Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The End

With sorrow and regret for the life that could and should have been, 11/2010 marks the end. Thank you to those who followed our journey, shared in my life and my attempt to write about and focus on some of what was good and could be celebrated. This blog was part of a small attempt to save and/or salvage something precious.

There will be new blessings and opportunities for all of us because we serve a gracious, all powerful, loving God who works all things together for our good.

Sadly, this chapter ends but God has a plan. The rest remains to be written and yes, I'll write. It's in my soul.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you. Peace.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

2nd Most Exciting Part of my Life

Hello everyone,
Much has been going on in life in the last year. Baby Jordyn is wonderful and still the most exciting part of my life! She's walking, talking singing, dancing and praising! She's a complete blessing and joy!

My sister, Aleta, and I just became independent distributors for SendOutCards. We call our business Thanks and Thoughts. This service helps you stay in contact with family, friends, loved ones and business contacts. It's great for birthdays, holidays, announcements, invitations and any other occasion.

What's so special about this is that these are REAL cards sent from the Internet. If you've ever used online bill pay, the process here is similar. Type in a name and a physical mailing address and the person gets a card in their mailbox from the mailman. No going to the store. No trips to the post office! No one else reaching for the card you're reaching for at the same time. Send cards and gifts from your home or work or while you're traveling . . . anywhere that you have an address and the Internet you can send a card. There are over 13,000 cards in the system, but you can also upload your own photos and/or create custom cards. There's a contact manager and birthday reminder also! Send one card to multiple people or multiple cards to multiple people with a couple of keystrokes.

I would be SO honored if some of my online sisters would try this system. It won't cost you a dime to try it. Simply connect to our website and click send a free card! (Remember, this is not an e-card!) An audio prompter will walk you through the system or feel free to give me or Aleta a call for us to personally walk you through this dynamic system.

We absolutely love and and believe you will too. Worst case scenario, you send a free card or two. Best case scenario, you like it and want to become a customer or distributor. You'll be glad you did.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Life Update

Much has been going on in the last several months. Of course, with the baby here, she is the highlight of my life :). She's happy, healthy and blessed.

* I didn't finish my book that I mentioned in a previous post :(, but I've been working pretty diligently on a line of greeting cards and that's coming along nicely. I've been trying to put most of my free time into that and the baby so that's why I haven't posted in so long.

* I also started making baby bodysuits (onesies) that are really cute. I had a concept for marketing them and everything, but I also know within my heart that won't be as fun when my daughter outgrows them. So, I'll continue that as a hobby or by request.

* I started a new job at helping companies with their 401K plans. I can't say the job is exciting, but the flexibility is good and the people Im working with are pretty nice. I'd love something with a little more "glamour" though. It's funny. I don't see myself as a glamourous person, but my job just seems so drab. Don't get me wrong. I'm grateful, but maybe I haven't found the perfect fit yet.

* I got a new computer, a Mac! I love it! I wish I had more time to play with it, but as things stand I can barely get a chance to check e-mails until the weekends.

* I miss all of the interaction with my online family. I rarely get to visit anyone's blog, much less leave a comment. But I hope all is well with you all. I don't know if/when I will ever be able to post again, so take care and here are a couple of updated photos of my sweetheart!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

In June, I was tagged by Goodnapps (Tanya). A few months ago I was also tagged by Chosen Vessel (Abena) I'll just roll these tags together. (I know I'm late gettin' on the bus, but thanks for thinking of me, sistas!)

I'm supposed to share 7 things about myself that most folks wouldn't know, but I'm going to share 10 since I was tagged twice.

1. I'm a VERY successful (fake it til you make it) author of Christian books and my first book is in progress. Anyway, I'm not a "trained" writer, but I guess that will be the beauty of the books' success is that I can give God the credit and not me. I'm competent at a lot of things, but my writing is the one thing that I believe is a gift from God. I actually started my first book the last week of June 2007 so I hope to get it finished and ready for the press soon!! It's about relationships.

2. Having my little girl is my greatest accomplishment in life. I love to see how she's developing and growing. She's truly my miracle. You can see how much she has changed in just the last couple of weeks.

3. I have several ideas for greeting cards and simple artwork and my goal is to get these created and on the market. Once again, fear has been my biggest barrier but I don't know what I'm afraid of. I have nothing to lose.

