Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy 13th Birthday Kaiya Marie

Kaiya Marie 
-Love, Mom, by Shawna Ray  

Her eyes see the sky 
Her smile cheers and warms 
Her ideas bring forth life 
Her strength moves through storms 
Her light brings in the day 
Her wisdom is a guide 
Her humor fills and frees 
Her beauty is pure, divine 

A stellar star 
Dancing to her own beat 
Creative and witty 
Strong, friendly, unique 
She is smart, fun and good 
Beautiful inside and out 
Spunky, free 
And wacky (in a good way) 
Colorful, intuitive, 
Interesting, independent 
She is gifted, aware 
Chosen, Spirited 
A peaceful, present sweetheart 
She is directive, dramatic 
Musical, playful, 
Crafty and curious 

Daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend 
She loves to laugh and talk  
And listens with understanding 
A teen in the process of becoming  
She is loved and lovely 
The one and only...Kaiya Marie

Happy 13th Birthday to my baby girl/beautiful teenager making her way through the challenging middle school season. It will get better. Look for the good as you continue on this journey through life.  

Live, Give, Love, Laugh, Learn... 
I love you and will always be your biggest fan, 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Noted While Watching President Obama Inauguration 2013

Invocation: Myrlie Evers Williams
Lead by example in consideration and favor
Prayer to strengthen us
God make me a blessing
In Jesus name and in the name of all who are holy and right
Find the good and praise it -Alex Haley, author of Roots
Restraint to respect the results
The peaceful transfer of power
Moving- Obama taking the oath with the Bible of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We are one people, one country
Sonia Sotomayer
57th inaugural
So help me God
Music by James Taylor
President Obama Speech:
Enduring strength
Affirm the promise
What binds us together is not colors of our skin, tenants of our faith or the origins of our name
We hold these truths
Bridge the meaning
A government of and by and for the people
200 years
Liberty and equality
Constants in our character
Collective action
Equip our children for the future
Bring the business
As one nation and one people
This generation has been tested
Economic recovery
Youth, drive, diversity and openness
So long as we seize it together
Out worn programs are inadequate
Our purpose endures
Nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American
That is what this moment requires
That is what will give real meaning to our creed
Reduce the cost of healthcare and size of our deficit
Invest in the generation that will build its future
We the people
Obligations to all
The path toward sustainable energy sources...we must lead it!
Preserve our planet
Lend meaning to the creed...we the not require perpetual war
We are also heirs of those who earned the peace as well as war
We must carry those lessons into this time as well
We will uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law.
"We will show the courage to try to resolve our differences with other nations peacefully, not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear"
America will remain the anchor
Support democracy
"We must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick and victims of prejudice not out of mere charity but because the peace of our time requires tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice"
All of us are created equal...the star
We cannot walk alone

Carry on what those pioneers began
"For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts"
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law"
"If we are truly created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well"
"Our journey is not complete until we find a way to welcome the striving hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity"
All our children know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm
It does not mean we all have to agree
It does require us to act in our time
Decisions are upon us and we cannot afford delay
"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics or treat name calling as reasoned debate"
We must act knowing that our work will be imperfect
Advance the timeless spirit
The oath I have sworn, like oath to God and country, not party or faction
We must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service
Common effort and common purpose
Thank you, God Bless you and may he forever bless these United States of America
Kelly Clarkson, US Marine Band- wow!
Poet Richard Blanco
One Today
A simple truth..
One light..
A silent story...
My face, your face
All of us as vital as the one light we move through..
Sorrow that won't explain
Many prayers but one light
Light into the faces
One ground, our ground
Mingled by one wind, our breath
The unexpected songbird
Hear the doors we open carrying our lives
without prejudice
One sky
Thank the work of our hands
Giving thanks for a love that knew how to love you back
Hope- a new constellation
- beautiful!
Benediction Luis Leon
Gracious and eternal God
Citizens of a beloved community
With your blessing we know that we can break down the walls that separate us
We can renew the ties
With your blessing we can see each other created in your image, a unit of God's grace
With a spirit of gratitude and humility
Prophet Micah- what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and always walk humbly with God
Beyonce- National Anthem- Always Awesome!! Love her!
Nominations that I know will be dealt with with great dispatch
1600 on the platform
220 guests for the lunch
Declaration of conscience
Unite as a nation
I love seeing a strong, healthy family and marriage with real love
He introduces his wife "She inspires me every day.
"She makes me a better man"
"My better half and dance partner"
Jennifer Hudson singing "Let's Stay Together" - commitment, loved this!
Obama's On Fire- Alicia Keys- Yep! On fire and in light and love
Wish I could have been there. With you in Spirit

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Baby Steps

Sometimes I feel like I'm in the wrong life
But that regret will lead you to mistep
The body is sluggish; aware is weightless
Thankful I'm breathing; feeling aliveness


Where do I go from here?
I can't undo the past
Present is all I have
Taking the baby steps
Putting one foot front of the other
Waking up, gonna get it together
I'm putting one foot front of the other
Taking the baby steps

Lessons I'm learning are blocks for building
A strong foundation of understanding
The valley's deep but I'm getting through it
All part of process. Come on let's do this!


Where do I go from here?
I can't undo the past
Present is all I have
Taking the baby steps
Putting one foot front of the other
Waking up, gonna get it together
I'm putting one foot front of the other
Taking the baby steps

Some moments are peaks
And some hit the pits
But you can climb out of it
Some days will be good
And some things are tough
But present is always love
It never fails
So don't give up!

AhhhhhhhCHOO! Haha

Where do I go from here?
I can't undo the past
Present is all I have
Taking the baby steps
Putting one foot front of the other
Waking up, gonna get it together
I'm putting one foot front of the other
Taking the baby steps
Taking the baby steps
Taking the baby steps...

-Shawna ray today, 1-9-13
Live, Give, Love, Laugh, Learn
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