Family and Kids

It is painful to want a baby and a baby does not come. Years of longing and trying and praying and …

Well, my daughter Charlotte has put her sorrow in the hands of God and now plans to adopt and rescue a baby who needs a loving home. Her sorrow has turned to joy, anticipation and excitement.

With her Army medic husband, soon-to-be doctor Wesley they have embarked on this long, tedious and expensive journey to find a baby with God’s help — and hopefully yours.

http://findingbabysorrill.blogspot.com/

Charlotte was born to us under extreme duress. She was a preemie weighing only 3 lbs. 9 oz. and was a fighter from Day One – she had to be to survive those first months.

She is still a fighter and now fighting to find a baby who needs a home with loving parents who will raise him or her in the heart of the Catholic Church. 

Please visit Finding Baby Sorrill, leave a message to let her know you will pray for her — and if you can add a few bucks to help them raise the money needed to adopt their baby. Thanks.

From a Dad who loves his daughter, THANKS!

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Today is our 22nd Anniversary as Catholics!

by Steve Ray on May 15, 2016

Picture of our family on May 22, 1994 at Christ the King in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Pentecost Sunday 1995 our family of six along with friend Rob Corzine entered the Catholic Church with tears and new friends. We lost all of our Evangelical friends within two weeks but it was a small price to pay. 

I always say that when I was 17 years old Jesus introduced himself to me; when I turned 39 he decided it was finally time to introduce me to his family.

Thank Fr. Ed Fride!

Every single Mass since 1994 I have whispered in my wife’s ear, “I love being a Catholic with you!”

Thanks everyone for the great welcome and the marvelous family!

You can read the short version of conversion story here with lots of pictures.

The first edition of our conversion story "Crossing the Tiber" in 1997

 

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Four Generations: Dad, me, Jesse with Sam and Joshua (in white). Jesse has 7 kids now!

One day my son Jesse (with the hat like mine!) said to his son Josh – in jest, “I am disappointed in you Josh. You only compose music for one instrument — the piano. Too bad you can’t compose for more instruments.”

Well…

…when Jesse returned from work that night Josh said, “Dad, I had a little free time after lunch – what do you think of this?”

Enjoy!

By the way, this picture was taken a few years before my dad died. Josh was younger then and just discovering his gift. He is the one with the white soccer t-shirt. May God grant my best-of-fathers quickly to see His face!

Anyone who knows someone who would donate or purchase a Grand Piano for this boy, let me know.

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Christmas Piano – a Performance by my 12-year old Grandson Josh – Wow!

December 17, 2015

We are not quite sure what to think of this boy. One day at our house he started playing the piano at eight years old. The next thing we know it’s difficult to find a teacher for him because he is so talented. I know it didn’t come from Janet or I, or other ancestors [...]

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39 Years Ago Today – Best Decision I Ever Made!

December 4, 2015

Today Janet and I CELEBRATED our 39th wedding anniversary. Four great kids and 12 grand kids later we couldn’t be happier. God has been good. But, we worked at our marriage. I likened it to a masterpiece of art that takes a lifetime to complete – but if we do, it is hung in the [...]

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Pope says, Turn off TV, put down smart phones, turn off computers and eat meals intimately together.

November 15, 2015

I couldn’t agree more. We didn’t have these gadgets when we raised our kids. We got rid of television and opted to read books. My father was a radical when he raised me – he refused to get us kids a TV but read stories and books to us every night after we all ate [...]

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Get Ready for the Holidays: Steve Ray’s Seven Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends: Getting Ready for Christmas :-)

November 10, 2015

Today I was on Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie on EWTN Radio discussing my Seven Rules for dealing with family and friends who disagree with us, oppose us, want to argue and are against the Catholic Church and our morals. Steve Ray’s Seven Rules: 1) Never argue with them, it will only push them [...]

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Fun Family Breakfast – My Son and his Seven Kids for Brunch after Mass

August 9, 2015

This is a fun family. Janet and I went to Mass Saturday evening so we could cook a nice brunch for my son Jesse, his wife Anna and the seven kids. Psalm 127:3–4  ”Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a [...]

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The Literacy and Spirituality of a Day Gone By; A Tattered Yellowed Page; A Poem I Found from my Great-Grandmother

July 1, 2015

I never knew my Great Grandmother Frances Picard. She was originally an O’Grady. They had a deep spirituality and she converted to the Catholic Church later in her life. (By the way, this was all new to me since I never knew – in my childhood – that I had several lines of Catholic ancestors.)  [...]

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

May 21, 2015

My grandson Josh asked, “Did Jesus really live? Maybe he didn’t and it was just a good story someone made up.” So I sat down and wrote him this limerick and gave him a stack of books from my library. The topic has not come up again since. Was there really a man named Jesus? [...]

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My Grandson’s Surprising Three Instrument Composition – in one day!

April 21, 2015

My son Jesse wrote this morning about our 12 year old grandson Joshua Thomas Ray. Here is what he said,  “Yesterday I teased Joshua about his compositions only having one instrument in them. Today I came home from work and he asked me to listen to this (video below) also linking his sheet music. It [...]

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Steve Ray’s Conversion Story up on “Why I’m Catholic”

April 10, 2015

 This is a great website with conversion stories from every religious tradition imaginable to Catholic. The Why I’m Catholic website should be passed around to family and friends. It is very well done, beautifully laid out and full of great stories. Our story was posted this week. You can read it HERE.  

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Fun Article in Faith Magazine: For Stephen Ray Evangelizing is an Adventure!

April 6, 2015

Faith Magazine came out to do an interview last year and the article showed up this month (April 2016). Hope you enjoy it. Today we are ON OUR WAY to Fatima, Avila and Lourdes! Stay tuned for updates, daily videos and more.

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Tears Reading Happy-Sad-Emotional Story to the Grandkids; and Saving a Bird

April 5, 2015

Families are great and so are great stories. One of our favorite authors is W. Wilson Rawls who only wrote two books but they are both treasures — especially for reading aloud to kids.  The first of Rawls’ books we read a year or so ago was entitled Where the Red Fern Grows. What a great [...]

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My Grandson Josh’s (12 years old) Latest Piano Composition – finished between lunch and dinner :-o

March 27, 2015

He has a gift and it must be from God because it didn’t come from us :-)

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Emily is an RN and we are Proud of her

March 23, 2015

Our daughter Emily worked hard for this card. It says RN which stands for Registered Nurse. She graduated this year, passed the licensing exam with flying colors and just received this card today. Her mother and I could not be prouder and the people she cares for are the luckiest in the world to have [...]

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