RALNA ENGLISH : OUR TEXAS ROSE
Written by Mitzi Stevens, member of Yahoo! Welknotes
God blessed the world he created Ralna, our Texas Rose
To spread His message, it was Ralna,
the kindest heart he chose,
Testing our Ralna's strength and Christian Belief,
He yoked her with the burden of self-doubt and the thorns of grief.

The yoke was crushingly heavy, the sharp thorns painful to bear.
But our Ralna's faith in God was deep, so He granted her His mercy and care.
Lifting her crippling yoke, He guided her out of the tunnel, a prison so cold and dark,
And planted her in the warm sunshine of His love in his most beautiful park.

Ralna's cowering petals, imprisoned by fear, sorrow and insecurity,
God lovingly unfurled each one to the glory of His light, setting her free,
In God's love, our Ralna Rose found confidence and comfort to grow
and use her God-given gift to express the beauty of her soul we've come to know.

Ralna's sensitivity and compassion borne of her pain are infused in the songs she sings with such emotion few can attain.
Our Ralna Rose is a beauty from the outside as within
We love her dearly, and are so happy she is freed from the prison in which she's been.

For all those many days throughout the year
that our Ralna brings us so much pleasure and cheer
We thank God for blessing us all with the gift of Ralna,
her talent and humanity so great, her ego and vanity so small.

We thank you Ralna, for your giving nature and kindness to every fan
and for showing us by example how one can turn an "I cannot" into an "I can."
My God bless you on your birthday and give you many more days of
sunshine, success and pleasure
and so many joys and happy memories you can treasure forever.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR DEAREST RALNA!

from all your Welkie friends who love you to pieces!

xoxoxxoxo - Maria (Mitzi) Stevens
NOW LET US GO BACK HOME!