The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Walled Lake, Michigan, September 2016.
Sometimes all we need is a break from our regular schedule to think about how to go about things, to figure out a problem, or put the pieces together. Sometimes the gap can be a source of inspiration to keep going.
There are moments when a song you’ve recently heard keeps repeating in your head for a few hours, or when it makes a bigger impression, perhaps days! Recently, my husband and step daughter, Brittaney danced to “Butterfly Kisses” on a her wedding day. After the wedding, this song was on my mind, so I decided to write a post about wedding music and share a few pictures and songs.
There's two things I know for sure:
She was sent here from heaven and she's daddy's little girl.
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes
and I thank god for all of the joy in my life
Oh, but most of all
For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer;
sticking little white flowers all up in her hair;
Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it's my first ride.
I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried.
Oh, with all that I've done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every morning And butterfly kisses at night.
My Dad and I talked about practicing a dance for my wedding day. After I thought about it, I figured it would be more about practicing how not to get too emotional. We danced to “I Loved Her First,” by Heartland
The First Dance as Husband and Wife
My husband and I danced to “Bless the Broken Road,” by Rascal Flats, and I still get choked up when I hear it.
Listen to all the lyrics when you research your music and have fun selecting the songs together! There are many beautiful first dance songs to choose from, and below are two lists with the most popular and classic.
According to Vouge.com, these are the top ten first dance songs from 2016.
Top 10 First Dance Songs for Weddings:
1. “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
2. “At Last,” Etta James
3. “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
4. “All of Me,” John Legend
5. “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
6. “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
7. “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
8. “Everything,” Michael Bublé
9. “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
Classic First Dance Songs:
1. “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole
2. “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
3. “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
5. “It had to be You,” Harry Connick Jr.
6. “A Kiss is Just a Kiss,” Michael Feinstein
7. “Unchained Melody,” The Righteous Brothers
8. “A Whole New World,” Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
9. “Endless Love,” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
This post was inspired by Brittaney and Ryan’s wedding and “The Daily Post” on WordPress!
The beach at Glen Arbor was popular in August with amazing sunsets. Being here reminded me of the very first visits to Lake Michigan as a child with my Mom and Dad and sister, Laurie. I remember the rushing waves on the shore and feeling a little scared. On this evening, as my husband and I were walking slowly in the sand, heading back to the car– a drone out of no where–buzzed above our heads. I shot this photo to capture it, though very insignificant. At that moment, a little boy on the shoreline said, “Wow! Dad, can I have that for Christmas?” — there was immediate laughter. Hopefully, one day, he will reflect, feel nostalgic, and remember the sunset.
We visited The Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan twice in August. The first time was on a rainy day, and the second, in the evening for the sunset. I wanted to capture the vastness of the landscape in a photo. I felt very anxious about going down an enormous sand dune because I couldn’t see the pathway, only the edge. It was a crazy thought to venture all the way to the bottom. There were people there, at the bottom, on the shoreline. The edge was the main feature in all my photos, and the people were too far away to photograph with my iPhone.
My husband stands between the trees, and makes a perfect photo opportunity for me, as my eyes are drawn to a natural frame in the landscape. We are at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline Park in Elmira, Michigan. Of course I had to make sure a sunset photo was planned as part of the trip here. The wind and the reflections on Lake Michigan were exhilarating and breathtaking!
With over public 100,000 votes, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was named the “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America.
A glorious pink sunrise on Glen Lake by the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. I was happy to see another rainbow this year on our wedding anniversary. Yes, it rained on August 20, 2011 too, but they say it is supposed to bring good luck! We love the Sand dunes and the stunning panoramic views of Lake Michigan, which is one of the best in the world.
We’ve been really busy lately, so a quiet morning with time to write my thoughts down and do a 30 minute cardio is good. We’ve been working on selling our house, fixing another, helping my parents, and enjoying boating on Lake Michigan. The busier we are, the more I organize my time to meet my goals. I’m always learning and challenging my creative skills. I’m designing a logo for my dad and a bridal shower invite for my step daughter. Volunteering to help with floral design and setup for local event planning companies has been a blessing this Summer in providing me with new friends and contacts. All of this I am very grateful for, and thank God for my skills every day. When I have time to just sit and think about everything, a hand written note would be perfect to send to those who I appreciate. It would be easy to just send a text, but to do the unexpected is more fun, even though it may seem old-fashioned. I made this card with flowers from my backyard and created the handcrafted note. To make the letter “R” look good was fun, with a little patience and time management! I really liked the yellow and red colors on the wood table. I’ll write a note on the back to Rupali from Utsav Planners and share more about my Summer in an up coming post.