Family and Kids

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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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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Want To Be A Rebel? I Do! My Kids and Grandkids Do Too!

July 17, 2013

“In the age of relativism, orthodoxy is the only possible rebellion left” (Peter Kreeft).   Count me in!!!  I’ve always been a rebel at heart!  My theory of child-rearing, which I have successfully done now with four great adult kids and eleven grandkids, it that we need to RAISE REBELS.  Want to be counter-cultural? Be an [...]

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Proposal for Marriage in Rome; We’re Delighted

June 11, 2013

Sean Regan proposed marriage to our daughter Emily Ray on the Bridge of the Angels “crossing the Tiber River” with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background.  He surprised Janet and I (though we somewhat expected it and have for several years) a few hours before by taking us aside and asking for our daughter’s hand [...]

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Grandkids Chasing Mice – How Cool!!

June 9, 2013

I love having 11 grandkids (with another on the way and two daughters still to get started!). Nothing Janet and I love more than being married and still madly in love, having four wonderful children and now being grandparents!  I often take the grandkids on adventures with our golf cart, driving through the country and [...]

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Just Passed the 500 Mile Mark Today!

May 29, 2013

For the year 2013 I just passed the 500 mile mark today! Whew! I might hit 1,200 miles this year. Janet just hit a personal record today of 30 miles on the bike. Five years ago Janet and I decided to change our lifestyle. It would mean 1) daily exercise, 2) cutting our diet in [...]

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Want Control of Movie Content for your Kids?

April 6, 2013

Check out http://www.enjoymoviesyourway.com/ I was informed: “At the moment there are similar products that allow dvd filtering like Clearplay but they don’t have the ability to do it on a computer and you can’t customize the filters yourself which enJoy does offer. “Traci, the creator of the product, initially developed it for her own family [...]

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I Just Discovered this Video of our Family’s Meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict)

February 17, 2013

This brings back fond memories of our morning meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome after he celebrated Mass at the German College in the Vatican. I was giving him my book and he signed a copy of his book for me. I was telling him that my endorsement was on the back of one of [...]

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Grandchildren Almost Alligator Food? Cool Video from My Son in the Everglades

January 23, 2013

Jesse is in Florida on a short vacation with his wife Anna and their six delightful children (our grandchildren). He writes: We stopped at a well attended visitor spot here in the Everglades. Just behind our van was a big pond. I checked it out and saw no danger, but I stayed close to the [...]

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