Like a Tree
Words and Music by Kimberlee M. Leber 
©2017 My Diary Publishing (BMI) 

I was born in November 1968 
It was the day before Thanksgiving 
Just down the street from Ashbury and Haight 

My mother had me for fifty dollars 
At the University 
All the interns watched intently 
While the doctors delivered me 

He was born in September 1970 
The third child in his family 
His father read him the Bible 
Ever since he was a baby 

Separately we were growing like a tree 
With each passing season and year 
Until we turned eighteen 
To discover where our lives would lead 
Oh, yea yea 

He was ushering in a church 
He opened the door for me 
And I knew right then in my spirit 
He was gonna marry me 
Yes, indeed 
Yes, indeed 
Ooh, indeed 

Together we were growing like a tree 
With each passing season and year 
And I sang “Grow Old with Me” 
As we had a perfect wedding 
Oh, yes we did 
Yes, we did 

We have followed the dreams in our hearts 
Even fell down a time or two 
But, with the Lord deep down in our spirits 
We've always gotten up again renewed 
Oh, it's true 
Yes, it's true 
Oh, it's true 

Together we have grown like a tree 
With each passing season and year 
Now it's our twentieth anniversary 
And we're gonna have a baby 
Oh, yea yea yea 
Yes, we will 
Yes, indeed 
We're growing, like a tree 
Fruit bearing tree 
You and me 
Yes, indeed 
Good fruit indeed 


Inspiration Behind the Song

This is the story of my husband and I from birth to adulthood, separately growing up in different parts of Northern California, and then eventually meeting in church in our twenties. 

The metaphor of growing “like a tree” is something my mother used to teach me about when I was a child. She said that my life was like a tree with different branches, and that I could choose how I wanted to grow. 

Years later after becoming a Christian, this notion of being “like a tree” took on an even deeper Biblical meaning for me, and has profoundly grown in my heart over time. I treasure Scriptures such as, Jeremiah 17:7-8, where it tells us that as we trust in God in all circumstances, not giving into fear, we can be “like a tree” planted by the water, always bearing good fruit. 

This last year my husband and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary, and the Lord gave me this song in my spirit as I was in the studio writing for this album. It became a sort of wedding gift from my heart to my husband's, honoring family, our blessed marriage in Christ, and the many seasons of life we have experienced. 

With the release of this new CD baby, we are so grateful to be continuing to bear good fruit for God. Our prayer is that this album, “Like a Tree”, will plant seeds into the heart of every listener, producing a blessed harvest that actually permeates, helping to make the Earth more like Heaven.