Tribute to Love (Songs)

Yep, you know me. I’m a sucker for for love songs.

Well, this year I’ve been in a little panic because I’ve barely had time to breathe, much less formulate a playlist–and even though I have kept a running list of songs throughout the year, nothing was really feeling right to me. I was about to skip this year. I was going to give up (despite the pull toward tradition). And then something happened.

Last night, while driving to a class, I turned on the radio–and a slew of songs old and new flooded my ears. I felt like I was given a gift, a tender mercy, an encouragement, a blessing. Making this playlist is important to me, and what is important to me is important to others–especially those who love me.

I sent a request to a friend for a cover of a song that I love (but it has words that I don’t like to voluntarily listen to), and she sent a text back that she would edit the song for me. It was in my inbox before my class was finished.

And, this morning, I had a little pocket of time to work on it…and, with the help of heaven and the love of sweet friends, I just might make it.

Here are a few songs that made the cut for the official 2014 Love Songs Playlist (in celebration of another year of marriage):


Justin Timberlake – “Not a Bad Thing”


Katy Perry – “Unconditionally”


Tristan Prettyman – “Unconditionally”


Betty Who – “Somebody Loves You”


Goo Goo Dolls – “Come to Me”

Sending love your way…always! ❤

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Weekend Love Songs

I’m ready to celebrate the weekend! (Yes, I know I’m a little early…but I’d appreciate your help with this matter…!)

Here are some love songs for the weekend to get you ready for date night. (What? You haven’t scheduled a sitter? You don’t have plans yet? Get to work!) 🙂

I Used to HATE Valentine’s Day

I used to HATE Valentine’s Day…but, for the past several years, along with having a husband and sweet kiddos to share in the celebrating, I really do enjoy the day (and days leading up to it, as you probably imagined…hence the week-long posting of love-related songs and topics).

Here are some of our fun traditions:

on our normal, weekly family night, we share the story of our courtship/engagement/wedding with our little people
we have a dance party with love songs
we make homemade chocolate fondue and dip marshmallows, bananas, cookies, strawberries, etc. on long skewers
my husband and I share a quiet evening out (but NOT on Valentine’s Day…ever)
we listen to more love songs than normal that week 🙂
we make homemade Valentines for friends and classmates
I make (or add to) a playlist of love songs (prep for my anniversary playlist later in the year)
etc. etc. etc.

What are your Valentine’s Day traditions? What will you do to spread some love around to those in your circle of influence?

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I’m not gonna write you a love song

But I am going to share some fav’s with you, in honor of our great celebration of LOVE this week! Here goes:

Goo Goo Dolls bring this beautiful ballad:

From Katy Perry, in all her artistic flair, (but the message of the song really is tender):

Taylor Swift’s line “Life makes love look hard” speaks to me:

From Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald (husband and wife):

Which one is your favorite? What will you be listening to on Valentine’s Day?

Wow, I-love-him Wednesday

Are you enjoying this week’s love songs? Which are your favs so far?

Here are three of mine:

Force M.D.’s – Tender Love

Parachute – Kiss Me Slowly

Lady Antebellum – Just a Kiss

Remember to share the love!!!! 🙂

Totally In-love Tuesday

If you missed yesterday’s post, we are celebrating my anniversary on the blog all week with songs from my most recent anniversary playlist! 🙂

Here are three more love songs for your listening pleasure!!!

Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone

Norah Jones – The Nearness of You

Tim McGraw with Faith Hill – It’s Your Love