin actually refers to this same verse towards the end of her book.¬† Do I have a lot on my plate? Yes.¬† Is my number one priority the well-being of my husband and family? Yes.¬† Do I have a lot to learn still about being a good wife? Yes.¬† McMenamin used a great quote from the book 6 Secrets to a Lasting Love by Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg: “The more encouragement and affirmation he receives from his wife, the easier it will be for him to discern God’s voice.”¬† Consider me humbled.¬† And if that isn’t enough, check out this take on the well-known passage in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 that McMenamin refers to from The Message:

“Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

The biggest thing that I took away from this book was that I need to let Adam lead.  Often times, I am the planner and the organizer, so I automatically tend to make decisions or have an idea already in my mind.  So combine my female multitasking ability with a personality-type that trusts my own judgment to logically evaluate the best option, and you can see why this would be a challenge at times.  This was a wake-up call to me, though, that I need to step back and let my husband be the one to evaluate and make final decisions (still with my input of course, wink!).

At least there is one area where I feel like I do a good job, and that is encouraging Adam’s dream of having a successful career in music.¬† McMenamin talks about wives being a cheerleader for their husbands, and I can say without a doubt, I am my husband’s biggest fan!¬† Let’s be real – I started a blog on this topic, people!¬† Despite the current financial instability and lack of a clear path, I trust that God has a purpose for my husband’s musical gifts.¬† I hope that my unwavering belief has been, and will continue to be, inspiring to Adam.¬† I think that’s a main reason why God put me in his life.¬† And I’m thankful that I have a husband who tries to see how his musical aspirations fit into his family life and not how his family can fit around his music!

I will continue to work on having a servant’s heart, but I know my vocation of being a wife is more than just being a glorified personal assistant!

Cheering for the Underdog

18 Aug

Golden Dome

Last weekend, we watched my husband’s favorite movie, Rudy, with our 2-year-old daughter.¬†¬†It is the consummate underdog story and Adam usually likes to kick off football season this way.¬† This¬†time, he was excited to expand¬†our daughter’s¬†knowledge of Notre Dame football!¬† He has already been showing her a Notre Dame board book that¬†labels the Golden Dome, Shamrock, Grotto, etc.¬†¬†Seriously!¬† And she¬†can name them all!¬†¬†For about the past year, every time¬†Adam¬†would take her down the stairs to our basement, he’d lift her up and have her¬†hit the “Play¬†Like a Champion Today” sign¬†that¬†we have hanging at the bottom of the stairwell.¬† Of course, imagine my husband’s delight when our daughter recognized the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign in the movie and immediately ran off the couch to go hit our own sign!¬† He’s also been having her “practice” field goals with¬†a big¬†inflatable football. ¬†I think she is ready for football season to begin!¬† Go Irish!

Anyway, this movie got me thinking about how others’ perseverance, determination, and hard work in the face of adversity and doubt is so inspirational!¬† Who doesn’t love a good motivational story where the unlikely champion/hero/dreamer achieves his or her goal?¬† It gives all of us hope to continue with our own pursuits, despite what others think and the obstacles that may come along.¬† Something I didn’t know until recently was that record setting, three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, Tom Brady, was a 6th round draft pick!¬† Now he’s debated as one of the best NFL quarterbacks!¬† Of course, there are lots of great underdog sports movies, such as Hoosiers, Remember the Titans and¬†The Blind Side, but there are also several other great non-sports related stories, like Temple Grandin, Patch Adams, and Erin Brockovich.¬† I think that we all love hearing about real life, everyday people using their talents and skills to do extraordinary things!

I know that Adam often feels like an underdog.¬† He’s heard so many times to “wait to have children until you make it.”¬† Adam loves our family and wouldn’t change a thing, but it is definitely more difficult to devote all the time that he would like to his music career right now.¬† He stays at home often during the week while I work to care for our daughters.¬† We don’t have extra money to put into his music, so he makes his own CD’s to sell every weekend and relies on good friends to help with recording, etc., for free.¬† He feels like higher-ups in the industry count him out as soon as they see him because he does not have the typical male country artist look.¬† Adam doesn’t quite know what genre/category his sound fits into…

Adam is going to continue to dedicate as much time as possible to his goals and continue to pray for God’s guidance.¬† He is pursuing a publishing deal and is collaborating more with other songwriters.¬† Yes, it will take a lot of work, but any progress he makes will definitely be due to God’s grace.

9 Years of Dreaming

7 Jul

This month will be 9 years since Adam packed up everything and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his dream career in music!¬† He has often said that he would give himself 10 years to make it, and we are approaching that mark pretty quickly.¬† This time limit doesn’t really mean anything, though,¬†because we are not going anywhere and Adam is not giving up on his musical aspirations.¬† Adam¬†would not be “Adam”¬†without his musical talents.¬† He does not have a back-up college degree.¬† This is what he was born to do.

Adam Lee singing with The Players in 2006

While thinking about this today, I recalled what Matthew Kelly writes in the beginning of The Rhythm of Life (pgs. 9-11):

If you don’t know what you want from life, everything will appear either as an obstacle or as a burden.¬† But one of the great lessons of history is that the whole world gets out of the way for people who know what they want or where they are going.¬† Be assured, if you don’t know where you are going, you are lost. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Do not say, “I am too old.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Do not say, “I’m too young.”

