Category Archives: I Dedicate

Special songs I dedicate to my child.

Love, Life, and the Little Things…



I’m feeling good today. I took this picture this morning when I got to work because I wanted to capture what ‘feeling good’ looks like. Better yet, what having joy looks like.

You know how sometimes, even though you know God is with you…you can’t exactly feel Him? Well, today isn’t one of those days for me. I feel His hand on me and His presence in my life is evident. Not by some grandiose act or miracle, or door opened, or prayer answered…it’s just that I see and appreciate Him in the little things. I’m grateful for my life, for my husband, my daughter, our family and friends. I have a warm bed to sleep in at night in a home that’s full of love. There’s food in the fridge and I have a car to drive that runs fairly well and is PAID for. What more can a girl ask for?

I also took the picture because I wanted to document some personal progress I’ve been making (not for you to see, but as a note to myself!). I’ve been working hard at slimming down and rewarding my body for the hard work it endured to give birth to my daughter by eating better and getting some physical activity in. It’s a slow process, but I’m okay with that. So the big deal about the photo was that the shirt that I’m wearing, I was able to button ALL the way up (past my boobs, which, on any day – is a big deal)! The buttons aren’t screaming for relief and it doesn’t feel tight like it once did…as recently as its last trip to the dry cleaners about a month ago. LOL

So yeah, today is good day. In the sweet words of Miss India Arie, “it’s the little things and the joy they bring…”

Make your day incredible!

Just the Way You Are

My baby is beautiful. My mission as she grows up (because I know that it starts with me and her dad) is to show her how beautiful she is. I want to teach her that beauty comes from within – not just what’s on the outside. There’s beauty to be discovered and cherished in everything around us.

Side note: have you ever looked up the definition of the word beauty? As I write this I realize that I haven’t, so I just did.

beauty: the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind., whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).

Pretty good, huh?

For today’s edition of “I Dedicate” I’m featuring a song that sums up everything I was just trying to say. Bruno Mars is a new artist that’s making waves on the music scene. Let me tell you, this boy can saaaaaannnng! I love the clarity and richness of his voice. This song went #1 last year and was played over and over and over again on the radio (the video has been viewed almost 80 million times on YouTube…and I’m not kidding!). Thankfully I don’t listen to the radio much or else I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the song as much I do now.

My favorite lyric is: “If perfect’s what you’re searching for then just stay the same…” Love. It.

Oh her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they’re not shining
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying

She’s so beautiful
And I tell her every day

Yeah I know, I know
When I compliment her
She wont believe me
And its so, its so
Sad to think she don’t see what I see

But every time she asks me do I look okay
I say

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Her lips, her lips
I could kiss them all day if she’d let me
Her laugh, her laugh
She hates but I think its so sexy

She’s so beautiful
And I tell her every day

Oh you know, you know, you know
I’d never ask you to change
If perfect is what you’re searching for
Then just stay the same

So don’t even bother asking
If you look okay
You know I say

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

The way you are
The way you are
Girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

I Dedicate: Speechless

The talented musician and fellow new mommy Alicia Keys just released this song via her Twitter page on Monday. It’s a song she made about her son, Egypt. I felt that it matched my previous post to my Natty-Bear beautifully! See, this is why I love music. There’s a lyric that works in tandem to every emotion out there. Music flows through my veins and is a huge part of the fabric that makes me, me…and I love it! Enjoy.

