Father/Daughter Songs | Country

As I mention regularly, two very popular posts here are the father/daughter lists here and here. So I’m breaking down father/daughter dance songs into smaller chunks. This week we’ve gone country!

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1. I Loved Her First – Heartland 

I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it still hard to give her away
I loved her first

2. My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

You’re beautiful baby from the outside in
Chase your dreams but always know the road that’ll lead you home again
Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be, my little girl

3. It Won’t Be Like This For Long – Darius Rucker

Then he’ll walk her down the aisle
And he’ll raise her veil
But right now she up and cryin’
And the truth is that he don’t mind
As he kisses her good night
And she says her prayers
He lays down there beside her
Till her eyes are finally closed
And just watch’n her it breaks his heart
Cause he already knows
It wont be like this for long

4. My Wish – Rascal Flatts

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish

5. There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney

And he cried,
There goes my life
There goes my future, my everything
I love you
Baby good-bye

6. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

In my heart
There will always be a place
For you for all my life
I’ll keep a part
Of you with me
And everywhere I am
There you’ll be

7. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

Through the years, you’ve never let me down
You turned my life around, the sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you … Through the years
I’ve never been afraid, I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I’ve stayed, right here with you
Through the years

8. When You Come Back Down – Nickel Creek

When you’re soaring through the air
I’ll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I’ll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down

20 Prayers For My Husband

Just before Dave and I got married, I discovered a Facebook page called 31 Days of Prayer for Your Husband. I “liked” it. It sounded like a great resource. And when the prayers would pop up on my newsfeed, I would pray them. 

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On our honeymoon, I told Dave about it. I was like, “look what a cute wife I am, I pray these Facebook prayers for you!”:PHe thought it was great though. He asked me what the prayers were like. So I went to the page, and started reading them to him. I became immediately self-conscious. I realized how selfish the prayers sounded. (This is not meant to bash on the page, or whoever created it, because I’m sure they did it with entirely sincere motives.)

I think it’s a natural tendency to try to change or control people through our prayers. (Especially as women, since we are often tempted to try to change and control people in general.)

All of the prayers are/were wonderful things that women should want for their husbands. But as I read them out loud to my husband, they sounded very self-motivated. Some examples: “That he will grow in leadership skills in our relationship – protecting and providing for us.” “That he will be faithful to his wedding vows.” “That he will be pure and undivided in his commitment to me.” “That he will be honest in his business dealings and never do anything he needs to hide from others.” All good things. But ultimately, as I read them, it sounded like, “Lord, please make my husband a better man and a better husband.”

Every morning before he leaves, my sweet husband snuggles me for a couple of minutes. (Our schedules are different and I’m almost always asleep when he leaves.) As he lays there, I hear him whispering under his breath, and I know he is praying for me. I can’t hear what he is saying but I guarantee you he is not asking God that I become a Proverbs 31 wife. (Which is the biblical way of saying, Lord, please help my wife become a queen of domesticity and get better at doing her wifely duties.) I have heard his prayers for me in other moments, and most of the time, they are simply for God to bless me with His love and grace.

So here are my prayers for my husband. There are not 31, there are 20, because that’s just what came out of my heart. The first 12 are for him, and the last 8 are for our marriage. I will do my best to pray them every day.

1. Father, I pray that You will pour Your abundant love into my husband’s heart. I pray that You will help him to know today how wide and high and long and deep is Your great love for him.

2. Lord God, today I ask that You will help my wonderful husband to find his identity in You. I pray that You will remind him that he is Your son, and he is accepted and loved by You, just as he is.

3. God in heaven, please give my husband strength for the journey. Remind him that he does not have to work in his own strength, but in Yours, and fill him with that strength today.

4. Father, I pray that You will fill my husband with Your joy today. Give him every blessing that You desire to give him, and help him to take joy in all the blessings, and even in trials, as they produce perseverance and stronger faith.

5. Lord God, please fill my husband also with Your peace. No matter what he faces today, please remind Him that You are God, and You are in control.

6. Father, I ask that You will help my husband to walk in freedom today and every day. You have forgiven his sins and set him free from bondage, and I pray that the enemy will not get a foothold in any area of my husband’s heart today.

