Sebastian Arrives

by Steve Ray on October 21, 2008

OLD NEWS:
We got a call from home while here in Rome. It was 10:30 AM Rome time, 4:30 AM Michigan time. My daughter Cindy was going into delivery for a C-section to give birth to her 4th child and our 7th grandchild. She wanted to be surprised about the sex of the baby so she would not let the doctor inform her ahead of time. We are all excited–will it be Gemma or Sebastian? She now has two boys and one girl.

NEWS UPDATE:
We were in St. Paul Outside the Walls Catholic Church in Rome praying at St. Paul’s Tomb when our cell phone rang. It was Cindy from the Toledo hospital. She called to tell us she had a boy so — it was Sebatian Thomas (after St. Thomas More), not Gemma. He was 5.6 pounds and very healthy; so is his mother. They are coming home Saturday.

LATEST NEWS:
It is Sunday now and they are both home and healthy and doing fine. He came home at about 5 lbs. 4 oz. All my girls like them small because they feel like living dolls. Personally, I wait until they get about two years old–when then start getting fun to play with!

WHY WAS HE NAMED ST. SEBASTIAN?
St. Sebastian was a Christian AND a Roman soldier. When his Christian faith was discovered he was killed. He was shot with arrows and finally finished off with a club. He died on January 20, 287 AD. His remains are in the Catacombs of St. Sebastian along the Via Appia Antica outside Rome. For more info on St. Sebastian, click here for the Wikipedia article and here for the www.EarlyChurch.org article.

Grandma (my good wife Janet) is pretty happy and my daughter Cindy sure looks pretty happy and good too, after just giving birth. I know now that it is not the men who are tough; it is these good woman who bring new life into the world at such great personal expense and pain.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Tim Hall October 21, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Many congratulations to the entire Ray family!
God bless you!

Carson Weber October 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Congratulations Granddad!

Sharon Cone October 22, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Congratulations! What wonderful news! May God bless little Sebastian always.

Siggy October 22, 2008 at 5:26 PM

Congratulations! You finally caught up with me, Steve. I love the name.

Prayers for a quick and uneventful recovery for Cindy.

Bridget October 22, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Congratulations! My son is a student of Ben’s. We have been praying for them and were so happy to hear the news!

Siggy October 27, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Where’s his hat?

Ron & Christina Ray October 29, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Congratulations

We are so happy for you. Great pictures.

Love you and hope to see you soon!!

Ron & Christina Ray

Nancy Freeman October 30, 2008 at 9:41 AM

I am so jealous of your new grandbaby. I have only two and I believe in what Obama said about distributing the wealth. So I will have two of your babies to make it more even:) You can even pick which two.
From a cruising buddy whose motto is “Keep the Faith but not to yourself,
Nancy Freeman

Patty Bonds October 31, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Awwww! How precious. Isn’t Grandparenthood grand!

Mary Ann Borges November 1, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Congratulations to the Ray family on the beautiful new grandchild. My husband and I will finally be able to experience our first grandbaby in April 2009!! God bless all that you do, Mary Ann

marc November 2, 2008 at 12:15 PM

My son Sebastien was born last year Sept. 2 – (my wife being Creole preferred the French spelling) – we gave him the middle name “Kolbe” after St. Max. Congratulations.

Sam Parente November 2, 2008 at 9:43 PM

Yes this is God Greatest Gifts to Us is the Gift of Life.

And some of us Don’t See it.

God Blessing to all of the Family!

Your Brothe in the Lord Sam

Therese November 8, 2008 at 10:15 PM

congratulations Steve and to all your family.

Sue Clark November 10, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Beautiful family, and such an inspiration to others! We will offer a rosary for all of you!
God Bless

Freitz November 13, 2008 at 6:33 AM

Hi Mr Steeve

Im from the Philippines and it so happen that I had just read a good article of you about Catholic Faith and so I google you as I want to simply thank you for a very good comment you gave about filipino catholic..

Your grandson was so adorable Sir! Im just a new mom so I know how it feels when you have a baby in the famliy as it was like the most wonderful blessing from our God. We call my daugther Jeanleigh Faith which means God is Gracious and because of our strong faith to God.

Amy Meadows November 18, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Congrats to the whole family.
What a wonderful story you have to share with Sebastian when he is old enough to understand his name and where grandma and grandpa were when he was born.!!!!!
Best to you fand the entire family from all of us at St Elizabeth Seton, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

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