When we were looking for songs to have our first dance to, we wanted a song that was significant to us and everything we had been through. We listened to the typical wedding songs, but none really sounded right. After many nights of listening to songs we found one that we could relate to.

We got the lyrics up and both said “yes! This is the one!!” We could relate to every word!

While Darran was in intensive care, the nurses would ask me questions about him, about us, our future, I always knew it would be a beautiful future with him, and in that moment of sadness, weakness and trauma, it was lovely that I could speak to the nurses and tell them the plans we had and what we had already done in our life. I was Darrans voice when he couldn’t speak. Watching the world just pass by in front of me, I would tell him what the weather was like, what was happening in the outside world, I was his eyes when he couldn’t see.

I stood by him from day one and there was know where else I would want to be. Even when he woke up he told me to leave him, he knew life wasn’t the same, and he didn’t want to drag me down. I always saw the best in him and knew we would be ok!

I will always remember the day when he had to try and dress himself, I was always pushing him to do things I believed he could, so the day came and we both tried to put his socks and trousers on. He cried, I cried, the sock was half on and trousers still laid across the hospital chair. It was hard, but I knew it was only the start. We had a cuddle and tried again. It took all day trying but we got there. He believed in me and I believed in him.

Doctors and surgeons always told me Darran would be a very lucky man to ever leave the hospital! I knew he would and I knew we would leave together to put all our future plans into action!

They all said he would be in a wheelchair all his life and wouldn’t work again. ‘We will see’ was my only thought. One day at a time. Once he woke up he got stronger each day.

There were days he had lost all faith, until I got to the hospital and said ‘you can’ we would talk and I would leave the hospital knowing he was a lot more positive!

So, when it came to picking our wedding song, this was the only one that described ‘US’.

Because you loved me

By Celine Dion”

For all those times you stood by me

For all the truth that you made me see

For all the joy you brought to my life

For all the wrong that you made right

For every dream you made come true

For all the love I found in you

I’ll be forever thankful baby

You’re the one who held me up

Never let me fall

You’re the one who saw me through through it all

You were my strength when I was weak

You were my voice when I couldn’t speak

You were my eyes when I couldn’t see

You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach

You gave me faith ’cause you believed

I’m everything I am

Because you loved me

Ooh, baby

You gave me wings and made me fly

You touched my hand, I could touch the sky

I lost my faith, you gave it back to me

You said no star was out of reach

You stood by me and I stood tall

I had your love, I had it all

I’m grateful for each day you gave me

Maybe I don’t know that much

But I know this much is true

I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak

You were my voice when I couldn’t speak

You were my eyes when I couldn’t see

You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach

You gave me faith ’cause you believed

I’m everything I am

Because you loved me

You were always there for me

The tender wind that carried me

A light in the dark shining your love into my life

You’ve been my inspiration

Through the lies you were the truth

My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak

You were my voice when I couldn’t speak

You were my eyes when I couldn’t see

You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach

You gave me faith ’cause you believed

I’m everything I am

Because you loved me

You were my strength when I was weak

You were my voice when I couldn’t speak

(My voice.)

You were my eyes when I couldn’t see

You saw the best there was in me

Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach

You gave me faith ’cause you believed

I’m everything I am

Because you loved me

I’m everything I am

Because you loved me

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