Posted by: matt25 | June 4, 2012

But I’ll Always Remember

Yesterday I kicked off my second year as a deacon by having another new experience as I performed my first marriage rite. It just so happened to be for my daughter Alana and new son-in-law Michael. I almost made Alana cry before we walked down the aisle but I quickly lightened the mood so I wouldn’t spoil her makeup. I almost cried myself when I placed her hand in Mike’s and told him to take good care of her.

It was an intensely emotional moment but I was on a mission, I had to move to the sacristy and vest before the opening song ended so I could serve as the deacon of the word at our celebration. I was deeply moved many times at the service and throughout the day but I didn’t cry I just smiled, a lot! Well, at least not until the daddy daughter dance.

I cried then, and a number of other people did too from what they told me. One friend told me the tears were running down his face and one of Alana’s friends told me that she was so moved she had to leave the room and call her dad.

This is the song we danced to. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

There’s two things I know for sure:
She was sent here from heaven and she’s
daddy’s little girl.
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes and
I thank god for all the joy in my life
Oh, but most of all
For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer;
sticking little white flowers all up in her
hair; “Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it’s my first ride.”
“I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried.”
In all that I’ve done wrong I know I must
have done something right to deserve a hug
every morning and butterfly kisses at night.

Sweet 16 today
She’s looking like her mama a little more everyday
One part woman, the other part girl.
To perfume and make-up from ribbons and curls
Trying her wings out in a great big world.

But I remember
Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer; sticking
little white flowers all up in her hair.
“You know how much I love you, Daddy, But if you
don’t mind I’m only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time.”
With all that I’ve done wrong I must have done
something right to deserve her love every morning
and butterfly kisses at night.

All the precious time
Like the wind, the years go by.
Precious butterfly.
Spread your wings and fly.

She’ll change her name today.
She’ll make a promise and I’ll give her away.
Standing in the bride-room just staring at her.
She asked me what I’m thinking and I said “I’m not
sure-I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl.”
She leaned over…gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there,
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
“Walk my down the aisle, Daddy-it’s just about time.”
“Does my wedding gown look pretty, Daddy? Daddy, don’t cry!”

Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong I must have
done something right.
To deserve your love every morning and butterfly
kisses-I couldn’t ask God for more, man this is what love is.

I know I gotta let her go, but I’ll always remember
every hug in the morning and butterfly kisses.

– Bob Carlisle, “Butterfly Kisses”

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  1. What a blessing! I work as a wedding DJ/MC and know what a great song that is. It is so wonderful to see that moment captured. My daughter will be 6 tomorrow and I pray I will be able to celebrate her wedding day as you have done with hour daughter. God bless.


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