Tiger Woods was three years old when he shot 48 for nine holes on his hometown golf course in Cypress, California.

Julie Andrews was eight years old when she mastered an astounding four-octave singing range.

Mozart was eight years old when he wrote his first symphony. […]

Bill Gates was nineteen years old when he co-founded Microsoft. […]

Thomas Jefferson was thirty-three years old when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. […]

Oscar Hammerstein II was sixty-four years old when he wrote the lyrics for The Sound of Music. […]

Nelson Mandela was seventy-one years old when he was released from a South African prison.  Four years later he was elected president of South Africa.

Michaelangelo was seventy-two years old when he designed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. […]

Dimitrion Yordanidis was ninety-eight years old when he ran a marathon in seven hours and thirty-three minutes, in Athens, Greece.

Ichijirou Araya was one hundred years old when he climbed Mount Fuji.

Whether you are sixteen or sixty, the rest of your life is ahead of you.  You cannot change one moment of your past, but you can change your whole future.  Now is your time.

I love what Matthew Kelly writes about here.¬† I think we often give up on our dreams too soon because we don’t value our gifts enough and truly believe that God can do anything at anytime.¬† In Adam’s case, he often feels like his weight is holding him back.¬† He has struggled with this for a long time and it prevents him from thinking he deserves his chance to be successful yet.¬† Even though he writes amazing songs, has an outstanding voice, plays several instruments, and is very knowledgeable about different aspects of music and performing, he still lets this one thing hold such a significant place in his mind.

People are capable of amazing things with God’s grace.¬† He wants us to use the talents that he has given us.¬† Our dreams are what make us unique and give us purpose.¬† We just need to learn to have faith in God’s timing and have confidence that he will lead us to where we are meant to be.¬† This, of course, is easier said than done, but Adam and I are not going to lose hope!

Our 6th Anniversary!

23 Jun

This coming Saturday marks six years that Adam and I have been married.¬† It’s

Our honeymoon 2005

fun to take this time and think about how our life has changed so much since we met.¬† We’ve experienced a three-year¬†long-distance relationship, buying a house, and having two¬†daughters.¬† I’m so excited to be going out on a dinner date tonight!¬† We haven’t been out together alone since probably December, because of bed rest and our youngest daughter’s recent birth.¬† Since we don’t make a big deal out of giving gifts to each other and we don’t have the money even if we wanted to, I decided to go old school and make a mixed tape, er, I mean,¬†CD, of love songs!¬† Yeah, this is just like back in high school – total cheese ball, I know!¬† Anyway, here are the songs that I decided to include on my playlist:

1. “I’ll Be That” – Jimmy Wayne (A fun, upbeat love song!¬† Plus, I had to include Jimmy Wayne in my playlist!)

2. “Just Another Day in Paradise” – Phil Vassar (We have two kids, so this is totally our life now!)

3. “My Best Friend” – Tim McGraw (Corny? Maybe. True? Yes.)

4. “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)” – Shania Twain (Love the first couple lines in the song.¬†¬†I’m not always strong.¬† And sometimes I’m even wrong… I guess Adam would probably like these two lines, as well!¬† Plus we’ve been watching Shania’s reality show and it was in my head!)

5. “God Gave Me You” – Bryan White (This is the first of three Bryan White songs on the list.¬† “Why,” may you ask?¬† This is a CD that Adam introduced me to when we first started dating.¬† This whole CD is full of great love songs and is like¬†the soundtrack to our relationship!)

6. “The Depths of My Love” – Anthony Smith (One of the most creative love songs ever!¬†¬†He’s a genius songwriter!)

7. “Me and You” – Kenny Chesney (Great song before Kenny started singing about¬†the beach and high school all the time!)

8. “Cherish” – Brian McKnight (It doesn’t hurt to throw in a little reminder to Cherish her love, does it?)

9. “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion (This song is the theme¬†from one of my¬†favorite chick flicks, Up Close and Personal with Michelle Pfifer and Robert Redford!)

10. “How Lucky I Am” – Bryan White (Sweet song!)

11. “Ill Be” – Edwin McCain (Classic!)

12. “Gettin’ You Home” – Chris Young (I’ll leave that one alone!)

13. “I Still Believe In You” – Vince Gill (I’ve always loved this song.¬† Plus, Adam loves Vince Gill!)

14. “Right Here Waiting” – Richard Marx (Appropriate for being married to a musician!)

15. “That’s When I Love You” – Phil Vassar (Another upbeat love song from Phil’s early days!)

16. “Custom Made” – Andy Griggs (Cute song!¬† I’ve always felt that we¬† fit well together!)

17. “One on One” – Jimmy Wayne (Very rare, but needed, with two young daughters!)

18. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (Even though the premise of this song has to do with moving on, I had to include this mega hit.¬† Plus, I needed another song by a female artist on this playlist!)

19. “You’ll Always Be Loved (By Me)” -Bryan White (This is the first song we danced to at our wedding reception!¬† The lyrics are perfect for our life!)

There are many more I probably could have included, such as Journey’s, “Faithfully.”¬† Maybe I’ll make a “Part II” CD next year…

Adam surprising me with the song he wrote for our wedding, "Here's To Me and You"!

Anybody have a favorite love song and/or good story about a song that represents a particular relationship?