Mistletoe Kisses

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“Just fall in love with me this Christmas.
There’s nothing else that we will need this Christmas.
Won’t be wrapped under a tree,
I want something that lasts forever
Cause I don’t wanna be alone tonight.
I’ll wear you like a Christmas sweater,
Walk you proudly to the mistletoe tonight.
I want something to last forever,
So kiss me on this cold December night.
They call it the season of giving;
I’m here, I’m yours for the taking.
They call it the season of giving;
I’m here, I’m yours.”

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“People tell me there will come a time when your heart and mine will grow cold. No more staring at the evening sky. Low replaces high when you’re old. As long as you’re around I’ll follow you. You won’t ever be alone. As long as you’re around I’ll follow you, and I will be wherever you go.

They say the future is our enemy. Time eventually will set the sun. But I believe in you and you believe in me. How can we ever go wrong? As long as you’re around I’ll follow you. This heart is never going to break. As long as you’re around I’ll follow you, and I will give whatever this love takes…

So in the hours of the darkest kind, when it’s hard to find who we are, one can stare into the other’s eyes–be each other’s light in the dark. As long as you’re around I will follow you. You won’t ever be alone. As long as you’re around I will follow you, and I will be wherever you go.”

-Jon McLaughlin

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You’re never alone..

Silly love songs..

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“Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean,
Higher than any bird ever flew.

Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens,
I’ve been in love with you.
Stronger than any mountain cathedral,
Truer than any tree ever grew.
Deeper than any forest primeval,
I am in love with you.
I’ll bring fires in the winters,
You’ll send showers in the springs.
We’ll fly through the falls and summers
With love on our wings.
Through the years, as the fire starts to mellow,
Burning lines in the book of our lives,
Though the binding cracks
And the pages start to yellow,
I’ll be in love with you.
Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean,
Higher than any bird ever flew.
Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens,
I’ve been in love with you.
I am in love with you.”
-Dan Fogelberg

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There’s such a lot of world to see…

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“Moon river, wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style someday. Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker, wherever you’re going, I’m going your way. Two drifters off to see the world. There’s such a lot of world to see. We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waiting ’round the bend. My huckleberry friend, moon river and me.”

 

Getting my bearings..

You know, sometimes when there are a lot of changes going on in your life, it can be easy to get so caught up in the chaos that you not only forget to take the time to rest, but it can also be easy to feel a little dejected. Even if the sudden whirlwind of activity is for the best and you know that good things are coming from it, sometimes it just makes us feel like we’re a little lost.

I myself have been going through a ton of changes all at once. I packed up and moved, got a brand new job and started working practically as soon as I got off of my plane. I’ve been so busy, and while I know in my heart and my mind that the work that I’m doing and the changes that are happening to my life are good things, I’ve been getting so wrapped up in the change itself that I’ve had all sorts of things running through my mind lately, like…

I don’t know how I got here.
Did I decide to come to this place for the right reasons?
Why am I here?
Where do I go from here?
What is the plan for me?
What if I’ve had it all wrong up til now?
Am I truly happy here? And if I am feeling discontented, why is that?

I think it is pretty normal to be feeling things like thist in the midst of all of the things that have been going on. But to keep struggling means that I’m not centered, and that’s not good. It’s just a matter of finding your balance again.
I just recently heard a song for the first time a couple of days ago, and it really spoke to me (don’t you just love it when music does that?). It was just one of those instances when a meaningful song was telling me all of the things that I needed to hear–that I am right where I need to be and that I have a job here that needs to be done, so I need to appreciate that I am a part of a plan, and it is all under control.
Maybe you need to hear those same things today…

“Long before you drew your first breath, a dream was coming true.
God wanted to give a gift to the world, so He wrapped it up in you.
Every step that you’ve taken, every move that you make,
Is part of His plan.
You were meant to be touching the lives that you touch,
And meant to be here, making this world mean so much
More than it would be without you in it.
You were meant to be bringing the gifts that you bring,
And singing the songs you’ve been given to sing.
You are perfectly, wonderfully, beautifully meant to be.
You were meant to be.
Long before you took your first fall,
You stumbled to the ground,
God started telling the story of you to the angels around.
Every failure and victory, everything in between,
It’s all in His hand.
You were meant to be touching the lives that you touch.
And meant to be here, making this world so much more
Than it would be without you in it.
You were meant to be bringing the gifts that you bring,
And singing the songs you’ve been given to sing.
You are perfectly, wonderfully, beautifully meant to be.
You were meant to be.
For every breath that you’re taking,
And every move that you make,
It’s a meaningful life you’ve been given.
Live it well.
You were meant to be touching the lives that you touch.
And meant to be here, making this world so much more
Than it would be without you in it.
You were meant to be bringing the gifts that you bring,
And singing the songs you’ve been given to sing.
You are perfectly, wonderfully, beautifully meant to be.
You are meant to be.”
-Steven Curtis Chapman

 

“I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images, and when we kiss
They’re perfectly aligned.
And I have to speculate that God Himself did
Make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay.
And true, it may seem like a stretch but it’s
Thoughts like this that catch my troubled head
When you’re away–when I am missing you to death.
When you are out there on the road for
Several weeks of shows, and when you scan
The radio, I hope this song will guide you home.
They will see us waving from such great heights.
‘Come down now,’ they’ll say.
But everything looks perfect from far away.
‘Come down now,’ but we’ll stay.
I’ve tried my best to leave this all on your machine
But the persistent beat, it sounded thin upon listening.
And that frankly will not fly.
You’ll hear the shrillest highs and lowest lows,
With the windows down, when this is
Guiding you home.
They will see us waving from such great heights.
‘Come down now,’ they’ll say.
But everything looks perfect from far away.
‘Come down now,’ but we’ll stay.”

-Iron & Wine

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”-Victor Hugo

Week #2 of sharing my musical interests.

“Let’s take all these stones, build them up tall,
And make it a home.
We’ll lay down our love, and whatever comes,
We’ll make it our own.
When everything’s moving, I want you for always.
I want you to stay.
If others are fading, I want you for always,
To keep it this way.
Keep me.
Come, let’s live like thieves, stealing our time,
As much as we need.
Live, but not like the rest,
Not tied to our desk,
‘Cause that’s the way it should be.
The light of the morning.
The peace in your silence.
The touch of your skin.
The way that you see me, straight through the bones,
Like you’re looking in.
Keep me.
How do I live without?
How do I live without?
Keep me.”

ImageLucy Schwartz.
Clever, creative.
Simple melodies.
Beautiful, diverse lyrics.
2 albums:
Winter in June (2007)
Life in Letters (2010)
Buy them.

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“I know you, with your heart of blue.
You take your troubles and release the sound
Into the open, up from the ground.
These words unspoken, you sing aloud.
Words can be strong, like the beating drum,
Like ten thousand voices that call together.
‘A’ is the ailment, and ‘B’ makes it better.
‘C’ is creating your life in letters.
So take me back, I have lost the path.
I need to recover this life you lead.
Sing when I’m broken, and I sing when I’m free.
Sing for the world and then sing just for me.
We are just stories, so here’s mine to tell.
Give my heart freely, hope you keep it well.
‘A’ is the ailment, and ‘B’ makes it better.
‘C’ is creating your life in letters.
ABC,
Come on, set me free.
Life in letters.”