5. I LOVE to go to the spa. There's nothing better than a luxurious massage and to me, the longer the better. I tell my daughter that she's at the spa when she gets her baths and gets lotioned up. It's never too early to develop the appreciation for the spa!

6. I'm usually running late, but I *really* admire people who are on time. Although people who run late are usually a lot happier than people who are on time. I guess the on time people are mad at those of us who aren't on time.

7. I love to smile. It's free and hopefully, it encourages someone's day.

8. I'm a member of AKA, but I haven't been active for years. I used to really enjoy the sisterhood, but it just hasn't been a priority and I doubt that it will become one in the near future.

9. When I get old (smile), I want to compete in the Senior Olympics. I have no idea what sport, but if I ever learn to swim, it would be cool to compete in swimming. Generally, things come fairly easily to me, but I've tried to learn how to swim for years and haven't mastered it . . . yet.

10. I love to travel. I've been to Mexico, The Holy Land, Jamaica, St. Kitts, France, Germany, Italy, the Bahamas, St. Thomas and many US states. This is something I really enjoy with my husband. Both of us were blessed to travel before marriage, but it's nice to travel with him. (Photo was taken by dh in St. Kitts, January 2007, 6 months pregnant with Jordyn)

I'm not being a good "taggee" right now because I haven't had a chance to check blogs and pass the tag on, but maybe folks who visit can answer this question for a "modified" tag. What do you believe is the most powerful or influential talent/gift you have and how are you using it in your life today?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Meet our Baby Girl!

We're pleased to announce our baby girl's arrival!!


The family is all doing fine. Thank you all for your prayers, blessings, visits, calls, flowers, e-mails, cards, hugs, support, help and love!!

Thank you Lord for remaining faithful to your word and for delivering on your promises!


Monday, March 19, 2007

Our Baby Girl is on the Way

Much has been going on in the last few months, but here's an update:

  • Our baby girl tried to make an early appearance on February 11th when I was at 32 weeks.

  • I didn't even know I was contracting. I thought I had gas and my stomach felt like I'd done 200 sit ups the day before!!!??? We were very close to not even going to the hospital because I thought it was just going to be a "fire drill".

  • My contractions were actually 2-3 minutes apart with 2.5 cm dilation! After 2 days in the hospital, the contractions were controlled and I was sent home for bed rest. I thought bed rest would be like vacation, but it's a lot harder than I thought. I have to try to stay off my feet and I'm on medicine to help keep our baby inside. My original plan was to write a book during this time, but so far I only have the outline.

  • I'm at 37 weeks and considered full-term and I expect that our baby will be here next week. Her actual due date is April 8th (Easter), but when the medicine runs out, our baby girl will probably come out too, and that will be okay.

  • My doctor, Dana Roper-Johnson, M.D. (Essential Women's Care) has been awesome. I'm grateful to Gerald for adding me to his insurance because I had Kaiser and I don't think the doctors seeing me there really cared about me or the baby. In any case, I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Roper-Johnson to anyone who needs a caring, experienced, smart, sensitive OB/GYN. Her contact info is in the link above.

  • My husband has been on double duty with work and housework. Can any women relate?

  • The nursery is coming along. our baby has also been blessed with lots of prayers, clothes, blankets, toys, diapers, essentials, a tub, a stroller, a carseat, robes, pjs, bassinets, a homemade crib set, swing, bouncer, etc. We are so grateful that so many are showing her so much love even before she's arrived. Thank you!!!!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Hey! We Weren't Expecting THIS Much Snow!

Yesterday, the news said there would be a huge snowstorm with 12-24 inches and it came with a vengeance. We're all locked up inside. Many businesses closed today and will probably will close tomorrow also. One friend said it took 4 1/2 hours to go from the Denver Tech Center to their home about 25 miles north of there. It should be about a 35 minute trip. In any case, we'll all remain inside until the blizzard and emergency weather disaster is cleared. Wish I had some personal photos to share, but as you can probably tell, my digital camera hasn't been working for several months. If you're in Colorado, try to stay warm. If you're not, watch out :), the storm may be coming your way!!!!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

He's PADI Certified!

"Congrats" to Gerald on completing his PADI diving certification and confined water dives. It took studying a book, watching a DVD, learning diving calculations, a test, lots of hours in the pool and two weekends. He'll complete his open water dives in the next month in St. Kitts. He wants to become a Divemaster, too.