7. Father I pray that You will give my husband a clear understanding of Your will for his life today, and in this season. Please give him grace as he strives to be obedient to Your will.

8. Lord God, I thank You for the wise husband you have given me. I pray that You will continue to fill him with wisdom so that he will grow in his knowledge of You, and so that he will know how You desire him to respond to anything he faces today.

9. Lord I thank you for my husband’s hunger for Your word, and his reliance on it. I pray that You will speak to him today, through Your living word, and help him to hide it in his heart so that he will not sin against You.

10. Lord God please help my husband to clearly hear Your voice. I know he is listening. I ask that You will quiet the voice of the enemy, the voice of our culture, and any other voice that is contrary to Yours. Help him to hear what You have to say to him today.

11. Jesus, if there is anyone that my husband needs to forgive, help him to do so today, so that he will not leave the door of his heart open for the enemy to enter in. Help my husband and me both to forgive as You forgave us.

12. Lord, please help my husband to rest in You. I pray that he will trust You in everything and that he will be able to just relax and enjoy the view of what You are doing.

13. Father I pray that You will be glorified in our marriage. Help us to place You above all else, and to place one another as our greatest priorities here on earth. Help us not only to believe that in our hearts but to act it out in our lives.

14. Lord God, I pray that You will strengthen and bless our marriage. Help my husband to lead and me to follow, and help us to grow in love for one another every day.

15. Jesus, help my husband and me to have Godly attitudes and speak Godly words to one another today. Help us to have patience with one another, as You have patience with us. Help us to speak words that encourage and build one another up.

16. Father, please give my husband and me the strength and grace to be faithful to our marriage vows. Please help us both to guard our hearts against anything that would harm our marriage.

17. Father, I pray that You will provide for our finances. I pray that you will help my husband and me to trust You in that area and to be good stewards of what You have already given us. I pray that You will give my husband favor at work and allow his labors to be fruitful.

18. Lord God I ask that you will bless the intimacy between my husband and me. Please increase our spiritual, emotional and physical connection to one another.

19. Father, I pray that you will help both my husband and me to surround ourselves with people who are Godly influences upon our lives. Please help us to be humble and to always seek wise counsel for our lives.

20. Lord, I thank You and praise You for my wonderful husband and for the blessing of marriage. I pray that You will give us grace today and every day to be obedient to Your word and will, and help us to be Godly examples to others.

Amen!

First Dance Fridays | Duets (Part 2)

Last week we shared some sweet duet options for your first dance. (For couples who love the idea of a song that represents the perspective of both spouses.) This week we have more duets! These are a little more out of the box, for the fun/unique/quirky brides and grooms out there. They are either stylistically or lyrically a little different than your average first dance song, but they’re super cute!

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1. You And I – Ingrid Michaelson

Oh, let’s get rich and buy our parents homes in the south of France
Let’s get rich and give everybody nice sweaters and teach them how to dance
Let’s get rich and build a house on a mountain making everybody look like ants
From way up there, you and I, you and I

2. Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

Here is the church and here is the steeple,
We sure are cute for two ugly people
I don’t see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

3. Say Hello – Rosie Thomas

There’s an airplane in the sky
With a banner right behind
Loneliness is just a crime
Look each other in the eye
And say hello
And say hello

4. Forget Me Not – The Civil Wars

Forget me not my dear, my darling
Forget me not my love
I just wanna hold your hand
Hang on every word you say
Let’s write a song for us
And sing until we’re old and grey

5, Love Will Take You – Angus & Julia Stone

If we never found this love
If we never took that road
If we hadn’t had the heart
We wouldn’t have this home
Love, love will take you
Love, love will take you there

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Your Soundtrack | Molly (Lake Wedding + 80′s/Classic Rock/Country Playlist)

Your Soundtrack = My response to brides asking for music help. If you would like help with music for your wedding day, contact me! I’d love to do what I can.

