My Beautiful Surprise

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Happy Birthday Pooky

Whatever it is that you came to teach me
I am here to learn it ’cause I believe that we are written in the stars
I don’t know what the future holds but I’m living in the moment
And I’m thankful for the man that you are, you are, you are

When you think of Valentine’s day you think of love, chocolates, roses and teddy bears.  When I think of Valentine’s day, I think of love too.  The love of my life.  The one who makes me smile, gives me reason to be a better person and the greatest Valentine’s gift I have ever received.  18 years ago today I was in labor with this beautiful baby boy.  I was young and scared and in pain.  I had no idea he would change my life forever. 
I remember when his born the first words his father said to me, “he looks just like you… he’s crying!” Lol Hey, what can I say, pregnancy messes with a woman’s hormones!  I remember feeling relieved that the labor and the wait was over.  I remember the first time he was placed in my arms and being overwhelmed with the amazing gift of love like I had never known before. 
People tell you time and time again to enjoy the moments because life goes by so fast.  You say, “oh yeah!  I know!” But then one day you wake up and wonder where in the heck did all those years go??  They really do sneak by when you’re not looking. 
I still can’t believe my baby is 18 today.  As much as it scares me that he is officially an adult today, I’m proud of the man he is becoming.  I know this is just the beginning of the next phase of his life.  I know nothing will really change overnight. He will always be my baby boy, my pooky bear and my beautiful surprise.
My song for him since the first time I heard it has been Beautiful Surprise.  Plus a love of India Arie’s music is something we share.  So happy Valentine’s day to all and happy birthday to my little Romeo, my favorite Valentine, my Pooky bear and my beautiful surprise. 

Happy Birthday Isaiah slide show

Lyrics to Beautiful Surprise found on goggle play

It’s like yesterday I didn’t even know your name
Now today you’re always on my mind
I never could have predicted that I’d feel this way
You are a beautiful surprise

Intoxicated every time I hear your voice
You’ve got me on a natural high
It’s almost like I didn’t even have a choice
You are a beautiful surprise

Whatever it is that you came to teach me
I am here to learn it ’cause I believe that we are written in the stars
I don’t know what the future holds but I’m living in the moment
And I’m thankful for the man that you are, you are, you are

You are everything I ask for in my prayers
So I know my angels brought you to my life
Your energy is healing to my soul, you are a beautiful surprise
You are an inspiration to my life, you are the reason why I smile
You are a beautiful surprise

Just Like Music

So I recently posted a Blogger’s award and nominated 10 bloggers who I follow and enjoy.  I also asked them several questions about music and decided I wanted to answer them myself.  So here are my answers to the questions I asked.

  1.  What music/musician do you find most influential in your life and why?  

I would have to say India Arie.  I think because her music has always seemed to coincide with my life at that moment.  She was there through dating, break up, to build my confidence, to help me dream, to give me hope, peace, love and beauty.  I love her positivity and I feel like she is true to herself, not trying to please everyone.  I also have to say Tracy Chapman is another fave from back in the day.  I love music that makes you feel and speaks a message

  1.  Do you have a favorite song and why?

I think I have many favorites, it’s hard to pick one.  There are many that describe different times in my life.  Over all, I would say Beautiful Surprise because it is my song for my son.  

  1.  If you could meet one artist (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

I would say India Arie mostly because she is one of my faves. I mean, we’ve been through so much together, even if she didn’t know. lol  (side note confession, I once went to a Tracy Chapman concert and wanted to meet her so bad that when she waved and drove off on the tour bus I cried.  I was embarrassed but I was also just crushed I couldn’t meet her)I did, however, have the opportunity to meet Floetry.  And even get a pic with them. That was cool!  

  1.  What current song would describe your life today?

This has become one of my favorite new songs.  Here – Alessia Cara  I can totally relate to being over it all.

“…I just came to kick it, but really I would rather be

at home all by myself not in this room 

With people who don’t even care about my well-being…”

  1.  What is a song you would consider timeless?

Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going on?” Unfortunately I feel like this song still applies to the world today.  I constantly question what’s going on this world.   

  1.  Do you have a favorite workout song?  Or a song that motivates you in some way?

Purify Me by India Arie.  It doesn’t seem like a workout song so much, but something about that song just makes me feel good!  Strength, Courage and Wisdom  by India Arie also reminds me “it’s been inside of me, all along…”

Well, those are my answers for today.  Of course, music is always changing and growing just like we do.  I really love music and the effects it can have on our attitudes, moods and life in general.  Feel free to answer some of these questions in the comments below or just name a favorite song or musician.  Thanks for reading!