We took a resort course in June 2006 and dove in the Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, but in retrospect, Gerald said "I never would have done that if I knew what I know now after getting certified." That's scary . . . but it was pretty fun and amazing to see the fish & wildlife, there.

He also plans to dive with sharks at the Downtown Denver Aquarium in the near future. That's scary too. Baby girl and I will just cheer from land. I think I prefer snorkeling, anyway. Diving hurts my eardrums and I like being closer to the surface . . . and air!

I'm not certified, but here's my "proof" that I scuba dived, too! Not bad for a non-swimmer! May it never be said that I didn't try :)! If you look closely, you'll see a banana in my right hand. That's why there are so many fish around me. Very cool experience!!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice!

Our precious little blessing is a girl!
Estimated arrival: April 8th
She's almost a pound at 13 ounces & very healthy at 5 months 3 days.
Wives tales that predicted a girl:
  • Had lots of morning sickness (still having some!)
  • Sleeping in bed with pillow to the south (that's the way our bed faces)
  • Feet are not colder than they were before pregnancy (colder feet = boy)
  • Refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread (never did that anyway)
  • Nose is the same size now as always (boys make mama-noses big)
  • Want orange juice daily
  • When people asked to see my hand, I showed my palm
  • Maternal grandmother does not have grey hair (dyed or natural)
  • Not having headaches
  • Necklace over the stomach went in circles not back and forth
  • The "popular" vote was girl, around 20 girl votes to 5 boy votes

Wives tales that were "true" for me that predicted a boy, but we're having a girl

  • Hair on legs is growing faster than usual
  • Dad-to-be is gaining weight (Ha! He gained 5 unnoticeable pounds that he already lost!)
  • Urine is a bright neon color (guess I need more water)
  • Have a craving for salty or sour foods (still craving these things)
  • Been craving cheese (Usually, not a cheese fan)
  • Used the handle to grab a mug instead of the body
  • Folks are saying mom-to-be looks good (Sisterlocks photo below is at 14 weeks pregnant)
  • Sum of the mother's age at conception and number of the month of conception is even

Shows what good those "wives tales" are!!

We'll keep our trust in the Lord (smile)!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sisterlocks 5 Year Anniversary

Today is my 5 year anniversary of Sisterlocks. This was a big change for me, but I'm so grateful that the journey has turned out so well. Some of the freedoms that Sisterlocks have brought to me include:

  • No more booking Saturdays from 10am til 6pm at the hairdresser's. (The appointment should have only lasted 2 hours at the most.)
  • No more mandatory dependence on someone else to maintain my hair. There's an option to have someone else retighten, but I can retighten my hair myself
  • No more scalp or ear burns from relaxers or hot combs (hallelujah!)
  • No more bumping an itching head instead of scratching it because the relaxer would burn in scratched places
  • No more tears while I waited a few more minutes for the relaxer to "take" or the beautician to get a chance to rinse my hair (remember the scene from Malcolm X?)
  • No more hair that smells like Nair (yuck)
  • No more fear of water touching my hair. I'm still not the best swimmer, but I didn't worry about my hair when taking lessons or going into the ocean or pool.
  • No more buying hair to get long hair. I can wear a ponytail with the hair grown from my scalp, not hair bought at the local hair supply.
  • No more arranging life around my hairstyle
  • No more 12 hour sessions to get braids (which I loved) and 24 hour sessions to take them down (which I HATED) every 8 weeks
  • No more thousands of dollars spent at the beauty supply store to try to make my hair be something that it is not (I was a true product junkie)
  • No more trying to be something or someone that I'm not. What God makes is GOOD and I'm grateful for His design
  • Finally, deliverance from: the press & curl, the Jheri curl, the perms/relaxers, the fried/laid-to-the-side-took-all-day "do", the weaves, the freeze, the extensions, the piece of foam that was supposed to make the updo fuller (ha!), the fingerwaves (ridiculous on me), the sleeping still to preserve the style, the running from any and every source of water (sweat, rain, amusement park rides, pools, etc), the drama!

Getting to 5 years was not always easy for me, but I'm grateful that I found this style and made a positive change for my life. Let me just say, I love my locs!!! By the way, for all who have visited and made such kind comments, "Thank You!!!"

Saturday, November 11, 2006

NAR Conference in New Orleans

We recently attended the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Conference in New Orleans. The conference had about 25,000 attendees from all over the world. There were also classes, vendors and fun things to do. Gerald worked the corporate booth for his job and I visited multiple vendors to look for new products and services. We also ate at Tommy's, Mother's, The Bombay Club, Mulates, The Sun Ray Grill (in the warehouse district) and Cochon's among others.

