Family and Kids

It is so Strange; My Dad is Gone

August 13, 2012

It is so strange, so final. My dad is no longer here. He went to be with the Lord at 4:20 AM while I was in a plane high over the heartland rushing home to say “Good-bye.” But my daughter Emily was there, holding his hand and praying aloud the Hail Mary while he peacefully [...]

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My son Jesse and his Family Saying Good-bye to Great Grandpa

August 11, 2012

My son Jesse (who has been an outstanding grandson to my dad) and his family visit dad so the kids could say “Good-bye.” My other children have been hovering over dad too and even spending the nights with him to insure his comfort. Today he has eaten nothing and has not been responsive. He is [...]

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My Dad: Hours or Days, not Weeks

August 10, 2012

Dad is out of the hospital and back home. He is now officially in hospice with extreme efforts removed and all the family around him and my mom. My kids are with him 24-hours a day. As soon as my talks are done here in Anacortes Washington Janet and I are rushing home Sunday. For [...]

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New Wikipedia Entry for Steve Ray; What Do You Think?

August 7, 2012

There is now an entry for me on Wikipedia. What do you think? How could it be approved? Any suggestions for the editors? You can see it HERE.

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My Dad is on the Edge of Time and Eternity

August 5, 2012

My 93 yr old dad now has double pneumonia. Not looking good. His wife of 73 years, my mom, is quite distressed. My four kids are all flocking to visit him with great love and wonderful memories. They all adore him. Maybe the Lord Jesus will take his good servant home peacefully in his sleep. [...]

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Our Family Spectrum: Old & Young, Healthy & Sick

July 30, 2012

Today we woke up with three of grandkids jumping into our bed. Danny less than a year old. Then the phone rang and next thing I was taking my 93-year old dad to the doctor’s with pneumonia. He and mom will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary in September. UPDATE: Had to hurry my dad to [...]

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Physical and Blood Test: I’m Very Happy

June 7, 2012

Three years ago the doctor told me I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and I was pre-diabetic – with a few other problems as well. He gave me pills. I told him I didn’t need his pills, I knew what to do… …lose 40 pounds, cut my food intake in half and eliminate unhealthy [...]

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My Granddaugher Maria Faustina Ray Receives 1st Communion

May 24, 2012

She also knew exactly what this was all about. The next morning she woke up with, “Can we go to Mass today so I can receive Jesus again today?”

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My Granddaughters Singing a First Communion Song

April 9, 2012

My Grandaughter, Maria Faustina (and my grandson Damian Augustine) both had their first communion on Easter. Maria had been practicing this first communion song and taught it to her 2 year old sister Arabella. This was a spontaneous performance during kitchen cleanup. Enjoy. Song Written by friends Kristie & Bridget Gulock

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My Daughter Charlotte Now Married

March 17, 2012

Wesley & Charlotte Sorrell

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Our Daughter is Getting Married on Friday!

March 13, 2012

He was in uniform on his way to be a medic in Iraq. She was boarding the plane to visit a friend. They noticed each other in the airport and each thought, “Wow, I would like to meet her/him!” By chance they ended up sitting next to each other. Both were very shy and quiet. [...]

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Sent To My Parents Married for 72 Years

January 20, 2012

Dear Mom and Dad: While reading today on a plane 35,000 feet over Texas I was touched deeply by a passage from Scripture. This is not in your Protestant Bible but it is in our Catholic Bible. I thought you’d like it. Sirach 3:12-15 “My son, take care of your father when he is old; [...]

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What are the chances of getting a picture like this?

January 10, 2012

My son Jesse was trying to get five wiggly kids to sit still for a family picture on his iPhone. The timer ran out and the picture snapped — who could have planned the funny result? The fist is swung by new baby Daniel Xavier and the the optical illusion has Elizabeth Bella Rose getting [...]

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New Year’s Resolution: Succeeded and Failed

December 31, 2011

Last Year’s Two Resolutions: 1) Run 1,000 miles and 2) read the Bible thru. Only got 1/2 way thru the Bible – but continuing into 2012! Ran 1,180 miles. Now I start running all over again in 2012. Old men need to stay healthy for God, Church, family and friends. Join me in exercising – [...]

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Tonight Finished Teary-Eyed Reading to the Grandkids

December 23, 2011

We’ve been reading aloud Where the Red Fern Grows to the grandkids. I remember reading it to my own kids. We always write in the cover of the book, date it and sign it. We all had tears in our eyes through the last two chapters, just like I did 20 years ago too. But [...]

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Short Story of the Ray Family Conversion with Pictures

December 18, 2011

I finally decided to write a brief story of our conversion story. It is easy to read in about 15 minutes, about our coming into the Catholic Church. Janet and I converted to the Catholic Church in 1994 but it still seems like yesterday. It has not grown old and we are still thrilled with [...]

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