So this is love, Mmmmmm
So this is love
So this is what makes life divine
I’m all aglow, Mmmmmm
And now I know
The key to all heaven is mine
My heart has wings, Mmmmmm
And I can fly
I’ll touch ev’ry star in the sky
So this is the miracle that I’ve been dreaming of
So this is love
As a kid, this song was my dream. My prayer. My greatest desire… To someday waltz with my Prince Charming under the stars and know I’d found the man of my dreams.
Now, I’ve “been there, done that,” and as of this past Wednesday morning, it’s been 6 years since we said our vows and danced our first dance to this song- on Disney’s Boardwalk- while looking (and feeling) very much like a real life Cinderella and Prince Charming. What a beautiful, glorious day that was. I truly found the man of my dreams. He’s not always perfect, but he’s perfect for me, and no matter what hurdles we jump, we jump them together and that truly is love. His smile lights my world, and his eyes look deep into my soul in a way noone elses can. To say that I love Cody Hinnant is the understatement of the century. This love is everything I dreamed of- everything I hoped for- and everything the movie and my childhood dreams could have imagined.
As a wife, the song took on new meaning on another June day, four years after the first- as I looked up from my hospital bed and saw my Prince Charming hold our baby girl for the very first time. Seeing the love in his eyes for our tiny little one was overwhelming. And it still is to this day. She is becoming an amazing little princess herself, and as she approaches her second birthday in a couple of days, I sing this song in my mind many times a day- watching her play, holding her close, seeing her with her friends, and seeing her with her Daddy. She has taught us both a whole new kind of love, and she is a most amazing little girl. To say this is love is putting it mildly. My heart bursts when she tells me she loves me. I can truly touch every star in the sky in those moments.
As a mom, the song grew in meaning again this May – the moment the doctor laid our precious baby boy on my chest just seconds after being born and liberated from our chord. Tho one bond was broken, another was just beginning. They say there’s something special about a mother-son relationship. Well, sitting here, holding my 2 1/2 week old baby boy as he finishes his 3:30am bottle, I can tell you this:
Out there somewhere is a little girl, or will be a little girl, who will grow up dreaming of her Prince Charming. And just like I have already begun praying for his sister and her future mate, I have begun praying for this little girl- whoever she is, wherever she is. Because my Lil Bear won’t be perfect. He’ll forget to put the seat down. He probably won’t sort his laundry. He may be messy. He may not like her favorite food. But he’ll be her perfect Prince Charming, and whoever she is, I hope she knows that when her heart sings this song about him, she’s not the first to sing it- that years earlier, this mommy was singing it even in the wee hours of the morning. I love this Lil Bear with all my heart, and I truly know, once again, for the third marvelous time, what it means to truly be in love.
God is so good.
Sleepy boy… Time for both of us to go back to bed!