[Intro:]

You know I’m at a brand new time in my life

A brand new feeling

When I see this little guy man…he takes my breath away

When I wake up in the morning babe
Can’t believe my eyes
Sweetest little part of destiny
Oh yeah
Cause you’re now in my life (you’re now in my life)
There ain’t no better prize
Oh noo
That can compare to you
Ain’t no words to describe the way that I’m feeling (yeah)
When I look at you

I’m just speechless baby
Don’t know what to say
I’m just speechless baby
The poet in me has gone away
I’m speechless baby
Don’t know what to say
I’m just speechless baby
The poet in me has gone away

When true love finally finds you babe
Life becomes a way
Previously unimaginable
Oh yeah
Listen now to what I say
It only happens once if even at all
Feel it deep in your soul
And like a fairytale your story begins yeah
What a sight to behold
Makes you…

[Chorus]
In the mornings when I rise up
Go to the window and I smile with my eyes up
Stare in the clouds like wow look at my luck
Everyday I’m feeling better cause I know I got the best I can be proud of
We can’t fall quick
Remember when I used to tell my girls like yo this dude think he so it
Think he so fly
And every time you try to talk to me I’m like yo don’t even dare try
I was on my solo groove I don’t want nothing I don’t need nothing
Man I’m good
Now I’m speechless
Cause I fell for him
The poet in me died
Cause I fell for him

[Chorus]

[Outro:]
I used to know all the words to say
I used to write all the poetry
But now you take my breath away

I Dedicate: Butterfly

I haven’t dedicated a song to my daughter in a while…so I figured this one would be fitting.I sang this to her today and it brought me to tears. I call her my little flower (among many other things) because everyday she unfolds and flourishes more and more – a beautiful little creature…my butterfly.

 

When you love someone so deeply
They become your life
It’s easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside
Blindly I imaged I could
Keep you under glass
Now I understand to hold you
I must open my hands
And watch you rise

[Chorus:]
Spread your wings and prepare to fly
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun
If you should return to me
We truly were meant to be
So spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

I have learned that beauty
Has to flourish in the light
Wild horses run unbridled
Or their spirit dies
You have given me the courage
To be all that I can
And I truly feel your heart will
Lead you back to me when you’re
Ready to land

[Chorus]

I can’t pretend these tears
Aren’t overflowing steadily
I can’t prevent this hurt from
Almost overtaking me
But I will stand and say goodbye
For you’ll never be mine
Until you know the way it feels to fly

[Chorus]

So flutter through the sky
Butterfly
Spread your wings and fly
Butterfly

Never Knew I Needed

The other day I posted about how my husband bought me a copy of Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” I just finished watching the DVD and thus, I have a fresh batch of the warm and fuzzies! Don’t you just love, love? I do. Even if it’s in an animated movie. But more than that, I LOVE that the very first Disney movie I’ll get to show my little girl will be that featuring a Black princess. There’s just something about that fact that does my heart so good!

I grew up watching “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “The Lion King”. They were all good movies, not to mention the other classics like “Cinderella”, “Snow White”, etc.but this one is just so much more special. We (the Black community) finally had a princess of our very own. Not to mention, she came from a loving two parent home, where she was taught about values and hard work.

I was so inspired by the movie that I used it as a platform for one of my final papers in grad school. E-mail me (see Contact the Princess page for the address) if you’d like to read it! I’m very proud of my work. It’s called “How the Princess got her Frog: Revealing the Invisible Identity of the Educated and Married, Black Woman through Autoethnography.”


Here’s the trailer to the movie and the lead song, entitled “Never Knew I Needed” by Ne-Yo. Enjoy!

The song took a while to grow on me but eventually it did. 🙂 I liked how they incorporated themes from the movie into the video.

I Dedicate: “Four Women”

Today’s edition of I Dedicate features a performance from last night’s Black Girls Rock show that I wrote about in my previous post.

The song is a cover of Nina Simone’s “Four Women” and boy, oh boy, did these ladies do it justice!!!!

There’s no real significance as it relates to my baby, the song is entirely too deep! It’s really a just because type of thing.Well, I guess, now that I think about it…I hope she grows up with an awareness of what it means to be a Black woman in this country. That she finds strength from the pain endured by those that have come before her and broke down doors that she’ll be able to fly through.

