Family and Kids

Our whole family of twenty-two!

I knew I would cry and I did. My daughter loved it and laughed at me affectionately. When I walked her down the isle it was a bit surreal. My grandson Josh played the piano and all my kids were there in their fine wedding clothes watching me walk my gorgeous daughter up to give her hand to Sean.

But first I stepped over to him and said, “Are you going to take good care of my daughter?” He said, “Yes sir, I am!” and I put her hand in his. Seven years ago I had told him I’d break his knees if he ever touched my daughter in the wrong way before marriage. They kept their pledge and I gladly gave him my daughter’s hand.

The happy couple Emily and Sean Regan

Fr. Ed Fride gave an impassioned and moving homily on the gift of God in the Sacrament of Matrimony and the importance of making Jesus Christ the center of the relationship. Even our Evangelical friends and family seemed moved by his touching homily.

At the reception I gave a talk about my daughter and Sean. I explained our family rules of no dating until 18 years of age and how these two were so willing to obey and do everything right. My pride and joy was obvious according to some who commented. Many said it was one of the most beautiful, emotional and elegant weddings they’d ever attended.

Here is a video of me dancing with Emily. I argued with myself if I should upload it and I decided to do it even though you see me at one of my most emotional and even goofiest moments. But at least that girl knows she is loved by her father. We danced to a song called “I Loved Her First” which was a real tear-jerker for a dad who loves his beautiful girl.

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Emily and me

Emily is a sweetheart and I thank God that he gave me this beautiful and lovely girl to raise. Now she will let go of my hand to hold that of another man.

Sean Regan is his name and he is one lucky man. Janet and I are listening to Daddy-Daughter songs deciding which one Emily and I will dance to today. Needless to say I am already crying.

I will add pictures and more of the story after the wedding today.

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My Grandson Josh Plays Pachabel – this kid is amazing

by Steve Ray on September 13, 2014

We don’t know where he got this talent – a gift from God – because I don’t have any musical talent! But from a young age he fell in love with piano and now plays with amazing beauty and grace.

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Marriage in Heaven? Will We Know and Love Our Spouses in Heaven?

September 4, 2014

My dad died almost two years ago. Mom misses Dad and was discouraged about Mark 12:25 which her paraphrased Living Bible improperly rendered “will no be married” in heaven. I wrote the following to comfort my Mom. Giving talks in Steubenville Ohio and stayed up until 2:00 AM doing a bit of work on this. [...]

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My 11-Year Old Grandson Joshua Ray Playing Piano at Mass Today!

August 17, 2014

We were very proud of Joshua. He has a gift from God and loves to share it. He also does concerts for Retirement Homes and the elderly people love him. Enjoy!

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Where is Ronald Reagan When We Need Him? Why I Felt Pain at the National Anthem. May My Grandchildren Still Celebrate the 4th in Liberty When They are My Age!

July 4, 2014

(Watch Reagan video below) Not long ago we were on a boat sailing across the Sea of Galilee. The captain raised the United States flag and played the national anthem. My heart was ripped in half. I love my country, but I no longer love my country. Let me explain. When I pull out my [...]

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Twentieth Anniversary into the Catholic Church!

May 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us! Exactly 20 years ago today our family was received into the Catholic Church. There is nothing we’ve ever done that has made such an impact on our lives. It was Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1994. To say it was a very special day for our family would be an understatement. Twenty [...]

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My Wife’s Dad just Died

April 7, 2014

My wife Janet’s father died this morning after a heart attack last week. He was in the arms of his wife and four daughters who were praying the Our Father. He was a great dad for those girls. I thanked him many times for raising such a wonderful daughter and for allowing me to marry [...]

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On Catholic Answers Live: Steve Ray’s Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends

March 17, 2014

Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Today I was on Catholic Answers Live discussing my Six Rules. It was delightful.  As soon as the links are available on Tuesday I will provide the links to listen on-line or as a podcast. Stay tuned. Here are my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends [...]

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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

March 13, 2014

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait [...]

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Newest Member of the Ray Clan – John Mary Caleb Ray

December 21, 2013

Elizabeth Bella Rose Ray holding her new baby brother. The 12th grandchild has just arrived at 11:30 AM Saturday (after only three pushes by his incredible mom). The Twelve Tribes are now complete! We now have our own Jury! Wonder how many priests and religious? Wonder how many great-grandchildren who will help change the world. [...]

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Good News about Grandson Sebastian

December 11, 2013

From my Son-in-Law at the Hospital at 6:45 AM: Sebastian is feeling noticeably better at this point. He’s gotten some decent sleep. Everything looks really good. They tested out his strength, eyes, awareness, etc. and he’s looking really good right now. The bleeding in his head is actually pretty minimal, they said, and he’s going [...]

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Grandson being rushed to the hospital

December 10, 2013

Update: as of 11:30 PM still no update. Probably won’t hear more until morning. The outpouring of love, prayers and support is overwhelming. God bless you all and thanks! Are cute little grandson Sebastian fell today, no one knows how, and a CAT Scan revealed blood on both sides of his brain. He is being [...]

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Family Fun and Craziness on Thanksgiving; Video with 11 Grandkids

December 3, 2013

With some slo-mo and sped up videos, the kids got a good laugh at themselves. I love being a husband, dad and grandpa!

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Funny Babies – My Grandkids

November 26, 2013

This video is worth sharing: my 2 year old grandson trying to steal the spotlight from his 1 year old brother…by making animal sounds.

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A Limerick for a Questioning Grandson – Did Jesus Really Exist?

September 16, 2013

Was there really a man named Jesus? Or do the Catholics just try to tease us? I went to the places, Studied books for all traces, And discovered he’s real which should please us. A Limerick just sent to me from Darrell, a new convert, in response to the limerick I just posted: There once [...]

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