We also got to see Harry Connick Jr. in concert. Neither one of us had any of his CDs, but Connick is a native of New Orleans and definitely dedicated to the people of his hometown. He's also very talented and can play that piano with soul. Gerald also got us the hookup so we got VIP treatment, VIP tickets and seats in the 4th row. So, even though we probably wouldn't have ever seen Connick in concert on our own, it was a pretty good show. He even highlighted some of the local musicians and gave them long solos.

By the way, if you want to support the folks of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, you can buy Connick's song "All These People" (video-it will make you cry). The song was inspired by the suffering Harry witnessed first hand after Hurricane Katrina. All proceeds from the sale of the song, written and composed by Connick and performed by the acclaimed singer/pianist in duet with gospel singer Kim Burrell, will benefit New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Here's the press release from Gerald's promotion to Vice President. Congratulations! I'm so proud of you, Gerald! XOXO

(Greenwood Village, Colo., Nov. 1, 2006) – RE/MAX International has named Gerald vice president, franchise sales. Previous to this promotion, [he] was director, franchise sales for company operated regions – a position he earned in September 2004 – with oversight of franchise sales operations in seven company owned regions, Mountain States, Pacific Northwest, St. Louis, Central/Northern Ohio, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Central Atlantic and Southwest.

From 1998 to 2004, he served as regional franchise sales manager in the Mountain States region and Southwest region. [He] joined the RE/MAX organization in 1992 as an asset management coordinator and contract administrator at RE/MAX Relocation. From 1995 to 1998 he served as a senior marketing consultant for the Mountain States region.

“Gerald is an amazing individual,” said Vinnie Tracey, president of RE/MAX International. “He has consistently been one of the most reliable team players in our organization. From the day he joined us, he has sought knowledge, jumped into every project and achieved every goal placed before him. He is well versed in mergers, acquisitions, client relations, strategic planning and of course, sales. We are honored to have a man of his caliber on our team, and this new position of vice president is well deserved.”

Prior to his RE/MAX affiliation, he worked two years in the mortgage industry after serving three years in the United States Army. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Devry University and a Bachelor of Arts in communications (cum laude) from the University of Colorado, Denver. He is married to Jeri, who works in the residential and commercial development business with her father.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Happy Birthday, Gerald!

Just a quick post to celebrate Gerald's birthday! May God bless you with MANY more.

This is my favorite picture of Gerald from our honeymoon in Kona, Hawaii at the Hilton Waikoloa.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Smart, Athletic and Good Looking!

Here's my nephew, Jalan, playing for The Raiders. He's an excellent running back with speed and agility and he has that "extra-somethin" that lets him avoid tackles. He also plays defense. Let's just say a little prayer for the players that Jalan tackles because he's been known to lay 'em out. We're really proud of you, J!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Knock Knock

Knock Knock!
Who's there?
Baby Steen
Baby Steen who?
Baby Steen coming in April!

The baby is just past 12 weeks and should be about the size of an apple now. The head is starting to get more proportionate with the body. The baby has little fingernails and some hair. Morning (all day) sickness is no joke! But it's supposedly a good sign of strong implantation. We just hope that gets over soon. I'd love to keep down a meal!

About this baby, God said 1) This baby IS going to come 2) Don't be afraid. Fear is not from God. 3) Trust in Him more than any other resource 4) Proverbs says that the Lord makes the barren woman a happy mother of children. Thank you, Lord, for the miracle that only YOU could do! Our lives are in Your hands!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

New Neighbors

We have some really great neighbors who live across the street named Sally and James. They recently got new puppies named Cooper and Lacy. They are SOOO ADORABLE. And the puppies are REALLY CUTE, too. They're almost cute enough for us to get some puppies, too. Almost . . . .

Ryan's Dedication

Carmen and Ricky recently celebrated an anniversary and also had Ryan dedicated. Looking good! God bless y'all!!
Thanks for sharing the photo, Tonya!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Morning Manna & Heavenly Ham

Pastor Jason Perry of Centennial, Colorado recently published a new book called Morning Manna: Looking For God in Everyday Life. It's a collection of devotionals from many years of Pastor Perry's e-mails to youth to encourage them in daily life. The Tattered Cover is a renowned Colorado bookstore and they invited Pastor Perry to come read selections from his book, share insights and sign books for admirers.

