My Hopes and Gunner's Song

The other day while driving home from work, a song came on my iPod that I've probably listened to a thousand times, the song was "Forever Young." I'm sure my teary reaction could be blamed on my hormones, but at that moment I'd never heard a more perfect song for my son. The lyrics put words to all of my hopes and dreams for my unborn son. 

All of the words to the song are gorgeous, but the first two verses really spoke to me...

"May God bless and keep you always.
May your wishes all come true.
May you always do for others, 
and let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars, 
and climb on every rung.
May you stay forever young."

"May you grow up to be righteous.
May you grow up to be true. 
May you always know the truth, 
and see the light surrounding you. 
May you always be courageous,
stand upright and be strong. 
May you stay forever young."

It's amazing to me that my second trimester is coming to an end and in just a few short months Gunner will be here. I used to think of him as the tiny little baby that was living inside of me, but I now think of the boy and man he's going to grow to be. 

I hope he's as hardworking as his Daddy, and I won't lie, I hope he's as sarcastic as me. I hope he likes to laugh. I hope he's a prayerful man. I hope he has a caring and gentle heart, but isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes. I hope he is proud of who he is and isn't embarrassed of his goofy mom...I hope he'll be goofy with me sometimes. I hope he commits to what he loves -- whether that's the football team or the debate team. But most importantly, I hope he knows how much he's loved. I hope he knows how much Code and I love him, but even more, I hope he knows how much God loves him. I hope he knows the Truth and the Light, because with that, you can do anything and be anything.

The version of "Forever Young" that I was listening to is the cover done by Audra Mae, and it is absolutely flawless. I can't wait to rock my little boy to sleep, singing this song over him.

If you're interested in hearing Audra Mae's version, just press play.