Humble & Kind

I have always been a big fan of music and the way that the right song can seem to meet you at just the right moment and the words seem as if they were written with you in mind.

The songs that lift your heart, the ones that make you cry, the ones that take you back to a specific time or a certain person, and the ones that say what you only wish you could have put into words.

Nacogdoches photographer image with her two girls, Pumpkin & Peanut

Now that I have my girls, there have been a few songs that seem to hit my heart right away. I got teary-eyed I don’t know how many times listening to Kip Moore’s Hey Pretty Girl while I was pregnant with Peanut (thanks in large part to hormones, but it does still move my heart when I hear it now).

There are songs that instantly make me think of my mom, and I then tend to wonder if my girls will have songs that will instantly make them think of me, and if so, what those songs will be.

Lately, I have really loved songs that speak to the many things that I want to teach them. One of those songs is Tim McGraw’s Humble & Kind.

 

Here are a few of my favorite lyrics from the song as they truly are things that I hope to teach my girls:

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re goin
Don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

So go out there this week and work hard for those dreams you’re dreamin’, and let’s all stay humble & kind.

When Lyrics Are Just Perfect

So it’s no secret that I love music. And clearly I love good writing. Soooo putting those two things together in the form of great lyrics just totally makes my day. It’s like that photo that’s been in my head for a while, and I finally get the chance to take it, only to realize later that it’s even better than I had imagined.

The amazing Dave Barnes has a beautiful song that hit me just like that. If you haven’t heard “Good” – take a few minutes and watch this. You’ll thank me.

Seriously. So. Good.

And the old videos and photos in the music video? I mean for real… Don’t think I could have thought of a more perfect video for this song that speaks straight to my heart. The visuals these words bring are so clear for me, and I always have that sweet feeling of contentment as I listen. These words capture this stage of my life so well…

As the sun slowly rises above the river
I look out over all that God has made
Listen as the day starts to awaken
I thank God for things that never change

I can hear her laughing in the kitchen
And the sounds of little footsteps on the stairs
I’ve got all I’ll ever need: a wife, a home, a family
And I thank God for all those answered prayers

And it’s good
I got more than I ever thought I would
I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches
The lessons in the mistakes
Help me count these blessings like I should
And it’s so good

Every day’s a gift that I’ve been given
Every breath feels like a second chance
And everything I’ve done heaven has seen
And God just keeps on forgiving me, and I
Do my best to change what I can

And it’s so good
I got more than I ever thought I would
I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches
The lessons in the mistakes
Help me count these blessings like I should

And it’s good to know that I have been forgiven
Good to have her laying by my side
I’ve been given more than I deserve
For a past so full of bridges burned
I couldn’t make this better if I tried

And it’s so good
I got more than I ever thought I would
I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches
The lessons in the mistakes
Help me count these blessings like I should
And it’s so good

What songs have just gotten right to your heart? Why?