One particular reading that touched me explained how Pastor Perry used to work at a company called Heavenly Ham. Although he had a bachelor's and master's degree, the family was going through hard times, expecting a child and in need of extra cash. At Heavenly Ham, Pastor Perry was responsible for "anything" that needed to be done from janitorial work, to making sandwiches, to managing or cashiering. Whatever needed to be done, he needed to be faithful to what God had called him to do for that time. Pastor Perry WAS faithful and we see that God has raised Pastor Perry from the "depths" to touch the lives of many through his books & ministry.

Pastor Perry's duties at Heavenly Ham are similar to my duties at work, too. I have to admit that lately my attitude has not been very good. It's been prideful and arrogant as if the work was beneath me. But now I understand that God may be trying to humble me, like he did with Pastor Perry. It was very inspiring to listen to him at the Tattered Cover and recommit myself to the goals God has given me. Somehow, I feel my path and Pastor Perry's path may be similar if I will be diligent with my writing.

Friday, August 18, 2006


Last week, we decided to have some lights put in the backyard. Gerald did a great job of interviewing and selecting contractors to get the job done. Even though he probably could have put the lights in himself, he's been traveling a lot.

In any case, the light contractor arrived and put all of the lights in the yard but needed an electrical contractor to install a switch in the backyard. The electrical guy came, but refused to do the job when he saw a wasp nest about baseball size in the electrical box. It's a mystery how the wasps got in the box, but it must have been through a VERY small hole. Determined little things . . .

Armed with some special wasp killer that wouldn't set the electrical box on fire, Gerald stood with courage and bravely sprayed the nest two or three times. Wasps dead. I guess he's going to remove the nest today because the directions said to wait 24 hours before removing the nest. In any case, the lights around the yard look great. Good job, G!!

Fires. Wasps. What's next???

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ali and King

Here are a couple of photos from a costume party at Gerald's job. The event was in August in Washington DC, so of course you have to see the White House in the background. Gerald spent a lot of time getting his costume together. His Mom sewed MUHAMMAD ALI on the back of his championship robe (which he special ordred from the net) and Gerald also traveled to Castle Rock about 20 miles south of our home, to get his prize fighter's belt. Hand wraps and red Everlast boxing gloves completed the get up.

Mr. King's player suit, knuckle rings, Heatmiser-hair, bristly mustache and cane had him looking just like the real deal. In fact, he jumped out from behind a pole at the costume party shouting "There's my fighter!!", much to Ali's surprise.

Overall, they were the world's best looking brother-in-laws and the hit of the event, no pun intended! (8/13)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Welcome Ryan!!!

Gerald's sister Carmen and her husband Ricky are the proud new parents of Ryan Elias Artis. He was born on July 1. Congratulations Carmen and Ricky!! What a cutie!

Sunday, July 23, 2006


We had some excitement today. I was trying to bbq a steak for Gerald for dinner. When I turned on the propane grill, only the right side lit up even though the gas was on for the right and the left. No problem. I'll cook on the right. I went inside to finish dinner.

After about 10 minutes, I looked outside and saw that the grill was on fire. Even though the lid was closed, flames were coming out of it and from underneath the grill. Panic set in.

How do I put out a propane fire? Water? Flour? Baking soda?
Will this blow up? When? How?
Should I get a neighbor? Call 911? Yeah. Call 911.

On the phone she asked me a bunch of questions, but wouldn't tell me how to put out the fire. The propane knob was stuck and very hot! I grabbed the big box of baking soda and shook it all over the fire. It went out on top, but flames were still pouring out from the bottom. Then I remembered the fire extinguisher in the garage. I ran out to get it and Gerald was pulling up. I was waving wildly and screaming FIRE!!! Neighbors were starting to notice the fire and coming out of their houses. It turns out the fire extinguisher was dead. Gerald pulled the fire-laden grill away from the house while I stood far away telling him to get away from it:).

Luckily, the fire department is just up the road. They brought the big truck with all of the bells and whistles and 4 big firemen and calmly turned off the propane. Just like that--fire out. It turns out there was a leak in the propane hose and that's why the fire kept going underneath.

Good thing that I had strategically put out the fire to "save the steak" from the baking soda (haha). This post is dedicated to Nicole and Cedric who waited many years before getting a propane grill.

