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Lullaby for a Stormy Night

Lullaby
As I think about the children that will someday be our own, I try to picture them riding their bikes in the front yard, playing catch with Josh, coloring in the filtered afternoon light at the dining room table, or helping me measure out flour in the kitchen.  We are so excited to share in those moments with our future children.

Are they thinking of us?  Do they imagine themselves curled up on our front porch beside us with a rumpled quilt and stack of Berenstain Bear books?  Do they picture us running to hold them when they’ve fallen or had a bad dream?

When I first heard the song, Lullaby for a Stormy Night by Vienna Teng, I couldn’t stop the tears.  I hoped that our future children had loving foster parents who would comfort them during thunderstorms.

What songs do/did you sing to your children when they are frightened?  What stories do you tell them when they are ill, bored, or afraid?

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  • Rosa - A beautiful video!

    cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Thank you, Rosa! I am really pleased with how it came out. Isn’t that song beautiful?ReplyCancel

  • Valarie Lea - I have always hummed “Rock of Ages” to my children, I am pretty sure thats what my Daddy did with us. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ang - Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I was not blessed with children but my favorite is

    Frère Jacques,
    Frère Jacques,
    Dormez-vous?
    Dormez-vous?
    Sonnez les matines,
    Sonnez les matines,
    Ding, dang, dong!
    Ding, dang, dong!ReplyCancel

  • Indian Lake Papa - Greetings ~~ I made it here!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs darling - That was beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • YDavis - Lacy, I remember my mom used to sing this song to us: “Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
    And I know my sister now sings it to my little niece.ReplyCancel

  • warren - My son couldn’t care less about singing but my daughter loves to hear any singing when she is scared. I have sung AC/DC to her in the middle of the night. Pretty funny but whatever works!ReplyCancel

  • Dishcloth Diva : Razor Family Farms - […] in the buff, simple living confessions, nordic braided bread, green manure groundcovers, and a lullaby for a stormy night.  If that’s not enough then you’ll just have to wander through our Best Of section for […]ReplyCancel

  • Whimfield - My grandma and mother always used to sing just one lullaby that I can remember:

    “Hush a bye birdie, croon croon
    Hush a bye birdie, croon
    The bells are ringing and the birds are singing
    And the cows have gone to the broom, broom
    And the cows have gone to the broom.”

    It’s the only song that stuck with me from my childhood. Thanks for bringing that back!ReplyCancel

  • Tia Julie - Beautiful song with a beautiful video. You are special and your future children will be really blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - LOL Lacy…sing? ne’r a word! Can;’t carry a tune in a bucket and I’m sure the kids when they were small…would have wailed louder! So Hummmmmmmmmm is what I opted for.
    “Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
    Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird…..”
    ………. …….
    ……So hush little baby, don’t you cry,
    Daddy loves you and so do I.”

    (does that age me or what???)
    ~Hugs~
    Momma BarbReplyCancel

  • CC - Oh my goodness. My husband loves Vienna Teng and used to correspond with her. He met her when she was in town one time for a concert. 🙂 Which of her CDs do you have?ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - We sing a lot of Beatles songs. My kids might be the only ones in their generation that know them! We also tells just TONS of stories, too many to mention. But one example: when one of them is hurt and nothing seems to be making it better I say, “Wanna hear a healing story?” Then I tell a story about someone getting hurt and someone sweetly helping them. They’ll be so absorbed in the story they forget their pain!ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - That’s a beautiful song, Lacy. I wasn’t familiar with it.

    I used to sing my kids a little medley of songs that included “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”. My grandmother used to sing it me. It’s about a dead goose, but it has a sweet tune. : )ReplyCancel

  • Robin - You were right! About the song and the lens. 😀 Love the photos, too!

    Love love love her voice.ReplyCancel

  • Barbie - While my wonderful, however very music loving husband doesn’t appreciate it, I have a full repertoire of songs I howl…er…sing to the babies and toddlers when they are upset. I figure they stop crying so I will stop singing!

    Jesus Loves Me
    Jesus Loves the Little Children
    Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me
    Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam
    Hush Little Baby
    Hush-A-Bye
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    You Are My Sunshine

    And if they are still upset, I start all over again! Usually I get to the first verse of Hush Little Baby and they are sound asleep.

    As for books…oh wow. We are book happy people here. When F6 is upset, gets in trouble, or just needs some snuggling he goes and grabs handfuls of picture books. Some of our very most favorite:
    The Poky Little Puppy
    The Monster at the End of This Book
    10 Hungry Monsters
    Little Rabbit Foo Foo
    One Duck Stuck
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Chrysanthemum
    Little Critter books
    No Jumping on the Bed
    Grover Takes Care of BabyReplyCancel

  • Barbie - Trying this again…sorry if it duplicates!

    While my wonderful, however very music loving husband doesn’t appreciate it, I have a full repertoire of songs I howl…er…sing to the babies and toddlers when they are upset. I figure they stop crying so I will stop singing!

    Jesus Loves Me
    Jesus Loves the Little Children
    Jesus Loves the Little Ones Like Me
    Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam
    Hush Little Baby
    Hush-A-Bye
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    You Are My Sunshine

    And if they are still upset, I start all over again! Usually I get to the first verse of Hush Little Baby and they are sound asleep.

    As for books…oh wow. We are book happy people here. When F6 is upset, gets in trouble, or just needs some snuggling he goes and grabs handfuls of picture books. Some of our very most favorite:
    The Poky Little Puppy
    The Monster at the End of This Book
    10 Hungry Monsters
    Little Rabbit Foo Foo
    One Duck Stuck
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Chrysanthemum
    Little Critter books
    No Jumping on the Bed
    Grover Takes Care of BabyReplyCancel

  • Melanie - I sing “Joy to the World/Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” – that was Three Dog Night, right? I also recite “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear. And if we’re really in a pickle, I start telling family stories, the ones that have been passed down for generations and will be passed down for many more. My personal favorite is about a particular family member (I won’t say who) getting treed by a pig. It never fails to bring a smile to a tear-streaked face!ReplyCancel

  • Robbyn - With my daughter, her favorite was always Hush Little Baby, and You Are My Sunshine, and Our God Is An Awesome God

    With our foster sons it was Down In the Valley, and Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

    With all, it was curling up with them in their beds and talking to God together, and we actually enjoyed the storms rather than being scared…

    Except the time I was alone with my daughter in our home early before school one morning and it was dark and I heard someone banging at the window with their fists as if they were going to break it…sounded like a large man trying to pound the glass in (terrifying!!!) I ran in there and looked outside and all the trees were bent horizontal and the sound was the windows trying to implode (they didn’t, thankfully). The lights had gone out right at the same time and the roof sounded like it was being torn off our house. My daughter and I huddled in the tiny front bathroom in the wet tub I’d just showered in. Now THAT was scary!! We prayed and talked about God keeping Noach safe, and we asked God to spare our lives. One minute later, it was over. This was Memphis, and it had been a straight line wind, from “nowhere”, at 120 mph, and had hit the entire city and outlying areas. That’s one time singing and prayer REALLY helped!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - Beautiful! I think I’m going to have to find copies of that for all three of our little grandbabies~
    A few of the songs that I sang to my little ones and now to my grandsons are:
    Puff the Magic Dragon,
    Seasons in the Sun,
    Joy to the World,
    Jesus Loves Me

    I’m praying that you’re blessed with your sweet little one’s very soon!ReplyCancel

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