Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day...I'll Always Be Your Baby :)

Today I did something I have never done before and will probably never have the chance to do again; I sang a song to my dad on Father's Day in church.  During the song (I'll Always Be Your Baby, by Natalie Grant) a slideshow played with pictures of us together for the last 27 years, including baby pics and wedding pics.  I was so excited to sing this song for my dad; I had never heard it before, and it really expressed so much of what he means to me.  He did so great on stage...if you know my dad, then you know he is NOT one who loves to be "center stage."  But he went up there this morning--completely calm--in front of a few thousand people!  It was so special to thank him and all of the dads in our church for being a godly influence in our lives.
Dad, I will forever cherish this morning... as I held your hand during the song, I was reminded of God's goodness and grace in giving me such a sweet daddy.  I am humbled to be your daughter, and I love you.
Whew!  After the service, knowing we had made it through the song without me completely breaking down into a blubbering mess!  Thank you, Lord!

My beautiful Mom, she's pretty cool too!
After church we went to our house for lunch and pie.  It has become a tradition that every year for Father's Day I make my dad his favorite, Lemon Meringue.  Last year I was so excited that the filling wasn't runny; this year I am pumped about the meringue!  I have never made a meringue this high before--I used a "stabilizer" recipe for meringue from my Joy of Cooking cookbook (the best cookbook ever, in my opinion) and it worked!  Woo-hoo! (Yeah, That's right, about 2 1/2 inches tall in the middle)
Words to the song from this morning:
(Tip: if you are not yet married, this would be a great song for a daddy/daughter dance!)

Always Be Your Baby

You were my first love, always there for me
you taught me how to walk and how to dream
God gave me your eyes, but it was you who showed me how to see
Now I can stand on my own, but I know you'll never let go

I'll always be your baby
no matter how the years fly by
the way you loved me made me who I am in this world
I'm a woman now, not a little girl
Wherever this life takes me
I'll always be your baby

You are my hero, and that will never change
you still can dry my tears with just your smile
The one I've leaned on, from my first steps to walking down the aisle
Now there's another man in my life
but I know by the look in your eyes...(chorus)

Your faith, your love, and all that you believe
have come to be the strongest part of me,
and I will always be....(chorus)

--Natalie Grant


Katie said...

So sad I was out of town today and didn't get to hear you sing. My mom said it was wonderful and that she loved seeing all the pictures of you with your dad.

Miss you friend!

Johnny said...

Well I think that's really sweet what you did that for your dad. Also, I think that meringue was massive! ^_^

Mike & Suzi :) said...

So sweet!

Rebecca said...

I love the words to that song! So sad we were out of town and didn't get to hear it. Until the day my daddy died, he always told me I was his baby! (I loved it and now miss it!)

By the way, love the hair cut too!

Lindsay said...

I'm glad you made it through with out crying - I prayed for you! The pie looks amazing!

M&M said...

The pie does look even better than last year!
I too was praying (in between my choking back tears! :) ) I am serious! And every time I thought I had it under control, I would look over at Michael and see him teary-eyed and it started all over again. He wasn't so happy to be caught, but he laughed about it later...says it will be different with a son. :)

Nick & Alia Gonzales said...

so sorry we missed it mama! Looks like it was incredible and I'm sure you sounded great. :) Love, Alia

Kelly said...

This is SOOOOOOOOOOo sweet!!!