We put our grill out with the trash on Monday. May it rest in peace.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Job Search Gone Wrong

I (Jeri) have been looking for a job for awhile now. Things in real estate have not been so prosperous for me and I think it's best for me to return to corporate America. So I found a Business Consultant job posted in Chicago. It was to help businesses turn things around and I thought that would be perfect for my background, skills, education and experience. The job had a lot of travel (leave on Sunday and return on Fridays), but Gerald and I thought it might be okay since it would only be for about a year.

The company name was International Profit Associates and at one time, it was #9 on Inc magazine's top 500 companies. I thought I couldn't go wrong. IPA sent me a case study that required me to complete a balance sheet, an income statement and a cash flow statement. I was pretty impressed with myself that I got them all done over the weekend. I submitted them to my IPA contact on Sunday. Monday morning he calls and tells me that I did great and offers me the job! Keep in mind this position is supposedly up to 85K and he just offered me the job sight unseen, no references and promptly sent an e-mail with my travel arrangements to start the job on August 7th.

I was on cloud 9 that I was getting my "dream job", but something was way too fishy (Thank you, Holy Spirit). After a little more research, I found all kinds of terrible web postings saying how terrible the company was (to those who posted). The types of things I read were:

I'm so grateful I read these things before I went there. But I want to send a big thank you out to my Honey, who re-did my resume for me this weekend and it looks GOOD!!! Now maybe I can get a real job!!!

Friday, July 14, 2006

St. Thomas Heaven

In January 2006, we had an awesome time in St. Thomas. Gerald did a great job at work and the trip was free due to his efforts. Check out the photos.
Top: Jeri catching a Kingfish. Check out my Sisterlocks.
Second: A beautiful view of the harbor the morning we went fishing.
Third: A view of the ocean from our hotel room. You could hear the waves!
Last: Gerald with his kingfish. I think mine was bigger, but I don't have a photo to upload :(. Nothin' but love for ya', G.

We also went snorkeling together for the first time and the fish were beautiful. We had a great dinner on New Year's Eve by the sea, but an annoying critter (roach!) kept climbing on the pole beside us. Not cool. We went to the British Virgin Islands and stopped by the Soggy Dollar and Pusser's Island, where people like to shop and drink. We're not big drinkers, but it was fun to see. In BVI we also went to the Virgin Gorda Baths which are famous for their beauty and many Sports Illustrated models have had photos taken there. We went to Tortola and Jost Van Dyke with its beautiful white beaches. We're really grateful that we decided to take the day-long trip to the BVI because it was truly the highlight of an already wonderful trip. We hope to return someday.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

When I'm With You

When I'm With you is a song by Tony Terry that we played at our wedding on 6/14/03. Since this blog will show a lot of our adventures, I thought it would be an appropriate title. Here are the lyrics.

When I'm with you, I hear a sound
That makes me laugh and smile and sing to you
When I'm with you, I feel so freeI love that love is going to take control of me
When I'm with you

It's for real (It's for real)
What I feel (What I feel)
When I'm with you (You), uh-huh

When I'm with you, I wonder why
People do stop and stare and smile at us
When I'm with you, the sun shines my way
Baby, our love reflects its rays of light on everyone in the world
When I'm with you

It's for real (It's for real)
What I feel (What I feel)
When I'm with you (You), Hey, hey, hey

Uh-huh (Special touch, a warm embrace)
A sweet and tender kiss, your smile, whoa
Body warm my heart, so pure
Chills when I look, look in your eyes

I wonder why
People (Do stop) and stare
(And stare and smile at us) and smile at us
When I'm with you, the sun shines my way
Baby, our love reflects its rays of light on everyone in the world

When I'm with you
It's for real (It's for real)
What I feel (What I feel)
When I'm with you (You), you, hey, hey, hey
Oh, I love you, baby

Ye-ye-ye-yes, I doYe-ye-ye-yes, I do
I'd give the world to you, baby
Oh...whoa...oh, yeah

When I'm with you, whoa...baby
It's for real (It's for real)
What I feel (What I feel)
When I'm with you (You), yeah, yeah, yeah, hey.

Everything, everything's alright
When I'm with you
It's for real (It's for real, what I feel)
What I feel (You're heavy on my mind)
It's okay (It's okay, gonna pray)
Every day (Every day)
It's so nice (So nice), so right now (So right)
When I'm with you (You), nobody but you
Honey, I love you, yeah, ooh

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