My Life is a Country Song


I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why

– Alabama

They always say that country songs describe life in their lyrics. Well, I’m finding that to be true more and more each and every day.

The other night while I was getting my daughter dressed for church in a rush, I started singing this song by Alabama to myself. And then I starting singing it out loud.  From the other room my husband asked if this was my current motto. It is. I loved this song as a kid but now that it’s my reality, I don’t! And I NEED to change it! PRONTO!

Rush, Rush, Rush

I thrive on being busy. I usually love our packed schedule. I do it to myself, ourselves. I love my job, volunteering for things, being on committees, running a side business and a non-profit.  I love that I have the opportunities to give things to my kids like play-dates, swimming lessons, and fun times at the many things around town. I know we are blessed to have so much going on around us to be a part of.

But then I hit the wall. We hit the wall. That happened this month in the busyness of this time of year.  I hit that “I want to pack up my family and move to a remote island and live the simple life like they do on House Hunters” wall.  When I rush and rush until there is no fun, then something’s gotta change!

Words To Live By

So I’ve made it my goal to still live life by country lyrics. I’m just going to find some different ones moving forward. Considering our current tunes in the car are “The Wheels on the Bus”, and I’m out of touch with current music, I went back to some old stand-bys.  Here are some of my favorite lyrics to live by. (It was hard to narrow it down to these – there are so many!)

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind

– Tim McGraw

So let them be little, cause they’re only that way for a while.
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love, every day.
Let em cry, let em giggle, let them sleep in the middle.
Oh, just let them be little

– Billy Dean

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers
– Garth Brooks

Or better yet…. A different Alabama song.

Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.

Maybe you can pick one for yourself too, or maybe you already do have one you like to remind yourself of. I’d love to hear what yours is!

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About {Stephanie}

Stephanie was born and raised in the Green Bay area. After meeting her husband Tom at UWSP while earning a degree in elementary education, they returned to the area to start their family and careers. Stephanie has been blessed with two outgoing and entertaining children – Landon and Ava .    Teaching third grade keeps her plenty busy during the school year but she couldn’t imagine doing anything else!   When she’s not at school, Stephanie loves to read, cook (and pretend to be a Masterchef), spend time in Door Co with family and craft/DIY.   Her favorite thing in the world is to take her kids to free adventures all around town  (or find a great deal while shopping her with her mom!)   Literacy is a true passion of Stephanie’s which inspired her to also start her own business with Usborne Books & More!


Stephanie is a contributor for Green Bay Area Moms Blog, one of our Sister Sites.