Judge Not

This morning I decided to do a combination post of A Yeyo’s Letter and I Dedicate. There’s so much of a message in the song, that I couldn’t pass the chance to pass on some words of wisdom to both my baby and to you!

To my little sweet pea,

The context of this song is WAY over your head, but you’ll get it one day. It’s about judging others. What does that mean, mommy? Well basically, it means to always worry about your own life and the things that you are doing before you spend time worrying about the lives of others. It’s very important that you always work hard at being the best person YOU can be and never judge or criticize people if they’re still getting to where you are or even where you may want to be.

Jesus says in the Bible :

Matthew 7

 1DO not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.

    2For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.

    3Why do you [a]stare from without at the [b]very small particle that is in your brother’s eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam [c]of timber that is in your own eye?

    4Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam [d]of timber in your own eye?

    5You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.

So overall, the bottom line to treat others the same way you them to treat you. Your dad and I plan to do our best to teach you how to do that.

The lyrics to this song ( “People Person” by Donnie) sums it all up! Listen carefully and take heed.

Well, I know this girl named Bonita
She’s what all the boys call the freaka
If you don’t wanna get fired
Don’t you put no swine on her plate

Well I know this dude from the Islands
He want boom boom for the batty man
But I heard from above came the true meaning of one love

So who are we to give up on anyone?
And he that is without sin first cast the stone
Judge not lest ye be judged with the same judgment

Well I know this dude who’s a pusher
He got any drug you can think of
And he’ll sling it your way everyday but the Sabbath Day

Well I know this small sect of Muslims
Who don’t like drug dealers so they kill ’em
Every three from afar you can hear them praying to Allah

So who are we to give up on anyone?
And he that is without sin first cast the stone
Judge not lest ye be judged with the same judgment

But who are we to give up on anyone?
And he that is without sin first cast the stone
Judge not lest ye be judged with the same judgment
Same judgment, same judgment

I’m married to the backslider but we are in love
So who are you to talk about a life that I have touched?
Be a people person, be a people person

And I know this girl named Bonita
Her name Bonita, they call her freaka

Well I know this dude who’s a preacher
You can feel the anointing when he meets ya
But I refuse to ignore he be lusting for the deacon board

And I know this woman who be praying
Hear them spiritual words she be saying
Get a drink in her hand and she’ll curse you like a sailor man

So who are we to give up on anyone?
And he that is without sin first cast the stone
Judge not lest ye be judged with the same judgment

But who are we to give up on anyone?
And he that is without sin first cast the stone
Judge not lest ye be judged with the same judgment
Same judgment, same

Well, I know this girl named Bonita

I Dedicate: Isn’t She Lovely

Life is never quite complete without some Stevie in it. And that’s the truth! Here’s a Stevie favorite that he wrote when his daughter Aisha was born. The lyrics are just too sweet and so perfect and so timeless!

Isn’t she lovely
Isn’t she wonderful
Isn’t she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we’d be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn’t she lovely made from love

Isn’t she pretty
Truly the angel’s best
Boy, I’m so happy
We have been heaven blessed
I can’t believe what God has done
through us he’s given life to one
But isn’t she lovely made from love

Isn’t she lovely
Life and love are the same
Life is Aisha
The meaning of her name
Londie, it could have not been done
Without you who conceived the one
That’s so very lovely made from love

Happy Monday, All!

TPOG

I Dedicate: Strength. Courage. Wisdom.

Happy Monday, lovelies!

For today’s edition of “I Dedicate,” I’m sending this one out not only to my baby, but to all of you as well!

Strength, courage, and wisdom are three things we all need to get through this life. My journey into womanhood has been a tale full of uncertainty, hurt, and vulernability. But as I approach 30, I can truly say that this phase of my journey has also ended in true self-discovery. My journey isn’t complete – as I stated, it’s just a phase that’s come to a close.

With motherhood on the horizon, I know that there’s still so many layers to what makes me, me that I have yet to discover! But, at this point in time, I feel like I’ve found my voice and I’m confident in who I am. I really like…no, love…who I am and what I see when I look in the mirror each morning. I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the eyes of the One who created me!

