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Lullabies & Annie - Day 21 #31DaysOfBlogging

So, here’s the deal: our friend Jenny was pregnant for the 3rd time.

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She had two little boys — one of which we are the proud Godmothers of (yes, still looking for Godfathers) but she was pregnant for maybe the last time and we wanted to do something special for her. See, since her boys were little, she’d been asking us to write a song for her kids to fall asleep to. So, we had this crazy idea to write her a whole album for this new baby she was carrying. We found out it was a girl and all was right in the world.

So, we did what we do, and started writing songs.

By the end, we had written an entire Lullabies album for this new little babe. Her name was Annie, but we were sworn to secrecy to not tell anyone. This album was for her (and her brothers) and we poured so much into it. Being at the end of this tremendously hard year of getting fired and facing all of these fears, it felt like a bright spot. We wrote songs that spoke life and hope and love over these little listening ears. We wanted these songs to communicate safety, hope and most importantly, love.

Since the album would be coming out before she was born, we could only put the instrumental version of the song on the album…because the actual song would’ve given away her name: Annie. But it’s weird. We wrote this song for this little love we’d never met, and yet, the song we wrote for her is TRUE.

Annie, Annie, the sun, it shines for you

Annie, Annie, our hearts beat for you too

You light up every room…You light up every room…

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She really does, you guys.

Here is a pic of us going to meet her in the hospital. Jenny had requested that we bring a guitar and play her HER SONG.

If that’s not the most #Nashville thing we’ve ever done…

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Look at what a little NUGGET she is. Just a couple hours old in the above pic. Annnnnd below is a pic of us with Annie & Jenny today. She is the light of every room and teaches us so much about joy. We cannot believe she turns 3 TODAY!

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You can hear her FULL (officially unreleased) song here: ANNIE

Tomorrow we are going to tell you more about songwriting and how our latest single, Nashville, came — literally — pouring out of us.

Much love,

Jill and Kate

Annie's Arrival (#31DaysofBlogging)

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

You guys. We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming of blogging through 2015 to share this news:

Our best friend Jenny, who we wrote the LULLABIES album for, HAD her baby yesterday morning.

Holy love fest....her name is Annie and she is perfect. I (Kate) was supposed to leave on a 5:30am flight but ended up changing my flight last minute so I could meet her before heading home to Colorado for Christmas. Best decision of my life. Hahaha....no seriously. We got to meet her an hour after she was born and she is absolutely perfect. Our BFF Jenny was a champion and we are so proud and excited for their newest addition to their already incredible family.

Here’s the thing. We wrote the whole Lullabies album with Annie (and her brothers Jackson & Micah) in mind and here’s the fun part: If you have the album, song #3 “You Light Up Every Room” is just piano...well, that’s because we actually wrote a whole song with lyrics too but couldn’t reveal her name...If you want to hear the FULL version of “Annie (You Light Up Every Room)” you can listen soon! 

So, picture this:

Annie is born. John texts us. We jump up and down and go with Jenny’s mom, and Jackson & Micah (her new big brothers) to the hospital. We meet Annie. We get all googly eyed because she is HEAVEN. And yes, we did the most Nashville thing ever. Jill brought her baby Martin guitar (pun intended) to the hospital and WE PLAYED ANNIE HER SONG. We played Annie, Annie. Ahhhhhh!!!! We cried and we laughed and we celebrated this amazing new life. Life is such a gift.

Here we are going into the maternity ward with a guitar...hahaha. #onlyinNashville

Here we are going into the maternity ward with a guitar...hahaha. #onlyinNashville

We are so excited that we just HAD to share with y’all.

Ok, that’s all. We Hope that your December 21st was as memorable as ours was. Back to our regularly scheduled #31DaysOfBlogging tomorrow!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

j&k