Last year for my daughter's holiday dance recital she performed to a song by Katherine McPhee called Who would Imagine A King. The first time I heard it while she was practicing I almost it, every time after my reaction was just as strong. Sometimes I would have to escape to the bathroom and shed a quite tear or two. In speaking with some other moms I realized I was not alone. So after that I would just let the tears well up and spill over while I watched Gigi dance. The thing is that I know how much my daughter loves to dance and that alone can get me misty, so throw in an emotional song like this and it's a perfect storm for me. If you have never heard this I highly recommend you give it a listen and have the tissues close at hand!
This is one song that if I had a good singing voice and could make it through without crying, I would sing to my babies, it's absolutely beautiful.
Another classic is Lee Ann Womack's I Hope You Dance. I have never been able to get through this one without that ugly scrunched up I'm gonna cry face, just love this! I know the world isn't always going to be easy for my kids to navigate, but I hope they will always choose to see the beauty wherever they can.
Alison Krauss' When You Say Nothing. A friend sent me a video someone took of a Mama moose watching her two babies playing in a sprinkler is their backyard (it was from Wimp.com, may still be there if you want to look) and this song is in the background. I have watched this many many times and still cry.
Rascal Flatts My Wish. Last year my daughter's teacher made a DVD for each child to bring home. It was beautiful pictures of their year together. Of course it was set to emotion provoking music, this song was one of them. This sums it up, I wish that my children would always know I love them, that their dreams stay big and their worries stay small.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World was another song from that DVD. This song reminds me of the beauty and innocence of childhood, something about the Ukulele maybe. I always get teary when I hear this one.
Martina McBride's In My Daughter's Eyes. I think it's so easy to forget how our children see us. We are so busy beating ourselves up for not being perfect that we don't notice how our little ones see us.
Selena Gomez's Who Says. That's right who says you're not perfect! Even though this song is peppy and upbeat it gets to me. It's filled with great messages that I definitely want my daughter to hear. It makes me cry because I think of all the times my daughter has come to me with feelings of unworthiness and I just don't get how she can not see all the wonderful things that she is.
Also her Fly To Your Heart. It reminds us to fly to who you are and climb upon your star, you believe you will find your wings.
I find myself losing it over pretty much all these magical Disney songs, like Demi Lovato's Gift Of A Friend. Something about the way they remind me of my kids being little and all of the amazing beauty they have inside them. Not to mention all of the amazingly beautiful wishes I have for them. I hope they ALWAYS believe in magic.
Miley Cyrus' Butterfly Fly Away. A sweet little reminder about how our little pumpkins depend us and then they grow up and fly away. Of course this makes me cry, why wouldn't it LOL!
Sometimes after a morning of kids fighting and me yelling I'm feeling less then wonderful, I need a good "Mommy Cry". Singing (if that's what you can call it, LOL!) and crying help to remind me why I love my babies so much. That it's not always like this, that sometimes we share really beautiful moments too.
Although this morning I can't help but notice that all the listening, singing and crying holds abit more meaning for me, as I'm shedding tear after tear for those beautiful babies who became Angels on Friday and their families. God Bless you all, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
If you have some favorites PLEASE let me know I would love to hear them.