I can only wish these same things for my daughter. And for you too! So don’t just read the lyrics, feel them, absorb them, and let this be your anthem for today!

Inside my head there lives a dream that I want to see in the sun
Behind my eyes there lives a me that I’ve been hiding for much too long
‘Cause I’ve been, too afraid to let it show
‘Cause I’m scared of the judgment that may follow
Always putting off my living for tomorrow
It’s time to step out on faith, I’ve gotta show my face
It’s been elusive for so long, but freedom is mine today
I’ve gotta step out on faith, It’s time to show my face
Procrastination had me down but look what I have found, I found

[Chorus:]
Strength, courage, and wisdom
And it’s been inside of me all along,
Strength, courage, and wisdom
Inside of me

Behind my pride there lives a me, that knows humility
Inside my voice there is a soul, and in my soul there is a voice
But I’ve been, too afraid to make a choice
‘Cause I’m scared of the things that I might be missing
Running too fast to stop and listen

It’s time to step out on faith, I’ve gotta show my face
It’s been elusive for so long but freedom is mine today
I’ve gotta step out on faith it’s time to show my face
Procrastination had me down but look what I have found, I found

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
I close my eyes and I think of all the things that I want to see
‘Cause I know, now that I’ve opened up my heart I know that
Anything I want can be, so let it be, so let it be:.

Strength, courage, and wisdom
It’s been inside of me all along,
Strength, courage, wisdom
It’s been inside of me all along, everyday I’m praying for:

[Chorus]

Vamp
I found it in me, I found it finally
I’m sure to keep it’ cause I like it, I say thank you

I Dedicate: Joy

This song is one of my favorite R&B songs and has been on my heart for the past couple of weeks. You all are some pretty smart cookies out there, so I’m sure you can figure out why (smile)…in addition to that the fact that it’s obvious by lyrics!

Can’t forget the day
That she walked into my life
It was just the kind of thing
That was so right on time
After all the love changes
My heart had locked the door
Then that girl released her magic
And made me love once more, ooh

Like the warm rays of the sun
Her sweet love came shining down on me, oh
All at once turned my life around
And with one kiss, she set me free

She’s given me joy, joy, joy
That girl, she brings me joy
She’s given me joy, joy, joy
That girl, she brings me joy

Goodbye loneliness
And so long to my heartache
Now that joy has taken over
And decided to stay

Her love lifts me up
Like no other love before
With every beat of my heart
I’m hold, holding on, hey

Just look what she’s done for me
She’s erased all the sadness away, oh
I can never repay the deed
Cuz she keeps loving me more and more

She’s given me joy, joy, joy
That girl, she brings me joy
She’s given me joy, joy, joy
She brings me joy

She’s given me

Check one, check two
Can’t hold back, I’m in love with you
Check one, check two
There’s nothing in the world that I won’t do for you

Check one check two
Can’t hold back, I’m in love with you
Check one check two
There’s nothing in the world that I won’t do for you

That girl
She’s given me joy, joy, joy
I love the way she loves me
She brings me joy
She’s given me joy joy joy
A little bit of lovin’ darlin’

Said I love it baby (Joy joy joy)
Oh girl, I love the joy she brings me (Joy joy joy)
She brings me joy, she brings me joy
Said I love it when you’re loving me baby (Joy joy joy)
Oh girl, ya get me where you want me, baby (Joy joy joy)
Yeah, girl you’re my joy (Joy)

Check one check two
Can’t hold back, I’m in love with you
(Girl you’re my joy)
Check one check two
There’s nothing in the world that I won’t do for you
(All my kissin’)
Check one check two
Can’t hold back, I’m in love with you
(All my lovin’)
Check one check two
There’s nothing in the world that I won’t do for you

Girl you’re my joy

Enjoy the video!