Today’s soundtrack is for Molly. Here’s what Molly had to say: “I’d love some help with our wedding music! We are getting married in September, and our ceremony will feature a harpist for the prelude, processional, candle lighting, and recessional. I am hoping you can help us with some ideas for harp-appropriate music for our wedding. I would like both a combination of modern/cover songs like DMB-You and Me, as well as Air on a G String- Bach.For our reception, my fiance loves more rock style music. I’d like to incorporate some 80s awesomeness with stuff like The Outfield- Your Love, Hall & Oates- You Make My Dreams Come True, etc. Also some 90s/00s country, classic/Southern rock (a la CCR, Allman Brothers, Billy Joel, etc). Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! We are getting married near the beach of Lake Michigan, and will take lots of photos there, and our wedding decor is pretty casual. Our flowers will be simple and somewhat modern in birch covered square planters.”

Sign: Sharon Nicole Photography via SMP Centerpiece: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography via SMP Truck: Tec Petaja Photography Inc. via SMP Candle: Hazlenut Photography via SMP Centeriece w/Number: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography via SMP Bride & Groom: KT Merry Photography via SMP

Happy to help Molly! Finding harp music was tricky but I found a few amazing harp covers that I listed here, along with classical choices. It really depends on the style and level of skill of your harpist. (I actually play the harp and I could never pull of these covers, but then again I haven’t picked up the instrument in years!) If they are very talented, they can probably make a lot of modern songs work. Anyway, hope you enjoy the list! Best wishes!

Classical for Harp

Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner (Specifically for bridal entrance)

Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn (Specifically for the recessional)

Canon In D – Johann Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach
Ave Maria – Johann Sebastian Bach
Air On The G String (also called Air or Aria) – Johann Sebastian Bach
Four Seasons (Spring) – Antonio Vivaldi
Danza Pastorale – Antonio Vivaldi
Amazing Grace – John Newton
Modern Covers for Harp

Fireflies – Owl City

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zepplin

River Flows In You – Yiruma

Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon

Firework – Katy Perry

The Cave – Mumford And Sons

Marry Me – Train

Clocks – Coldplay

Cocktails/Dinner

Lonestar – Amazed
Thompson Square – Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
The Doobie Brothers – Black Water
Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
Little Big Town – Bring It On Home
REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
The Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See
Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
George Strait – Carrying Your Love With Me
The Cure – Close To Me
Wet Willie – Dixie Rock
Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
The Police – Every Breath You Take
George Michael – Faith
Journey – Faithfully
Taylor Swift – Fearless
Randy Travis – Forever And Ever, Amen
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Blake Shelton – Honey Bee
Kenny Chesney – How Forever Feels
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms
Lady Antebellum – I Run To You – Live
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Madonna – Into The Groove
Tim McGraw – It’s Your Love
John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl
The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy
The Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
Journey – Open Arms
Taylor Swift – Our Song
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
Cowboy – Please Be With Me
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
Keith Urban – Put You in a Song
Billy Joel – She’s Always A Woman
Kenny Chesney – She’s Got It All
Keith Urban – Somebody Like You
Queen – Somebody To Love
Kenny Chesney – Somewhere With You
Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Rascal Flatts – Take Me There
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Don Henley – The Boys Of Summer
Billy Joel – The Longest Time
Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
When In Rome – The Promise
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Faith Hill – This Kiss
Brad Paisley – Toothbrush
The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Brad Paisley – We Danced
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
Blake Shelton – Who Are You When I’m Not Looking
Keith Urban – Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me
U2 – With Or Without You
Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me
Chris Young – You
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Kenny Chesney – You Had Me From Hello
Shania Twain – You’ve Got A Way
The Outfield – Your Love

Dancing

Prince – 1999
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean
Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
Young MC – Bust A Move
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Beyonce – Crazy in Love
Abba – Dancing Queen
Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Chris Brown – Forever
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
OutKast – Hey Ya! – Radio Mix/Club Mix
Madonna – Holiday
The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock N’ Roll
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
The B-52′s – Love Shack
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Sam Morrison Band – Old Time Rock N’ Roll
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012)
Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Rick James – Super Freak
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Rihanna – We Found Love
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Tone-Loc – Wild Thing
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
AD/CD – You Shook Me All Night Long

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