Love Your Tribe.

Hey y’all!

A few weekends ago, Shaylee & I got to go to the Alan Jackson concert while he was here in town πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ’―. His opener was Lauren Alaina Β (she was the runner-up on American Idol, season 10) and she said something and then played a song that both really hit home for me. Here’s what she said…

She said that her whole life, her father was an alcoholic. When she turned 19, her mom asked her dad for a divorce. That day, he checked himself into rehab, but they still ended up getting divorced. She is 21 now. Her mom got re-married to her dad’s best friend and her dad got sober, and also got re-married to a 28 year old, but everyone’s happy so it’s all alright. She finished by asking who else had a family crazier than hers?! haha. She then played us the song she wrote about this whole crazy family situation, titled “I’m doing fine”; the lyrics go like this πŸ’•:

Daddy got sober, Mama got his best friend
I’ve cut down crying to every other weekend
Thanks for asking how I’ve been
I’ve gotten to good at hiding it within
I’m okay, things are great but the truth is
Yeah, the truth is

I’m doing fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken
Fine enough to learn that hearts are best when they’re wide open
I still got fear inside of me
I’m not okay but I’m gonna be alright
For the first time in a long time I’m doing fine
I’m doing fine

Daddy signed the papers the day I turned 19
Mama drove north to find a new beginning
I blamed God I blamed myself
Then I fell on my knees and prayed like hell
It’s funny how a touch of grace gives you healing
Yeah, I’m healing

I’m doing fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken
Fine enough to learn that hearts are best when they’re wide open
I still got fear inside of me
I’m not okay but I’m gonna be alright
For the first time in a long time I’m doing fine
I’m doing fine

Oh these growing pains well I wish they’d go away
But I guess you can’t be free without a fight

I’m doing fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken
Fine enough to learn that hearts are best when they’re wide open
I still got fear inside of me
I’m not okay but I’m gonna be alright
For the first time in a long, long time I’m doing fine
I’m doing fine

Daddy got sober, Mama got his best friend
But I’m doing fine, yeah

This really hit home for me because despite what it probably looks like, I don’t exactly come from the “picture-perfect family”, and I’m sure you don’t either. I mean if we’re being real, every family has its’ rough spots (some more than others πŸ˜‰), ones that are usually messy and chaotic and often times painful and heart-breaking; ones that we usually don’t tend to put out there very much. But in the end, they are there and those people are still your family, whether you like it or not and when it comes right down to it, they are all you got. That’s it. It’s just you and them.If I’m honest, I personally have had to learn this the hard way, but I’m sure glad I did because it has taught me some of the biggest and most important lessons in my life. And I guess when I put everything else aside, I’mΒ pretty darn lucky to be able to call the people who are my family, mine. We most definitely don’t have it all together, and we’re not exactly okay, BUT we are going to be alright, and we are doing fine.

So anyway, yes, Lauren Alaina your family is pretty crazy, but don’t doubt that my family wouldn’t be right up there with ya. Ha. 😜

Thanks for reading, guys & don’t forget to love on your tribe tonight; they’re all you got.

Much love, Davianne ❀

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