“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
“How amazing you’re already One
What a precious person you’ve become”
Raya had a great birthday party. So much fun and so much love. It was a beautiful day out and lots of family and friends came to celebrate Raya’s very first birthday. Thank you to everyone at the party who was and has been a part in showing Raya how special and unbelievably loved she is.
“A One-year-old child is so many things –
A tiny discoverer of butterfly wings,
A hugger of Teddies,
A sweet sleepyhead,
And someone to dream for in bright years ahead…”
Raya Jean is one year old today. So much has happened in the last year and as I have spent time teaching her she has done the same for me. Every thing from the first taste of a plum to watching the trees blowing in the wind, Raya enjoys and appreciates each moment as if it is a miracle just to be a part of it. It sort of is, isn’t it? We had an amazing party with all of our family and friends to celebrate Raya’s birthday over the weekend( this post will be up shortly) and today on her actual Birthday Raya’s Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt and Momma are all spending the day with her. Just playing with her new toys… there are lots and she is loving it. You don’t always get everything you want out of life, but if you know how to make the most of what you have and are always on the look out for an adventure, you will find happiness. I love you my beautiful little Raya Sunshine. Happy Birthday, I can’t wait to see what adventures the next year brings xxoo.
“This very moment is a seed from which tomorrow’s flowers grow.”
“On life’s journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.”
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
― Albert Camus
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry Van Dyke
Raya is back in Asheville, NC for the second time. It has been quite an action packed trip, with lots of amazing adventures. We spent time downtown, shopping and dining. We went to the WNC Nature Center and saw lots of animals including black bears, mountain lions, otters, snakes, frogs, turtle, foxes, and wolves.
It was so great to spend lots of time visiting with all of our friends here, at barbecues, house parties and even a small get together involving sushi in our “cozy” hotel room. Also Raya and her dad had time to see each other and we finally were able to see Raya’s grandma and grandpa’s new vacation home all fixed up and looking beautiful.
Apart from the slight hiccup in our stay here, a minor car accident causing our trip to be extended by a week, we can honestly say (I am speaking for Raya too of course) Asheville has been wonderful and we already can’t wait to come back. We still have two more days here and we will top it off with a dinner and sleep over with Raya’s goofy and amazing Uncle Erick who’s coming into town. As Erick put it “Fried Chicken and Baby Party” here we come. Till next time…… always look for the adventures in life, I know we will. XO
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