1989 - We got married!! Two Hearts Beat As One - U2 Do you remember that thunderstorm in Louisville on our honeymoon? One of my Very. Best. Moments. Ever.
1990 - Dancing with you in our first Missouri apartment - Soul Cages - Sting
1991 - We got to see U2 at Busch Stadium. I was pregnant with Victoria. It was SO loud. We saw Bono interview someone from Sarajevo and call President Bush. Such a good memory. Mysterious Ways - U2.
1992 - Victoria is born! Your first words to her were "You are so beautiful. She's so beautiful. She's so beautiful!" We had sung "You are my Sunshine" for months waiting for her arrival. We had no idea how Baby Sunshine would change everything. She did. She still does. Listen to Johnny Cash sing it and celebrate the enthusiastic, brilliant, driven, beautiful woman she has grown into! As she says, she is 100% you and 100% me crammed into one body! You Are My Sunshine - Johnny Cash
1993 - I Would Walk 500 Miles - The Proclaimers
1994 - We first heard Dave Matthews Band on David Letterman. One listen and we were hooked. One of our best dates was Dave Matthews at Riverport. Yay for babysitters! Under the Table and Dreaming - DMB
1995 - In May God gave us the blessing of Esther. She was born so alert and pink and beautiful. She stole our hearts. And little did we know just how many shark facts we would learn or how many shark movies we would watch! The tiny shark loving girl has grown to be a shark-obsessed woman! Listen to the theme song from Jaws and celebrate the beautiful, independent, creative, gifted woman she has become. The Theme From Jaws
1996 - This life is crazy!! No sleep for us. Stay Up Late - Talking Heads
1997 - Remember that time we LOVED hearing Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers but we walked out on Counting Crows? Another great date night on a hot August evening. "Laughing Out Loud" with you.
1998 - Isaac is born! He has made us laugh from the beginning. Little smiley boy Steve called him. Little boy blue. He is growing to be big and strong like his dad and to love Jesus with his whole heart. Yet he is different from you in so many ways. Listen to one of his favorite songs, Beautiful Day, and celebrate the joy that he brings, the hugs that he gives, and the smart, thoughtful, caring, handsome man he has become. Beautiful Day - U2
1999 - Ten years of marriage! California Stars - Billy Bragg
2000 - New House! Ringing in the new century! And bluegrass makes a comeback. :) I'll Fly Away - Allison Krauss
2001 - The most healing, spiritual concert after 9/11 was U2. Such a painful thing. But a beautiful song. One - U2
2002 How many times do you think we have sung Man Of Sorrows by now? Every night for TEN years! Man of Sorrows - anybody!
2003 - Oh, Norah Jones. Come Away with Me - Norah Jones
2004 - We found our way to a new church and it changed everything. From the psalms... a new song! U2 - 40
2005 - For the first time ever we left the kiddos and travelled to CA alone. I will never forget that week. The ocean and the hiking and the clam chowder and the rain and light houses and the sleeping to the sound of the waves again. Do you want to be my "One and Only" love? One and Only Love - Teitur
2006 - This year life changes forever. You go to work for the Journey and our next adventure begins. I will follow you anywhere. Rocco Delucca - Colorful
2007 - Sometimes you hear a song and know that it will forever be in your brain - because it expresses so much of what is in your heart. "All of these lines upon my face tell you the story of who i am... so many stories of where i been and how i got to where i am... I was made for you. Story by Brandie Carlisle
2008 - I turned 40. We celebrated our 19th anniversary. We started a church! AND in the same month we traveled to Ireland and Northern Ireland. We realized that Snow Patrol was from Belfast. "Crack the Shutters Open Wide" was released the month we were there.
2009 - Twenty years of marriage. It went by so quickly. And still... "All I Want is You" - Jars of Clay version may even be better than the real thing. :)
2009/2010 - Mumford and Sons "Awake My Soul"
2011 - Trailhead begins! Jesus of the Scars - Jake Gehret
2012 -Trailhead's first birthday!! Beautiful Things - Gungor
2013 - God is so good to us. Approach My Soul the Mercy Seat - Jon Yerby
2014 - Three years at Trailhead and twenty five years of marriage. Teach Me To Know - Lone Bellow
Rain in the Summertime - The Alarm
War Child/Where The Streets Have No Name - Elbow
Joel Lindsey - What Is Love?
Unchained Melody - Willie Nelson
I have been thinking about these songs and these memories for a while now. Each song evokes so much emotion. We have had such a good life, Stevie. I am so very thankful for it. I know that what we have is a gift - nothing we have earned and deserved or created. God gives good gifts.
Here are the lyrics to The Story by Brandi Carlile.