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? 

Tuesday Top 3 – Movies

Tuesday Top 3Top 3 movies (as of this moment)

The Princess Bride – This is probably my all-time favorite movie. It always reminds me of my mom, and now that we’ve gotten older, my brother has come around and loves it too. It is so full of everything I love – humor, love of all kinds (romantic, friendship, a grandfather and his grandson, a son and his father, etc.), action, and adventure. The song that plays at the end (Storybook Love) was what I chose to have playing as I walked down the aisle with my dad. Even though it was the instrumental version, my dad recognized it immediately and brought tears to his eyes. Such a great (and special) movie!!

Forrest Gump – Such a classic! Tom Hanks was just genius in this. From the overall character and emotional moments to the tiniest little character tics he gave Forrest, he just totally became that character. (The enthusiastic wave he gives to Lieutenant Dan when he’s on the boat? A favorite part of the movie for sure.) A wonderful love story that ties in redemption, forgiveness, embracing your unique gifts, American History, and the power of being open to where life will carry you. And I can’t even get started on the soundtrack. SO. GOOD.

The Boondock Saints – This one is definitely not for kids – or anyone who isn’t ok with profanity. But once you get past that, this really is such a great movie. This one’s been a favorite since high school. Willem Dafoe is amazing in this film – creepy at times, but amazing nonetheless. Pretty sure my brother and I could go start to finish quoting this one. “Catch you on the flip side.”


Added bonus for this edition of Tuesday Top 3… An additional Top 3! I covered my Top 3 movies I’ve seen, but couldn’t resist sharing the Top 3 movies I want to see:

The Book Thief  – I read this book, and although it was really different, it truly pulled me in. Uniquely written and emotionally moving, this story is most definitely one worth reading, and I can’t wait to see if the movie truly captures the brilliance of the book.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Initially I wasn’t too interested in seeing this one when I saw previews, but after seeing so many people (and photographers) mention how much they enjoyed this movie, my curiosity kicked in.

Divergent – I just finished reading this book last week, and I’m excited to go see the film. I’m hoping there will be enough time between finishing the book and seeing the movie so that I don’t drive myself nuts mentally counting/cataloging all the ways the movie differs from the book (like I did with The Hunger Games).


Tell me – what other movies should I have on my “must-see” list??